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In a distinct time (pre-COVID) we would have set out the welcome mat and held a soiree to present off our front workplace improvements.

Possibly we can prepare some thing in 2021. Fingers crossed.

I imagined I had realized my lesson when I undertook a “little” transform at the residence I owned in Lumberton, North Carolina – where by I lived just before heading to Montana in 2007. All I wished to do was eliminate the carpet and restore the hardwood floors. I did restore the flooring – but I also taken off the outdated seventies paneling in the den and put in pine panels.

I ripped the counters and cabinets out of the kitchen area. Then I observed the place there had been a h2o leak decades in the past. Out arrived the kitchen area flooring, all the way down to the ground joints. Yep, I experienced to wander throughout the joists to get to my fridge. New tile floor, new cabinets… a finish new kitchen area. Then I packed up to go to Montana. I consider I was at Lowe’s Hardware, acquiring to pick involving 30,000 kinds of drawer pulls for my kitchen drawers when I explained “enough” and swore I would hardly ever do any remodeling yet again.

The off-pink countertop in the entrance office had been bugging me considering that I took about, and I experienced generally wanted to take out the wall that created that smaller business office out front, but I by no means could locate the time.



On 2/7/1998, Jayden Manuel signed a 2 X 4 that was used in the entrance desk at the Sunlight Instances. It is however in there.




By this previous summer season, I had made up my head to make a handful of adjustments. Let us just take out that wall and do a little something to the front counter. That is all.

Joe Substantial was out of do the job from the oil patch, so he had time on his hands and is pretty very good with a observed and hammer. He had been doing work one day a 7 days delivering newspapers, so he was introduced into the discussion. Heidi Pearson, who operates the front workplace, experienced the idea of employing aged steel roof from a barn alongside the walls. She and her partner even donated the metal.

By this time, Joe and I have been getting rid of the previous wall, then the old seventies paneling. Listed here and there had been small difficulties – but nothing at all in the nature of a total surprise. Right after all, it is an aged building.

Relatively than hand-saw the previous roofing metallic, I gave John at Waterjet in Good Falls a get in touch with. We took the roof panels down to Waterjet, and in a short number of minutes, his machine experienced minimize the panels down to dimensions. Easy, excellent edges and lower to the specific duration. Great!



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Ty Martin at Waterjet Cutting Systems in Wonderful Falls watches as the superior force water jet can make quick perform of the previous barn roofing that now adorns the wall at the Sun Periods.




Of course, it was time to start searching at paints. Diane Hausmann, with her comprehending of coloration gave us a hand. Heidi brought in some paint swatches, and I experienced narrowed it down to 3 off-white colours. Then Diane stopped in. She took just one of the 3 swatches and asked if I preferred inexperienced partitions. No, I reported. Then she dropped the swatch on the flooring. There, laying on our (what I often considered was gray) carpet, the swatch experienced a strong search of inexperienced. Ok, now we are down to two.

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For paint, we went to Fairfield Correct Benefit in which Mike gave us excellent information and excellent shades. The Legitimate Value paint went on smooth and we had been surprised at the protection.

Even though eradicating the outdated wall, we realized that there essential to be some variations to the wiring in the building. For that, we lucked out. In the seventies or eighties, an circuit had been mounted for a massive camera typical to newspapers. For that, we named in Jimmy Dauwalder of 7 Electric and he showed up with electrician Travis Gasvoda. In much less than a day they had mounted new wires and retailers in the entrance places of work, moved the old circuits to the newer lines and had set up a established of new LED lights.

About this time I named Matt Ransom of Fairfield to “mud” the new drywall Joe had put up and to put in a new drop ceiling in the entrance business. Anyone who has arrive into the office environment has commented on the high-quality of his drywall do the job at the ceiling.

Joe did the portray, and when we have been obtaining points wrapped up he tackled the entrance counter, stripping it down to its two-by-four bones.

When eliminating some of the more mature drywall, I had wondered if we may arrive across an outdated newspaper or probably an outdated calendar. Practically nothing but aged stains and dust were being located in the more mature walls, but created with a pencil on a two-by-four in the front counter was this: “Jayden [Manuel] 2/7/1998.”

The last portion of the transform was making an attempt to determine out what to place on the walls.

Recognizing that I had a lot of outdated photos I experienced taken, dating again to the early seventies, as well as some outdated prints, I asked Diane Hausmann to aid. We went by way of the pics, finding out some visuals linked to my background – outdated photos of me in newspapers and old images I shot when I was operating Harley-Davidson drag races across the region.

There are outdated photos from newspapers where by I have worked, and there are aged pictures relevant to Fairfield and the Solar Instances, this kind of as a photograph taken in 1938 of Fairfield Times founder Fred Shoensigel placing the newspaper collectively in our back again home. By the way, Fred also launched a German-language newspaper in North Dakota as well as the Simms Company in 2012.

I’m proud of the improvements, but we could have never accomplished it with out the assist of all people involved, and we could never ever have accomplished it with out the help and help of our community, our pals, our advertisers and our subscribers.

We’re all proud to have performed a tiny element to make Fairfield’s Key Avenue glimpse a little greater.

I want to say “thank you” to everyone, and all of us be part of in wishing every person a Merry Christmas and Satisfied New Yr.