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Nancy Britton came out to the banding station today with a crew of people and pretty much emptied the shed and took a few other things. I think the only item remaining that she wants is the popcorn glass case – we moved it toward the front of the garage. There was a really heavy concrete bench that she was going to take too, but instead we moved it to the memorial garden. The bench is a three-piece thing with separate legs. It is a bit wobbly right now but I’m hoping once it settles into the ground it will be OK for sitting on.

Beautiful new bench in the Memorial Garden courtesy of Nancy Britton. Photo by Dave Mathiason

A lot more light for the banders next fall! Photo by Andrea Patterson

Mummified mice

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Andrea and Kelly opened up the other two windows on the south side, removed the plywood and drywall from the partition between the banding area and the boathouse, and cleaned the banding area floor by scrubbing with deck brushes and sucking up the water with the wet/dry vac (Thank you to the donor of the shop vac. It has a totally awesome squeegee attachment — once Andrea pointed out that the reason it wasn’t working for me was that I was trying to use it upside down….). The highlight of the day was finding the large nest of mummified mice inside the partition wall ! (All together now : say “Eewwwww…”)

Windows removed! Photo by Andrea Patterson

Removing the wall separating the banding room and boathouse Photo by Andrea Patterson

Windows open!

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Andrea, Steve, and I got the walls cleaned and primed. The cleaning (with bleach solution) took the most time so I think finishing up the painting could be done in a morning. We finished removing the inside panel in the center of the south wall since that was where water ran down from the roof leak. There was some rotten wood and It really smelled of mildew. The sliding window was still there (complete with the little bolts on the sides) and it works.

New light from the west side of the building! Photo by Andrea Patterson

I would like to remove all the inside panels on the south side– there is water damage to wood in the southeast corner so that one needs to be opened up anyway. I think opening these up might also reduce the general mildew odor problem. It would also give us maximum flexibility in banding table arrangements and better lighting. (We could have a nicer version of Bob’s plexiglass inserts for example )

Should we reopen the 2 east side windows as well ?

– Kelly