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August 1,2013 I The Lovell Chronicle 17 LOG GYM RESTORATION conies for dance and work- out classes, weight training and the offices of the recre- ation district and perhaps the crowning achievement, a dazzling new wood floor with a suspended wooden support structure under- neath, jlmt like. t.h. nrigina] floor. "The original structure had a suspended floor, so it had to be restored with a suspended floor," Peterson said. "It has a soft feel to it." The historic facility also has modem technology for its operation. Peterson said a new security system includes security cameras inside and out and a card- reading system for access to the building, with access managed by the Cowley Rec District. The facility includes a weight room, volleyball standards and net, a stage and a scorer's table and chairs. Soon to come will be aerobic exercise equipment including ellipticals, tread- mills, stationary bikes and jogging strollers. A new parking lot will be constructed to the south of the building between the gym and a row of trees that will provide handicap ac- cess to the front door and 14 to 16 parking spaces just a few feet from the building. Also in the works is a new sound system de- signed and built for the fa- cility. Some final restora- tion is also needed on the north side of the building where the kitchen and lock- er rooms used to be, Peter- son said. "The building should last another 100 years," he said. LOTS OF HELP Peterson said he is grateful that the Health Coalition and the school district have stepped for- ward as partners in the op- eration of the Log Gym. The school district has agreed to rent the facility for practic- es, which will help with the con'dnued from page one DAVID PECK Cowley historian and former mayor Roland Simmons (right) chats with John Taggart (left) and another man in the north balcony of the Log Gym during Saturday's open house. expense of maintaining the building. "We thank the school board and the administra- tion for their support," the mayor said. The Health Coalition will use the facility for af- ter-school and summertime programs. Peterson said he is also grateful for the support the town received while getting the project funded. He said Commissioner Keith Grant attended meetings when the grant was being sought and was "a big help." Grant went "above and beyond what most would do, and it is greatly appreciated," Pe- terson added. He also said Secre- tary of State Max Maxfield helped turn the tide at the SLIB meeting, convincing a pair of skeptical mem- bers by saying, "I can't go home tonight if I don't vote for this facility because my wife (Gayla) attended danc- es in that gym when she was a young girl," Peterson recalled. Instrumental in push- ing the project forward was Harp, Peterson said, who wrote the grants, attended grant meetings and put Pe- terson in contact with key people at the state level. He said Harp's work was just the latest in her myr- iad efforts for the Town of Cowley. "Linda has done a lot for the Town of Cowley," Peter- son said. "Every dime that has come in recent years is a direct result of Linda's work: the West End Wa- ter Project, the Main Street Project, restoring the Log Gym, emergency repairs to the water tower. She's not only a friend but a great ally of the Town of Cowley." MANY USES Peterson said the pri- mary use of the log gym will be as a "community recre- ation center for facilitating the health and well-being of the community," noting that the building will house the offices of the recreation district, which will be in LOG GYM FIRE SUPPRESSION terior of the building and replaced by a modern ex- terior unit. The building is newly rewired and ground- ed, and the building has a new steel roof, as well. He said perhaps an ear- ly-warning system would be installed. A fire suppression sys- tem would be expensive - more than $100,000 - and would mar the historic na- ture of the building, Peter- son said. He said a so-called "dry system" where wa- ter is not stored in internal pipes and does not flow un- til needed is even more ex- pensive both to install and to test annually. Greybull have to put in fire suppression at their log community center or Powell in the Homesteader Muse- um? More people use those facilities, and they weren't required to have a fire sup- pression system. That sets a precedent. "Forcing us to put some- thing in that will be detri- mental to the facility in the long term makes no sense to me." Peterson noted that the restoration project already removed the building's fire hazards. There is no longer a kitchen in the building, and the old furnaces have been removed from the in- continued from page one have plenty of access. What is the purpose except as an unfunded mandate?" Peterson said the town and the state spent about $450,000 reconstructing a new wood floor in the gym. "Why would we want to put water above the floor?" he asked. "If it leaks or is hit by a ball or something, (and the floor is flooded), how would we fix it? In Bur- lington a ball hit a spray head and in 10 minutes be- fore they could shut off the water there was $30,000 worth of damage to the floor. "We've restored a his- toric structure. Why didn't charge of scheduling the building. Though the facility will be primarily used for ath- letics and recreation, it will also be available for other types of events like wed- ding receptions, meeting, reunions, family gatherings and the like. Activities will have to be scheduled around the "main renter" - the school district, Peterson said, add- ing that some activities like aerobics and weight train- ing can be done even while the school is using the building for practices. "It will be used like it was back in the '30s and '40s," the mayor said. "We believe it can pay for itself with the support we have raised and the rec district charging for use to keep it cleaned and maintained." STOP IN & SAVE! OPEN HOUSE SALE August 8&9 8 a.m. to6p.m. August 10 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come in for a FREE GIFT with every building designed In DreamMaker! Call us for a FREE consultation/ Cody, WY 2608 Bighorn Drive 307-587-5493 Organizers get ready for Sixth Annual Relay for Life BY PATTI CARPENTER Organizers say they are ready to light up the night for the sixth year in a row Aug. 9-10 at the annual Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event, which will take place at Kevin P. Robertson Me- morial Stadium starting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9, features a beautiful display of candle-lit luminaries to honor those who have won and some who have lost their battle with cancer. Luminaries are small paper bags filled with sand and one strategically placed votive candle, when lit, the bags create a lantern effect. Cans of food will be used again this year to weight down the bags. The food will be donat- ed to the Lovell Food Bank after the event. As in years past, the cancer survivors from the com- munity will lead the first lap of a walk on Friday night. The survivors lap will be followed by a caregivers lap to honor those friends and family members who support- ed the cancer survivors throughout their ordeal. After- ward, colorful balloons will be released into the sky. At approximately 10 p.m. the luminaries will be lit and will burn throughout the night as teams of individuals take turns walking continuously around the track until dawn. Throughout the evening, luminaries strategically placed on the bleachers will be rearranged to spell out words like hope, faith and other inspirational messages. Other festivities include entertainment by local art- ists, family oriented games sponsored again by the Lovell High School girls basketball team, food booths, bingo, a midnight run and other activities. The theme of the event is "Celebrating more birth- days around the world." Organizers say the "global" theme will be represented in all events. Individual teams have been holding their own fund- raisers for months in advance of the event and will also raise additional money by selling food at the event. Mon- ey is also being raised from the sale of the luminaries that will be displayed during the event. Organizer Lori Scheffler said luminaries are still available for purchase and encourages community members to take part in the very moving lighting ceremony. Kim Scheid is coordinat- ing the luminaries. To purchase luminaries call her at 548-7247. Co-chairpersons this year are sisters Carol Fink and Scheffler. Tara Jones and Tianne Samson are coordinat- ing survivor activities. Call 548-7307 for more informa- tion about those activities, including participation in the survivor walk. Other members of the committee include Kim Gif- ford, Christie Holzer, Jamie Luna, Susan Green, Cheri Mickelson and April Price. More volunteers are always needed. To volunteer or for more information call Lori at 272-1601 or Carol at 548-6281. BUILDING CORR provided. 1t years old students , ....... .... for achoking infant or child, basicfirst aid, : personal safetyforthe babysitter, injuryprevention, how to care for children feedin, diaping, eta), preventing probtem behavior, behavior management, ethics and babysitting as a business. Call Trisha Mangus, 307-548-5225, to register or for more information. Sponsored by  OFt Bi 'OFH q(ospita( istrict 1115 Lane 12. LovelI,WY www.nbhh.c0m