Last week, The Helping Hands of Patterson Library volunteer group in Westfield gathered to celebrate the dedication of their workshop in honor of retired Lt. Col. David Correll, co-founder of the Hands. The group gathered for a photo outside the workshop on the eve of Correll's 92nd birthday.
The Helping Hands is a volunteer group consisting of six members: J.B. Dunn, Sandy Brown, Don Eno, Tom Berkhouse and Jon Rawlingson. Their duties include various maintenance projects as needed to upkeep the historic Patterson Library. The group was started over 25 years ago by Correll and Dunn.
At the opening ceremony, fellow members Tom Berkhouse and Don Eno recalled some of the bigger projects the group has completed. From updating the walls of the Octagon Art Gallery to repairing the skylight ceiling of the reference room, the Helping Hands have worked hard to maintain the pristine condition of the library.
The Helping Hands of Patterson Library volunteer group in Westfield gathered to celebrate the dedication of their workshop in honor of retired Lt. Col. David Correll, co-founder of the Hands.
"We did masonry work on the back of the building," remarks Berkhouse as he looks back on last year's projects the group completed. "It's constant maintenance."
One of the more recent projects this year the group has worked on include building garden beds for the younger patrons to plant flowers and vegetables in.
And one thing is for certain, the group won't be slowing down anytime soon. The Helping Hands hope to install paving stones under the benches and tables on the outside of the library, if they can raise the funds.
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