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Monday, July 10, 2000

Rushford: The Rushford Area Historical Society (RAHS) is pleased to announce that Volume IV, History of Rushford: Industry, Enterprise, Medicine and Law is complete and ready for pickup or delivery. The book is the fourth in a series compiled by Alden O. Droivold, DVM, a Spring Grove native who spent 21 years as a veterinarian in Rushford. Dr. Droivold will be at the RAHS Depot to autograph copies of the book on July 15 from 9:30-12:30 during Rushford's Homecoming celebration.

Spring Grove: Ye Olde Opera House will present the musical Anything Goes at the Ye Olde Gray Barn east of Spring Grove at 8:30 p.m. on July 13-16. This is Ye Olde Opera House's 22nd summer musical. Anything Goes which features music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is produced by Rick Sundet and Directed by Jason Roberts. For more information call 507-8-5819.

Cherry Grove: Those who attended the Cherry Grove 4th of July festivities were treated to two airborne entries in this year's parade. Steve Roessler, of rural Preston, fly-ing a Spirit Renegade biplane, and Vi Kapler of Rochester, piloting a Pietenpol Air-Camper, flew down Main Street in aerial formation. Readers may remember that Cherry Grove was the home of pioneeer plane builder Bernard Pietenpol. Kapler, a retired air-frame and power plant mechanic, often worked with Pietenpol in his Cherry Grove hangar. Roessler is in the process of renovating a Pietenpol original.


Rushford: Bud Gilbertson is a $100,000 richer after winning the Gopher 5 lottery. He bought the winning ticket at Larry's Mobil in Rushford, picking five out of five winning numbers, a probability of 1 in 850,000. Gilbertson told the Journal that it's nice to have the money and that he and his wife will decide later on what they want to do with it.

Harmony: Fillmore County's only movie theater, the JEM, got a face-lift last week when Timothy Dunn of St. Louis, Missouri, a master artisan replaced the vitrolite on the building's street front exterior. Vitrolite is a pigmented structural glass that enjoyed wide-spread popularity as an Art-Deco style in the 1930's and early 1940's.

If you have a town news item for "round the towns", call Kia Donais at 800-599-0481 or 507-765-2151.

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