September 2, 2014

Civic organization renovates its building

The newly remodeled American Legion Post 19 hall at 315 S. Meadowbrook Circle in Gardner features hard-wood-like floors, updated ceilings and a completely new kitchen. The Legion will host an open house for the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the hall.  Submitted photo

The newly remodeled American Legion Post 19 hall at 315 S. Meadowbrook Circle in Gardner features hard-wood-like floors, updated ceilings and a completely new kitchen. The Legion will host an open house for the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the hall. Submitted photo

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Members of the American Legion Post 19 will unveil a newly-renovated hall.
Legion members, with the assistance of the Sons of the American Legion, started remodeling the hall last fall.
“It started with me just wanting to do the floor,” Jeff Barber, Legion finance director, said. “I was sick of trying to strip and polish that tile floor. Then it became, let’s put in a new kitchen.”
The organization put more than $35,000 as well as several volunteer hours into the remodeling efforts. The finished product includes new tile in the bathrooms, new heating and air systems, a remodeled system, an updated finish on the exterior, and of course, a new floor in the hall.
Before the renovation, the hall featured a flecked, white laminate floor with a dark blue border. The center piece floor tiles showed the Legion’s emblem.
The organization kept the floor emblem, but the laminate tile was replaced with an industrial, hard-wood-like laminate.
Barber estimates that the old floor was more than 20 years old.
“The kitchen hadn’t been touched in 30 years,” he said. “The kitchen was old. It was

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