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This year is the 100 year anniversary of Scouting in America and as a tribute Culver Educational Foundation has contracted Easterday Construction Co., Inc. to build a new Boy Scout Headquarters in the Woodcraft Camp at Culver Academies. The structure is a scaled down version of a woodcraft camp cabin. It is a modified post and beam construction built nearly entirely out of cedar. The original cabins were designed to sit on piers so that they could be moved if necessary. There are historical pictures of the original cabin being moved from one location to another on campus.
Easterday Construction has been responsible for the construction of many projects at Culver Academies over the years and family legend has it that our founder, my great grandfather, Russell L. Easterday, began his construction career with James I. Barnes Construction on a project for the Culver Academies back in the 1920’s.
In recent years at the Culver Academies Woodcraft Camp we built the new Boys’ Showers, renovated both the old girls’ showers and the old boys’ showers, built the new Craft Pavilion and a new Counselor’s Cabin. All of these have had coordination issues due to accelerated time schedules, environmental preservation regarding site requirements, aesthetics necessary to fit the existing facilities and sensitivity to the safety, security and needs of the young children the camp serves.
On this project as well as the Counselor’s Cabin and Craft Pavilion pictured, we were assisted by Scearce Rudisel Architects with design issues and obtaining the State Plan Releases. Mary Ellen Rudisel Jordan and her staff have been helpful and responsive on these projects and the fact that she has a former Woodcraft Camper a Chipmunk from the last graduating class of Woodcraft Chipmunks on her staff hasn’t hurt!
We received a nice letter from Rebuilding Together today thanking us for our assistance to the Culver Lions Club. One of the hardest workers in the Culver Lions Club is Leroy Bean and he is a former ECC employee. Currently Will Pearson in our office is a member of the Lions and has helped them with recommendations and estimates for a home here in Culver. We have loaned tools for the project and put them in touch with reputable sub-contractors for some of the work. Over the years we have also served as a storage facility for excess materials that the Lions have accumulated for use on projects such as these. We’re happy to be able to help them with this effort. The work they are doing is admirable. To steal the Culver Chamber of Commerce’s tag line, the Lions and the work they do in Culver are things that makes Culver “A Nice Place to Be”.
April 23rd was Career Day at Culver Community Middle School. As discussed here earlier, I volunteered to speak as a Landscape Architect since April is National Landscape Architecture Month. The schedule called for me to speak to five different groups of kids in 20 minute time slots.
Speaking for 20 minutes wasn’t really a big deal, though it was hard to decide what level of detail would be interesting to 7th graders. Of course the nightmare scenarios were 1) a sea of blank staring faces or; 2) a horrible reinactment of “Are You Smarter Than a 7th Grader” with me as the brunt of the joke. As it turned out, the worst part was a planning mistake on my part. I was right that 20 minutes of material wasn’t a big deal, but by the time I was doing the third presentation I began to forget whether I was repeating myself since I remembered saying it before to the previous group. By the end, I also realized that I wasn’t used to talking that much! My throat was actually a little dry and scratchy.
Congratulations to the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund & Council on receiving several grants in the 2010 grant cycle from the Marshall County Community Foundation! These grants are slated to further their efforts to preserve and protect Lake Maxinkuckee.
South Bend Tribune article here.
I have served as the Town of Culver representative to the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) for the past three years. This took the group through incorporation as a 501(c)6 corporation. Since that time I have been vice chairman of the corporation. My term expired at the end of December last year and I volunteered to be reappointed to the corporation board. I am pleased that the Culver Town Council chose to reappoint me at their meeting, February 10, 2010. (Pilot News Article here.) I have represented Culver to the best of my ability and believe I have served the Town well.
MCEDC has made great strides in the short time it has existed. We have established offices in Plymouth and hired an Executive Director, Administrative Staff and just recently a dedicated Grant Writer. We have a functioning website and have established ourselves as a regional leader with State and local officials as well as site locators throughout the nation. We are currently working to increase our regional position through cooperation and strategic partnerships with surrounding counties.