The Ada News
Several members of the Stonewall community volunteered with State Senator Susan Paddack and Stonewall’s Mayor Lewis Abbott to work on beautifying Main Street.
Mikki Curtis, Stonewall’s public works secretary, laughingly remarked: “We’re really painting the town,” as she and city clerk Jeanne Braum applied dark green paint to trim the old domino parlor. Lon Sheldon was a workhorse as he tackled two storefronts single-handedly.
Town trustee Richard Medcalf and public works worker Jerry Stacy were indispensable as they worked on painting other facades along Main Street.
Abbott was joined by public works superintendent Chip Davis and resident Richard Truett in the carpentry work to repair the front of the old drug store next to Hall’s Hardware. Two panes of hundred-year-old glass were removed and stored safely until a proper restoration can be accomplished.
In the meantime, sheets of plywood stand where the glass once was, painted white. “It sure looks a lot better than it did before,” said Davis, who has guided Stonewall’s public works authority for more than two years.
State Rep. Paul Roan, while unable to attend, was a huge help in providing a sizable cash donation that enabled the purchase of the paint and painting supplies. Roan has been a continuing force for the revitalization of Stonewall and this is just another event that makes that truth more evident. Stonewall’s Chamber of Commerce executive director Dennis Heath said when he called Roan to discuss the project, Roan only wanted to know how much money was needed.
State Sen. Susan Paddack was able to stay for three hours and focused her energies on applying a new coat of burgundy paint to a severely aged storefront.
She ended up making a run to Ada to get additional paint for the job as the old wood just soaked up the paint. “I really appreciated Sen. Paddack making the time to help us today.
“She has always been a strong supporter for us,” said Heath. “Any chance she has to come and help us, we can depend on her. And we’ve got to thank her husband, Dr. Gary Paddack, for his patience and understanding,” Heath added.
Area businesses came to the aid of the workday by extending discounts and donations of materials. Sherwin Williams at Arlington Center gave deep discounts on paint, J.B. Lumber & Ace Hardware donated lumber products, and Hall’s Hardware of Stonewall assisted with various hardware needs. Bob Andrews and The Malt Shop in Stonewall provided lunch for all the workers and Abbott’s Grocery provided ice-cold water to make sure nobody overheated.
“We want to make sure all these businesses realize how much we appreciate them and their help. Their sense of community is very evident in their response to this project,” said Heath.