(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
The historic Girl Scout Cabin at the Fairbury City Park opened it’s doors Sunday to let people see the face-lift it has been given by members of the community, and to generate interest in the on-going project.
Barb Ebke, who volunteers to regularly clean the cabin, became involved with this restoration project because she, “fell in love” with the cabin. She believes that with help of the Girl Scout Troop led by Kim Bush and their efforts to clean and restore the Girl Scout Cabin, the project is coming along nicely.
“The Girl Scouts did a lot of work in here, and they deserve a lot of praise for what they did,” said Ebke. “I and Rose Wiegert came in and spruced it up a bit. The girl scouts really did the hard work, and most of the work on this cabin. We decided that since it is looking so good that we would have an open house so that people who haven’t been in here can come in and look around.”
Ebke noted that the girl scouts do not use the cabin for meetings anymore, and that the building is available to the public through the City of Fairbury. People are welcome to rent it to use for a number of events, such as birthday parties, baby showers and garage sales.
Volunteers have been an immense aid to the project, Ebke explained. She noted that this project has truly been the result of a community effort.
“There’s been a lot of volunteer help,” said Ebke. “That’s what it is now, a lot of volunteer work. A lot of people in the community help with it, not just a few.”
She believes that the project is going well, and she explained that she has some other ideas for how to improve the Girl Scout Cabin.
“I would like to see a new metal roof put on,” Ebke said. “The limestone rock outside needs to be re-caulked, and some dirt put around the foundation. We just need to keep it maintained. It does not have to be done all at once; just over the years, keep it maintained. That’s my wish.”