Volunteers and sponsors replace Little Schoolhouse Museum roof

Members of the Tehkummah Volunteer Fire Department paused from the job of installing a new roof on the Little Schoolhouse Museum in South Baymouth to join representatives of the South Baymouth Community Development Corporation and TerraStar Building Products of Manitowaning in cheque presentations of $500 and $1,000 respectively. Easy Building Products, one of the TerraStar suppliers kicked in another $500.

SOUTH BAYMOUTH – When there is something that needs doing in small rural communities, you can always count on volunteers to step forward to get the job done but it really helps to have local businesses step up to the plate to help pave the way. The need for a new roof on the Little Schoolhouse Museum illustrated this small town virtue with alacrity, as not only did the Tehkummah volunteer fire department come forward with the elbow grease for the project, but TerraStar Building Products of Manitowaning (Rob Maguire) and their suppliers Easy Building Products, along with the folks at the South Baymouth Community Development Corporation, stepped up with significant donations to cover the material costs. TerraStar’s $1,000 donation was supplemented with $500 from Easy Building Products and another $500 from the development corporation.

“I just don’t know where we would be without our volunteers,” said Little Schoolhouse Museum curator Loretta Donaldson. “None of this (indicating the whole museum) would be possible without them.” 

“We are really pleased that our business partner Easy Building Products decided to help out with this project as well,” said Mr. Maguire. “They have been excellent partners ever since we started this business.”

The new steel roof ensures that things remain snug, cosy and, most importantly for the artifacts contained inside the building, safe and sound for many, many years to come. The Little Schoolhouse Museum provides a wonderful diversion that is well worth popping in to visit while waiting for the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to pull into its berth.