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Gillett Says Hometown Teams Smithsonian Display Opens Saturday in Carthage

by Christy Kienast, The Quill

The La Harpe City Council met on Monday, Oct. 27th with Dan Gillett announcing the kick-off of the unique exhibit: HANCOCK COUNTY HOSTS SMITHSONIAN. It features local hometown heroes with La Harpe's exhibits including categories of championships, individuals, community leagues and schools.

Each category has a museum-quality panel that includes a brief history, story, quotations, background image, additional images that tell the stories, stand-alone cutout images to add three-dimensional effect and related artifacts.

There is a Smithsonian interactive exhibit in the center of the display space surrounded by the nine Hancock County town exhibits.

The exhibit is located at the former Twaddle Furniture building at 425 Main St., Carthage. Doors open this Sat., Nov. 1st at 1:00 pm with a Grand Opening and remains open until Nov. 14th.

After Saturday's debut, the hours for the exhibit are Mon. & Wed. 1-7pm; Tues., Thurs., Sat. 9am until 12pm; and Friday 1-6 pm. It will be closed on Sundays, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day.

Everything is going well for La Harpe's part in the display, Gillett said, and they're ahead of several towns in the county in getting their part ready.

HOMETOWN TEAMS is a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service funded by the U.S. Congress.

Education materials are generously supported by the Smithsonian Women's Committee and can be found at Teachers can check out the downloadable sports-related lesson plans for grades 6-10. All lesson plans follow Common Core standards and project-based learning theories.

In other news the intersection work was to start today, but the contractor has been delayed.

The council agreed to buy a 1998 Ford Dumptruck for $27,000 including the spreader box. The city has had the previous truck since 1985 when they bought it new.

The Grand Opening of Berlett Autoworks in La Harpe is on Saturday, November 1st from 4 to 8 pm.

Mayor Brown is working with ESDA member Daniel Carpenter on the city siren. They're trying to find a grant to help with getting a better and louder siren for the town.

Casey's representative Shelly Krause was on hand to discuss selling hard liquor and getting a closed locked case for smaller bottles of the hard liquor for the La Harpe Casey's.

City attorney Kurt Dittmer will be working on making a change to the Class B liquor license ordinance. The ordinance will be read and voted on at the next city council meeting.

The next supervisor's meeting for the council will be on November 6th at 4:00 pm.

The MAPPING meeting was held last Tuesday, the 21st of October and it was obvious from the turnout that the community would like to move forward with this opportunity.

The council passed a motion to fund the $1500 fee either all or part of it, whichever is needed.

All council members were present along with audience members Dan Gillett, Wayne Humphrey, Maggie Jones, Karlene Kurtz, Ryan Kienast, Kurt Dittmer, Shelly Krause-Casey's Representative, Doug Endres, and Christy Kienast.

The next council meeting will be Monday, November 10th at 7:00 pm at the La Harpe City Hall.