Rural Retreat Depot Foundation Announces Election Results and Progress Report

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Restoration efforts increasing under new Board of Directors and Officers

"It is gratifying to be working with this dedicated group", said Mr. King, "and to see all the hard work being put in by our members and volunteers to clean up the depot. With great teamwork we are making it happen".

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation has announced the results of its first annual elections. Those elected into leadership roles include Dr. Michael Spraker as President and Frank Slavin as the newest member of the five-member Board of Directors. Mr. Stanley King, Jr., is chairman of the board.

"It is gratifying to be working with this dedicated group", said Mr. King, "and to see all the hard work being put in by our members and volunteers to clean up the depot. With great teamwork we are making it happen". Foundation members have been working nights and weekends to prepare to open the depot for visitors during the Town of Rural Retreat's annual Christmas Parade in early December. In addition, the Board has contracted to have the exterior cleaned and primed, and that coupled with recent work on the roof will prepare the building for its exterior restoration.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks donations for the acquisition, restoration and management of the historic depot. The depot was made famous by O. Winston Link who photographed it while documenting the end of the steam era in America. The Foundation raised $90,000 to purchase the depot to save it from destruction, and is now seeking donations for Phase 2, the exterior restoration. The plan is to have Phase 2 completed during 2013 and during that time period to begin Phase 3, the interior restoration. The Foundation is currently conducting a survey seeking ideas for the usage of the building. For further information please visit http://www.theruralretreatdepot.com.

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