Monday, September 28, 2020

Are You Ready to See Your New Post Office?

Photo by Barry Gwinn: Spruced up post office after paint crew finished.

Photo by Barry Gwinn: Spruced up post office after paint crew finished.

 By MJ Chaput

It all started at our condo pool last fall. Apparently I was a little bored and had been watching too much HGTV “Fixer Upper” show, with Chip and Jo and their fabulous makeovers. I said to my fellow “water babies,” Joanie Fuller, Laurie Van Dorn, Linda VanMeter and Jane Ann Smith, that I would like to spruce up our post office – make it look more “artsy” before the Holiday Bazaar since we are an art community. They liked the idea and immediately Joanie offered plants from her yard, and within a couple of days Joanie, Linda and I cleaned up around the fence and planted lots of Joanie’s beautiful bromeliads in the flower box and in front of the fence.

We got so many compliments from our Goodland neighbors and a huge thank you from a very surprised Asiel, our postal employee. Asiel said he loved it and told us we wouldn’t believe how many travelers from all over the country stop and take pictures of our post office. Well that only fueled the HGTV flame. The yellow rusted chipped railing looked awful so I asked our GCA president, Greg Bello, if we could paint the railing. He gave me the go-ahead to repaint when the post office was closed. I called Denise Santos and Judy Wittwer to get some advice and information about the accent brick paint colors. The accent bricks were painted years ago by another Goodland resident, “John the Greek.” Denise suggested the medium blue color for the railing and the flower box. At Joanie’s Jukebox class I asked if there

Submitted Photo: All female volunteer crew, from left: Anne Rozite, Linda Brown, Lynn Schmitz, Jane Ann Smith, MJ Chaput, and Jeanne Steele. Not pictured: Kay Tabor.

Submitted Photo: All female volunteer crew, from left: Anne Rozite, Linda Brown, Lynn Schmitz, Jane Ann Smith, MJ Chaput, and Jeanne Steele. Not pictured: Kay Tabor.

were any volunteers to help paint it. Of course we had volunteers – it’s the Goodland way! I bought the paint and paint supplies, sanded and washed the railing. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2016 when the post office was closed, a crew of eight, Ann Rozite, Kay Larsen, Jane Ann Smith, Lynda Brown, Joanie Fuller, Jeanie Steele, Lynn Schmitz and I proceeded to prep and paint for 3 ½ hours. We painted the railing and refreshed the accent bricks. Residents passing by gave us encouragement and thanks. They seemed to love it. As we were painting the railing Margie Fortune drove by and I asked her if she would paint a buoy with our accent colors to hang in front of the flower box to tie everything together, and of course she also said yes.

Just like any home project one thing leads to another and now the window frame looked dirty and in need of paint. Linda VanMeter volunteered to paint the frame and outline the accent bricks. Denise, our favorite holiday painter, painted a beautiful Christmas mural on the window. But were we done? Heck no, what about that adjacent park bench? How cute would that be…so with more encouragement, Lynda Brown and I painted the bench on December 3rd in our accent colors. Now Goodland has an “artsy” looking post office and surroundings to show off to our visitors.

Chip and Jo say at the end of every program, “Are you ready to see your new home?” Are you ready to see our new post office? I hope so! Look out Chip and Jo. You’ve got competition.

 

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