Local youth add history to San Manuel Library

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By Chaille McGrew San Manuel Library Chairperson

A piece of San Manuel’s history has been refurbished thanks to Ms. Ronning and some of her Advanced Art Class members.

In the early 1990′s a local resident, Wally Vogel, painted a silhouette of the Magma/BHP smelter and plant site on the front wall of the San Manuel Library. Of course that silhouette can no longer be seen in reality as the site has been cleared.

But thanks to Mr. Vogel’s talent, memories of this important part of our town’s heritage is there to be seen for now and the future. The silhouette was painted in black and after 15-plus years, the desert sun had done a good job of fading the paint.

The Library Board was very concerned that the fading would lead to the eventual loss of this historical gem.

The Library contacted Ms Ronning of the San Manuel High School Art Department and she and three of her advanced students brought the art work back to its original freshness. The refreshing was done freehanded by the talented students and their teacher.

Ms. Ronning has been the San Manuel High School art teacher for three years. Students that participated in this service project were Kimberlee Ostrander, Iris Hill, and Wyatt Fessenden.

The Library Board and Staff want to thank this group for preserving part of San Manuel’s past.

Don’t forget that library fines can be paid off during December with food donations. One item equals $1in fines. Food items will be donated to the Tri Community Food Bank

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