Students at Crestview Local Schools are helping the Village of Convoy collect plastic lids and caps as a community event, in order to try and earn park benches to be placed around the town of Convoy. These benches can be used for children in the area to gather, talk to friends, eat ice cream from the ice cream shop, or read library books from the village library. Students in the elementary have already gathered nine large garbage bags of caps and lids for the town and continue collecting. It takes 400 pounds to earn a bench and the goal is to collect enough for several benches. This project is made possible through a partnership with Green Tree Plastics, LLC from Evansville, Indiana. Donations may be dropped off in Crestview Elementary's lobby area.
The Village of Convoy Historical Society recently has reorganized with Larry Webb - President, Jan Jones - Vice President, Raymond Hertz - Treasurer & Vicki Saylor - Secretary. Board Members include Steve Drake, Sandy & Cindy Harting, Greg Kulwicki, James Lautzenheiser, Jan McIntosh & Fran Neiswander. The general purpose the society is "Preserving the Past in the Present for the Future" through:
The society will also have as its objective the promotion and restoration of the business district on Tully and Main Streets in Convoy, as a major part of its efforts. This will be accomplished by working with the State of Ohio, Van Wert County, local commercial property & any and all parties who wish to see this area improved in a Historical nature to preserve the historical appearance of the village.
The main focus will be on the Restoration of The Opera House at 111 South Main Street in Convoy to be used as a venue for a museum, special events, parties, movies, plays and meetings. The society has been awarded $60,000 from the State Capital Improvements Fund to begin the project. Renovations needed include drywall, HVAC system, windows, floor refinishing, electrical & lighting.
An open house of the Opera House will be held on Sunday May 22, 2016 from 2 - 4pm, at 111 S. Main Street in Convoy. The opera house is in the upstairs of the building, at this time there is not a handicap access. Refreshments will be provided.
Membership is open to anyone interested in the promotion and preservation of the Village of Convoy's history and culture. Member $20, Patron $50 & Sponsor $100. The memberships will support operations of the Village of Convoy Historical Society and are tax deductible. Donations will be accepted to go towards the restoration project and are tax deductibe. You may drop off or mail your membership or donation to US Bank PO Box 8, Convoy OH 45832 payable to Village of Convoy Historical Society.
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Convoy village wide garage sales are scheduled for the weekend of May 13th & 14th, throughout the community and surrounding area. Any household or business wishing to recycle, reclaim or reuse items, may participate in this community event. A listing of sales will be provided in a brochure, that will be available in area businesses and on the village website, www.villageofconvoy.com. Those wishing to be included in the brochure, may drop off their information, with address, times of your sale, a phone number and a list of "stuff", at no cost, at the Convoy Village Office, 123 South Main Street in Convoy. Ads must be submitted by May 6, 2016 to be included.