Licking Milling Company Society established

Photo by Shari Harris

By Shari Harris,

  On Thu., Feb. 28, the first meeting of the Licking Milling Company Society was held at the Fox Fire House. The mission of the Licking Milling Society “is to preserve and maintain the historic landmark located in downtown Licking; to host activities that benefit the community and that will turn the mill into a learning center. The goal is to get the rollers up and running and restore the corn mill grinding.” The Society anticipates meeting quarterly to discuss building needs, repairs and activities at the mill.
  The Licking Milling Company Building is nearly 150 years old, and there is always a continuing need for repairs to maintain and preserve a building of this age. Recent major repairs have been made to the east side of the mill, but badly needed repairs remain including replacing soffit, window sills, and boards, installing guttering to prevent further water damage, repairing doors, and repainting the mill. Inside security doors are being considered, and work will be required to get the rollers turning and the corn mill grinding.
  Attendees discussed a membership drive, including inserts in The Licking News that will be included in the mailed copies of the newspaper on March 14, a shotgun raffle, and events that may include advertising sponsorship to raise funds.
  Current activities at the Mill include the Fall Festival, Chamber of Commerce Toy Giveaway, Lighting of the Mill before Christmas and historic Mill tours. New activities for this year will include monthly Movies at the Mill, beginning May 23; an FFA tractor show; and a Christmas in July bazaar tentatively set for July 27.
  You can assist the cause, whether it is with just a donation, or with active involvement in the Society. If you are interested in restoring a piece of history or in developing activities for the community to enjoy, you can complete and return the insert in this edition, or can call 417-464-1284 for more information.



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