Busti Historical Society Will Hold Meeting

BUSTI — The Busti Historical Society will meet Wednesday in the meeting room of the museum next to the Grist Mill.

Plans will be finalized for the May 16 appreciation reception for volunteers and Apple Festival demonstrators of recent years. The reception will be held at the historical society.

Plans are also under way for the third annual Victorian Farm to Table Dinner Thursday, June 13, at the Victorian Hall in Busti.

The society was represented at the Audubon Snowflake Festival in February. Bob Schultz demonstrated a hand grain grinder.

The group moved to consider bids on an additional lawnmower for upkeep of the grounds. The usable ground area has been expanded in recent years by drainage and landscaping work and improved drive access. Volunteers will be needed to do frequent mowing.

President Bob Schultz reported continued progress on the miller house interior restoration.

The members voted to look for a part-time professional publicist.

In other business the president said he would approach interested parties to reactivate the project of converting the Busti triangle into a Paul Busti park. Ryan Lemke has volunteered to construct more benches as an Eagle Scout project. Members are invited to visit a mill in Eden, N.Y. Jerry Nelson has donated toward correcting a drainage problem outside the meeting room door. A work day was set for this project but due to adverse weather, the effort was delayed in favor of other tasks.

A major work day was held April 13 when the main grinding stone apparatus was disassembled by a crew of seven.

The bottom thrust bearing which had been overheating and preventing demonstrations of the mill machinery was taken out and ground smooth.

The housing was modified for improved lubrication and the machinery re-assembled to be ready for the next scheduled open house grinding day, May 19.


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