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Busti Apple Fest Enjoys High Turnout

BUSTI — The Busti Historical Society met recently at the Busti Museum for a regular business meeting.

A representative from the Busti Fire Department presented a report on attendance at the September Apple Festival and a check for the historical society’s share of the attendance fees. The 2019 festival enjoyed the highest public turnout since 2014.

Secretary Sue Hinsdale gave her report. She mentioned the current membership stands at 121, an improvement from recent years.

Several matters concerning publicity for the Apple Festival were cleared up. Judy Schultz, festival chairman, stated that Busti Historical Society apple butter is now available at the Busti Cider Mill and Farm Market.

Robert Schultz, president, reported on cost and construction explorations for installing restrooms in the demonstration building. Joni Blackman volunteered to seek local grant funding help for the project.

The officers endorsed arranging a one-woman Amelia Earhart show by Lorraine Cole to be held at an undermined date in a Busti location.

John Siggins conveyed thanks from to Busti Buckaroos 4-H Club for use of the facilities and invited everyone to a full Thanksgiving style dinner that was presented by the club at the Busti Historical Society grounds November 10.

The president appointed a budget committee for 2019 consisting of Nancy Aitken, Jennifer Schmitt, Carl Schultz, and Robert Schultz.

The group proceeded to election of officers. Elected for 2020 are Nancy Aitken, president; Carl Schultz, vice president; Sue Hinsdale, general secretary; Jennifer Schmitt, treasurer; Judy Schultz, financial secretary. Newly elected trustees are Robert Schultz and Joni Blackman.

The society will hold its traditional Christmas pot luck dinner in the museum meeting room Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. Members and prospective members welcome. The following evening, Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the society will hold a Christmas open house at the miller house. All buildings will be decorated. Food, craft demonstrations, and horse drawn carriage or sleigh rides will be available. The main preparation work day will be Saturday, Nov. 30.

The society is also beginning plans for participation in the Doors Open Jamestown day on Jan. 18. Everyone interested in local, especially Busti, history and families are welcome to attend society meetings and work days.

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