Donations of cash and in-kind services are still coming in for the Connell's Corner Gateway Project in Storm Lake as the lighthouse itself was raised this week.
New members of the Beacon Club are Dr. A.A. Stepan, Medicap Pharmacy, Consumers Supply, Bil-Mar Foods and Bargloff & Company. The Beacon Club is a designation given to businesses and individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to the project, which is being spearheaded by the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.
The Bargloff donation came in the form of the use of the company's largest crane and two employees who worked all day Monday to lift the five huge sections of the 50-foot-tall lighthouse into place. Bargloff employees also placed the ornamental spire at the top of the lighthouse cap and helped caulk a seam that was too high to reach from the ground.
Members of the chamber committee in charge of the effort said several other Storm Lake firms not previously recognized have contributed greatly to the project.
The railing and spire for the cap of the lighthouse were built and donated by Northwest Concrete Products and Ornamental Iron Company.
Friesen of Iowa, builders of the tower, had three employees working at the site all day Monday. The firm has not only cooperated with the Chamber project financially, but also recently allowed the use of its paint bays to paint the structure when weather was a problem.
Read the rest of this article in the 10/07 Pilot Tribune.