In support of the renewable energy project and the Community Center, Inland Northwest Community Foundation recently awarded the Palouse Community Center $20,000 to be used to purchase a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system, and dual heat pumps. This generous donation to the building fund is very much appreciated.
Hanson family donates $100,000
The family of Raymond Hanson has donated $100,000 towards the new Community Center. Raymond was a world-famous inventor—especially remembered locally for his invention of the automatic leveling device for hillside combines. His manufacturing facility, RAHCO, was
located on Cove Road.
His wife Lois is a Palouse High School graduate, as are all six of their children. A permanent monument honoring his lifetime achievements is at Heritage Park, across the street from the new Community Center building. Mr. Hanson passed away in
This tremendous donation has set in motion plans for ground-breaking in 2011 for the new building. Fund raising continues, to fully fund the building.
The Palouse Community Center will be located on Main Street, on the site of the former Congress Theater, next door to its former home.
The Main Street entrance will be for its supporting enterprise—Needful Things Thrift Shop, which raises funds for the Center and will continue to provide operations funding once the building is completed. Needful Things is operated solely by volunteers and is celebrating its 9th year of operation.
The Whitman Street main entrance will provide more privacy which was a preference of Palouse residents. The renovation of Whitman Street supplies a small parking lot and additional street parking. A sidewalk will connect Main Street with the entrance.
The meeting room is designed to hold 112 people—about the same as the former center. There will be a fully equipped commercial kitchen. The city of Palouse has granted a 99-year lease of the property to the Community Center.
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