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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Building the Vision: Marshall community center and aviation museum open house scheduled for Jan. 20 (01/16/08)
It is with supreme pleasure that I bring to you the news that the Martin Community Center is open for business! To celebrate that momentous feat and to welcome you to one of Marshall's newest facilities, you are invited to an open house on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. You are encouraged to come to the site at Marshall Municipal Airport, to take a tour, wander around, enjoy refreshments, and perhaps think about how you can put the Community Center to use...
Building the Vision: Martin Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Museum nears completion, campaign receives more state NAP tax credits (11/07/07)
It has been quite some time since I have had the opportunity to write about the Martin Community Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum. Work has been steady, as weather would allow, and of this date, the target for completion of the Community Center is the end of January...
Building the Vision: Swan song for 'Building the Vision' column (06/13/07)
As you may have read in the Democrat-News on Monday, the Pancake Breakfast at the airport on Sunday did not reach record-breaking crowds, but considering the weather, was well-attended. The flow of patrons was steady, like the rain. The pancakes were flying, if nothing else! The exhibits, including the Taylor Craft, were bright and intriguing...
Building the Vision: Pancake Day fly-in, drive-in a fun way to pitch in (06/06/07)
As Brittney Spears would say, "Oops, I did it again!" When I wrote about the Pancake Day at the airport on June 10, I referred to it as a Saturday. Wrong! It's a Sunday, and let me say, I can't think of a better way to spend part of your day ... before or after church ... or whenever you can get there!...
Building the Vision: Pancake breakfast will offer chance to see memorabilia (05/30/07)
I do believe that it is almost June. That signals that the Pancake Breakfast for the Civic Center/Museum is coming up soon ... June 10, to be exact. The memorabilia we now have, including airplanes, will be available for you to see. What fun it is to look at the items and think of the glory days of flying in its infancy, and in the Nicholas-Beazley era!...
Building the Vision: Czech museum yields display ideas for local project (05/23/07)
I missed writing the column last week, and am glad to get back into the "groove," so to speak. My husband and I went to Prague, Czech Republic, to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The actual date of our wedding is in June, but we thought we would go early to avoid the summer crowds...
Building the Vision: New materials for museum, courtesy of Arizona woman (05/09/07)
Yesterday, I received some interesting correspondence from Shirley Clark, the woman from Tempe, Ariz., who I wrote about last week. Her father learned to fly at the Marshall Flight School, and she sent his picture and a synopsis of his life to be placed among the items for the museum. What a dashing young pilot he was!...
Building the Vision: Visitor from Arizona shares interest in N-B history (05/02/07)
Last week it was my pleasure to meet a lady from Tempe, Ariz. Her name is Shirley Clark, and she had come all the way to Marshall to do research on her father. She is writing a book about his life. So, how does that tie in with my column? Well, her father was an accomplished pilot who learned to fly at the Nicholas-Beazely Aviation School. ...
Building the Vision: Interior design committee gets to work, seeks ideas (04/25/07)
Last Thursday, the committee which has been formed to design the interior of the civic center/museum met for the first time. It was a beginning, in which the members shared some of their ideas and visions for the finished facility. This will obviously be an on-going process...
Building the Vision: Civic center/aviation museum groundbreaking a success (04/18/07)
The clouds parted, the sun poured down, and the groundbreaking took place. I am taking the break in the weather as a good omen. A large crowd was on hand to see the official beginning of a project that has been a dream for so many. Sincere gratitude goes to all the dignitaries who came, spoke, and turned the earth. Thanks, too, to the well-wishers ... many of them monetary supporters ... who attended. Following the ceremony, a delicious meal was served and a time of fellowship was enjoyed...
Building the Vision: Campaign officials hope public attends groundbreaking (04/11/07)
This is the week ... tomorrow is the day! The official groundbreaking for the Martin Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum will take place at the building site by the Marshall Municipal Airport at 5 p.m. Of course, the public is invited ... really encouraged to attend. ...
Building the Vision: A report from televisionland; More news from 1929 (04/04/07)
Yesterday, Bryan Berlin and I made our second appearance on the Paul Pepper Show. We met before broadcast with an excited and accommodating Paul Pepper and James Mouser. The movement and sounds of the studio are fascinating to me. I suppose that in another life I would like to have some part in the media. ...
Building the Vision: Groundbreaking on April 12; Pepper show April 2 (03/28/07)
I want to apologize for the error regarding the date of the upcoming groundbreaking ceremonies. The true date is April 12. Mark your calendars and plan to join us, if you can. For many of us who have been actively involved in this project for a long time, April 12 will be a significant day both literally and figuratively. ...
Building the Vision: N-B groundbreaking planned for April 12 (03/21/07)
We are, indeed, making a plea for a last amount of help with funding so that we can complete this Vision that has been seven years in the making. Yes, although we have been pressing for monetary help for the last year, it has been several years since the first seeds of the Vision were sewn. It all began with the acquisition of a run-down NB-3, made possible by the rapid fund-raising effort to amass $60,000...
Building the Vision: Local airport was busy in late 1920s (03/14/07)
Sometimes ... well, maybe a lot of times ... I don't sleep very well at night. Therefore, I am probably one of the most informed insomniacs around. During those waking hours, I hit every news cast at least once, and sometimes more. Good news for me ... ...
Building the Vision: Daring pilot puts on show for Marshall (03/07/07)
The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the temperatures are approaching 60 degrees! Now, to an optimist, this is spring! It is finally here ... no more ice and snow! To a pessimist, on the other hand, this is a cruel teaser that will coax the buds and sprouts to expose themselves then get zapped. ...
Building the Vision: Baseball notables step up to the plate for N-B (02/21/07)
It's thawing! That makes me think that although we may still have some cold weather ahead, we are inching closer to spring. That, in turn yells to me ... "We can start building the Civic Center/Museum!" All of us who are part of the project are starting to get those "butterflies" people get when something exciting is about to happen...
Building the Vision: N-B thanks city for land purchase (02/14/07)
I know I have started the last few articles with some kind of comment about the weather. However, as I type this, I am looking out into my back yard, spotting a gorgeous cardinal perched in a bush heavy-laden with snow. I would be remiss, I think, if I did not weigh in on the beauty of this world and this time of year. I won't discuss any negatives. We are blessed in many ways...
Building the Vision: Businessman sees the worth of N-B project (02/07/07)
Greetings to all! Will it ever thaw? When can we wash our cars again without having the doors freeze shut? What is the salt doing to my sidewalks? These are all probing questions that may keep you up at night. Here is another ... Have you been to campaign headquarters yet to give a donation? While we are thrilled with the amount of money we have amassed so far, we realistically know that there is a distance to go before we have reached our goal...
Building the Vision: Credit given to the men who fly the airplanes (01/24/07)
Happy Wednesday! Even though it was very cold last night, the weather people have promised "thawing hours" throughout the week. Back to our quest to raise $3,000,000 by spring so the digging can begin. Thanks to all of you who have invested in this project. ...
Building the Vision: Men -- and women -- took to the skies (01/17/07)
I can only wonder if those flying aces I write about could have done anything in this weather! It seems like landing on ice like we have now would result in one thrill ride most anyone would want to forego. I hope all of you are safe and warm. The weather "gurus" have promised that the end of the week should bring relief...
Building the Vision: The continued adventures of Barney Zimmerly (01/10/07)
I hope some of you were able to see the Paul Pepper Show on KOMU, channel 8 in Columbia last Wednesday. Bryan Berlin and I were on the show, and we had a great time! Having been interested in broadcasting for a long time, being behind the scenes to see what all goes into the production was the best part for me...
Building the Vision: California police buy N-B plane sight unseen (01/03/07)
Happy New Year to everyone! We, of the Building the Vision Campaign, look forward to this being the year that the Shirley Nightwine Martin Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum becomes a reality. With over two-thirds of the money raised to date, we are optimistic that the citizens will rally to put us at or beyond our $3 million goal, and that the building will begin in April (as weather permits)...
Building the Vision: N-B received notoriety in Mexico, reports show (12/27/06)
When I got up this morning, I found myself still spotting scraps of wrapping paper and ribbon lurking under a couple of chairs and an end table. They served as reminders of the wonderful time spent with family and friends over the past weekend, and the realization that I have to try to get "back to normal"... whatever that is. I hope you had a fulfilling holiday...
Building the Vision: N-B has now raised $2M of its $3M goal (12/20/06)
How can this be? It's almost Christmas! Seems to me like I just used up the last of the Thanksgiving turkey. Wasn't that just a few days ago? Well, maybe you don't feel like I do, but I can't keep up like I used to. I find myself saying that a lot, lately...
Building the Vision: Paper prints history of N-B accomplishments (12/13/06)
Some time ago, a friend of mine, Marie Boedeker, gave a paper from 1983 to me, suggesting that I might find useful material in it. It amazes me that some people can be so organized that they can save things through the years, label them, and then can "put their hands" on them when needed. I save things, but goodness only know where they end up, and if someone were to ask me for one of those items, then a great search would ensue!...
Building the Vision: Postal clerks hear about Nicholas-Beazley plant (12/06/06)
I suspect this finds you still digging out from the surprisingly deep snowfall of last Thursday and Friday. It seems like it has been a long time in Marshall since we have had such a large amount of snow which pleases children (and teachers, too) with a "Snow Day" and the material with which to build snowmen, igloos, and forts. Hopefully, things are getting back on track for you, and you can continue to concentrate on the preparations for the upcoming Christmas holiday...
Building the Vision: Many ways to give to Building the Vision (11/29/06)
Greetings to all, after a week's absence. I have had a chance to spend time with family and friends, to eat, drink, be merry, and usher in the "official" holiday season. I hope the Thanksgiving time was positive for you ... giving thanks for all we enjoy...
Building the Vision: Flying school was major major of the community (11/15/06)
Yesterday, it was quite a pleasure for me to meet and have lunch with Don Harmon, Fox 4 weathercaster. He was in Marshall to speak to the Monday Club members at their regular monthly meeting. As we became acquainted, we talked about our families, our backgrounds, and our towns (in his case, city). ...
Building the Vision: Twister tears up Nicholas-Beazley hangar, planes (11/08/06)
I am most gratified on this day after the election, to have received a call from a lady in Pennsylvania who has been reading these articles about Nicholas/Beazley. I haven't had a chance to talk with her personally, but on her message she said that she and her family want to give a donation to the Building a Vision project. ...
Building the Vision: Wonder of flight changed Marshall community (11/01/06)
I have returned to good old Marshall after spending a week in Las Vegas visiting my cousin and wife. Sorry to say, but I did not hit the jackpot there, except to have some time to visit about past good times and catch up on a little family history. I've learned that it is good to do that before the older family members are "gone" and the younger ones can't even identify people in the family pictures from the past, much less tell about the "good old days." As we know, experiences we have in our everyday lives play into what happens to us next, and I found myself reflecting on flying as I soared through the air on Southwest Airlines toward my desert destination. ...
Building the Vision: 'Let's get the walls up' on N-B/Civic Center plan (10/25/06)
Again, I find myself most gratified to have received a call last week from a mother inquiring about the possible completion date of the Civic Center. Her daughter is planning her wedding and will actually consider planning the reception in accordance with the availability of the Center. ...
Building the Vision: Marshall Flying School heralded nationally (10/04/06)
Did you see the flea? What a remarkable piece of history she is! If you did have a chance to look her over, you will probably have asked yourself, "How in the world did she ever fly?" or "Who would have been 'crazy' enough to take her up?" Well, it was Jake Van Dyke, as I have mentioned before, and he lived to tell the tale...
Building the Vision: Flea airplane to be in Friday's parade (09/27/06)
I want to start this week by reminding you of the Building the Vision float that will be in the parade this Friday. Lucy Fletcher and I are working on the banner for the float, and are obviously depending on "a few good men" to get the Flea in position. ...
Building the Vision: Groundbreaking planned for civic center/museum (09/20/06)
If you happen to be driving south on highway 65 (business), past the Marshall Municipal Airport, look over toward the entrance and you will see an eye-catching sign that says "Future Site of Marshall Civic Center and Nicholas/Beazley Museum." You will also see a chain-link fence running east/west. ...
Building the Vision: Accomplishments of early N-B pilot detailed (09/13/06)
As I continue to delve into the enormous number of clippings about Barney Zimmerley and the Nicholas/Beazley Airplane Company, I am finding interesting anecdotes, observations, news articles, and snippets from a time that seems to have been slower-paced and perhaps more "innocent" than the world we live in now. ...
Building the Vision: Newspaper clippings detail Nicholas/Beazley feats (09/06/06)
After a family-filled Labor Day Weekend, I find it a little hard to get back to reality. I suspect it is the same for many of you. In doing so, however, I am reminded that I am to make a couple of presentations this week, concerning the Civic Center/Museum project. I must say that each time I "go out" to give a program I am charged up again as I talk about the way this addition to Marshall will benefit everyone, and, at the same time, enable us to acknowledge and preserve our past...
Building the Vision: We need to take teamwork lessons from geese (08/30/06)
I would like to begin this week's column by recognizing and saluting the other capital campaign here in Marshall ... the Fitzgibbon Hospital Community Cancer Center Capital Campaign. Perhaps it would seem to be a paradox that one campaign would acknowledge the other, but that is the spirit with which both causes are being approached. ...
Building the Vision: Telling the truth about N-B? We sure are (08/23/06)
I was "out and about" in town this week, and happened to cross paths with a friend whose comments caused me concern. I would like to share the gist of the conversation with you, and add a few remarks of my own. The lady began with a compliment about my column ... ...
Building the Vision: Tax advantages of NAP credit, 501(c)3 explained (08/16/06)
What a welcome home! My family and I have been in Florida for several days. When we returned, the mail had piled up and the telephone answering machine was blinking wildly. I made the necessary "call-backs" and was both pleased and surprised when I returned a call to a young lady I know whose message indicated that she had a question to ask. ...
Building the Vision: Nicholas-Beazley is a Marshall tradition (08/02/06)
It is with enthusiasm and eager anticipation that I begin this weekly column about the proposed civic center and aviation museum for Marshall. During my "time" with you, I hope to enlighten everyone about the project, answer questions, and address concerns. It is my desire to clear up any misconceptions and to clarify the history, purposes, and expectations for what I firmly believe will be a huge asset to Marshall and the surrounding area...
ANITA WRIGHT, Columnist
Building the Vision