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Lord-Higel House Update
Grant Award
Last week the Lord-Higel House restoration project received a $50,000 plus grant from the Ehrhart Family Foundation towards the restoration of the interior of the house.

VHI still needs $70,000 for the interior work. Once this money is raised a capping donation of $50,000 has been pledged to complete the interior work.
Help Needed
Volunteers began stripping multiple layers of paint from interior window trim and bead board that lined the office room on the first floor of the house. To volunteer contact Gary Youngberg at 513-271-2300.
New Board Member - Gary Youngberg 
Gary is a Venice native and a 1972 graduate of Venice High School. He attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago studying radio engineering. In 1981, he spent four months in West Africa on a technology related project.

In 1978, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and joined a small business as a chimney sweep. In 1982, he established his own business, Associated Chimney Sweeps, that he operated until the fall of 2017 when he retired and moved back to Venice.

His interests include aviation, radio communications (amateur radio), audio/video engineering, and local history research and preservation. Gary is a volunteer on the Lord-Higel House restoration project and assists with the maintenance of "Old Betsy," Venice's original 1926 American LaFrance fire engine.  He also assists the Venice Area Historical Society with its archival collection and serves on the planning committee for the Old Timer's Picnic.

Gary is a grandson of George E. Youngberg, Sr., who worked as a civil engineer for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers during their 1925-28 development of Venice.    

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