Help protest Windsor plan

There is an online petition titled "Save the Historic Integrity of the Windsor Hotel." I'm praying that those who sign it will make a difference.

The Windsor is part of this community low-income senior housing which The Telegram seems to be pushing would negate one of the most positive aspects of its draw as a tourist attraction.

A recent Telegram story quoted Norma Nolte, one of the FCPA board members who voted no to the low-income senior housing proposal. She shouldn't have to "explain" her no vote. I personally am proud of everyone who voted to actually preserve the Windsor as a historic treasure rather than selling out to an out-of-town developer.

It would be good to read an actual "Windsor Hotel timeline." This month will mark the 40th anniversary of the Windsor being named as a National Historic Place. The nomination form not only praised the distinctive Renaissance architecture of the building but also the main point of interest in the hotel itself: "... the mezzanine lobby ... runs north-south on the second floor. It extends upward for three stories and is topped by a huge skylight. On three sides the lobby walls are lined with balconies, and on the fourth side two long solid mahogany stairways converge at the bottom ..."

Brad Nading's picture in the recent article did justice to the beauty of the interior which will be sacrificed on the developer's altar if someone approves this ill-advised scheme.

If you are as concerned as I am you can Google save the Windsor and sign the online petition. Or you can come by the Family Bookhouse and sign a petition and throw some change in the crock that will go for restoration if that's the final outcome.

As the old Old Once-ler advised in The Lorax: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."


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Hospital's support boosts coffee shop

Just a note to tell all your readers that St. Catherine Hospital is a wonderful place to work. A year ago Mosiac opened a little coffee shop there, near the cafeteria. Scott Taylor, John Yox and Edward Schmink have helped us in every imaginable way to succeed.

And succeed we have. At Solid Grounds we're training our individuals to work out in the community. The response among the hospital staff has been absolutely heartwarming. We've made so many good friends there and especially enjoy fellowship with the ministry team, our neighbors. Our individuals seem to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the little shop. The music we play often relates to the holiday season St. Patrick's, Irish tunes, of course. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Valentine's Day all see special sales decorations by Mosiac's super sales lady, Betty Sheets. Betty has many, many outlets for our Jumpy Monkey coffee all over southwest Kansas.

Mark Singhisen and Ron Niday supervise the Solid Grounds shop, but Debbie Reynolds, Mosaic executive director, and John Yox came up with the innovation. As I stated earlier, John Yox has taken the individuals and myself under his wing, and we are grateful. Thank you, St. Catherine, for a great year.



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