Many readers of this column are aware that a number of local individuals and businesses have donated / pledged a total of $90,000 toward the restoration of our buildings, many of which are in need of repairs and/or a paint job. Here is a brief update on the progress of these projects.

We have a new ceramic-tile floor in the Livery Barn Restaurant’s kitchen and a newly painted floor in the Short-Order Booth. The Livery Barn Restaurant has a beautiful new coat of paint. The General Store has some new windows and a lot of new siding. The painters have begun scraping the building and will be applying paint shortly. We are currently inviting bids for the painting of the windmill and the Village Centre, including the Auditorium. If there are still funds available after these projects are done, we will address the Steamer Shelter, the Lichtenau Church and the Barkfield School.

Newly Painted Livery Barn Restaurant

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.