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Dear Editor,
    Sunday, June 9, I had the great pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Paw Paw baseball exhibit at my old library, now known as the Carnegie Community Center. In addition to local team photographs and baseball paraphernalia, own hometown Detroit Tiger homerun king Charlie Maxwell was present to greet visitors and swap stories.
    Charlie and I were old adversaries on the baseball diamond - he played ball at Lawton High School when I was at Paw Paw High School, and we faced each other again in college. At Lawton, Charlie was a left-handed pitcher with a fast ball. More recently, we exchanged stories at a local coffee shop. As Charlie lives on Maple Lake, the sedimentation problem is often discussed.
    The Paw Paw District Library, DDA, Historical Commission, and Village staff are to be complimented on collecting material for all of the displays. the exhibit will be open all summer, and can serve as an inspiration for all area kids, and a place to reminisce for all our old time ball players.
    The Carnegie building provides some history of its own. The building was left to deteriorate after the library was moved out. The Rotary Club was looking for a local facility to hold weekly meetings, and talked to a lot of people, including the artists trying to raise funds for the leaking roof. Artist Ellie Parshall volunteered to approach one of her Kalamazoo friends to fund the renovation of the building by fixing the roof, the boiler, and the addition to house the elevator. Ellie must have had a lot of influence because the renovation cost more than $200,000.
    Her contribution was recognized by placing a stone bearing her name to the left of the front steps.
    Rotarians and artists caulked and painted the interior. We also planted the shrubbery; I planted the blue spruce which now serves as the community Christmas tree.  The beautiful flowers are now planted by the Carnegie Garden Club each year. Paw Paw can be proud of the beautiful entry to town from the south on Kalamazoo Street.
    Ted Major
    Rotarian and member of the 1942 PPHS baseball team

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Dear Editor,
    Thanks to all who participated in last week’s American Red Cross blood drive at the Paw Paw Lions Club -- starting with the sandwich makers, the cookie baker, many volunteer workers, and especially, the 59 potential donors who came to donate blood.  The modest goal was 44 pints, and 55 successful units were collected.  
    The next American Red Cross blood drive in Paw Paw will be at the K of C Hall on Wednesday, August 14.  Hope to see you there.
    Frank Wunderlich
    Blood Drive Coordinator
 

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