Wednesday, November 18, 2009
On November 13th, Buchheit of Centralia formally opened their doors at 9:00 a.m. with a Chain Saw Cutting Celebration. The public turnout was excellent and the parking lot was busy with locals who were present for the event. WJBD had a live broadcast for the event. Buchheit indicated sales have been beyond expectation and everyone was very pleased with the attendance. They also indicated that the evening sales are higher than anticipated.
On Wednesday, November 11th, local officials were invited to the store for a pre-opening viewing and appreciation night.
F&L Salvage is donating two cars for a 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning extrication demonstration by the local rescue unit. Following the extrication, the saw will be donated to the Centralia Fire Department.
The "Centralia Your Opportunity" sign has received a much needed face lift. The historic sign had fallen into disrepair and has been replaced thanks to the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, Centralia Image Committee and the City of Centralia. Image Committee Chairman Todd Dobbs said, "After seeking infput from a variety of interested parties and much analysis, it was determined that the simplest way to recreate the message the sign originally intended to deliver, was to replace the letters and to light the sign for all to see." The letters taken from the sign were found to be made of wood and in an extreme state of deterioration. The new letters have been made from exterior grade material, painted and sealed so as to not fall into the same state if disrepair.