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There is hardly a person in the Senate worth painting, though many of them would be better for a little whitewashing.

Ed Gruber by Kyle Wright No matter where a person looks in Delphi, Indiana's, Canal Park, one gets a glimpse of Ed Gruber's contributions. At the southeast border of the park flows the Wabash and Erie Canal itself, which Gruber and several other volunteers worked to clean. In the park's Historic Village sits a blacksmith and carpentry shop, erected in 1991 by Canal volunteers. Also taking shape in the Historic Village is the all—volunteer group's latest achievement: the Wabash and Erie Canal Conference and Interpretive Center. Half of the 1850s—style building will use interactive exhibits to help visitors learn about the canal and its operation. The other half will serve as a conference facility. "Most of us are retired from different fields," Gruber said, "so we've `got a littbit of expertise in a lot of fields here. So something we want to do, we get it done." Gruber contributes a little bit of everything. He is co—chairman of Delphi Historic Trails and treasurer of the Canal Association. The retired pilot also provides his skills as a plumber, electrician,. carpenter, painter, and "anything else you can imagine, " according to Dan McCain, president of the Canal Associa-

tion and himself a frequent worker at the park. "Ed has worked harder than ,anyone I can think of in the daily hands—on work of planning and restoration of the Canal Park," McCain said. "A very unselfish person. He has so many tools of `his own and shares all that and his talent." Gruber's involvement with Canal Park began innocently enough. " When I lived in New York, I came out to an Old Settlers Reunion meeting here in Delphi," Gruber said. "At the Old. Settlers' meeting was a man I went to school with. He said: `Hey, come here. Give me five dollars.' "I said, "What for?' "He said, `Give it to me. ' "I did, and he said, `Now you're a member of the canal.' That was 1976. Gruber became a frequent contributor at the park when he relocated to Carroll County three years later. He and about 15 other volunteers now spend three days a week working at the park. "We're capable of doing what we've done with a lot of people helping us," Gruber said. "The group of people I work with are real fine people. It ' s a nice group to work with."

I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose—fitting clothing. If I had loose—fitting clothing, I wouldn't have sighed up in the first !place

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Magazine of TWA Active Retired Pilots Assn.

2003.11.TARPA_TOPICS  

Magazine of TWA Active Retired Pilots Assn.

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