OREGON – Hands On Oregon has finished a 2-year-long labor of love, restoring the sagging south wall of historic Conover Square.
As part of its restoration work on the wall that bowed out due to moisture and age, the nonprofit is creating the Love Our Flag Project, which is adding a roughly 60-by-30-foot American flag to the wall’s upper east corner.
The steel siding depicting the red, white and blue flag will be in place by the end of this week, and will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with the help of the Oregon VFW, Hands On co-founder Rick Ryland said.
Refreshments will be served.
The ceremony will follow the VFW Veterans Day observance, which begins at 11 a.m. on the Old Ogle County Courthouse lawn, at 105 S. Fifth St., with lunch (which costs a donation) from noon to 2 p.m. at 1310 W. Washington St.
Hands on Oregon was formed to do good works around the community, and the Conover Square restoration was its first major project. It has received almost $180,000 in donations, $165,000 of that anonymously, Ryland said.
The names of those who have donated will be listed on the wall.
Hands On Oregon set to work in late December 2015, removing the exterior stucco and shoring up the studding, then insulating the wall and sheeting it, and covering it with Tyvek. The siding is the final part of the project.
Hands On Oregon plans to do more work at Conover Square, including roof repairs and restroom renovations.
To contribute, make checks payable to Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, with Hands On Oregon in the memo line, and mail them to Hands On Oregon, PO Box 244, Oregon, IL 61061.
All contributions are tax deductible.
Call Ryland at 815-440-5171 for more information on the volunteer group.