Area Progress Council Warren County

Area Progress Council

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Warren County Astronomical Society

Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory Site  

Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory Time Line

February 2011 –Jeff Blazey and Rachel Hutzel have the idea to donate a 12 ft telescope – but to who and where?

February 2011 – conversation with Walt Davis, APC Board Member

March 2, 2011 – Mr. Davis presents the idea at the APC Board meeting – the project was adopted immediately

March 2011 – March 2012 – Every Saturday morning planning meetings

October 22, 2011 Decision was made to look for a different location than Gulley Park –Camp Joy was suggested – Jeff drove out and evaluated the Camp Joy location

March 21, 2012 – MOU signed with Area Progress Council, Camp Joy, Donors Rachel Hutzel and Jeff Blazey, VSWC Architects, Warren County Career Center, Warren County Parks, Warren County Astronomical Society

March 2012 – Fund Raising begins

August 18, 2012 – Decision made to name the building – Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory

Fund Raising continues

April 11, 2013 – Ground Breaking at Camp Joy

June 7, 2013 – Pave the Milky Way Dinner - $60,000 raised

July 13, 2013 – Stake placed where the telescope pedestal will be set

July 2013 – Foundation poured at the site

July 2013 – Rachel A. Hutzel Observatory Endowment Established

August 2013 – Warren County Trades Students begin construction

Harsh Winter of 2013-2014 – slows construction

March 2014 – Construction gets started again

April 10, 2014 – Roof Rolls

May 12, 2014 – Pedestal set and telescope installed

 October 3, 2014 - Dedication


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