On 6-10-17, Wanda and I and Connie Phillis and Anne Myles went to Waterloo for the Cedar Valley Roller Derby last home game of the season. The Brawlers and their Junior team, the Mad Catters, are all animal lovers and particularly cat lovers. Part of the team visited R. Hollow in May and spent a long afternoon loving on the cats. We were the organization chosen for their last home game fund raiser and we truly appreciate the invite and the wonderful donations we received from their raffle and from the spectators who enjoyed the night. The Brawlers won big on their last home game against a Wisconsin team. And the Mad Catters debuted during half time. It was a 'fun' "Fun"draiser for Rustic Hollow. Pictured below from Left: Volunteer Connie Phillis, Anne Myles, supporter and volunteer who joined us for the evening, and Wanda Orric, the "W" in C& W's Rustic Hollow Shelter.
Our Kat Barn flooded in September 2016 when a deluge of rain proved too much for our tiny creek that runs through the property. Never in the history of this acreage had we ever had any flooding into one of our buildings. But we had wanted to update the Kat Barn for some time. This just gave us the incentive to get it done sooner.
A room in the upper level of Bradley's House was built to house the displaced Kat Barn cats. Then the hard work began. Staff worked hard to tear out the wood and linoleum flooring and get the area cleaned. This spring the old concrete floor was resurfaced and the work on ceiling and walls began. Here are some photos of a work in progress. Yes, the cats are back in their home and love helping the crew.
Pictured middle photo above: 'Dave' and Angie Minnaert working on the Kat Barn ceiling with some kitty helpers. Also helping with the ceiling work is Russell (Rusty) VanBrocklin pictured below getting some love from a Kat Barn kitty. Liz Wegner, Left and Volunteer Connie Phillis admiring the floor and work in progress.
Carmen Linda Conklin
Former semi-professioal musician, music teacher, newspaper publisher, in-home health care provider & one of the founders of Rustic Hollow Shelter which came into existence in 1985.