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Community asked for ideas on how best to put historic Spencer House to use for the Waimea community

The Waimea Preservation Association will hold a Talk Story from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, at Spencer House, next to the Waimea McDonald’s to discuss ideas on keeping the historic Spencer House open as a community gathering place.

Many in the community toured the more than 150-year-old home several weeks ago and learned the goal was to raise funds to lease the home for a year to to develop a sustainable plan to preserve it for community use. The Aug. 18 gathering is the first of several sessions to begin gathering ideas to develop a plan to cover basic costs and also support community service groups, non-profit organizations and other needs of Waimea. The association said the plan must also take into consideration preserving the remarkable history of the home, and addressing essential repairs and who might be able and willing to help.

The Talk Story is informal, and potluck snacks that will not harm the home are welcome. For questions or suggestions, contact Paul Johnston at 938-4540 or email pej1000@aol.com, Bill Sanborn at 895-1122 or Lauren Avery at 371-2502 or email hawaiilauren@gmail.com.