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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Want to buy a bank? Richmond's selling one

By Jami Elzinga

November 19, 2008 | RICHMOND -- The building that served as a bank for 95 years in the city of Richmond is up for grabs.

Established in 1908, this building has served many purposes aside from being a bank, and thanks to Kathy and Glen Gantz, who are residents of Richmond, you could have the opportunity to make your reality a dream by purchasing the building yourself.

The building itself is small, about 1,020 square feet, but would be good for a small retail store or office, Kathy Gantz said. They started about six months ago remodeling it to bring it up to code, but they purchased it about two years ago.

When the Gantzes bought the building, they had to make many renovations to it. They tore out three levels of the ceiling and insulated it. When the building was first built the area above the bank was originally a little living area. The second story of the building was leveled in the earthquake of 1972. This earthquake leveled many buildings and did much damage to the Cache Valley area.

The Gantzes also painted the outside of the building a brick red and installed a handicap-accessible entrance. The furnace is new as well, since the old furnace looked like it would be a money pit, said Kathy. Glen has done about 90 percent of the work on this project, or as her husband referred to it as her "mid-life crisis." This is the reason they bought it, she said. She has always wanted to own a piece of history.

They held an open house for the residents of Richmond, and a few turned out to see the changes that have taken place. The walls on the inside are painted green with a white trim, and the most interesting thing is that they still have the old vault inspection notes on display inside the bank.

Unfortunately, the building is not on the historic registry yet, but they should be able to apply get on the historic registry list in 2012. They have to wait because there have been changes made to the building less than 50 years ago.


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