Monday, March 26, 2012

Another good week for the Nikolai

General Bill Sperry and crew concluded another busy week with the Nikolai project.  In a note to the AWG board, the past commanding general had this to report:

The week just ending  was a good week, even had a no-rain day. All the beams are up, including the rafters.  It will take another two days to set the rafters and do the fine-tuning. By Friday the roof should be on. After that we have the floor to pour , the sidewalks, and flag poles to install. The end is in sight. The final grade, landscaping, and electrical will be all that is left to do.

Sperry's report, along with the photos sent by his wife, General Kitty Sperry, prompted this reply by Adjutant General Roger Flygare: 

"Wow...what a HUGE PIECE OF CEDAR...all the wood is so beautiful.  The fit of the pieces is astonishing.  I feel like I want to move into make it a home!!  Well, I guess it is a home of sorts...It's the home of the Sv. Nikolai Expedition of 1808 designed and built by the sure, strong and steady hands of IPCG Bill Sperry!"

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nikolai project is beaming!

A crane lifts the first beam on the Nikolai project near Forks

General Bill Sperry and crew continue to build the monument to the s.v. Nikolai, making steady progress through all kinds of weather conditions. The first beam went up on the project today. A dedication ceremony is being planned for later this summer - watch this space for details. (With thanks to Kitty Sperry for contributing these project photos).

A member of the Sperry crew straddles the first beam after it is in place.

Monday, March 12, 2012

AWG board meeting March 13

The next meeting of the Association of Washington Generals board is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Senate Rules Room in the state Capitol in Olympia (second floor, lieutenant governor's office).

This will be General Ralph Ibarra's first meeting as Commanding General, along with the other new officers in place. The agenda for this meeting can be found here, and the (approved as of March 13) minutes from the Feb. 14 meeting are at this link.