Workshop informs, is fun

To the editor:

Bill McAnally, a former Iowa Central Community College instructor and an expert on energy-efficient construction and who is presently working with the Center on Sustainable Communities, held his audience in awe on energy trends and common issues in older buildings with his knowledge, quick wit, exhibits and great photos. He is such an approachable guy and stayed after to answer many questions with great expertise. He loves his work.

The Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission was so pleased with the turnout Sept. 26 for our first workshop that focused on energy efficiency in older buildings, which kicked off the beginning of a four-part series.

The next workshops (Oct. 18 and 19) will focus mainly on windows, addressing myths and facts on their energy efficiency and a hands-on workshop fixing old windows. Bob Yapp, a nationwide expert on old home construction and a TV personality, will be our next speaker. For more information, please visit

We could not host these workshops without the funding provided by National Parks Service, Downtown SSMID, Deardorf Foundation, Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way and Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau. We need to recognize our partners: State Historic Preservation Office, which was represented by Jack Porter on Sept. 26, Iowa Central Community College for the use of its East Campus site along with its added publicity ads and the city of Fort Dodge. From the Business Affairs and Community Growth Department, our liaison to the city, Senior Planner Stephanie Houk Sheetz, has been our guide and mentor keeping the commission going forward. The Messenger has aided our commission in publicizing our activities through features and ads. We wish to thank our supporters for their financial aid and interest.

Join us on Oct.18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at ICCC’s East Campus. You will need to register for the Oct.19 hands-on workshop from 8 a.m. to noon being held at the McQuilkin Building at 815 Central Ave. due to the class size being limited to 25 participants. Call 576-8191 to register. Our workshops are free and some refreshments are served due to generous businesses who want to remain anonymous. Come join in the experience.

Aaron Will

FDHPC secretary

Fort Dodge