Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Right Now, It's Happening Right Now

There is a major network filming in Provo, RIGHT NOW. And only one newspaper cared enough about a story with a postive spin to report on it.

The Salt Lake Tribune

HGTV in Provo to film work on Maeser School

PROVO - The Maeser School is in the spotlight again, but this time it has nothing to do with an old handwritten deed. Crews from cable home-and-garden giant HGTV will be at the historic school site today and Thursday to film restoration work on the building. It will be presented during a future public-service announcement. HGTV's Restore America initiative also is dishing out $50,000 to the Provo Housing Authority to assist the school's conversion into a low-income apartment complex for seniors. "It's a total delight and pleasure," said Doug Carlson, Provo Housing Authority director. "We were selected in a highly competitive grant-application process." Built in 1898, Maeser School is one of only 12 sites chosen for HGTV's Restore America initiative. Carlson said more than 100 applications were made for the grant. The historic Provo grade school recently made headlines when an old deed surfaced that threatens to put a hiccup in plans for the site. The deed maintains that an acre on the site must be kept as a child's playground - or be returned to the heir. Officials and attorneys still are sorting out what role the deed will play. - Todd Hollingshead
When Extreme Makeover Home Edition came to Bountiful, Utah, it was all over the news. That just helped one family. According to the Provo City Housing Authority's website, this project helps 31 low-income seniors, and 12 moderate-income families. I bet if Ty came, there would be cameras and reporters all over the place.


Th. said...


I'm so happy to hear that building is being restored. When I moved, word was it was doomed. I'm glad that isn't so. If you see the Trib mention the date the show airs, I'll visit my parents to watch it.

Thank you, Absent. Thank you for the public service you are providing.

Absent-minded Secretary said...

Finally, Daily Herald and the Des News realized they were missing out on a really cool news story.

On the HGTV website you can see last year's Restore America projects, so I assume that we will be able to do the same for this year's, but I will let you know when it is announced. :)

Th. said...