Cooking up Change
This article has been amended to include the greatly appreciated contribution of
in the TVA Kitchen
Berardi Brothers Plumbing. We apologize for the oversight in the previous version.
Recently, Trent Valley Archives received a generous donation from Berenice Pepe to improve our kitchen facilities, which were original to the former Township of Smith office.
Berenice’s donation set the ball in motion, which led to a number of local trades and businesses all jumping on board to help make the renovation project come to fruition.
It all began with Ann Grills, kitchen designer for local business Cabinetree (who is currently enjoying her maternity leave), donating some oak cabinets from one of her personal renovation projects. Not only did Ann supply the cabinetry, but she attended on site, measured and designed layout that would work in our tiny space, allowing us to have a microwave and a fridge and provide the maximum amount of work space allowable.
Without hesitation, Terry Jenkins of Home Hardware on Chemong Road generously donated a high definition laminate counter top, which complimented the cabinets beautifully and incorporated today’s popular look of granite.
Kevin Grills, finish carpenter and cabinet installer, along with his father, Glen Grills, took on the task of tearing out the 1960s cabinets and replacing them with the new ones, building a custom shelving cabinet, installing the counter top and replacing the baseboard.
Alyson Hamilton of MacInteriors donated her professional painting services and the paint needed to freshen up the walls.
Bob Neck supplied a covered trailer and took responsibility for the logistics of delivering the cabinetry and disposing of the old materials.
Drain Electric Ltd. wired in the newly required outlets and hooked up our new light fixture.
Finally, Berardi Bros. Plumbing generously donated their professional plumbing services to disconnect and reconnect the plumbing, install a new vent and brand new Delta faucet.
Without the generosity of these individuals and local businesses, this renovation project would not have been possible.
On behalf of everyone at Trent Valley Archives,
WE THANK YOU ALL!