The local bus shelter in Merville recently received a facelift, thanks to a community effort. Photo by Vic Marchiel

Community pitches in to give Merville bus shelter a facelift

Structure now used as a book exchange, bulletin board centre

The local bus shelter in Merville recently received a facelift: new roof, facia boards, decorative accents, faux window and flower box, bulletin board and shelving and a new hanging sign.

Locals also gave her a coat of boiled linseed oil on the interior and exterior cedar.

The structure was originally built in 1983 and served as a bus shelter for the local children. (The original school bus stop sign still hangs on the front.) Some of the long-time locals recall as many as 19 tykes huddled inside waiting for the bus! While there are not many kids of school age in the area anymore the neighbourhood hopes it will someday, again, see service as a shelter. In the meanwhile, it will serve the community as a book exchange and neighbourhood bulletin board.

“We think it is a warm welcome to everyone entering deep Merville,” said Vic Marchiel, who submitted the photo to the Record. “A huge thank you goes out to many in the neighbourhood who contributed materials, especially Fred the roofer, who donated all the new tin for the roof. Couldn’t have done it without community!”

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