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Bayview Hall gets a new look

Sandy Marshall and Murray Johnson hit the dance floor at Bayview Hall during a celebration of Marshall’s birthday on Oct. 12. Marshall donated the work of refurbished floors of the hall, which was completed at the end of September.  - Photo courtesy of Chrisdy Hoiland Johnson
Sandy Marshall and Murray Johnson hit the dance floor at Bayview Hall during a celebration of Marshall’s birthday on Oct. 12. Marshall donated the work of refurbished floors of the hall, which was completed at the end of September.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Chrisdy Hoiland Johnson

The floors at Bayview Hall are looking particularly fresh this month thanks to a recent donation from South Whidbey resident Sandy Marshall. “At the hall we rely on community support to keep the doors open,” said Annie Rundberg, Bayview Hall manager. “Her contribution helped the hall,” she said. “The hall is always in need of repair.” Marshall, who now lives in Sammamish, said she made the donation as a way to honor her parents, Eva Mae and Ray Gabelein. They volunteered at the hall for many years while Marshall was growing up. “I know it’s something they would be really happy about,” she said. Marshall said she would like to see more residents contribute to the maintenance of the hall. It takes people in the community to keep it going, whether that’s by donations, time or even making lunches for volunteers, she said. Rundberg hopes to see more work done at the hall, such as painting the exterior, wheelchair access in the bathroom, a railing for the balcony and updating the sound system for events. The hall hosts ongoing work parties on the second Sunday of every month. Each work party focuses on a different repair, and all cleaning materials used are safe for people who are chemically sensitive, she said. The hall is centrally located and built for the community as a continuous gathering place, and “we want to keep it that way,” Rundberg said. “Bayview Hall is a special community building. I hope to see it preserved, used and enjoyed,” Marshall said.

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