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Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway CEO Makes Donation to BR Museum

The Blue Rapids Museum “Leaky Roof” committee has received the promise of a matching donation dollar for dollar up to $20,000 from Larry Parsons, BRHS Class of 1958 and Chairman and CEO of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Company. Profit from Museum fund raising events will be matched to Mr. Parson’s generous offer. Donations, memorial money and bequests received from museum supporters toward the roofing and other major building repairs will double in value until the limit is reached.

The Blue Rapids Alumni Association and the State Bank have both made a substantial donation and visitors to the museum over Memorial Day added another $240. Family members of Pat and Phil Osborne also made a nice donation in honor of their anniversary.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.