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Big crowd on hand for school auction at Petersburg

Most of the furnishings were sold inside the gym last Sunday.
Some were there to buy a bit of nostalgia, and others had a specific purpose for the furnishings and equipment sold Sunday, Nov. 21, by Boone Central Schools at the Petersburg school location.
The auction began at 10 a.m. with three auction lines in separate locations. It continued until shortly after 3 p.m.
“Things moved along well, and we had a good crowd of active bidders,” said auctioneer John Temme. About 240 bidder cards were issued.
Many in the crowd were former students, and some were staff members who had taught or worked at the school since before the merger of Petersburg Public School with Boone Central Public School in 2001.
Several expressed sadness that the facility would no longer be used as a school.
“Yes, it’s sad, but change happens, and we have to adjust to it,” said Bernie Cunningham, who has worked on community improvement projects in Petersburg for many decades. “Petersburg has always been a great community.”
Bernie’s husband, Harry, taught at Petersburg Public Schools for 37 years before his retirement. They live just across the street.
Complete story in the Nov. 24 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, and Petersburg Press.
Crowd gathers outdoors where some items were sold from a trailer.