FIFRA Foundation awards nearly $50,000 to 15 groups

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Members of the First Interstate Fall River Area Foundation board of directors pose for a photo while holding a ceremonial check for $49,828.79 which was split amongst 15 different non-profit organizations in Fall River County. Pictured from left is Barb Miller, Jessica VanEaton, Shirley Green and Rita Fraune. Board members not pictured include Steve Wynia, Dallas Wilkinson and Brett Nachtigall.


HOT SPRINGS – The First Interstate Fall River Area Foundation recently presented funds to 15 different Fall River County organizations, totaling nearly $50,000, thanks in a large part to a substantial financial gift from the estate of Harlan and Mae Niedermyer, which has helped create a lasting legacy for the couple’s many years living in the area.

Both retired VA Medical Center employees, the Niedermyers were married on Nov. 24, 1951, and celebrated their 69th anniversary just a few months prior to Harlan’s death in February 2020, which was four months shy of his 102nd birthday. Mae passed away last summer on July 25, 2021, at the age of 105. The couple did not have any children.

The Niedermyers’ gift of nearly $800,000 in 2021 boosted the amount of money the foundation awarded last year, from $19,170 to 10 different Fall River County non-profit organization, to $49,828.79 this year.

Following is a listing of the organizations which received the 2022 funds and what they plan to do with monies.

• Hot Springs Farmers Market: Purchase table, chairs, canopy for market booths

• Hot Springs Senior Center: Purchase new dishwasher and computer

• Hot Springs Window Dressing Project: Purchase supplies to enhance windows of vacant downtown buildings.

• Boys & Girls Club of Hot Springs: Provide transportation, fees, field trips and equipment for summer program.

• Hot Springs Garden, LLC: Purchase fence, water spigots, lumber and soil for gardens.

• United Churches of Hot Springs: Purchase large screen TV projector and sound equipment for community movies nights.

• Angostura Rural Volunteer Fire Department: Purchase PPE safety equipment for 10 firefighters.

• Battle Mountain Humane Society: Build an isolation building for new animals to the shelter.

• Friends of Umiker Dog Park: Purchase additional fence and pay for installation.

• Smithwick Volunteer Fire Department: Purchase new hoses and a foam injection system for trucks.

• Pioneer Museum of Hot Springs: Purchase lights, install conduit and outlets for new archive room.

• Hot Springs Scout Center: Update heating system, new lights, new paint and refinish floors.

• Edgemont Historical Society: Purchase hot water heater and update public bathrooms.

• Edgemont Senior Citizens Center: Replace gutter down spouts, fascia and corner boards of building.

• Edgemont Gardening Group: Purchase fence for local resident community garden.

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