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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Spring 2011

By Ken Jensen

A part of the Olnesses’ home was once The Grove’s dance pavilion: shown here are the cedar-paneled walls and ceiling.

A part of the Olnesses’ home was once The Grove’s dance pavilion: shown here are the cedar-paneled walls and ceiling.

The first thing you notice about [former] Black Diamond Mayor Rebecca Olness and her husband Ron’s home is the spectacular view of Lake Sawyer from their deck. The second thing you notice is the somewhat peculiar room off to the right with the wall-to-wall cedar paneling; a curved, cedar-paneled ceiling with beams made from tree saplings—bark and all; two white, semi-transparent glass windows; and between them, a large river rock-faced fireplace.

But of course this is precisely the room I came to see. (more…)

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