A tabletop replica of the Pershing County Courthouse, designed and built by Lovelock woodworker Tom Hildenbrand, will be sold next month at the Senior Center birdhouse raffle.
A tabletop replica of the Pershing County Courthouse, designed and built by Lovelock woodworker Tom Hildenbrand, will be sold next month at the Senior Center birdhouse raffle.
A tabletop replica of the Pershing County Courthouse has attracted donations for the Pershing County Senior Center. Designed by Lovelock woodworker Tom Hildenbrand, the little structure is for the birds and some lucky bird lover will take it home after the birdhouse raffle on May 1.
A retired mechanic, Hildenbrand has cheerfully spent long hours in his wood shop building birdhouses for the annual senior center birdhouse fundraiser. This year, he also delivered a hand-carved raffle drum that holds hundreds of raffle tickets for the courthouse replica. 
“He made a beautiful windmill and he made quite a few birdhouses for our last birdhouse raffle,” Senior Center Director Jordan McKinney said. “He probably made four or five birdhouses and all of them take a lot of time because he puts a lot of care into each one. People can buy tickets now and put tickets in the drum. The tickets are a dollar each or six tickets for five dollars.”
Last week, Hildenbrand presented a wooden fire truck to Glenn “Chick” Rose in honor of the volunteer firefighter’s 51 years of service to the local community. Tongue and groove flooring from the high school gymnasium was incorporated in the miniature vehicle, Hildenbrand said.
“He just comes up with stuff off the top of his head,” McKinney said. “He made Chick Rose a fire truck that he gifted him today and it’s incredible. It has a hose on the back, a detachable ladder and wheels that work. We all love Chick and what he does for the community.”
Hildenbrand was asked to explain his inspiration for the fire truck that he gifted to Rose.
“I was born here and my dad was a really good friend of his. We’ve been gone for fifty years,” he explained. “The fire truck was to honor him for his 51 years of service to the community. I was a paramedic myself in California so I know how tough it can be. I couldn’t deal with it and ended up being a mechanic for the rest of my life. I enjoy making toys and birdhouses.”
McKinney commended the miniature fire truck during last week’s county commission meeting.
“It’s a fire truck made from the old gym floor. It has a real ladder that you can take off,” she said. “It’s a beautiful wooden fire truck that he made for Chick. It’s Engine 51 because it’s his 51st year with the volunteer fire department. It’s beautiful.”
McKinney said support has increased for the senior center. More than sixty wreaths and trees were donated for the Christmas Tree raffle and she expected numerous donated birdhouses. The monthly senior center newsletter summarizes some of the services offered by the facility.
“The goal of the Pershing County Senior Center is to offer congregate and homebound meals as well as transportation and social activities to maintain and improve the quality of life for older adults in Pershing County.”