Manila Mayor Melvin Browning presented a $1,000 check to the Manila Cub Scout Pack 32 Thursday evening. The Scouts accepted the donation with an applause and thank you for the generous gift that was given through the Kendall Berry Charitable Trust.
Thelma Isaacs Berry was born in Manila in 1910 and graduated from high school there. Kendall Berry moved to Manila in 1927 from Mississippi after graduating from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Mr. Berry was a printer, editor and publisher of the Manila Sentinel and also the Leachville Star. He was a longtime member of the Manila Lions Club.
The couple married in 1929 and had two sons born in Manila. They moved to Blytheville in 1935 but continued with the newspapers and club membership until 1954.
Mr. Berry died in 2000 and Mrs. Berry died in 2001. They were always interested in making Mississippi County a better place.
Mayor Browning said he was pleased to present the donation. The money will be used to help renovate the building. The city gave the former pool house located at the city park to the Scouts for a permanent meeting place. The building was damaged by an ice storm last year. Browning said a lot of work has been done on the building but it still needs a new roof and new windows.
"We appreciate the donation and the support that we receive from the community," Cubmaster Rick McCallie said.
The Manila Scouts meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings.