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New drapes are up in windows of large courtroom

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Art Sanders, owner of Sanders Window Fashions, is pictured with two sets of draperies that were recently hung in the large courtroom of the Clinton County Courthouse.

LOCK HAVEN — Sanders Window Fashions owner Art Sanders and volunteers put up new draperies in the large courtroom at the Clinton County Courthouse last week.

Over 200 yards of maroon fabric, each custom sewn for the room’s 12 large windows, were shipped to Sanders Window Fashions in preparation for this job.

“It was hard because of COVID to get the fabric orders,” Sanders said. “This was also one of the first times my wife, Bonnie, didn’t make them.”

Sanders mostly deals in blinds, any draperies the business installed were sewn by Bonnie Sanders until her passing 2017.

Art ordered the fabric through an Iowa company K&L Draperies.

Sanders noted that his father, Lester, put up draperies over “60 years ago in the courthouse,” Sanders said.

Although Sanders wasn’t involved in the business back then, he can still remember the headline of an article that ran in The Express, “Commissioners Hung Up On Draperies.”

Lester opened the store out of his home in 1942. Art and his wife would join the business in 1972, opening a location in Mill Hall before moving to Lock Haven.

“It’s interesting, when I took this job, it’s like revisiting the past,” he said.

Sanders said he was thankful for the help he received on such a large job including his son-in-law Larry Miller as well as Jesse DeFeo, Jordan Stover and Art Foltz.

The group of volunteers helped install the large drapes as well as some smaller ones in windows just outside the courtroom.

Sanders also thanked Court Administrator Don Powers.

“A big help was Don Powers. He was really great to work with,” he said.

He continued, thanking the commissioners for hiring his business for the project.

“They accepted my bid right away,” he said.

The draperies are the second to last update the large courtroom will need to complete its renovation project.

Powers said the judge’s bench and jury box still need to be constructed, with bids opened in March.

Since the renovation began in 2020, the ceiling and walls have been repainted both inside and outside the room, the floors were redone, and a sound proofing system installed.

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