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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:39 am | Updated: 8:52 am, Fri Sep 21, 2012.

If you flew over the Hotel Leger in an airplane over the weekend, it looked like a giant human anthill with more than 200 volunteers from the community helping breathe new life into the historic lodging as part of the Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.”

Travel Channel staff marveled at the sheer number of volunteers, at times being almost overwhelmed with willing helpers, according to Terry Weatherby,

“I’m so proud of our town,” said Lynne Greer of Mokelumne Hill. “Everybody has gone above and beyond. They’ve just been awesome.”

Numerous licensed contractors, local businesses and artists donated labor and materials to various projects.

Over a five-day period, Travel Channel producers worked with the community to complete several big changes in the hotel that dates back to the Gold Rush days. The exact nature of the projects were kept secret until the unveiling Monday night, in order to elicit the biggest reaction from the star of the show, owner Ashley Canty, who took over the hotel a few months ago when a lessee left.

Canty said the hotel has struggled for a long time, and the infusion of enthusiasm and energy provided by “Hotel Impossible” host Anthony Melchiorri is much-needed.

The “big reveal,” happened at about 6 p.m. Monday evening, and emotions surely ran high.

“I haven’t slept in days,” Canty said Monday morning. “But it’s great. Amazing things are happening. I’m exhausted and exited. I’m probably going to cry a lot.”

To read more about the Hotel Leger’s transformation, visit calaverasenterprise.com and see Friday’s print edition of the Calaveras Enterprise.

Contact Joel Metzger at joel@calaverasenterprise.com

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1 comment:

  • MichaelArkin posted at 7:12 pm on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    MichaelArkin Posts: 265

    This is such a wonderful upbeat story! I am so happy for the Leger and Mokelumne Hill.