Sunday, May 18, 2008


The Fort Plain Free Library will host a Grand Opening to celebrate the completion of its repair/renovation/and restoration project on Sunday, June 8, from 1:00 - 4:00. Construction on the project began in September, 2007, and work included the repair and restoration of the front porch, the addition of a handicapped ramp at that entrance, upgrading of the lights and windows resulting in a reduction in energy costs, repair and restoration of the interiors of the two former front parlors, and the installation of secure, custom display shelving. The first of many displays of Clinton Liberal Institute artifacts and memorabilia has been prepared by board member Eileen Chambers. The custom display shelving added as a central part of the project allows the library, for the first time, the opportunity to share this remarkable collection with the public on a continual basis.
Sherri Byrne, owner of The Herb Cupboard, has planned and planted an herb and perennial garden in keeping with the period of the house. The garden will grow and change over the years adding to the attractiveness of the exterior. Local artist Joanne Resch was commissioned to paint a large landscape that graces the Willett Street entrance to the building and welcomes residents and visitors alike to the facility and the community.
Funds for the project were provided, in part, by the New York State Canal Corporation, the New York State Library through the Public Library Construction Grant program, Senator Hugh Farley, the Yerdon Foundation, the Arkell Foundation, the family of Bob and Ruth Moyer, family and friends of Evelyn Cranker, American Legion Post #554, McFee Memorials, Midvale Veterinary Clinic, the Shults Agency,
Canajoharie - Fort Plain Elks, Loyal Order of the Moose, and Loren Prime.