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Willsborough Visitor's Center to open

WILLSBORO The community of Willsboro is laying out the welcome mat for visitors. On Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m., the town of Willsboro will host a dedication ceremony for the new Willsborough Visitor's Center.

Supervisor Bob Ashline explained that the event was meant to be a thank you for the people who helped see the project to fruition. Representatives of the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT), Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, the Willsboro Beautification Committee and the Willsboro Heritage Society have all been invited.

The ceremony was originally planned for Founders Day Weekend in June, but was delayed. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served following the dedication ceremony. We didn't have the pavement in the parking lot and we wanted to get it complete, said Ashline.

The Willsborough Visitors Center is a replica of the 19th Century School House that formerly stood on the location. The building also served as town hall and Willsboro fire station. The $490,000 project was funded through a T-21 Enhancement grant from the DOT.

Ashline said the town was currently in negotiations with the Boquet River Association (BRASS) to move the organizations headquarters into the building. By having BRASS there, a full-time presence would be available.

The center is one of several in the Lakes to Locks tourism passage throughout the Champlain Valley. Exhibits focusing on Willsboros heritage as a mill town will be on display.

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