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Become a part of a Willsboro landmark

WILLSBORO The Willsboro Beautification Committee is offering people a chance to buy into their community. The committee is currently working on a brick patio project for the new Visitor's Center. For $50, people can purchase a paver to be engraved either as a memorial or tribute. The stones will be placed on the patio of the new visitors center. "People might like to have a part of this new interpretive center, where they will be placed," said Beautification Committee Chairwoman Eira Manning The brick pavers will resemble the ones installed in Au Sable Forks at the Clock Project, Manning explained. Committee member Joanne Betters, who is secretary/treasurer of the group, said the sale of the engraved bricks would be ongoing. The group has ordered 1,800 bricks. Those interested in purchasing a paver can mail a check to Willsboro Beautification Committee, PO Box 370, Willsboro NY 12996 or call Eira Manning at 963-7813. The visitor center will have a dedication ceremony during Founder's Day weekend, which takes place June 8 this year. The committee recently asked area artists to create a "town logo." Artist Alice Wand's design was chosen, and can be seen on the sign in the visitor's center. The Willsboro Beautification Committee is always new members, added Manning. The committee, which is comprised of about 12 people, provides a variety of services to the community throughout the year. They're active in hosting a holiday lighting contest, along with providing decorations for service buildings such as the town hall, fire hall, Smith House,Paine Memorial Library, Willsboro School and Senior Housing. The group also maintains 20 planters throughout the town, hosts four regularly scheduled roadside cleanups and hosts an annual plant swap. Recently the organization has lobbied to get the railroad underpass entering Willsboro from the North spruced up.

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