Going up! ELES starts construction of new home

LEWIS The Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad is raising the roof. Construction of the new 2,000-foot ambulance building began last week. The new squad building is located in Lewis, on Route 9 between the Lewis and Elizabethtown hamlet areas. Charles Martin, a member of the ELES building committee, said the contractors would put up the shell of the structure in about three weeks. Morton Buildings of Castleton, Vt., has been contracted for the work. The total project will cost $227,000. Much of the work on the interior will be performed by volunteers to keep the costs of the project down, including plumbing, heating, electrical and construction of interior walls. The squad has arranged with a Navy Construction Battalions (Seabees) to help with construction this spring, before the group is deployed to Iraq. The original construction date was delayed for a week by the windstorm which swept through the region Jan. 9. Martin said the project might be completed by autumn, provided fund-raising efforts were successful. Our goal is not one penny of raising taxes, said Martin. President of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad Patty Bashaw said an additional $75,000 was needed to complete the project. A second fundraising letter will be send out in February or early March. We would like to thank those who have donated in the past and ask if possible the do so again this year toward the building project, said Bashaw. Along with working on the building, another concern for Bashaw is a member shortage. We have two very active members that will be permanently moving and another who will be deployed, said Bashaw. All shifts, nights, days and weekends, are available and training is provided. Anyone interested can contact Bashaw at 873-7379.

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