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Cemetery association moving forward with plans to restore, relocate historic Pliny Moore gazebo

CHAMPLAIN The Glenwood Cemetery Association is continuing its search for contractors interested in restoring a gazebo built by village founder Pliny Moore. Project coordinator David Patrick said the two-phase project had gone out to bid until last Thursday but will be rebid in the coming weeks. The time frame in which the project was hoped to be completed was found to be too short, said Patrick. Originally, the project was to be completed by mid-December but this proved too ambitious as I am told many prospective contractors are finishing up a lot of outdoor projects now before winter, he said. While the estimated completion of the project will now be targeted for mid-2009, the focus will remain the same, said Patrick. The project will involve moving the 1801 gazebo from its current location at the former Pliny Moore homestead on Oak Street, which is the present home of M.B. Clark Funeral Home. The gazebo will be moved down the street to Glenwood Cemetery once a cement foundation has been built. There, the gazebo will be restored using as much of the original wood as possible. Photographs dating back as early as 1896 will be used as a frame of reference. Patrick stated he did not want to disclose the estimated cost of the project as bid proposals are still being sought to perform the work. However, he said he does believe there is still time to have the foundation prepared before winter, with the relocation and restoration of the gazebo to begin as early as next spring. In conversations with Steven Engelhart, executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Keeseville, Patrick said Engelhart considered the project to be feasible and the gazebo to be worth saving. The gazebo, in fact, was the only structure built by Moore that remained standing following a 1912 fire that destroyed his original home. Its the only structure on his former property thats still in existence, Patrick emphasized. Everything else is gone. Its sort of a link to the past. The gazebo is also a good example of federal-style, 1800s architecture, said Patrick, who added there arent many examples of that in New York State from what he has been told. In an effort to raise money for the project, Patrick has compiled his seventh calendar highlighting both the town and village of Champlain in historical black and white photographs. The calendar includes a 15-page expanded historical essay, describing the design and building of the Crown Point and Plattsburgh memorials to Samuel de Champlain. The 2009 Champlain Historic Calendar, which is sold for $15, may be purchased at several locations in the Champlain area including Kinney Drugs at the corner of State Routes 9 and 11; the Village of Champlain Office, 1104 State Route 9; the Town of Champlain Office, 729 State Route 9; Champlain Memorial Library, 148 Elm St.; and Paquettes Insurance Agency, 1033 State Route 9. The calendar is also available at Cornerstone Drug and Gift, 72 Champlain St., Rouses Point; Conroys Organics, 8173 State Route 9, Beekmantown; and the Corner-Stone Book Shop, 110 Margaret St., Plattsburgh. For more information about the calendar or the Pliny Moore gazebo restoration, contact Patrick via e-mail at daspdasp@hotmail.com.

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