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Rouses Point stage benefit

PLATTSBURGH - The Samuel de Champlain Center Stage Committee in Rouses Point is looking to the community to raise funds for four important parts of the stage, yet to be completed.

According to committee members Geri Favreau and Steve Merchant, although the stage is close to completion, there is still more to go.

"We've had wonderful sponsorship from civic organizations and from other businesses here," said Favreau. "But, we still need to finish the staining, we need to build a handicapped ramp, we need a security door, which is very expensive, and hopefully someday we'd like to be able to put a dressing room out the back."

The ramp and door alone are estimated around $6,000.

To raise money, a spaghetti dinner and horseshoe tournament at 8-Ball Billiards, 7202 State Route 9, will be held Saturday, June 5, beginning at 12 p.m.

The tournament is $10 per person, with trophies awarded to first, second and third place. There will also be music by country singer Larry Ebere and Good Vibes DJ Nick Molinski. All proceeds will benefit the stage.

"These days, with everything so expensive, people can come down [to the stage] for free and watch a nice performance," said Merchant. "Bring your family down and just relax and enjoy."

All shows at the stage throughout the summer will be free of charge. The first show will be with the Four Fathers, Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m. For more information about the tournament, call 324-7665.

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