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One-room schoolhouse on the move

The move received help from private contractor Denis Richard who helped plan the move, and Ed Garrow & Sons Inc of Plattsburgh who acquired the permits for the transportation of the 20-by41 foot schoolhouse.

Moore said she hopes to have an open house for the schoolhouse at its Bechard Road location sometime in the spring, at which time it will be the Coopersville Schoolhouse of History. She also hopes to see it receive nonprofit status.

"We'll have exhibits three times a year," she said. "Schools can bring kids to tour the place. There'll be some interpretive panels and things. We're hoping to collect all things schoolhouse in the area."

"Right now there are no schoolhouses in Champlain that are saved as schoolhouses," Moore added. "This is pretty rare."

Now that the land on Laurin Drive has been cleared, another step Moore hopes to take is to bring in a metal detector.

"Before they closed the school, they buried a time capsule which was stuck in a canning jar," she said. "We're hoping to use a metal detector to try to find it. Nobody knows where it is."

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