CHAMPLAIN - On Oct. 5, the decision was made by American Legion Post 767 members to sell their building, which they have owned since 1957.

The reason for putting the building up for sale, according to post commander Alfred Strack, is "strictly financial."

"We have been struggling for years with our finances," Strack said.

Talk of selling the building began about two years ago, but Strack said they were "looking for every reason not to."

Some of the reasons include the multiple organizations who utilize the building, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Meals on Wheels.

The building, located at 127 Elm St., is also the location for bingo, which Strack said is the Legion's main source of income.

"Our bingo [doesn't] quite make it," he said. "We've tried fundraisers and are faced with ... the lack of energetic, active members to put on these fundraisers, so we decided that it was best to give up the building because it takes all of our resources."

Assessed at $130,000, the building is being put on the market by Kavanaugh Realty for $129,000.

"Once the place is sold, then we'll see what our finances are like, then with the cash in hand we'll probably look for a smaller place," Strack explained. "We don't want to disband the Legion. It's a matter of living within our means."

Assistant adjutant Gerald Mayo said he'll be sad to see the building sold.

"I've been here since day one," he explained.

Mayo said he was a member of the post when the building was first purchased.

"We came into this building and it was in kind of sad shape," he recalled. "We rolled up our sleeves and this is what we ended up with."

For many years the building housed special events on a weekly basis.

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