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New BRAM elevator project is a team effort

BRAM Director Georgia Brehm with fellow board of director members Richard Nye and Anita Alic.  Alic, chaired BRAM’s Capital Drive Committee that helped raise the funds to construct an elevator wing.

BRAM Director Georgia Brehm with fellow board of director members Richard Nye and Anita Alic. Alic, chaired BRAM’s Capital Drive Committee that helped raise the funds to construct an elevator wing.

— It’s been a genuine team effort for officials of the Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) in Ludlow as they pave way the way for the upcoming installation of an elevator in the museum’s new wing.

The key leaders of the elevator project are Georgia Brehm, BRAM’s director, and Richard Nye and Anita Alic, members of the museum’s board of directors.

Their team effort has smoothed the way to an elevator that will enable all levels of the museum to be accessible to the public even to the physically impaired.

According to Ralph Pace of BRAM, Alic, chaired the museum’s Capital Drive Committee. She oversaw the raising of the funds to construct the wing and install the elevator; the project involved five years of planning, fundraising, and designing.

“We are elated that we have succeeded in our goal of installing an elevator in our four story building,” Alic said. “At last our museum is now fully open to everyone. We are also very heartened by the support we received from individuals, the Ludlow community, and grants from the Cultural Facilities and the Walter Cerf Foundation.”

According to Pace, “Wright Construction Corporation of Mt. Holly was awarded the contract to install the elevator and refinish the interior of the fire stairs section of the new wing. The final leg of the fund raising for the elevator was celebrated at a June dinner sponsored by BRAM to recognize the collection of over $50,000 in a matching challenge grant by Richard Nye.”

In addition, awards from James and Anita Alic, pushed the capital fund raising drive over the top, enabling the award of the elevator installation contract, Pace said.

According to BRAM board members, future museum plans include the construction of an ADA-compliant restroom and more outreach between the museum and local schools and civic groups.

“I'm particularly pleased that we will be able to exhibit the area's historical background to students in area schools. It is, after all, their heritage,” Alic said.

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