Accommodate the schoolhouse volunteers, find another site for Adirondack day camp

To the Adirondack Journal:

As a resident of the hamlet of Adirondack in the town of Horicon, I was at the meeting described in the July 28 Adirondack Journal, listening to the discussion of the use of the Adirondack Schoolhouse.

I’d like to correct one incorrect statement — the enterprise known as Adirondack Arts & Science Day Camp is NOT paying rent for the use of the schoolhouse during the five-week tenure, according to a Town Board member and schoolhouse representative Jane Smith.

I have no affiliation with either the schoolhouse, its activities or supporters, nor the Day Camp and its owners.

At the meeting, a gentleman stated that the building would not be available for anyone’s use if these hardworking folks in Adirondack hadn’t contributed and volunteered their time, manual labors and personal donations to accomplish the improvements to this old building — not to mention raising the additional funds necessary to continue to complete upgrades to the buildings. They have earned the right that their needs to use the building should be a priority, and their opinions should be considered.

To me, there is no disagreement that the five-week Day Camp program offered by the LaFountains to our children and grandkids is a wonderful opportunity and everyone would like the program to continue, specifically in Adirondack.

I am Project Coordinator for the Horicon Historical Society’s 1881 Adirondack Museum. In that capacity for the past year, I’ve spent many, many back-breaking volunteer hours working on the restoration of this church into a museum — as well as fundraising to convert a local historic building that is sitting empty and deteriorating, turning it into a beautiful, useable, restored building. It is an asset in terms of education, tourism and entertainment that the public can utilize — as well as providing a future legacy to our children.

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