The Keene Volunteer Fire Department received one of the ACT grants for those in need from damages suffered in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.
continued One of the dramatic images published immediately after the storm was that of the Keene Volunteer Fire Department being ripped apart and swept downstream by raging Gulf Brook. The building was erected in 1960 on property that was larger before the Aug. 28 storm widened the river bed. A new location must be purchased and a new building erected to provide fire and ambulance services to Keene and surrounding communities, a huge expense, much of which will be borne by residents. ACT’s grant responds to this need.
ACT has recently made other Irene relief grants through the Special and Urgent Needs Fund. Two Essex County farmers whose farms were damaged by the floods received ACT grants through the Essex County Office of Community Resources. The Tahawus Lodge Center, a cultural organization located at the Route 9N bridge in Ausable Forks, received a grant to help repair their building. The Wadhams Free Library also received a grant to repair a retaining wall damaged by the storm.