Port Henry A Moriah student has revived a portion of her community’s heritage.
A pair of bells — from the old Mineville and Moriah schools — are now on display at Moriah Central School thanks Brooke Mildon, a seventh grade student.
Mildon, Cadette Girl Scout, led the project to retrieve the school bells from storage and place them near the entrance of the current school in Port Henry.
Mineville, Moriah and Port Henry schools ceased to exist Feb. 21, 1968, when they combined to create the present Moriah Central School. The school bells have been in storage since that day.
“Today is a very special day as I would like to dedicate the bells from the old Moriah and Mineville schools to Moriah Central School and the people of my community,” Mildon said at a dedication ceremony Dec. 7. “I pursued this project because I had a passion for the historic bells and decided to choose this project to earn my Silver Award in Girl Scouts.
“I have learned so much about being a team leader and what team-work really means,” she said. “Thank you Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, especially Linda Stephen and Dee Streeter, for this opportunity and to all the amazing people who have helped me reach this goal.”
As part of her project, Mildon researched the history of the old schools and the bells. She interviewed former students, read old yearbooks and met with the town historian.
“I hope these bells and information displayed bring back fond memories for those of you who attended these schools and for those who did not, I hope you enjoy learning about a piece of your heritage,” Mildon said.
The Girl Scout noted the contributions of the community in making the project a reality.
“I would like to thank everyone who has assisted me in my Silver Award project by donating in any way whether it was baking for bake sales, donating bottles and cans, purchasing food from the bake sales or the spaghetti dinner,” Mildon said. “For starters, I would like to say a special thank you to Mr. (Moriah Superintendent Bill) Larrow, who was my project adviser for all of his guidance and support throughout my project. I would also like to thank Volker Husel from Synthesis for all of his architectural services. I would like to thank Joan Daby and Betty LaMoria, our retired and current town historians, for their knowledge and helping me research the bells.