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Community turns out to celebrate new life for old school

Champlain Valley Senior Community Executive Director Eddie Holland welcomes people into the new facility during its June 15 grand opening. The building was the former Willsboro Central School, with many former students and teachers visiting to see what had become of the site.

Champlain Valley Senior Community Executive Director Eddie Holland welcomes people into the new facility during its June 15 grand opening. The building was the former Willsboro Central School, with many former students and teachers visiting to see what had become of the site. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “Just the reuse of this fantastic school building in the heart of the Willsboro community is a great thing,” Essex County IDA Director Carol Calabrese said. “It is just an honor to be a small part of this. Eli is a smart businessman, but he is also kind-hearted and this has just been a great economic development project.”

“Eli has such an infectious enthusiasm and determination and it was fun to work with him on this project,” Housing Assistance Program of Essex County Director Alan Hipps said.

The community will be run by Eddie Holland, who will serve as the executive director.

“Being able to open a building like this and provide a service to this region is amazing,” Holland said. “It is an absolute honor to be a part of this.”

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