Swan’s Island Church building damaged

While riding on the ferry the other day, one of my favorite second-graders asked me to tell everyone how much fun it is to watch the kids play basketball. She then reminded me that this spectator opportunity comes twice this week in the school gymnasium – Thursday, March 21, at 3:15 p.m., and Friday, March 22, at 12:30 p.m. Come support our kids playing basketball and thank Zoe Martin for her words of wisdom.

Be a part of the preservation of history on our island by volunteering your time and services to the historical society or by donating to the repairs of the Methodist Church which may house the society in the future. Upcoming historical society meetings are on Mondays, April 1 and May 6, from 4-5 p.m. in the town office.

Wesley Staples updates us on the Methodist Church situation and asks for our help: “Dear Friends, The furnace blew at the Methodist Church building; water flooded the floors and walls, icicles hung from every place where the water dripped, and the floors buckled. There is a lot of damage.

“The rental property behind the building helps to make ends meet with utilities, insurance and repairs, to keep it available for occasional use, but not nearly enough to cover this emergency need. There is insurance, but with a $5000 deductible.

“Can you help? Since we are a 501(c)(3), your donation is tax deductible. Every small gift will bring us closer to saving the building, and opening its doors once again to serve the community, this time with a new purpose to honor its amazing past — as the Swan’s Island Historical Society, preserving the building and all it has stood for, for present and future generations.

“Some of you are aware that this building no longer exists as a church group. The Friends for the Preservation of the Swan’s Island Methodist Church, its managing group and corporate name, have thoughtfully considered options to preserve this wonderful building which holds such an important place in the lives and hearts of the community.

“We have agreed to sell the property to the Swan’s Island Historical Society for $1. It is our mandate to preserve the building for public use in a way that serves the people of the Island and honors its past. The Historical Society’s board is in the process of getting its 501(c)(3) designation and is discussing all financial responsibilities before finally agreeing to take over the building.

“The Seaside Hall once housed the Island’s historic artifacts. When that was sold, the collection was stored at the old library, so most of the valuable (sentimental and monetary) items were destroyed when the library burned. Now we have amassed other artifacts (oral and written histories, photos, paintings, etc.) that are scattered in Nellie’s Room at the IOOF Hall, at the town office, at the library, and in the homes of those who are anxious to donate items for historical preservation and public display. This building, itself of historical and cultural importance (the Island’s first church, home to countless activities, with descendants of the first ministers still important members of the community), seems like the perfect place to honor our mandate, and to house the collection.

“Please give what you can. An online fundraising page is set up: search ‘Help Save the Methodist Church Building’ on gofundme.com. If you would like to donate, but prefer not to use the computer, contact either Jane Savage or Gwen May. Checks should be made out to ‘Friends for the Preservation of the Swan’s Island Methodist Church’.  Many thanks to all who wish to help!”

Happy birthday to Mimi Rainford, Niamh Annie Stinson, Kyle Thomas Walker Staples and Bonnie Staples. Anniversary blessings to Leslie and Rhonda Ranquist and Tom and Bev McAloon.

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Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

If you have news to share, email or call me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]or call me at 526-4488.

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