November 29, 2006

Seek Support For Springs Landmark

They say Ashawagh is an old Indian word meaning "crossroads." The building that bears the name in Springs, Ashawagh Hall could be said to be at a crossroads. Sections of the edifice date back to the 1880s, and the building, a popular community meeting venue, is in need of major repairs.

The Springs Improvement Society is in the process of raising funds for a project that includes digging out part of the foundation and replacing it, as well as installing new floors, plumbing and wiring. Already one local contractor has donated the work and supplies to replace gutters on the structure, according to SIS vice president Vito Sisti. In all, the society estimates the project will cost between $125, 000 and $150,000.

To apprise the community of the need and the plans, plus present a historic pictorial overview of the evolution of Ashawagh Hall, this Friday night, SIS in collaboration with the Springs Historical Society will present "Ashawagh Hall: Past, Present and Future."

The event will include a half hour slide show of pictures of Ashawagh Hall and information on the building project. The community is invited and refreshments will be served. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the hall on Springs Fireplace Road.

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