Keeping pg 1 11-2-17

Keeping home fires burning
POMFRET — The Windham County 4-H Foundation was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the Last Green Valley’s small grants program for sharing and preserving our heritage.  This award joins a $5,325 grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the 1772 Foundation which we received in March of 2017. 
 These two grants allowed us to go forward with contracting repairs to the historic fireplace on the main floor of the lodge and to the chimney which were originally built in 1954  by famed local masons, the Wilcox brothers.  The need for flue, ventilation and other repairs have prevented us in recent years from using the fireplaces for 4-H traditions that go back to the start of the camp program.  Don Armstrong and his crew from Armstrong Chimney and Stoves company in Taftville, arrived on Oct. 16 to do the necessary repairs.  They were completed around noon on the 20th, just in time to welcome 40 teens to the lodge later that afternoon.  
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