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January 2, 2014

Kingston, Pelham seek LCHIP grants

Communities seek money for preservation

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One proposal would help Kingston preserve its bandstand, which was built on The Plains in 1875. The project is expected to cost $35,875.

Powers said she’s hopeful the town will receive the $17,500 grant requested for the bandstand.

“We’re extremely optimistic,” Powers said. “We really think it’s a viable project. We’re really looking forward to seeing the results Friday.”

The bandstand is badly in need of repair after being patched with plywood and planks over the years, Powers. said. Its floor is no longer safe, she said.

“It’s such a landmark in town — generations of families have had their wedding pictures taken there,” she said. “But it’s just not a safe structure at all. It needs a lot of work.”

Kingston library trustees applied for money for the $38,200 project at Nichols Memorial Library.

The stone structure, constructed in 1898, served as the town’s library until a $2.2 million facility was built in 2012. The building would be used as a town museum and the work would include installation of a new temperature-control system, Powers said.

Many town artifacts have stored been in a small building near Town Hall and would be relocated to Nichols, Power said.

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