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Seacomm aids Bombay Museum building project

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BOMBAY - The Bombay Historical Society (BHS) received a $3,000 donation from Seacomm Federal Credit Union on Tuesday to help fund the construction of a Bombay historical museum. Work on the building is currently underway and historical society officials hope it will be open by October.

BHS President Becky Latulipe said the society wrote a letter to Seacomm after they learned the credit union makes donations to community-based projects. The Seacomm Board of Directors supported making the donation after reviewing the BHS’s history, goals and attempts at doing their own fundraising.

“We’re happy to support this great community project,” Seacomm board of directors member Keith Edwards, Bombay, said Tuesday. “It’ll be a good improvement for the town.”

In addition to the Seacomm donation, the BHS has had tens of thousands of dollars donated for the project mostly through a resident who wishes to remain anonymous and also various other donors. So far, the project has attracted enough attention that 10 Alcoa workers collected another $3,000 in donations for the museum and presented the funds to the BHS on June 16.

The town of Bombay has pitched in as well by leasing the land to the BHS. State municipal law forbids the town from selling the parcel without putting it out to a public bid process. The details of the lease will be finalized once the project is complete, according to Ms. Latulipe.

An all-volunteer workforce composed of a revolving cast of about 15 Bombay residents, including Michael Miller and Harley Blair, who were installing part of the roof on Tuesday.

“It’s something to do for me, and it helps them [BHS] out,” Mr. Blair said, adding that the roof should be complete by the weekend.

The museum is designed to almost the exact dimensions of the old Bombay railroad station. The new museum will measure 20’ x 40’ x 9 1/2’, whereas the original structure was 20’ x 40’ x 13 1/2’.

The railroad station was opened Dec. 27, 1888 as part of the Saratoga and St. Lawrence Railroad. It became the Bombay and Moira Railroad on March 31, 1889. In 1900, Grand Trunk Railway purchased the line and sold it for scrap, but the station stayed open servicing other lines. The building was torn down in 1987.

Ms. Latulipe said any residents interested in volunteering time to work on the building can do so by calling (518)358-9994 or (518)358-4649. She said the BHS is also looking for new members and anyone interested can call those numbers as well.

The BHS is holding a fundraising event for the museum starting at noon July 22 at the Bombay rec park. The day will feature music from Charlie Lafountain, the Rogers family and the Tremblay family and refreshments,.

“We’re grateful to our anonymous donor, Seacomm, Alcoa, and our volunteers for making a 20-year-old dream come true,” Ms. Latulipe said.

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