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Items in synagogue up for sale on Friday

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MASSENA — Some of the items left behind when the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce purchased the former Adath Israel Synagogue will be put up for sale Friday.

Among the items to be sold are old school desks and stained glass, according to chamber Executive Director Michael J. Gleason.

“There’s a lot of it. There’s plenty to go around,” he said.

The sale will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Visitors will be able to peruse the items and indicate on the item the price they’re willing to pay for it.

Mr. Gleason said chamber members are selling items they have no need for as they prepare to move from their current 50 Main St. location to the former synagogue in the next couple of months.

Old doors, hanging lights and other miscellaneous items also will be available, according to the chamber director.

“We’re just trying to clean it out before we paint and clean the floors and the carpets,” he said.

Chamber officials signed the paperwork in July that transferred ownership of the former synagogue to them for $1. They had been actively seeking another location for nearly three years. St. Lawrence County foreclosed on the building currently housing the chamber office last year, and asbestos abatement and roof issues plague the structure.

The synagogue, at West Orvis and Church streets, was built in 1844 as the Emmanuel Congregational Church of Christ. The synagogue took over the space after the Emmanuel congregation moved into a new church on West Orvis Street in the 1920s.

Members of Emmanuel Congregational Church of Christ moved back into the synagogue on a temporary basis after fire ripped through their church in 2007. The synagogue has sat vacant since 2009, when the Emmanuel congregation moved back into its renovated facility.

Now it soon will be the new home for the chamber.

“We’re going to wait until after the Harvest Fest (Sept. 8). We’ll move after we have the Harvest Fest downtown,” Mr. Gleason said.

Until then, he said, the chamber has working to get its new home ready.

“We’re working on that now. We have a new hot water heater and the plumbing is all fixed,” he said.

Members have put out bids for furnaces, and Mr. Gleason said they have someone lined up to do the carpet and floor cleaning.

“We’re trying to put a schedule together for getting some painting done,” he said.

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