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Grant Would Help Repair Building

The Town of Madison Historical Society has applied for grants through the CNY Community Foundation and the MidYork Foundation for building repairs.

At the November meeting of the Madison Town Board, Town Historian Diane VanSlyke said the Historical Society is getting estimates for the work that needs to be done to bring the building up to code.

She said Jim Ford is still doing presentations on the Bouckville Summits baseball team.

Diane met with the Madison County Tourism Coordinator to trade contacts and to market events on the tourism website.

She also attended a conference at The Hub which was sponsored by the Partnership for Community Development and Colgate University.

This conference addressed concerns from non- profits on obtaining staff and volunteers, qualifying for grants, gaining board members, and more.

She also stated that Habitat for Humanity finished painting the kitchen and two bathrooms at the Historical Society and that a new kitchen floor was laid by Susan and Gary Anderson.

She has been doing various research for people and showing the Chenango Canal documentary to various groups. She has applied to the Hamilton Community Chest for a grant for $440 to purchase a projector.

The woodchipper has been used by the Hamilton College Men’s Lacrosse team to work on the Canal Road north section.

Many groups were involved in setting up 100 pumpkins for a display at the Canal Museum.

Habitat for Humanity is scheduled to clean, patch, and paint the interior of the Cottage Museum.

Madison Supervisor Greg Reuter told VanSlyke if the money does not come through for the projector, let the Board know as they can help.

Mention was made of a public information meeting on the Koen property for the 25 transient rental cabins on Lake Moraine.

A meeting was held for elected officials on the Dam Rehabilitation Project that included canal officials, power authority representatives, state police, and sheriffs. There will be a public hearing in the spring.

Construction will take place in 2026-27. There are five islands on the lake; the lake will be drained for almost a year during the project.

Some of the original pipes dating back to 1873 are still being used but need replacing due to leaks.

The whole center part of the dam and the spillway, and East Lake Road section all have


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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