By NECIA P. SEAMONS
Citizen staff writer
Despite being hidden from public view, progress continues on the restoration of the Oneida Stake Academy at an accelerated pace due to the continued support of an anonymous benefactor.
This recent $100,000 gift will fund continued work on repairing the stone on the front portion of the building.
In addition, the generous grant from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution received last year, matched with funds from the Eccles Foundation, are funding the restoration of the building’s bell tower.
Todd Jensen Construction has been hired to complete the work on the tower, as well as repair the beam under the building’s ballroom floor which was damaged several years ago by water.
Work on the beam is being funded by a grant received from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation last year.
As Jensen’s crew has worked they have run into damage created by a fire in the building during the its long-past history.
If anyone has information on that event, members of the OSA invite sharing details by phone or by emailing the board’s executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org. OSAF board member contact information is available at www.oneidastakeacademy.org
This story is sponsored by The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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