Tag Archives: Town Historian

Vandals strike historic Hartford home

By Jaime Thomas Someone stole the back copper roof off a house in South Hartford last month just days before heavy rain hit the area. What these thieves probably didn’t realize was that they damaged one of the town’s most historic homes. When Henry Ford visited 7684 State Route 40 in the early 1930s, the […]

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Hicks appoints new historian

By Jaime Thomas An opening for a town historian in Granville came at a perfect time for Lee Tugas. Tugas, who is retiring at the end of this school year from Whitehall Central School after teaching English for 30 years, was looking for a way to stay active. So he applied for the position of […]

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Heritage Society reforms

By Jaime Thomas It was a small but earnest group that gathered at the Slate Valley Museum last Thursday to discuss the future of Granville’s past. The meeting was the first reorganizational meeting of the former Granville Heritage Society, which faded out several years ago. Former Planning Board Chair Lee Comar initiated the effort in […]

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Meeting house demolished

By Jaime Thomas Where the Quaker meeting house once stood there is now nothing but tire ruts and rubbish. The nearly 200-year-old building, which also served as a schoolhouse until the 1950s, was demolished Tuesday afternoon. An excavator began with the front porch and eventually moved on to the main body of the building, which […]

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Town hall to try for National Registry

By Jaime Thomas Supervisor Matt Hicks asked the town board to pass a motion allowing him to fill out an application to get the Granville town hall on the National Historic Registry during a meeting last Monday. While he said the idea stems from issues surrounding the Quaker meeting house, it’s also something that has […]

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Town awaits Burke’s reply

Jaime Thomas Granville Town Supervisor Matt Hicks said he has not heard back from Tom Burke as of Monday after sending him a letter about two weeks ago. On behalf of concerned historians and citizens, Hicks sent Burke a request to donate the piece of land the Quaker meeting house sits on from the plot […]

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Town Board supports bid to save Quaker Meeting House

The Granville town board has agreed to send a letter to Tom Burke requesting he donate the Quaker meeting house on Quaker Street to the town. Burke, who owns or operates at least 35 Dunkin’ Donuts, purchased the plot of land that houses three buildings several months ago. “We’re here tonight to try and beat […]

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Mystery tool solved

By Jaime Thomas After two fruitless years of searching for the purpose of a tool he had purchased at an estate sale, Willard Graham contacted the Sentinel for some help. Only days after a picture and description of the tool were published in the paper, Graham had his answer. While a number of locals contacted […]

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Local efforts to save historic structure

By Jaime Thomas As mixed messages surface about the immediate future of the Quaker meeting house slated for demolition, efforts continue to preserve the very history that gave Quaker Street its name. “I have no plans at the current time,” said Tom Burke, owner of the plot that houses the schoolhouse, the former veterinarian office […]

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Historic building eyed for destruction

Large piece of Granville history to be demolished There were two classrooms, two cloakrooms and two teachers in the old school house on Quaker Street in Granville, and some grades consisted of only a handful of students. Everyone started the day by singing a patriotic anthem and saying the Lord’s Prayer, and then the teachers […]

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Preparations underway for school year in Granville

The 2013-14 school year begins Wednesday and ushers in some significant change within the Granville Central School District. The district […]

Students build community of trust

Transitioning from elementary school to middle school is easily one of the most difficult processes in an adolescent’s life, but […]

Village approves new parking law

Last Tuesday evening the Whitehall Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing to discuss a potential parking law, which […]

Changes abound as school year begins

With the school year starting next Thursday for Whitehall students, the district has gone through a transformation this summer, one […]

Test scores improve, but continue to lag behind

Granville students showed improvement in both math and English on the state tests but continue to lag behind their peers […]

Youth Center for sale

The Granville Police Benevolent Association has put its youth center up for sale. Sergeant Dave Williams said a lack of […]

Former resident dies in accident

A former Granville resident was killed Saturday night in a motor vehicle accident on I-87 in Albany. Matthew Fiske, 43, […]