continued In mid-June, an anonymous benefactor donated the cost for painting the entire exterior of the building, which included the paint and the hiring of a professional painting contractor, Joe Telesca, from Liverpool, for the work.
The job took two weeks of scraping, priming and applying two coats (25 total gallons) of paint, and was completed Friday, June 29. The last paint job on the building was in 2004.
“The building badly needed paint and we are so grateful for the donation as the building now looks as majestic as it did when Fredrick Douglas spoke from the front porch in 1861,” said Mary Bean, SAHS president. “The painting of the hall enhances the beauty and value of the whole community. It would be several years before the SAHS could raise the money needed for this job. We are so grateful to our benefactor.”
New stage added
Most recently, on Friday, July 13, a group of volunteers comprised of Welch Allyn company employees and local residents spent the entire day completely rebuilding the badly deteriorated stage area inside the hall, as well as adding new lighting and electrical wires and outlets.
The work was done as part of Welch Allyn’s annual “A Show of Hands” corporate social responsibility campaign, during which more than 700 company employees spend a day helping more than 20 non-profit organizations in the Central New York area. Sal Strods, a Spafford resident, SAHS board member and Welch Allyn vice president for research and development, recruited and led the team for the day’s work.
“We were here last year too [for the Welch Allyn campaign] taking out the old kitchen area in the basement to open it up to be able to serve refreshments. Everyone on the team had so much fun, when I asked them to come back they said yes, and a few other guys even joined in,” Strods said.