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Nick Hrobuchak volunteers his time wrapping pallets of limestone in chicken wire Saturday at 41 Mohawk St., Fort Plain.

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David Hayes moves a pallet of limestone at 41 Mohawk St., Fort Plain.


Volunteers clean and organize local sites

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Updated: 9:44 AM


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On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers worked at 41 Mohawk St., Fort Plain and at West Hill School, Canajoharie, to break up concrete, haul and move dirt and debris collected over the winter months, and move pallets of stone.

At the Fort Plain location, the volunteers moved over 35 pallets of limestone from the foundation of the building that was removed from that site.

Volunteers also created another 22 pallets of limestone, for 57 total -- roughly 120,000 pounds of weight -- from loose stone on the site. They wrapped the pallets in chicken wire to keep it from falling or shifting in transit, then moved all the stone pallets off site, selling about a third of it, including to Russ and Jackie Marriott, of Westernville, who have spent 37 years restoring Floyd Williams' (who signed the Declaration of Independence) home. The limestone will be used in the foundation of their barn.

Russ said of the "lifelong" restoration project, "we had to take down the general's carriage barn," and on Friday found a beam that would fit in the original imprint, and wanted to move forward with the installation of a limestone foundation as soon as possible.

"This is going to fit our bill and plus it's going to a great cause. It's one preservation team helping another," Russ stated, adding, "It's just wonderful to see people volunteering like this and saving a part of our past -- it's the future."

Other limestone was sold to Slate Creek Farm, Route 80.

The group also pulled rocks, garbage, roots and other visible debris from the ground and tilled the soil to prepare the lot for its next use -- as a park.

At West Hill School, volunteers worked to break up and remove the concrete foundation still on site. They removed about 40,000-50,000 pounds of debris, mostly concrete and brick from the two houses behind West Hill School.

They also pulled up stumps left on the grounds, and hosted a half dozen tours of the school for people in town for the Canajoharie All Alumni Reunion.


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