Friday party final chance to see old Adamstown’s VFW

By on April 29, 2016

 

If you’re not a VFW member or haven’t been to a banquet inside Adamstown’s VFW at 110 W. Main St., you might wonder what’s inside the large, three-story structure.

Your opportunity to walk through and see everything “as is” happens this Friday, April 29, from 3 to7 pm at what’s being billed as the “Before Party.”

Adamstown Area Library is purchasing the building for $225,000 and will renovate it for use as the local library for Adamstown, Denver, and East Cocalico, West Cocalico, and Brecknock townships.

“You can see what’s there now and our dreams to come,” said Jane Webber, president of the Friends of the library. This active group, which has garnered state recognition for its work, will present its $100,000 donation to the library at 4:30 p.m. on April 29.

“We’re also grateful that the Adamstown Council has given a $150,000 gift for the new library project,” Webber said.

On display at the party will be the floor plan of the new library. Renovations are anticipated to be in the $1-million range.

General contractor for the project is Heck Construction, 143 Main St., Denver. Architect Lee Olsen of Olsen Design Group Architects is based in Bern Township, Berks County. Olsen designed Reading’s new Double Tree Hotel.

“The new library will have twice as much parking and more than two times as much space,” said Webber. “We’ll have space for people to come, sit, and relax. Right now there’s one main table. Our space is fully utilized and we’re grateful for Adamstown Borough letting us use this space for $1 per year.”

Librarian Kathy Thren has such extensive programming and participation that arrangements were made with nearby Peace United Church of Christ to host some programs.

The “Before Party,” complete with complimentary refreshments courtesy of Heck Construction, is open to the public.  All are welcome.

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