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  • Masons willing to donate land for playground

  • Impressed with the ongoing community policing initiative in the village, members of St. Johnsville Masonic Lodge No. 611 are willing to donate land to be used a children’s playground.

    Lodge member William Farber on Tuesday approached the mayor and village board of trustees about donating the land off Bridge Street, which he said measures nearly two acres.

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  • Impressed with the ongoing community policing initiative in the village, members of St. Johnsville Masonic Lodge No. 611 are willing to donate land to be used a children’s playground.
    Lodge member William Farber on Tuesday approached the mayor and village board of trustees about donating the land off Bridge Street, which he said measures nearly two acres.
    “The lodge is willing to donate the land to the village so it can be used as a playground for toddlers and elementary school-aged children,” said Farber. “The lot isn’t big enough to support activities for older children, at least in the lodge’s opinion, but it should be fine for younger children.”
    Farber said the lodge would donate the land with the understanding if the village determines the plot is no longer needed for a playground, the property be returned to the lodge.
    “The lodge members are also willing to do everything they can to raise moneys, or to help raise moneys, for the purchase of equipment for the playground,” he said. “Conducting extra fundraisers, collecting donations, whatever we can do to help. The members believe this is a good project.”
    The community policing initiative includes activities for St. Johnsville children and adults. Members hope to distribute Halloween safety bags to village children and bicycle helmets to youth 14 years of age and younger. Committee members also hope to raise money to send emergency contact forms to village residents through the New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s Yellow Dot Program.
    “It’s a nice piece of property. It might need a little cleanup, but it’s a nice piece of property,” said Farber. “It also isn’t close to the street, which means parents wouldn’t have to worry about their children as much. The lodge feels this piece of land would be perfect for children to use.”
    Mayor Bernard Barnes thanked Farber and the lodge for coming forward with the donation.
    “It’s certainly something worth considering,” he said, adding the board would have to discuss the proposal before a decision could be made. “I want to thank the lodge for coming forward and thinking about the village’s youth. It’s great when organizations get involved in the community.”
    Anyone wishing to donate toward any of the initiatives is asked to contact Chief Diana Callen at the St. Johnsville Police Department on Washington Street. The phone number is 518-568-2141.
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