By Dan McClelland
On behalf of Tupper Arts and himself, Jim Lanthier presented a framed aerial photograph by Kathleen Bigrow of the Oval Wood Dish Corp campus on Demars Blvd.
At the center of the photograph was the company's headquarters, which became the town hall.
Mr. Lanthier said the piece might be appropriately hung on one of the walls of the new two-story entrance area which has been substantially completed.
The photograph vividly shows the six or eight homes in Sissonville, the company's factory homes.
Supervisor Patti Littlefield called it “an excellent gift,” and thanked Mr. Lanthier. She promised it would hang in the new front entrance gallery, which already sports a Rick Godin aerial shot of Big Tupper Ski Center taken decades ago and several other attractive pieces that were donated to the town.
“We'll find a good place for it!”
Mr. Lanthier inherited the photographs and negatives of the well known local photographer, affectionately known as Brenda Starr.
In recent weeks he has been working on the new show at Tupper Arts, “Through the Lens of Kathleen Bigrow”- covering 50 years of Adirondack photojournalism.
Mr. Lanthier complimented the board on its near-completion of the new $400,000 entrance addition.
He called the town hall a very historical building, given its long affiliation as the operational base of the large company which dominated the village's economy for many years.
Talking about the building Mrs. Littlefield said one of its unique features is that the paneling in each room is fashioned from a difference species of wood.
There are some antique fixtures in some of the offices that won't be replaced.
The basement court room are where the board meets now sports new energy efficient lighting, which replaced relatively dim track lighting, according to the supervisor.
That was done with grant money through the village and the New York State Power Authority. With grant money too new fixtures were installed on the main floor of the building, she said.
New furniture in the new entrance area was also purchased with grant money.
“We try to do things with grant money if we can. That way we're not using taxpayers' dollars,” she noted.
The supervisor said that once the stone work around the entrance pillars is done in the spring, she said she intends to schedule an open house to show off the entrance area.