Warming the Arlington Community House
ARLINGTON >> The stately brick Federal style building in Arlington Center, built in 1829, was a gift in 1948 to the newly formed Arlington Community Club from noted author Dorothy Canfield Fisher. The club functions as a board to manage and maintain the property for use by the library, many community organizations and groups for special occasions. A condition of the gift was that no fee may be charged for its use. Two modest apartments above help defray the cost of utilities. Fundraising is always ongoing to make repairs as needed. Over the years the club has continued to make good strides as possible with their charge. For example: All asbestos has been removed from the basement, roof and siding and some of the windows have been replaced and other various repairs.
These past few years the ancient boiler that heats this community meeting place has needed costly repairs and was badly in need of replacement. The club began a search for information and contractors. The goal became clear but there were grants that did not come through and although fundraising intensified and many community organizations such as the Garden Club and the Nursing Service rallied to their assistance with fundraising, the club still fell short of the amount needed. It was a difficult but necessary decision for the board to decide to take a loan for the balance of the funds needed for the boiler.
The club is grateful to the Bank of Bennington's Commercial Director David Bardin who assisted them through the process of obtaining a modest loan to cover the project costs. After winning the bid for the project at a very fair price, High Tech Plumbing and Heating of Manchester provided outstanding service with a knowledgeable and courteous crew. Fundraising continues to pay off the loan, but a "state of the art" heating system has been installed. It would not have been possible without the help of the users of the house and all the people that make up the community. The club says thanks to all for helping to make this possible so this stately old treasure can continue to serve the community for many years to come with continued support.
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