Kennebunk Savings Bank donation lifts library project to one-third of fundraising goal

Posted Feb. 06, 2012, at 5:59 a.m.

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Kennebunk Savings Bank donated $10,000 to the Friends of the South Berwick Library for its continued fundraising efforts toward construction on the town’s new library.

Kevin Gray, manager of the Eliot branch of Kennebunk Savings, and Brad Paige, CEO and president of Kennebunk Savings, presented the check to Pattie Mitchem, chair of the Friends of the South Berwick Library, and Karen Eger, the librarian of the South Berwick Library, on the steps of the new library on Young Street.

The donation from Kennebunk will bring the Friends one third of the way toward its goal of raising $1.1 million for the construction of the library.

Phase one and phase two of the project have been completed. According to Town Manager Perry Ellsworth, he and Eger will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the process for transporting materials from the existing location to Young St. Ellsworth said he anticipates the move to be completed, at the latest, on March 1.

Library employees and patrons will only be able to occupy the 1,800-square-foot addition on Young Street, however. Construction is still ongoing in the former church portion of the project. An approximate $775,000 is still needed to complete the construction on the former church.

“It’s going to be the centerpiece of the community,” said Ellsworth to the crowd. “We no longer call this the old Saint Michael’s Church; we call it the library. We look forward to enjoying this building as a community on a later date.”

(c)2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)

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