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SSIRP Hires Preservation Architects Crawford & Stearns
November 6, 2013, Sherburne, New York

Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP), the nonprofit organization formed in January to save the historic Sherburne Inn, announced today that it has retained preservation architects Crawford & Stearns, of Syracuse.

It was a challenging decision,” SSIRP President Kathleen Yasas said. “We received bids from four architectural firms and all presented outstanding services. In the end, however, the SSIRP board felt that Crawford & Stearns was the best fit.”

Crawford & Stearns, founded in 1979, focuses on preservation of architecturally, historically, and culturally significant resources. The firm’s expertise is vast, and includes main street and downtown revitalization programs and local landmark preservation.

Architect and partner Randy Crawford, with whom SSIRP will be working closely, is a licensed architect with an advanced degree in the history of architecture. He is qualified under Federal 36 CFR requirements to practice architecture, architectural history, and historic architecture, and has been in private practice for over 35 years. His principal expertise and experience lie in the areas of historic preservation planning and design review, small town revitalization, and commercial revitalization with a particular emphasis on the sympathetic adaptive reuse of historic properties. Mr. Crawford is a frequent speaker on various aspects of historic preservation and has served on the boards of several professional, private, and public boards including the Preservation League of New York State, the Regional Council of Historical Agencies, and the New York Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology.

“We’re thrilled to be working with SSIRP on restoring The Sherburne Inn,” Mr. Crawford said. “We think SSIRP’s vision is great for the community. This building is an important local landmark, and we at Crawford & Stearns feel its rehabilitation will help revitalize the entire region.”

Successful projects require accurate on-site investigation and documentation, the sensitive accommodations of applicable building codes and life safety standards, the incorporation of specific spatial and programmatic needs established by those using the building as well as by various funding and regulatory agencies, the incorporation of environmentally responsible and sustainable design principles, provisions for handicapped accessibility, and an awareness of the physical limitations inherent with an existing structure, as well as the appropriate treatment of historically and architecturally significant features. Crawford & Stearns’ partners and senior staff have actively pursued advanced studies in both academic and practical applications and are associated with professional organizations committed to these principles.

“We’re looking forward to kicking off the planning stage of this project and working with C/S to bring back a commercial establishment that means so much to our village, “Ms. Yasas said. “SSIRP’s goal is not only to save an historic landmark, but to encourage economic development in Sherburne.”

The Sherburne Inn, which opened its doors for the first time in 1917 as a hotel and restaurant, has been a mainstay on Sherburne’s anchor corner for almost 100 years. In late 2012, the building was threatened by demolition when a chain store proposed to buy The Inn and an adjacent historic building, tear both down, and erect in their place an all-night convenience shop and gas station. SSIRP negotiated an alternative plan with then-owner and local businessman Jim Webb, and purchased The Inn on April 25, 2013.

Watch a video about The Inn on YouTube!

State Senator Seward tours the Sherburne Inn

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Senator James L. Seward visited Sherburne on Saturday, October 5, and took the opportunity to tour The Sherburne Inn with SSIRP board members Kathleen Yasas, Steve Perrin, Jim McDaniel, and Rose Tenney. Senator Seward commended SSIRP’s efforts in its plans to restore Sherburne’s historic corner.

2013 Save The Sherburne Inn tee shirts on sale!

Send your check for $15 + $3 shipping and handling to the address below. Be sure to indicate size (S, M, L, XL, XXL) and mailing address. Supply limited, great Christmas gift!

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SSIRP Welcomes William Livermore as Board Member

William (“Bill”) Livermore is a 1988 graduate of Sherburne-Earlville Central School. He most recently served as CEO and Executive Director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), a global human rights organization dedicated to ending modern day slavery. Bill is also a member of the New York City Human Trafficking Task Force.

Bill played a key role in the 2007 founding of SMF before joining as full-time leader two years later. At SMF Bill was responsible for implementing new outcomes-based strategies across the organization and establishing multiple corporate, public, and NGO partnerships in the areas of public awareness, advocacy and survivor services. Revenue at SMF grew steadily year-over-year, growing from $600,000 in 2008 to $2.25 million in 2009, $3.5 million in 2010, and $4.6 million in 2011.

At SMF, Bill initiated and led the development of Project Futures, a youth engagement platform that netted $350,000 its first year and established a brand separate from the organization’s founder and president (Somaly Mam). As a member of the New York City Human Trafficking Task Force, Bill has provided strategic guidance to the Mayor’s Office in establishing its human trafficking public awareness campaign and strengthening its anti-trafficking efforts and survivor services.

Prior to joining the foundation, Bill served as the Director of Thought Leadership Programs at LexisNexis, where he was responsible for building the company’s Rule of Law initiative and managing government, legal, and NGO relationships.

Bill has also served as Lead Advance for the Clinton White House and held management positions at Cornell, Corning, Unisys, and LexisNexis. At Corning, Bill was instrumental in helping the company consolidate multiple brands that Corning had acquired and re-launch them as a unified brand.

Bill is a Cornell University graduate and lives with his family in New York City.

Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project’s
fundraiser on Indiegogo has launched!

Please take a few moments to visit the site to read our story, see interior shots of the current building, and watch our video about the project.

PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK with your friends, family, and all other contacts, all the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. The fundraiser will run for 60 days, help us reach our Indiegogo goal!

Nina’s to host Give Back Night, Tuesday, July 23
In Support of  SSIRP

We live in such a great community, and I don’t mean just Sherburne. Nina’s, in Norwich, will be supporting The Sherburne Inn project on July 23 by donating 20% of proceeds to SSIRP. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 23, and stop by Nina’s between 4-10 p.m. on Give Back Night. Print and present the coupon below when you cash out and help Nina’s help us! And please, share with your friends!!

Thank you Nina’s!!!

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Finch Fund Awards SSIRP $50,000 Grant

The Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund today announced the decision of its Community Board to award a grant of $50,000 to Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP) for the purposes of paying fees for a preservation architect to develop planning and schematic documents and a construction cost estimate for restoration and renovation of the Sherburne Inn building; the cost of preliminary environmental testing; and the cost of acquiring additional documentation necessary for state grant applications.

Richard M. Runyon, Trustee of the Finch Fund, said in the award letter, “This is one of the largest awards in the Finch Fund’s history, and while the Community Board realizes this project will be ongoing and difficult, they also think it will have a positive impact on the appearance of downtown Sherburne.”

Kathleen Yasas, President of the Board of Directors of SSIRP, said, “We are thrilled to have the generous support of the Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund, and so pleased to have earned their vote of confidence in our project.  It’s all about community, and our vision in restoring this historic property is to not only honor Sherburne’s past, but to revitalize its future.”

The Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund was established in 1998 for the purpose of distributing funds for the benefit of the Village and Town of Sherburne.  This award is SSIRP’s first major grant since its incorporation as a nonprofit organization in January 2013.

SSIRP holds its 1st Pageant of Bands fundraiser

Sherburne’s annual Pageant of Bands on Saturday, June 1, was another great success. The day was a knock-out: sunny skies and light breeze, although hot was the watch word. The bands performed, the crowds cheered, porch celebrations prevailed, and people in this village came out en masse to enjoy for the 64th year an event that is a hallmark of our community.

Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) held its first Pageant of Bands fundraiser on The Sherburne Inn lawn. Sales of popcorn, water, coffee, Judy’s Diner donuts, tee shirts, and more raised over $1,100. Special thanks to Pamme Swan, who donated her time and musical talents to entertain those downtown as they waited for the parade to begin. “Anything for The Sherburne Inn,” she said. Angela Jones of Sherburne was the winner of our 50/50 raffle, and Angela has generously donated her winnings back to SSIRP. Thank you Angela! SSIRP appreciates all who purchased tee shirts on June 1. If you would like to purchase a preserve history tee shirt, email kyasas@aol.com. We have shirts in the following sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, $15 each with all proceeds to SSIRP.

Pamme Swan supporting the Sherburne Inn
Pamme Swan performing on The Inn lawn in downtown Sherburne
Laura & Lauren helping sell water & popcorn at Pageant 2013
Our youngest volunteers

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SSIRP’s “Preserve History” building banner

The Sherburne Inn Hits The Airwaves

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Click image for video; scroll to 11 minutes,  27 seconds.

On Wednesday, May 1, a crew from Mohawk Valley Living took a tour through The Inn in preparation for a feature on SSIRP’s project. SSIRP board members met with producer Sharry Whitney and host Richard Enders, while a cameraman filmed interior and exterior shots of the building. Our own Rose Tenney, SSIRP Board Secretary, was interviewed for the piece which aired on Sunday, May 5, on WFXV 33, as well as WUTR.

Mohawk Valley Living is a weekly television show that explores the arts, entertainment, culture, and heritage of the greater Mohawk Valley region of New York State. It is broadcast 3 times a week on Utica’s NBC affiliate, WKTV. It is owned and produced by Lance and Sharry Whitney and is hosted by actor and playwright, Richard Enders.

Thank you to Mohawk Valley Living for covering “good news” news!

Breaking News! It’s Official!!
The Sherburne Inn is Ours!!!

As of Thursday, April 25, 2013, The Sherburne Inn Is Ours!!! Today
SSIRP closed on the purchase of The Inn, which will be brought back to
this remarkable community of people who have donated time, money, and
effort in saving it. Our next steps will be to move forward with
continued fundraising in Sherburne and in the surrounding communities,
and to reach out to corporations, family foundations, grants, and
individuals from around the country who have shown interest in this
project. We need help from everyone to restore and reopen this historic
property, and to make it better than it ever was before.

In the coming weeks SSIRP will call on volunteers and others, and will
begin the planning, restoration, and renovation process. We ask for
your patience as work kicks off.

This will be a long road, but the first huge step has been taken:
ownership of a building that means so much to this village, and to its
anchor corner.

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated funds up to this point. It is not
an understatement to say that your contributions have enabled us to buy
the building. Without the donations received so far, purchase would not
have been possible. Please do what you can to donate time and services
– as well as funding — and share this post with all of your social
networking and other contacts. Our reach needs to be far and wide in
letting people know that historic buildings can be saved if citizens
band together to make it happen.

Our journey has begun. Join us!

To donate to Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, send your tax
deductible donation to:

SSIRP
POB 1102
Sherburne, NY 13460

OR click the “Contribute” link above to pay securely by credit card.

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SSIRP’s efforts have caught the attention of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Please visit the link below to see our story, published on the Preservation Nation blog.
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SSIRP is pleased to announce that we have received approval of our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. Our nonprofit status qualifies SSIRP to accept tax deductible contributions to the organization.

Our application, which was submitted in late January, was approved on February 27, 2013. We were advised by our financial consultants that approval could take from three to six months; SSIRP is delighted that the application was in fact approved in less than 30 days.

Donations received on or after SSIRP’s incorporation date of January 16 are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our sincere thanks to those of you who have donated thus far, and thanks in advance to those whose future donations will help us turn the lights back on in downtown Sherburne!

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SSIRP Reaches Goal, Moves Forward To Closing!

The Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) has reached its goal in raising the purchase price for acquiring The Sherburne Inn, and will now proceed to closing.

“We’re very grateful to owner Jim Webb for giving citizens of this community the opportunity to save and restore the building,” Kathleen Yasas, President of SSIRP, said. “Our goal from the beginning was to do the right thing for Sherburne in preserving Sherburne’s anchor corner. We realize hard work is ahead in raising funds for restoration and renovation. Our board members and volunteers are ready to roll up their sleeves and, with the help of the community and other patrons, feel confident we can turn the lights back on in downtown Sherburne.”

Plans for the restored Inn include a restaurant, two bars, guest rooms, and event space as well as other amenities such as a gift shop, fitness center, and bakery.

“The SSIRP board extends its heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who have offered to help and who have been contributing to this project since October, and especially to those who have donated funds to help us make this first important step,” Ms. Yasas said. “We look forward to working with the residents of Sherburne and our village leaders on this exciting community project.”

On Monday, February 25, Jim Webb said, “I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and I really look forward to seeing the Inn flourish again.” Mr. Webb added that he is happy to extend the first right of refusal on the adjacent former Big M property to SSIRP.

To donate to Saving The Inn, please make your check payable to Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project and mail to POB 1102, Sherburne, NY 13460, or pay by credit card on this site by clicking the “contribute” link.

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Mark your calendars! Gilligan’s Island of Sherburne will be hosting a fundraiser for our Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) on Monday, March 4. Andy Lagoe of Gilligan’s reached out to SSIRP said he and brother Mike, owners of Gilligan’s, want to become part of this exciting community project.

When making dinner plans on Monday, March 4, please consider stopping by Gilligan’s between 4:00-8:00 p.m., and mention to your server that you’re in support of saving The Inn. Andy reports that Gilligan’s will donate 20% of any food purchased from 4-8, including ice cream, to SSIRP.

Thanks to Andy and Mike, who like so many others
in Sherburne know what small towns are all about
!
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The Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project was formed because we, the concerned citizens of Sherburne, believe in both the future of this historic building and of our community. We do not want to revisit the past; rather, we hope to preserve history while moving forward economically. This is what small towns are all about…neighbors coming together doing what they can in however small or large ways, and bringing about meaningful change that will affect the lifeblood of our village for generations.

5 Responses to Home

  1. Jack Bigelow says:

    My mother, Norene Salsbury Bigelow, wrote the following description of her early memories of Sherburne and The Sherburne Inn. Her husband was Wilbur D. Bigelow, who with his brother, Oren, owned Bigelow’s Pharmacy (now Service Pharmacy) for many years. Their father, Orrin O. Bigelow preceded them in ownership. My mother is now 97 years old and enjoying life living near my sister, Jill Curley, in State College, PA. Jack Bigelow

    Here is what she wrote:

    “Before Sherburne, the Salsbury Family lived on a small farm near the communities of Fulton and Oswego, New York. To earn more money, my father (John Salsbury) took a job at a G.L.F. Feed Store in Fulton. He was offered the job of managing the G.L.F. Feed Store (which later became Agway) in a small town called Sherburne. To us, Sherburne seemed to be a place far, far, away. We asked ourselves, “How can we leave our little farm?”

    It took a bit of time for us to feel comfortable in this strange town. However, the feed store was quite near the Sherburne Inn, and right in the center part of this small town. Farmers came to town to the feed store to get feed for their animals, seed for sowing, or to get their hair cuts at the Sherburne Inn. Maybe a drink was in the plan and surely, crossing the street to the bank or going to the Post Office caused farmers to admire the beautiful flowers gracing the front of the Inn.

    The Sherburne Inn was a popular place for local people to congregate for special events, including birthdays and wedding parties. For some people, it was their home: Dr. Robert Benedict earned money chauffering an elderly lady from The Inn to her former home on a regular schedule.

    Being a sophomore in Sherburne High School, I began thinking of how I could help to earn money to go to college. I became a waitress at the Sherburne Inn while in High School and each summer during my college years. I fondly remember the owner, Mr. Colton. People came from long distances to eat a meal at The Inn, and we waitresses watched for the big tippers! New waitresses were taught how to carry the big aluminum oval trays laden with delicious foods. Just opening the swinging doors into the kitchen brought the scents of pies, soups, and entrees being prepared. We waitresses were very happy when the requests were made to eat on the glassed-in porch. We hoped that we would be their waitress!

    Behind The Inn, there was a hatchery or some other business that was involved in the raising of chickens. And having The Inn near the railroad station was another attraction for travelers.

    Norene Salsbury Bigelow

  2. Jan says:

    The song couldn’t be more perfect!

  3. Wayne Murray says:

    Let’s do this ! ! One step at a time……Barber Wayne

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