Money from a recluse for the Clifton-Fine community this year will help feed people, inform them, give them a place to rest, improve the look of a cemetery and create a vision for a historic building.
Robert F. Damoth, Cranberry Lake, died in 2011 at the age of 76, leaving four organizations about $2.5 million through an endowed fund administered by the Adirondack Community Trust. Starting this year, Clifton-Fine Central School, Clifton Community Library, the Wilderness Health Care Foundation of Clifton-Fine Hospital and Cranberry Lake Fire & Rescue will each receive $15,000 annually.
Mr. Damoth left a fifth portion of his bequest unrestricted. The use of that annual grant of $15,000 will be determined by the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corp. at the request of Adirondack Community Trust.
They said, You know your community best, said Christopher L. Westbrook, president of the nonprofit economic development corporation.
Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corp. asked for proposals, receiving requests for more than $27,000. It awarded just under $15,000.
We were looking for new projects, new ideas to get things off the ground, Mr. Westbrook said. We also tried to spread it out over the entire Clifton-Fine area.
The largest award, $4,430, went to replace a stove used by the food pantry and a free community meal program to prepare a Wednesday night dinner for 85 to 100 people.
The Cranberry Lake Boat Club will receive $3,750 to install a meditation bench at Wanakena Cemetery and to replace benches around Cranberry Lake. The benches will have a plaque honoring Mr. Damoth and Adirondack Community Trust.
Wanakena Historical Association will receive $2,000 to create a kiosk at the Wanakena Walking Bridge that explores the history of the community and the bridge. A second project will move the Wanakena lending library a waterproof box where books are left and picked up to public land and improve the structure.
The Oswegatchie Cemetery Association will receive $2,000 to improve the look of the graveyard along Route 3.
Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corp. will receive $1,500 to begin creation of a publication that lists businesses and charitable organizations and points out the benefits of shopping locally. The organization also will receive $320 for advertising in the Bargain Hunter a community newsletter copying and related expenses.
The Fine Town Hall Committee will receive $1,000 to hire a consultant to create a strategic vision for the landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.