It's difficult sometimes for those of us in a small town to realize how important little villages are to people who live far away. We think we are cloistered somehow, that those who pass through our downtowns in cars see nothing but the road ahead en route to bigger places that offer theaters and shopping malls. We should think again. SSIRP received the following letter last week from a woman in Maine:
"March 25, 2013
Ever since I first read about saving The Sherburne Inn, I have read with interest of the project in The Sherburne News. I have fond memories of visiting my grandparents, Edith & Levi Collins at 14 East State Street, every summer, and later, when my father Earl Buell Collins retired to his family home. He contributed to the Sherburne Community with his musical talent as the organist at the Sherburne United Church of Christ, directing handbell choirs and teaching piano lessons from his home.
The Sherburne Inn was a vital part of the community where we would gather on special occasions.
How disappointed we were several years ago to learn that the Inn was no longer in business when we were in the area after my grandaughter's graduation from Syracuse University.
I commend all of you who are working on this project. The town of Sherburne is very dear in my heart; restoring the Inn will revitalize the whole community.
June Collins Hopkins
Thank you, June, for reminding us again how special a place is The Sherburne Inn, and that like diamonds flung on open water, the precious many who remember her are everywhere.
To donate to Saving The Sherburne Inn, send your check made payable to SSIRP to:
Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc.
Sherburne, NY 13460
or pay by credit card at our website:
thesherburneinn.org (click on "contribute" link)
SSIRP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization