MILLARD FILLMORE HOUSE — The Aurora Historical Society has updated the status of the Fillmore House’s “site enhancement plan,” which would include a reconstruction of Fillmore’s law office and a sculpture of arguably East Aurora’s most famous resident.
In its newsletter for April, May and June 2012, the AHS said it has asked the Village of East Aurora to gift the AHS the property adjacent to the house on Shearer Avenue. Although it has not yet taken any formal action, the Village Board did seem to be in favor of the move at its March work session. Society member Tim Redmond is spearheading the project and has contacted local sculptor Susan Geissler, who has already created a study for a sculpture of the former U.S. president. The sculpture will be at least life-size and sit near the southern edge of the property. People may view Geissler’s work at www.susangeissler.com.
Redmond has also been in contact with Donald Aubrecht, principal at the architecture firm Fontanese, Folts, Aubrecht, Ernst. Aubrecht was part of the original discussions regarding the project. He will gather information and surveys to create a plan for the law office reconstruction. There are several photographs he will use to extrapolate the dimensions of the office and to determine how it will best fit the site.
For anyone interested in joining the AHS’ efforts, call the office at 652-4735, or email Redmond at email@example.com or AHS Membership Committee Chair Susan McBurney at firstname.lastname@example.org. According to the newsletter, there will be many talents required and many volunteer opportunities.
ELMA PUBLIC LIBRARY — From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, the public is invited to an open house at the Elma Public Library to dedicate the new Zenath T. Heintz Community Room and Friends of the Elma Public Library Children’s Room.
According to a release from the Friends of the Elma Public Library, the addition, with extra parking spaces, was completed last year thanks in part to Heintz, an Elma resident and library devotee. Before she passed away, she made sure the library would receive a monetary gift from her estate, which was used for construction. The new room that will bear her name will be dedicated in her memory. A plaque will hang in the room, which can be used by local organizations for meetings or programs. The air-conditioned room has 60 stacking chairs and some folding tables for public use. All you must do is call the library to reserve it.
The new Children’s Room was redecorated by local artist Alixandra Martin, and the much-used wooden chairs have been painted and decorated by some of Pam Russell’s art students at Iroquois High School. The rest of her students have put together a display of their work to show off at the dedication.
I’m sure we’ve all read and heard about the much-publicized troubles of not only the Elma Public Library but also the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System in general. Since public funding is hard to come by these days, the library branches rely more and more on their respective “Friends” groups to secure donations and funding for library projects. The group is always welcoming new members. Call the library at 652-2719.