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Time has not taken toll on Clifton Park bell

"It's an opportunity to protect a very important piece of history in the town of Clifton Park, specifically Jonesville," Supervisor Phil Barrett said. "When these opportunities come along, they don't come often."

Nancy Bellamy, a Democrat running for Clifton Park town board this fall and a member of both the Round Lake Episcopal Church and the historical society, asked if the bell was in a condition to be rung.

"I think that this will be a very nice arrangement," she said. "The president has had the bell in his barn for all this time."

Scherer also said he was interested to hear the bell.

"If at all possible, yes," Councilman Scott Hughes, who is also running for town board, said. "We want to take a closer look at it upon receipt and inspect it to make sure it's in a position that we can safely. First, of course, get it in a nice little encasement, and we'll go from there."

Bellamy said a bell similar in age is rung every Sunday night at her Round Lake church.

In related business, the town board passed a resolution Monday to give custody of historical documents to the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library to be stored in the library's new climate-controlled storage room.

"It's important that we take that opportunity to protect our history," Barrett said. "I think it's fitting that we did pass some money to do that tonight because of our agreement and partnership with the library to make sure historical items are protected and can also be displayed.""

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