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September 13, 2012

Arts Express: Sept. 13, 2012

Well-known author to read from latest work

PAUL SMITHS — Author Russell Banks will read from and discuss his latest novel, “The Memory of Lost Skin,” at 7:30 tonight at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center.

The reading is free to Paul Smith’s College faculty and students and costs $5 for general admission.

Books will be for sale, and Banks will sign them before and after the reading.

A pre-reading event of drinks and appetizers with the author to benefit the Adirondack Center for Writing will also be held. Cost is $25. Reserve a space by emailing acwevents@gmail.com or calling 327-6278.

Fundraising planned for new Laboratory Museum furnace

SARANAC LAKE — Historic Saranac Lake has started a public campaign to raise funds to replace the failing furnace at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.

The campaign seeks to raise at least $13,000 for the new furnace, which must be installed this fall.

Executive Director Amy Catania said the boiler dates from 1950 and is threatening to break down completely. Three times last winter, the heating system turned off unexpectedly, putting the building at risk. The old boiler inefficiently burned 2,250 gallons of oil, resulting in bills totaling $9,000. A new system is expected to use about one-third less fuel.

Several leading gifts have already totaled up to about $5,000.

“Now we are taking the campaign to the streets,” Board President Priscilla Goss said in a news release.

“We are counting on donations of any size from individuals in the community who care about our history and the work of Historic Saranac Lake,” Goss said.

Anyone who donates will get a window decal, and Historic Sarana Lake T-shirts and license-plate frames will be for sale. Local businesses that are supporting the project will be recognized at the tables.

The total cost of the project is $26,000. Historic Saranac Lake has applied for a matching grant from the New York State Council on the Arts but needs to raise at least $13,000.

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