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Sale of poppies funds boiler repair; Legion post needs heating system.

SPENCER - Members of the Gaudette-Kirk American Legion Post 138 spent the weekend selling poppies - small flowers which they hoped would help them on they way to a big goal: a new heating system for their building.

"The boiler, which is steam, is basically shot," said Gary Herl, a member of the post's energy fund committee. "We want to change it to hot water, which would be much more efficient."

The committee is also hoping to divide the building into heating zones, another measure that would save money.

"Right now we have just one zone and we have to heat the whole thing," Mr. Herl explained.

The post building at 175 Main St. is also home to troops of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the AARP and other civic groups. Candidates nights have been held there and the hall is often rented for private events such as weddings. The Legion has been housed in the building since the 1920s, Mr. Herl said.

Members of the Legion Riders, a motorcycle group that provides a showing at veterans' funerals, also call the post home.

"We also do the annual Memorial Day parade which is coming up on the (May) 27th and the Veterans Day parade," he said.

Members of the energy fund committee, Carol Southworth, Jerry Perron, Earl Martin and Mr. Herl, have researched the best options for a new system and estimate it will cost about $20,000 to make the necessary changes. He said the post is developing a five-year capital plan that includes raising money for upgrades to the dated facility, making it more attractive to folks who might rent it for their events.

In addition to the poppy sale, other fundraisers are planned and donations are being accepted. Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so at Spencer Bank, 176 Main St. Spencer 01562. Checks should be made payable to the Gaudette-Kirk Post 138 Energy Fund.

Labor and materials donations are also being sought and those needing more information about that can contact Mr. Herl by email at
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Date:May 24, 2013
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