2010-10-07 / Editorial

Two items that need your attention

The Jamestown Arts Center

The final push is on for the fundraising efforts at the Jamestown Arts Center. The group is facing a major deadline and must raise $120,000 by Dec. 21 in order to move into its new home on Valley Street.

This organization has come a long way. It started with a vision four years ago. The dream was to establish a home on the island for community-based arts – both visual and performing.

Those who have visited the Valley Street facility will recognize the possibilities that the location offers. There will be room for all sorts of art projects, exhibits, performances and classes. The arts center will be open to everyone of all ages. It could become a true vibrant and expressive hub of the community.

The arts group is planning additional open houses this fall at the Valley Street site. Plan to attend one if you haven’t already visited the facility.

Be sure to send your donation to the group at P.O. Box 97. You’ll be making an investment in the creative soul of Jamestown.

The Jamestown Community Farm

In this week’s issue of the Press, readers will find an insert asking for donations to help build a new barn at the Jamestown Community Farm. This is the first time that the farm has made a community-wide appeal for contributions.

I cannot think of a more worthwhile cause.

During the past nine growing seasons – not including this year – the many dedicated volunteers at the community farm have produced more than 114,000 pounds of fresh vegetables. The veggies are then donated to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the state.

In order to raise money, the volunteers have sold honey, eggs and vegetables at a local farmstand. Almost everything found at the farm – from the tractor to the various storage buildings and greenhouse – has been donated. The proposed barn would be used for equipment storage.

This is local, sustainable organic agriculture at its finest and it deserves all the help that we can give.

Please send your donations to P.O. Box 352.

— Jeff McDonough

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