Around Town: Open house; library update

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The Durham Recreation Committee invited community members to a Meet the Resident Troopers open house celebration Saturday, June 3. The gathering took place at the recently-opened Durham Community Center, the new home of the Resident Troopers office.

The family-friendly open house event included ice cream, a bounce house, crafts, and more.

The Durham Community Center is located at 144 Pickett Lane in the former Francis E. Korn Elementary School building.

On May 4, 2021, voters approved of the Town of Durham taking ownership of the property. Soon after, work began to trasition the former school into a community center.

Library project

The Library Renewal Project at Durham Public Library is moving along. Currently, carpet is being installed, which closed the library for a few days this week. In a social media post, the library said it expected to reopen Monday, June 12.

The Durham library was awarded a grant for the renewal project in the amount of $146,957 by the Connecticut State Library Board.

In April, the Durham library said the project will refresh the building’s public spaces “to best serve the current and future needs of the community” and was “expected to be substantially complete by early summer.”

Updates are posted on the library website and on social media.

Fair scholarships

Recently, the Durham Fair Association distributed $2,500 scholarships to 10 local students who will be attending an institution of higher learning in the fall: Malone O’Sullivan, Alexandria Nick, Mia Poturnicki, Jenna DePonte, Allison Strang, Jayson Penney, Christine Waterman, Melana O’Sullivan, Alyssa Szymaszek and Dalton Bates.

Addressing the scholarship winners in a social media post, the Durham Fair Association said “[W]e are so proud to have you part of our community!”


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