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Art Calhoun

Can You Help? To Complete 29-Year Renovation, Rigbys Need Help On Final Piece

Can You Help?

To Complete 29-Year Renovation,

Rigbys Need Help On Final Piece

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A baluster, just like this one, may be somewhere in the Coop- erstown area, and Bill Rigby needs it to complete renovating his antique staircase. Can you help?

In 1992, Bill and Janet Rigby were walking through 73 Elm St., deciding whether to buy that imposing Victorian home that, broken up into eight apartments, had fallen on hard times.

Hard times, yes. But there were hints of its former glory as home to Judge Walter H. Bunn’s clan, none moreso than the 30-step staircase that wound up from the ground floor to the third-floor attic.

All 67 balusters – the supports that connect the railing and the staircase foundation – were in place.

Bill Rigby, who had worked on restoration projects on Staten Island – he also operates American Historic Hardware here, replacing original hinges and fixtures – and Janet, who
had collaborated with him, couldn’t wait to get started.

But on buying the home and taking possession, they discovered: One of the balusters was gone.

“It was obvious: One was missing,” said Bill. “It was there when we walked through the house. It wasn’t there on the day of the closing.”

Interpretative Signage Unveiled At Doubleday

Interpretative Signage

Unveiled At Doubleday

Greg Andersen, Long Island, and Barbara Helly, Queens, were among the first people to read the new interpretive signs that have just been unveiled around Doubleday Field and throughout the downtown as $7 million in downtown upgrades are reaching completion. Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch said the signs follow a design developed by metal fabricator Art Calhoun, who has since passed away, at his forge on Linden Avenue. The flip side of the signs, now empty, will direct visitors to businesses in the vicinity. Andersen and Helly, now living in Richfield Springs but looking to buy a local home, are fulfilling his lifelong dream to move to Baseball’s Mecca. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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