The Cherry Brook Grange has officially deeded its building to the Town of Canton.
The Cherry Brook Patrons of Husbandry Grange #210 is disbanding and last October offered to give its building to the town. Recently Grange and town officials made it official.
"This is a sad day for us," said long-time grange member Muriel LeGeyt.
Her daughter, Cora Mutch, master and secretary of the grange, agreed that it was an emotional day but said she is glad the community will have access to the building.
"It's nice to know the town will have it," she said.
Town selectman accepted the building at 534 Cherry Brook Road by a vote of 3-2 in March. While all expressed appreciation, some felt it could further burden the town.
The Canton Land Conservation Trust has expressed interest in possibly using some of the space and a scout group has met there for some time. Officials said it could be used for other community groups and functions but first needs some work.
According to town records, the building was built in 1965. Among the needed repairs, officials said, is a new roof, estimated at $12,000.
Other needed improvements include an exterior front door, exterior steps, well motor, some interior cleaning and minor carpentry, landscaping improvements and more.
However, town officials said service organizations have come forward and expressed an interest in helping.
Anyone interested in assisting can contact Robert Martin, Director of Public Works at 860-693-7863 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.