Save the Northfield Depot Paver Fundraiser

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased with the 2016 progress — successful move of the depot and completion of initial repairs — but more work needs to be done for which funding is needed.

The group is announcing an opportunity to permanently show support of the depot project through its “Paving Our Way from the Past to the Future” engraved paver sale, which begins in December and will extend through 2017.

Next summer, the pavers will be placed in the sculpture garden and pathways. The sculpture garden plan, a pro bono effort of a landscape planner, will include plantings, two sculptures donated by private individuals and a water feature centered in the garden patio (see illustration).

Lynn Vincent, co-chair of Save the Northfield Depot, noted that “the paver sale is just in time for holiday shoppers who are looking for the perfect gift for special family members and friends. The unique gift will be a lasting honor to the recipient, provide support for a great community project and serve as a sign of pride in our town.” 

The red clay pavers with personalized engravings are available in two sizes (4” x 8” and 8” x 8”) and may be ordered with or without an icon/clip art. A 4” x 4” black tile replica of the engraved paver is also available. Pavers are wholly tax deductible; however, only part of the cost of the replica is tax deductible. Images of the pavers, art/icon options and an order form can be found on the paver company website at https://polarengraving.com/SaveTheNorthfieldDepot.

More details about the paver sale are also available at NorthfieldDepot.org — images and a video of the garden, clip art/icon options, order form and an option to purchase online. Order forms can also be obtained from Sue at Rob Martin Agency, 150 Water St. S., Northfield or by calling 507-645-7579.

The Northfield depotwebsite also provides information, images and videos about the overall project to rescue, renovate and reuse the 1888 depot as a multi-purpose, public facility. Current progress, including the installation of some of the windows, bricks and limestone facing of the foundation, can be seen by clicking the renovation progress link on the website home page. Proceeds from the paver sales will be used to continue the progress to finish the depot renovations, create the sculpture garden, build the pavilion and complete the landscaping.