Restoration of historic Norwood fountain nears completion

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NORWOOD — The installation of solar power and plumbing work are all that’s needed to get the century-old fountain at the vacant Norwood Union Grade School up and running again.

“It looks fabulous,” said Terri Sharlow Clemmo, a member of the Save the Fountain Committee. “People should go up and visit it. All the masonry work has been done.”

After more than a year of planning and fundraising, the committee is hoping that by the end of summer, water will be flowing from the stone fountain on Prospect Street.

The committee raised $12,000 to cover masonry work to restore the historic fountain which was in disrepair.

On Independence Day, volunteers once again created a float and handed out pamphlets during the Norwood parade to explain the project.

Plans to install the solar power were developed by a collaborative team that included Kevin McAdam, coordinator of Solar Ready Vets Program at Fort Drum. Mr. McAdam trains soldiers seeking a career in the solar energy field.

Earlier this month, he met with Village Mayor Tim Levison, Michael Temper from Clarkson University in Potsdam, and Kirk Colbert, a Norwood veteran who works at Cornerstone Services and received training from the veterans program. Save the Fountain committee members also attended.

While researching the fountain’s history at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, Canton, Ms. Clemmo said she discovered that the fountain was built by George Dove, a Canton native.

“We still haven’t found exactly when it was built,” she said.

Memorial blocks are now for sale that will be installed near the fountain. Two sizes are available, one for $75 and a larger one for $150. They can be ordered online at www.brickru.com/order/fountain. Those without access to a computer can contact Ms. Clemmo for an order form by calling 315-842-9692 or emailing at

The Norwood-Norfolk Teacher’s Association donated funding toward the first bench. Organizers would like to install more benches, shrubbery and a kiosk describing the history of the fountain and displaying old photos.

The village, which owns the park, received $50,000 in funding from state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome. The village is required to spend that money and then get reimbursed.

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