Congratulations to Bonnie L. Maslin on winning the Springs General Store gingerbread house raffle. She matched the ticket sales to bring the total to $140 dollars raised for the Springs Improvement Society. Paula M. Levine donated another $50. All the money goes to the society’s scholarship fund. The gingerbread house was created by store owner Kristi Hood and daughters Molly and Hunter and is an exact replica of the store down to the gas pumps.
Every year, the SIS gives away four scholarships that range from $500 to $1,000 each. The fund was started in the early Sixties and the grant came in the form of a $25 Savings Bond. To be eligible for the bond, the students have to be Springs residents and write an essay on a topic that varies each year. The winners were selected by the Springs Improvement Society’s board of directors.
The money for the fund originally came from the proceeds of art sales from the Springs Invitational Art Show held for the past 40 years in conjunction with the Fisherman’s Fair in August. The artists donate half of their sales proceeds to the fund. Over the years, as more money was donated, the grants have been increased in value. As time went by, other ways to raise money became available. The Great Bonac Foot Race, held every Labor Day, began contributing.
In the Seventies, the Ashawagh Hall writers group began meeting and in lieu of rent they instead make a $1,000 contribution. In 1990, the Lights of Love fund-raiser was started. The idea for the event is that people buy a light and, about a week before Christmas, a tree lighting ceremony is held at the hall.
Today the SIS board of directors, in considering an application for a scholarship, looks at academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial need and community service.
Anyone wishing to donate can send a check payable to the SIS Scholarship Fund to P.O. Box 537, East Hampton, NY 11937.
While we are on the subject of the SIS, I would like to let people know about a project we are working on along with the Springs Historical Society. This year, the SIS is 100 years old and I, along with other volunteers, have been going through several filing cabinets full of old correspondence, bills, meeting minutes and photos. The eventual goal is to put together a book on the history of the Springs Improvement Society. We are looking for old photos of the hall and particularly of the Fisherman’s Fair. Anyone wishing to contribute or help with the project can contact me.
The Springs Advisory Committee will be meeting on Monday, January 19, at the Springs School. Topics include old business, new business, safe routes to school and a Pussys Pond report to be given by Bob Davis and Pam Focarino.