News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012755
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, Oct 07, 2011 --

@@USDA Rural Development (RD) celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Waddington Hepburn Library. RD issued a loan of $116,000 and a grant of $100,000 for the renovation of the building. Steve Hunt, a representative from Congressman Bill Owens office and USDA NY RD State Director Jill Harvey congratulated the community on their new addition.

The renovation consisted of electrical re-wiring, repair to brick and cast stone façade, rehab of the storm windows, insulation and ventilation of attic space. “As the new Library Manager, I am excited to see this town’s dreams come to full fruition. Prior to the renovation, the windows were in bad condition, and the brick work in the front was old and not in good shape. The building is now flawless. Having worked in many libraries, I can say that this is a beautiful library that provides great resources to the St. Lawrence area. We are very grateful for this partnership with the USDA Rural Development”, said Mary Lajoie, Library Manager.

“Expanding and preserving places like Waddington Hepburn Library is a major part of the foundation for a stronger, more prosperous rural New York. Under the leadership of the Obama Administration, we have done numerous projects that represent our commitment to the residents of St. Lawrence County. The renovations have upgraded the library to a more contemporary look. The before and after pictures are amazing. On behalf of Rural Development, we are proud to contribute to this wonderful facility”, said Jill Harvey.

This funding was made possible through Rural Development’s Community Facility Program. USDA Rural Development makes loans and grants to develop essential rural community facilities in areas of up to 20,000 in population. Direct loans may be made to applicants unable to obtain commercial credit. Priority is given to applicants in rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less. Applicants with low median household incomes receive a higher percentage of the grants.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at