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Porch Loan Burning Ceremony & Party
June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #42 in Little Falls is proud to announce that on Friday, June 21st at 6 pm, Little Falls Elks Lodge will be holding a ceremony to recognize the retirement of the 2018 loan used to re-build our Lodge’s signature porch. The Little Falls Elks Lodge is a Victorian Mansion with a large curved porch located at the corner of Ann Street and Gansevoort Street, directly across from Burke Park in the beautiful city of Little Falls.
The loan has been paid off several months early due to the generosity of a group of anonymous members who donated toward the early payoff this year. After the brief ceremony, called a “Porch-Loan Burning” (similar to a traditional Elks mortgage-burning ceremony) there will be a party to follow with music from the Curtiss Road Band. The public is invited to the party which runs from 7 to 11 pm. The Little Falls Elks Lodge is located at 2 West Gansevoort Street. There is no admission charge for this event.
In 2008 the porch was in serious disrepair, and discussions began among Elks lodge members about the options available to improve the structure. Around the same time, a long-time Elk member donated a gift of $32,000 to the lodge and the members debated about using the gift toward repair of the porch. One of the options considered was to actually tear the porch off and add a simpler structure to replace it, as that option would save a substantial amount of money. Members voted to proceed with a complete repair job for the existing porch, to keep it looking as much like the original porch as possible.
Local lodge member Clarence Kohn was appointed to oversee the project, and after plans and drawings were prepared he sought bids from 5 area contractors to do the work. Well-known Little Falls contractor Fred “Chico” Urich of Little Falls Construction, Inc., was awarded the bid $72,000. He and his team built the beautiful porch as it stands today. The donation of the $32,000 and the combination of the $40,000 loan that was just paid off was used to fund the project.
Mr. Kohn noted that the project was more expensive than a normal porch repair because everything had to be cut individually and be made especially like the previous porch, and also because the front railing is a beautifully curved radius railing rather than a straight railing. The fact that the porch was 80 feet long also added to the cost.
In 2017, a group of members, Pat Dillion, Ryan Dillion, and Jeff Harris, volunteered their time for a number of Sundays that summer to do some further repairs to the porch, including replacing a few boards on the deck and rebuilding the bottom of the curved railing.
On Friday, June 21, Little Falls Elks Lodge will be holding a ceremony to recognize the retirement of the porch loan, which was actually paid off several months early due to the generosity of a group of lodge members who donated toward the early payoff this year. After the brief ceremony, which will be called a “Porch-Loan Burning” similar to a mortgage-burning event, a party will be held at the lodge including music from the Curtiss Road Band. The public is invited to the party which runs from 7 to 11 pm. Lodge Exalted Ruler Brian J. Molinaro commented that he believes the lodge members made the right decision back in 2008 to rebuild the porch to match the original design as that porch is really the face of the very visible Elks lodge, and the porch has served all who come to functions at the lodge very well, especially during Canal Celebrations in August each year.
Lodge Exalted Ruler Brian J. Molinaro commented “I believe the lodge members made the right decision back in 2008 to rebuild the porch to match the original design as that porch is really the face of the very visible Elks lodge, and the porch has served all who come to functions at the lodge very well, especially during the great gatherings during Canal Days in August each year.” Molinaro also said, “A good crowd is expected to attend the porch ceremony, including members from several other area lodges.”