Stowe voters approve saving former church
Voters in Stowe say a decrepit 19th century church building is worth saving.
In a Town Meeting day vote Tuesday, they turned thumbs-down on a measure proposing that the ski town "sell, respectfully salvage or otherwise dispose of the so-called 'Rotary Barn,'" which was a church when it was built in 1839 and has since served as a gymnasium, classroom and storage space.
A citizens group wants to raise money privately and restore the town-owned building, and now they'll have the chance.
Evelyn Frey, a member of Historic Stowe II, says the group has obtained tax-exempt status and can begin taking donations to pay for work to begin saving it.