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Montgomery 1002

Montgomery 1002

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OCTOBER 2–8, 2013
Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Rocky Hill grant
Borough Hall, schoolhouseto get facelift.
The Montgomery Sun
After two years of discussion, thetownship has preserved the ParisoFarm in Skillman as open space.Twelve acres of the 13.5-acre farm – between Skillman Road and FairviewRoad – were preserved, leaving the latteracreage for current owners Jan-MichaelBlakely and his wife Tiana to continueliving on.The preservation was a collaborativeeffort among the township, SomersetCounty and the state Agricultural De-velopment Committee, said LaurenWasilauski, township open space coordi-nator.A bulk of the funding was providedby grants,” she said.The township was responsible for thedevelopment rights – $45,345 – while theSADC and Somerset County jointly con-tributed $135,831.Although discussions with the Parisofamily began in 2011, Wasilauski saidthe property was identified as a targetfor preservation in the township's 1991Recreation and Open Space Element tothe Master Plan.The Pariso family has owned thefarm since the late 1950s. Originally, thefarm included approximately 140 acresand went up to Route 601 and down toHollow Road. But when the railroadcame in, it was subdivided.It used to be the location of largegatherings, such as church camp meet-
Pariso Farm preserved as open space
 please see
FARM, page 9
HEATHER FIORE/The Montgomery Sun
The township recently preserved 12 acresof the 13.5-acre Pariso Farm as openspace. The farm, shown above, is locatedbetween Skillman Road and Fairview Roadin Skillman.
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Rocky Hill Borough is one of the six historic sites in SomersetCounty that recently received ahistoric preservation grant fromthe Somerset County Open Space,Recreation, Farmland and His-toric Preservation Trust Fund.The borough received a $52,600grant to fund infrastructure im-provements to the Borough Hall,a brick, two-story Colonial Re-vival schoolhouse that was builtin 1908 and which is considered apivotal structure in the RockyHill Historic District, accordingto Mayor Ed Zimmerman.The improvements that will bemade include repairing the struc-ture under the stairs, refasteningdiagonal braces and roof fram-ing, reinforcing the main woodgirder and the floor joists, replac-ing the fire-alarm wiring and the junction box in the attic, repair-ing/replacing grounding, andmodifying emergency exit/exteri-or lighting.The project also includes thefabrication and installation of aSomerset County historic markeroutside the building.The project plan has been com-pleted, and all the improvementsare being done in three phasesover the next couple of years,Zimmerman said.“The first phase is infrastruc-ture improvement, such as pip-ing, wiring and those things,” hesaid. “The second and third phas-es will involve some restorationof original walls and restorationof the courtroom to original hard-wood floors, tin ceilings, old stylelighting and that kind of stuff.”Zimmerman said the boroughdecided to apply for this type of grant after observing anothermunicipality in the county thatdid something similar.“Millstone Borough wentthrough the process of restoring
Rocky Hill receives open space grant
The $52,600 will fund infrastructure improvements in town
 please see
GRANT, page 12
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