Letter: Work at Ambler will enrich our future

To the Editors:

With its 10th anniversary arriving next year, the Friends of Ambler Farm would love to be able to mark the event by inviting the community to celebrate the opening of the restored 200-year-old Raymond Ambler Farmhouse that has been under reconstruction for the past five years or more. All that’s needed for this to happen is for the voters of Wilton to approve the $250,000 matching capital grant for Ambler Farm in the fiscal year 2015 budget. For those who were unable to vote on Tuesday night, voting will resume on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Clune Center lobby at Wilton High School. Absentee ballots are also available at the town clerk’s office on Thursday and Friday of this week between 8:30 and 4:30. Because every capital allocation in the budget must receive a majority of the votes cast to be approved, every vote matters.

The Ambler Farm funds are earmarked to complete the work required to make the former Ambler family residence safe for public use. But the value of the investment has less to do with preserving a building than with enriching our present and our future. The restored Raymond Ambler Farmhouse will allow us to offer significantly enhanced educational programming for students at all levels of the Wilton school system, additional space for use by a wide variety of community groups, including senior citizens, and, eventually, space in which to provide neighbors and visitors with an opportunity to explore the origins and evolution — and consider the future — of our town, its values and its traditions.

The budget for this project has not changed since it was first proposed in 2008. However, tabling the remaining structural work for another year or more would almost certainly entail increased expense as the cost of construction and materials rise.

We thank the Wilton community for its continuing support and inspiration.

Neil Gluckin, President

Friends of Ambler Farm

Wilton, May 5