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On June 23rd, Library Trustee, Christine Kissel passed away. She was an acclaimed violinist, sculptor, artist, and friend. Christine and her husband Howard, lived at 15 Maple Avenue in Philmont for the past 14 years. Upon Christine’s passing, Howard sold the house with its contents to local residents, Max Dannis and Linda Gatter and their daughter Alexa. Max and Linda decided to donate the contents of the house for a library fundraiser.
Over a two-week period, a team of inexperienced estate auctioneers set out to clean the house, organize the contents, and set up the two-day sale, which took place on the weekend of November 4th and 5th.
Over the weekend, hundreds of people came to the Estate Sale. Some visitors came looking for deals, while others just wanted to see the house. Some shared stories of their youth in and around the home, while others marveled at the craftsmanship of a turn-of-the-century home. It was referred to as the Kissel house, or the Rotter house, while others called it the Aken house; depending on the generation.
At the end of the weekend, the event had raised over $7,600 for the Library Cultural Center Fund, and there are still items that are not yet sold.
Although too many people to mention helped out, a few library lovers put in many, many hours preparing and supervising the sale. Included in the work party were Daryl and Dennis King, Steve Tiger, Gaye Hoffman , Matthew Perry, Dot Bowes, Jeff Bancroft, Kim Simmons, Steve and Faith Benson, Mindy Gardner, Victor Milin, Dee Dannis, Karen Garafalo, and Max, Linda and Alexa.