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Bricks from old Easthampton High School to be given away Saturday

The Easthampton High School Building Committee is giving away 500 bricks from the old high school building being demolished on Williston Avenue. The distribution starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. Saturday — or until they are gone.

Bricks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, said Building Committee Chairman Michael Buehrle. He is asking residents to limit themselves to two or three “so everyone can have a keepsake if they like.”

History buffs should enter the construction site via Bryant Avenue and proceed to the left behind the new high school, where the bricks will be located.

Buehrle said he asked Fontaine Bros. of Springfield — the firm that built the new $39.2 million high school and is handling demolition of the old one — to set aside 500 bricks from the old school for the public.

“They’ve been really great about it,” he said. “They’re just those old yellow bricks from that building. But there are people who want them.”

Buehrle said he will have hammers and sledges available to help people create manageable chunks for keepsakes.

“They’re going to have to work for this, but it will be worth it,” he added.

For more details on the bricks giveaway, call or email Buehrle at 527-6595, buehrle1963@msn.com.

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