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Cupola suffers damage; vandalism suspected

PENN YAN--A project to restore the cupola from the historic former Empire State Winery building faced a setback last week, as it suffered damage from alleged vandalism. The cupola was previously moved to a concrete slab at the Penn Yan Fireman's Field to restore the structure to its historically correct condition. However, Steve Knapp, chairman of the cupola restoration project's steering committee, said he suspects vandalism following his inspection of reported damage at the site.
Knapp said he discovered a broken beer or soda bottle at the site along with an empty soda container found inside and next to the cupola. He reported pieces of wood framing and siding, and a piece of the metal roof had been yanked from the corner area and side facing Knapp and Schlappi. Knapp said he filed a report with the Penn Yan Village Police after learning of the damage. The police were unable to confirm if the incident was vandalism or not, but noted Knapp did file a report to let the department know of the damage.
Knapp said they are looking to build a security fence around the cupola as soon as possible, so that such acts in the future will carry a stiffer criminal charge and penalty. He noted he will get quotes on a five-foot high chain link, with a locked gate. Knapp added while people can still get over it, if caught, they can be arrested for criminal trespass.
Work began to save the cupola in 2014 with the organization of a steering committee that secured the support of nearly 50 local leaders and officials, along with nearly 100 members on its Facebook group. The committee then acquired an architect who developed a stabilization plan for the cupola prior to its move to the temporary restoration location. The group received the necessary approvals to move the cupola to the fireman's field, with the Penn Yan Lions Club conducting the work to stabilize the structure before being moved by developer Chris Iversen's crew.
As for its ultimate location, Knapp said they are currently recommending Indian Pines, at the head of the lake, but also want to consider places along the extended Keuka Outlet Trail, once that takes place.

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