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February 5, 2016

Ruritans will rebuild after blizzard crushes hall

Photos/Lawrence Emerson
While the building’s two-story section nearer Salem Avenue survives in good condition, the large hall needs demolition and reconstruction.
The two-story portion of the structure remains intact.
The Ruritan building has hosted civic events, parties, wedding receptions and Marshall District voters on Election Day for more than three decades.
There was a lot of work that went into that years ago, and to see it flat on the ground was devastating. It’s almost like losing a close relative.
— Bob Sinclair, former club president
Marshall Ruritan Club
• Address: 8400 Salem Ave.

• Year built: 1981

• Chartered: 1965

• Size: 4,650 square feet

• Rooms: 6

• Building: 2-story, front with single-story community hall.

• Tax assessed value: $268,100

• Goal: Raise $10,000 to replace furniture, appliances and other items.

• Website: marshallruritan.us
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The Marshall Ruritan Club will rebuild after heavy snow crushed the social hall at its Salem Avenue building on Jan. 22.

A busy gathering place for civic and social activities and the Marshall Precinct polling place, the building’s banquet hall roof and a sidewall collapsed during the blizzard that dumped about 30 inches of snow on Marshall.

“The good news is the two-story part of the building has, for the most part, survived the collapse well,” President Randy Barger wrote in an email this week.

Insurance will cover the costs of rebuilding at 8400 Salem Ave., but only part of the equipment and furnishings loss, according to Mr. Barger.

The club hopes to raise $10,000 through a “GoFundMe” page to help replace tables, chairs, appliances and other items.

“We are currently collecting information on general contractors that will be able to handle such a large rebuild,” Mr. Barger said. “We are working with an architect to draw up new floor plans we can use for input to the general contractors for bids.”

For tax purposes, the county values the entire structure at $265,800.

Former President Bob Sinclair remembers the construction of the hall in 1981.

“The building was built to be the focal point of Northern Fauquier,” Mr. Sinclair said. “There was no other organization that could accommodate 200 to 300 people.

“There was a lot of work that went into that years ago, and to see it flat on the ground was devastating,” he added. “It’s almost like losing a close relative.”

The Marshall Ruritan Club will meet at Grace Bible Church the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. until the hall gets rebuilt.

Mr. Barger will speak about fundraising efforts at the Marshall Business and Residents Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The board of supervisors next week will consider moving the polling place for the March 1 presidential primaries to the former Marshall IGA building on Main Street.

“The Marshall Ruritan Club is a community-oriented organization, and it is so nice to see the community coming together to help us all for the common good,” Mr. Barger said.

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