Un­clear prop­erty had been sold

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Char­lene Sud­brink, who be­came chair of the so­ci­ety af­ter last month’s elec­tion of of­fi­cers, said it was un­clear at the 2010 meet­ing whether the prop­erty had in fact been sold. The ru­mour stated that Fred His­cock, who had been the chair up un­til the March 25 meet­ing, had sold the prop­erty to his two sons, Robert and Wade. Fred His­cock did not at­tend the March 25 meet­ing.

“ The cit­i­zens were con­cerned about the build­ing and won­dered if that was the truth, be­cause ba­si­cally it’s a com­mu­nity build­ing,” said Sud­brink.

To clear up mat­ters, the so­ci­ety sent a let­ter to Fred His­cock on April 12 ask­ing for bank state­ments, meet­ing min­utes, and other doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the Fresh­wa­ter Her­itage So­ci­ety. The so­ci­ety waited 30 days and re­ceived no re­sponse. Af­ter re­tain­ing the ser­vices of a lawyer, the so­ci­ety re­ceived a bill of sale stat­ing that Fred His­cock had sold the build­ing to his sons on March 16, 2010, for $200.

Sud­brink con­tends that the rest of the her­itage so­ci­ety had noth­ing to do with the sale.

Sud­brink said items be­long­ing to the so­ci­ety were left stored in­side the build­ing. Since its sale, Sud­brink said the his­tor­i­cal in­tegrity of the build­ing has been com­pro­mised due to the in­stal­la­tion of new win­dows.

The so­ci­ety had plans for the build­ing, ac­cord­ing to Sud­brink, with hopes of us­ing it to store ar­ti­facts and records re­lat­ing to ge­neal­ogy.

“ We’d like to have our build­ing, which would make things much eas­ier for hav­ing meet­ings.”

Mount Pearl lawyer Wil­liam Kennedy is rep­re­sent­ing the so­ci­ety in the case, and no ren­o­va­tions can be done on the Orange Lodge as the court case con­tin­ues.

The so­ci­ety has been hold­ing fundrais­ers to cover le­gal costs for the case.

Fred His­cock de­clined a re­quest to be in­ter­viewed.

The Fresh­wa­ter Orange Lodge got its start in a dif­fer­ent build­ing in 1899 un­der Mas­ter Joseph Brod­er­ick.

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