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    Hanover ready to celebrate town hall upgrade

    Hanover residents can help celebrate the completion of the town hall renovation project while also participating in an annual community gathering.

    Town officials are holding a ribbon-cutting for the refurbished building at its front entrance on Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.

    Immediately after the ceremony, residents are invited to take part in Hanover’s annual community cookout in the town hall parking lot, which runs through 6 p.m.


    The renovation project represented a major update to the historic building, whose original structure dates to 1863.

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    The condition of the building became a concern in 2014 when the cupola had to be removed from the roof because it was determined to be structurally unsound.

    Working with a consultant, the town identified an extensive amount of other needed exterior work, and Town Meeting in 2015 appropriated $1.085 million from Hanover’s Community Preservation Act revenues for the restoration.

    The upgrade included rebuilding and reinstalling the cupola, restoring the entry portico, new windows and shutters, and replacing the existing vinyl siding with more durable and historically accurate materials.

    It also featured exterior painting, structural repairs to the roof framing, basement piers, and floor framing, and landscape and drainage improvements.

    John Laidler can be reached at