NORWAY — Friends of the Gingerbread House is continuing its “Sash for Cash” fundraising program this weekend.

Members will be at the house on Main Streets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, to accept donations of $50, which will be used to help the window restoration project. Each donor of $50 or more will receive a token knot of sash cord, some from the original window sashes.

The program was launched in June and has been one of several successful fundraisers for the building’s restoration.

The restoration of the 65 windows began May 17 when Pat Shearman of the Friends of the Gingerbread House and volunteers removed the first window from the back of the building. Each window will be restored with its original glass, sills and frame.

Volunteers are removing the windows and preparing them to be steamed. They will be scraped clean, reglazed, primed and repositioned as part of the second phase of the renovation project. The work is intended to seal the exterior of the building. Some of the work may require the use of contractors.

The project is part of a three-stage, multi-year renovation effort. The Friends of the Gingerbread House, under the name of Norway Landmarks Preservation Society, has been raising money for the past several years.

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The group is also working to install limited electricity in the basement so power tools can be used and work can be done into the evening.

The 80- by 20-foot house was built in 1851 by Richard Evans and later bought by Charles Bradley Cummings, founder of the C.B. Cummings & Son dowel mill on Pikes Hill Road, according to a report by Andrea Burns of Norway to Maine Preservation in Portland. Elaborate trim was added in the late 19th century by John Hazen.

Robert Sallies and Howard James eventually took ownership of the building, which was behind the Advertiser-Democrat building.

In 2008, C’s Inc., a real estate holding company affiliated with Sun Media Group, publishers of the Sun Journal and Advertiser-Democrat, agreed to delay demolition of the house if someone could move it. The Friends of the Gingerbread House banded together to save it.

In 2011, the house was moved about 950 feet farther up the street, near Butters Park.

Interested donors may show up Saturday morning or mail checks to Friends of the Gingerbread House, P.O. Box 525, Norway, ME 04268. Donations may also be made on the website, www.gingerbreadhousenorway.org.

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