Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Scotland Should Thank Andrew D'elia

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Scotland Should Thank Andrew D'elia

Article excerpt

Sometimes luck comes from the unlikeliest of sources.

Back in 1999, the Scotland [Connecticut] Public Library was all set to relocate to the old fire station on Route 14 on the heels of the town building, the new fire safety complex.

But, alas, the all-important dollars were nowhere to be found. The library would stay, for the time being, in the downstairs level of Scotland's municipal office building on Devotion Road.

Then a library savior appeared.

His name was A. Andrew D'Elia, a retired businessman [and EAIA member] who quickly shared his success with the community. How? He merely donated the $2 million necessary to build a 6,000 square foot state-of-theart library facility.

Yes, you heard it right: $2 million.

For a town the size of Scotland, [about 2000] which still has a general store (and it is still called that, too), such a windfall is deliriously good fortune.

"When Mr. D'Elia learned that funding for a sorely needed library was beyond the reach of Scotland's resources, he offered to underwrite the entire cost of the project," said First Selectwoman Elizabeth Wilson. …

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