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June 28, 2013

Sharon Springs mayor has lots of ideas

Just elected as the mayor of Sharon Springs, Doug Plummer is brimming with ideas for helping the village to achieve its full potential as a small village with an abundance of cultural offerings in a relaxing and charming setting.

“If you are willing to get the permits and do the work and roll up your sleeves, you can really accomplish anything you set your mind to in small-town America,” Plummer said in an interview Thursday.

It was a day when Sharon Springs was bursting with visitors, most of whom have descended on the Schoharie County community for the wedding scheduled today for the “Fabulous Beekman Boys” of reality television fame. The two, Dr. Brent Ridge and novelist Josh Kilmer-Purcell, will celebrate their wedding at the Beekman Farm, which the couple purchased in 2007 and serves as the backdrop of their television show.

The fact that not only Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell but also a second partnered pair of celebrities — Roger Hazard of the television show Sell This House and Chris Stout-Hazard, owner of the local furniture shop Love Decades — have settled in Sharon Springs is seen by the community’s advocates as evidence it has already become a destination place.

Plummer, who will officiate over his first village board meeting as mayor next week, said he is eager to bring solar energy and composting projects to Sharon Springs.

Efforts are already underway to restore Chalybeate Park, and two acclaimed artists, Marguerite McFarland and Peter Cozzolino, have been enlisted to paint a large mural on a wall of the public works building in the spa section of the village.

Plummer said his own experiences in Sharon Springs further illustrate that success in the storied village can be attained through perseverance. In 1996, he and his partner, Garth Roberts, bought the then badly dilapidated American Hotel at 192 Main St. It took them five years to restore the structure, which had been built in 1847, and reopen it for business as a hotel-restaurant.

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