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B.U.M.P. volunteers organize mural restoration project

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This weekend, a group of volunteers with the Beautify Upper Madison Project brought paint, brushes and ladders to the side of a building off of Albany's South Main Avenue. Our Beth Croughan has more on what this means to the community.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "It is very nostalgic. Yeah. It's very nostalgic," said Constance Dwyer-Heiden of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

1977 was the year Constance Dwyer-Heiden got married and it was the year she made the mural on the corner of Madison and South Main Avenue in Albany. That's when she worked for the City Arts Office.

"It pays tribute to you know, just a small, walking, close-knit neighborhood," she said of the mural.

It's a neighborhood she and her sister grew up in. "Cal Heller's was a grocer. Real old school, with the wooden bins of potatoes and onions," explained Carol Dwyer of Kingston.

And it's one they've since moved from, leaving the mural behind. "It had gotten very, very faded. And, the paint was peeling off," said Dwyer-Heiden.

But both are back this weekend with brushes in hand. They've joined a group of volunteers, all working to bring the color back to the side of this building.

"There was a neighborhood, a lot of neighborhood interest in redoing this mural because buildings depicted there represent a lot of memories of the people who live around here," said Virginia Hammer, the Co-Chair of Beautify Upper Madison Project.

"Oh, it's been great. And people stopping while we're painting and bringing up things. Yelling from the car. 'I remember when that was painted!'," described Carol.

The paint helped make memories 35 years ago, set old ones in stone and created new ones, this weekend.

"It's very, very humbling, you know, I'm very touched that they wanted me to come and help, yeah," said the artist, Dwyer-Heiden.

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