- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) - A sparsely populated Adirondack town is the beneficiary of a $2 million bequest from a businessman who ran a local general store for more than 50 years.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports (http://bit.ly/1hC7IgQ) that before he died, Marvin Bissell established the Bissell Fund for Grave Markers at the Adirondack Foundation, which provides support for cemeteries and historic preservation in the Essex County town of Newcomb.

The fund recently awarded its first grant to the town for its cemetery and other revitalization projects.

Bissell, who died at age 79 in 2013, owned and operated Bissell’s Store in Newcomb since 1962. Newcomb, located in the middle of the Adirondacks, has fewer than 500 year-round residents.

Bissell’s bequest also includes six parcels of land, which the Lake Placid-based foundation has gifted directly to the town.

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Information from: Press-Republican, http://www.pressrepublican.com

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