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Debt crushed up at Science Central

– During this month five years ago, Martin Fisher became executive director at Science Central.

He celebrated the anniversary Wednesday by freezing a long-term debt note in liquid nitrogen and crushing it up.

“This is the first time in the history of Science Central that we have been free of long-term debt obligations,” Fisher said in a prepared statement. “We’ve turned the corner in making this organization fiscally sound, and we’re moving ahead into the next phase of life for Science Central.”

Fisher said the organization, which has an operating budget of $1.2 million, was able to achieve the goal through cuts and community support.

Science Central was also able to maintain attendance during the closure of Clinton Street this year.

Other changes Fisher has implemented during his time with Science Central include a schedule of traveling exhibits, new permanent exhibits, an ongoing membership drive, new efforts in advertising, maintenance of the facility and the center’s first capital campaign since it opened in 1995.

The next phase Fisher referred to includes the launch of Science on a Sphere, a new permanent exhibit that is scheduled to open in 2013.

The sphere would be the first of its kind in the state and allow visitors to explore the Earth’s surface, weather patterns and a host of other images on a 6-foot sphere hanging in midair.

sarah.janssen@jg.net

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