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Parks Will Dedicate Features

By Staff | Aug 12, 2009

The New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, along with members of New Martinsville City Council, invite the public to attend various dedications scheduled for Aug. 18.

The agenda for each site will consist of a short explanation, read by Mayor Lucille Blum, along with a prayer. “The design and the appearance of the memorials is great,” praised Blum.

The first of the seven honors/memorials will begin at 4:30 p.m. behind the city building. This area will be dedicated to all persons who originally were honored with a flag to be flown along state Route 2. Blum noted that the flags originally purchased to fly along the route were not sturdy enough to endure the weather, so a more suitable display needed to be created. “We have a very unique way and a unique design to display the names,” noted Blum.

The second and third memorials will be held at Bruce Park. A bench, located at the playground, will be dedicated to James E. Fauber. The large planter, located at the turn around, will be dedicated to Faye Smith.

The fourth will take place at Snyder Fields located along Howard Jeffers Drive. North of the field, Howards Jeffers Park, beside the large parking lot close to the Hydro Dam, will be the fifth dedication.

The sixth and seventh memorials will be held at Lewis Wetzel Park. A waterfall with be named in memory of Jess Cunningham and the Weeping Willow tree, located on the island in the pond, was planted in memory of Bob Litman.

All who attend are welcome to enjoy a reception, immediately following the final dedication, to be held in the newly renovated Lewis Wetzel Family Center.

Each site is expected to take approximately 15 minutes. The evening will conclude at about 6 p.m..

For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreations Office at (304) 455-9130.