Seeking Support


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The planning has taken more than a year, and now the organizers are looking for community support.

That's the status of a proposal in Scott Township to establish a memorial for all living or deceased Township veterans.

The idea was born in the township's Democratic Club last year, proposed by Stanley Stracham. The response was positive, and Stracham was tapped to present the idea to the township's board of supervisors. The response was positive there as well, but the board asked Stracham and the club to present more information about what they envision at a future meeting.

Maria DeFazio, daughter of township residents Marion and Bob DeFazio, took the information put together by Stracham and fellow club member Ed Sokoloski, and prepared some conceptual drawings of what might be done. Rough estimates of the cost have also obtained.

At a board of supervisors meeting in September, Sokoloski and Stracham returned and presented the conceptual drawings and discussed the rough estimates. The board's response, again, was positive, and they agreed with the organizers that now is the time for a community meeting to seek public input and further develop the ideas that were presented.

That informal community meeting will be held at the Joe Terry Civic Center, 1038 Montdale Road, on Wednesday Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

Stracham and Sokoloski are hoping for a good turnout at the meeting. In addition to working toward a final plan, they would like to come up with some good fundraising ideas for the project and a target date for completion. Stracham and Sokoloski are also hoping to connect with representatives from township service clubs.

"Everyone should have something to contribute to making this worthwhile project a successful community effort," Stracham said.

Anyone who would like to particpate or contribute but cannot attend the meeting should call 254-6783 or 587-3120.

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