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Jewett City Savings Bank underwrites restoration of Fanning Park monuments

Jewett City Savings Bank has offered to underwrite the entire cost of restoring the monuments, bronze plaques and lamp posts at Fanning Park in Jewett City. The cost of the project is estimated at $3,200.

The Borough of Jewett City had requested donations from the general public for the work when Jewett City Savings Bank President & CEO Kevin C. Merchant announced that the Bank would like to cover the entire cost of the project. It has been approximately 25 years since similar restoration work has taken place at the Park, which is located at the intersection of North and East Main streets. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of Fanning Park.

The restoration work will be done by Mercer Lettering and Monument Works of Sterling, CT.

Weather permitting, the project will begin the first week of April and be completed in time for the traditional veteran ceremonies at the Park on Memorial Day.

“Fanning Park and its monuments represent sacrifices made on our behalf by legions of local citizens over the years,” said Merchant. “Restoring the monuments to their original beauty is one small way Jewett City Savings Bank can honor those who fought to protect our freedom. We are proud to have that privilege.”

Borough officials plan to meet with local veterans’ organizations to discuss the addition of monuments to honor veterans of more recent conflicts. Additional donations received will be used for those monuments and can be sent to Borough of Jewett City, P.O. Box 486, Jewett City, CT 06351.

FANNING PARK RESTORATION — Community leaders who met at Fanning Park recently to review restoration plans with project sponsor Kevin Merchant, President & CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank (far right), included (l to r) Richard Ouillette, Jewett City Veterans Council; Alan Geer, Burgess, Borough of Jewett City; Timothy Sharkey, Burgess, Borough of Jewett City; and John Connelly, Warden, Borough of Jewett City.