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Crown Point to renew tradition

CROWN POINT - Faced with rising costs and deceasing volunteers, the Crown Point Memorial Day committee has decided to scale back the observance in 2010.

The weekend-long carnival has been dropped.

The traditional parade, fireworks and cemetery tour remain.

"The Crown Point Memorial Day committee has decided to have the traditional, one-day celebration for the 142nd observance of Memorial Day," said Yvonne Dushane of the organizing committee. "We just don't have the manpower or the money we used to have."

The theme of this year's observance will be "Scouting USA," which observes the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in the United States.

Keeping with the theme, Crown Point Boy Scouts will be in Veterans Park on Sunday, May 30, demonstrating their skills during a public "Fun Day" 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

That night there will be fireworks at the Crown Point State Historic Site at dusk.

Monday - Memorial Day - will begin with the traditional Solemn Tour of Crown Point cemeteries and historic sites.

The tour will begin at Sacred Heart Cemetery at 9 a.m., followed by the Congregational Church at 9:15, the Ironville Cemetery at 9:45, the White Church Cemetery at 10:15, Fairview Cemetery at 10:45, the Putnam Creek Bridge at 11 a.m., Forestdale Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. and the Veterans Monument in the town park at noon.

The committee is hoping to have a chicken barbecue in the park at noon, but those plans remain unsettled.

Crown Point's annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Ferry Road and proceed north on Main Street, ending at Veteran's Park.

Crown Point Scoutmasters Dave Hall and Chris Johnson will serve as parade grand marshals.

Anyone wishing to participate in the parade should contact Jodi Gibbs at 597-3492.

Children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to decorate their bicycles and ride in the parade. Anyone younger than age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded. Riders are asked to arrive at the Ferry Road parade start at 1:30 p.m. to register.

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