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Flower garden planned in Crown Point

CROWNPOINT-Visitors to Crown Point will be greeted by fresh flowers this summer.

The town has asked the state Department of Transportation for permission to construct a flower bed at the intersection of Route 9N and Sugar Hill Road in the hamlet.

"Nothing is final until the ink is dry, but I think this is going to happen," Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said. "The project doesn't require anything from DOT except their go-ahead."

Kosmider hopes to have the project complete in time for the community's 143rd annual Memorial Day observance May 29 and 30.

Materials and labor will be donated. The flower bed will cost taxpayers nothing, the supervisor noted.

"We've had the field stone donated," she said. "We'll build a wall about 2 feet tall, fill it with soil and plant flowers. The (Crown Point) chamber of commerce will do the planting and maintain it."

State DOTapproval is needed because the project involved a state highway.

"It's not a big project, but I think it'll make Crown Point look a little better, a little more welcoming," Kosmider said.

The town's Memorial Day activities are scheduled to get under way Sunday at 11 a.m. with an ecumenical church service at the band stand in Veterans Park.

At noon the park will open for a day of rides, games and vendors.

Fireworks will conclude the day at dusk at the Crown Point State Historic Site.

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. Crown Point's annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Ferry Road and proceed north on Main Street, ending at Veterans Park. At 3 p.m. there will be band demonstrations and an awards ceremony.

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