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The Darrtown BICENTENNIAL paver project
The Darrtown Bicentennial Steering Committee thought it appropriate that the upgrading of Darrtown's village square be part of Darrtown's Bicentennial celebration. Thus, the Milford Township Memorial Park was born. Pathways and patios, with engraved pavers, were envisioned and, over time, landscaping plans evolved.
The Bicentennial Steering Committee invited the general public to purchase pavers and specify engraved inscriptions to commemorate the memory of families, individuals, events, businesses, and organizations that had past and/or present connections to Darrtown and Milford Township.
See more background information at the October 6, 2013
The Darrtown REUNION paver project
The paver project continued beyond the 2014 Bicentennial celebration, when the Bicentennial Steering Committee transitioned into the Darrtown Reunion Committee. Consequently, pavers continued to be purchased and placed in the village square.
To date (March, 2017), 468 pavers have been sold and installed. Paver sales have enabled the (then) Bicentennial Committee and the (now) Reunion Committee to pay the costs associated with creating the walkway, buying blank pavers, having the purchased pavers engraved and maintaining the park. Profit from the project is used to cover the cost of landscaping (i.e., planting, trimming, and replacing trees and shrubs, fertilizer, weed spray, etc.). The Milford Township Trustees cover the cost of mowing.
Pavers are placed in the pathways and patios of the two village square quadrants that lie west of Main Street (St. Rt. 177) in the center of Darrtown. These two quadrants form what has been officially named the Milford Township Memorial Park.
The northwest quadrant is reserved for pavers that are engraved with the names of military veterans from Darrtown and vicinity. The southwest (civilian) quadrant is designated for pavers with inscriptions that commemorate the memories of non-military persons, organizations, events, etc.
Each paver measures 4" x 8" x 2 1/4" and is antique, or red sunset, in color. Engraved lettering accommodates three lines of text and a maximum of 14 characters per line, including spaces.
Pavers are $50 each. To reduce expenses, volunteers deliver blank pavers to the engraving company, which is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. When the engraving is completed, the volunteers return to Cincinnati to pick up the engraved pavers; deliver them to Darrtown, and place the engraved pavers in the village square. (To date, Ron Wiley has been the person who completed all these steps.)
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