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Plans set to unveil BHS memorial

Friday, April 25, 2003

Plaque will grace memorial to Brazil High School building on Forest Avenue at new YMCA.

Months of planning and manual labor have resulted in a memorial to the old Brazil High School building on the corner of the new YMCA lot.

Located on SR 59 (Forest Avenue), north of US 40, the memorial has been covered with plastic, causing many to ask, "When do we get to see it?"

The memorial will be unveiled at a special dedication program at 2:30 p.m. May 4. If rain threatens the proceedings, the ceremony will be conducted inside the YMCA; otherwise, about 300 people are expected to gather outside at the memorial.

Many people, more than 400, have contributed in excess of $14,000 for the masonry and metal memorial. The memorial was designed by Aaron Rugenstein, PDF Inc. Rugenstein submitted more than one design to the committee before the final design was chosen. Dan Swartz, Colonial Brick Co., supplied the bricks; Wesley Vansickle built the memorial and the foundation; and Charles McCain did the landscaping.

Another organization that contributed to the project was the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation.

"I feel we are indebted to Clay Civic Memorial Foundation.," said Chairman Jess Pitts Thursday night. "Dr. Hal Glidden was a resource for us."

Members of the memorial committee include Pitts, Dawn Cope, Phyllis Crabb, Kenny Crabb, Leroy Howes, Lisa Mayle, Lori Pierce, Tom Reberger and Rugenstein.

The May 4 program will include a speech by Dr. Patricia Hayes Andrews, professor of Communication and Culture, adjunct professor of Business Administration and adjunct professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University. She also has many awards to her credit and is the co-author of five books.

Also participating in the program will be Mayor Crabb, Pitts, Rick Wetnight, Matt, John and Janelle Huber, Carolyn Dix and Sue Ann Grey.

The Hubers will provide music; Dix and Grey will sing.

Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

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