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Village of Lewiston Cemetery: Piper provides plans for 2023

Tue, Jan 2nd 2024 09:55 am

Happy new year, everyone!

As I am almost totally recovered from my hip and shoulder injuries, I'm back at work hoping to complete the cemetery project I wasn't able to work on this past year.

Even with being unable to compete in “Lewiston Jeopardy,” I was honored by the Historical Association of Lewiston for my efforts in restoring the village cemetery and preserving Lewiston history. It was quite a year, as I was able to acquire many new items for the museum collection, as well as donations I received from Lewiston residents.

This year, I am hoping to complete a pair of projects I was unable to complete. One is nearing; the other, I hope to be able to complete and dedicate in May. In addition, I believe I will be gifted with one or possibly two memorial trees to be planted in the Oakwood section to replace those lost to the ravages of time.

After consulting the mayor, Village Board, DPW, and the VFW, my next project is to install a 30-foot flagpole in Oakwood to honor all of those from Lewiston who have served our country. In September, a granite bench was donated and placed along with another memorial bench on either side of the historical cemetery plaque, a ceremony I was unable to preside over.

I have researched the installation cost, and they total $1,700 for the flagpole and specialty installation. The VFW has assured me there will always be a flag flying over the cemetery.

I am hoping to once again raise the needed funds to complete this project, so that the memory of those who served will be forever honored.

I have been honored and blessed to be able to complete my previous projects. As village historian, I have made it my mission to preserve, record, and showcase the rich history the village holds. I hope that my works can continue.

Thank you to those who have stopped me to thank, praise and compliment the work I do for the residents of the village.

With heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

Russ Piper

Village of Lewiston Historian

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