The community is marking the centennial dedication of Lancaster’s Civil War memorial at 9 a.m. Monday in Veterans Memorial Park on Lake Avenue in the village.
The earlier ceremony to dedicate a monument was held on Feb. 12, 1913, 48 years after the Confederate Army had surrendered. Unlike many communities that had built monuments to honor their war dead by then, Lancaster had not.
After its dedication in 1913, the Civil War Memorial became a focal point of the Town Hall landscape, but in the 1940s, a wooden Servicemen’s Board was placed in front of the building, and by 1945, the sign was looking shabby and needed to be replaced.
When the Town Hall was remodeled, the monument was removed and one of the plaques was given to the new VFW Post 7275. It remained in their possession, until 1994, when it was donated to the Lancaster Historical Society. Until now, the plaque had a place of honor in the society’s military exhibit.
This year, as the community marks the 100th anniversary of the monument’s dedication, the plaque will be displayed in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Lake Avenue. With the cooperation of Lt. Col. Matt Urban VFW Post 7275, the Buffalo Civil War Round Table, and the Lancaster Historical Society, the monument was set in place and will be dedicated on Memorial Day.
Also this week:
• The Lancaster Town Board has approved hiring a consulting arborist, William Snyder, to provide a health condition report for each of the trees located along Glendale and Parkdale Drive. He was hired at a maximum of $855, (reflecting a $95 hourly fee.)
The town’s action comes a few weeks after the Arbor Day Foundation recognized Lancaster for earning designation as a 2012 Tree City USA. This is the 14th year that Lancaster has earned the national designation.
“People there love their trees,” Terrence D. McCracken, the town’s parks, recreation and forestry general crew chief, said of the Glendale and Parkdale neighborhood. “I’d like to keep them, too.”
McCracken noted that because of the trees in that neighborhood, it’s probably 20 degrees cooler in the middle of the two streets, during the summer. He noted that some trees will need to be taken down, but would be replaced.
• The Town of Lancaster Youth Bureau is accepting registrations for its special Regents Exam preparation sessions from May 28 through June 18, for Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry, Global History & Geography II, U.S. History and Government, and Physics.
There is a limited number of openings, so students are urged to register at the youth bureau from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact 683-4444.