Sabattus reserves land for future veterans park

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SABATTUS — The space is official. Now the planning begins.

Selectmen this week voted to set aside one-third of an acre on Green Street as the future home of the Sabattus Veterans Memorial Park.

Town Manager Andrew Gilmore said the site was once home to the Klondike Mill, which burned down, and had been used to pile snow. An environmental study of the mill property didn’t identify any significant issues, he said.

The town already has a nearby memorial started after World War I with the names of fallen soldiers.

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“Our Memorial Day Parade goes right by there,” Gilmore said. “It’s a perfect spot: high visibility, a block away from the current war memorial and really ties in nicely with the center of the village.”

The vote formally paved the way for fundraising, planning and designing.

The Sabattus Veterans Memorial Committee is made up of Co-chairmen Steven Caron and Andre Marquis, Connie Castonguay, Ray Asselin, James Rancourt, Ronald Caron, Stacy Dostie and Thomas Winslow.

kskelton@sunjournal.com

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