In August 2013, The Orono Historical Society kicked off phase I of the restoration of Orono’s 124 year-old Civil War Monument, the refurbishing of the soldier statue. With $10,000 in funds contributed by Orono residents, former residents, businesses, service groups, veterans organization, and fundraising events , phase I is near completion under the direction of Peter Crockett of Argyle Iron Works.

Included in the soldier’s refurbishing are extensive repairs to the boots, replacement of the base plate, fabrication and installation of the militia cap. The missing musket and scabbard were completely fabricated as well as casted and installed. Sealing and waxing of the soldier will complete phase I.

The campaign for phase II , refurbishing the monument’s unique pedestal, begins with a fundraiser “Noche Mexicana,” at Margarita’s restaurant , Mill Street, Orono, from 4-10 p.m. on July 14. Also, on Orono’s Festival Day, September 6, from the Orono Historical Society will hold a Collectibles and More Sale at the Keith Anderson Community House from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Donations of quality items are welcomed; please call 866-2597. Contributions to the phase II pedestal repairs can be sent to: The Orono Historical Society , PO box 324, Orono,ME 04473.

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