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TACONIC HILLS COMMEMORATIVE PARK TO BE DEDICATED JUNE 19
On June 19, rain or shine, a project that has been four years in the making will be dedicated as a gift from past students to those of the future. The Taconic Hills Commemorative Park, located in the grassy area behind the administration wing of the building, is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and planning by the Roe Jan Alumni Association with the cooperation of the administration and Board of Education. “The park commemorates the path education has taken in the district from one room school houses to the current Taconic Hills campus,” said Mary Mazzacano, who was president of the alumni association and chairperson of the commemorative park committee. The park’s bell came from the one room school house in Hollowville. Other parts of the display represent other district schools, including the former Roe Jan and Ockawamick schools. Under the guidance of senior class advisor, Terry Leggett, the last four TH graduating classes have contributed money to the plaques in the park. The class of 2004 has contributed a bench. At the dedication, which begins at 10:00 a.m., school songs from Taconic Hills, Ockawamick and Roe Jan will be sung. Local dignitaries will be on hand for the event. Mrs. Mazzacano said she has a lot of people to thank at the event. “Everyone did so much. The original park committee was composed of myself, Bud Atwood, alumni historian John Dunn, Ed Bradway, Ed Jacklin, Linda McNeill and Pat Wemitt, who was the liaison with the school. We will also be thanking our landscaper, Matt Tomich. I hope to see everyone in our community on June 19.” Refreshments will be served immediately following the dedication.
On June 19, the Taconic Hills Commemorative Park was dedicated to the district, the culmination of a community-wide effort that included the vital support and fundraising of past and present TH students. Below is the school bell from the old Hollowville school house, which was moved to the Ockawamick building in the 1950s and was refurbished for its new place of honor on the Craryville campus. Former buildings and grounds supervisor Bud Atwood wore his old Roe Jan letter sweater for the occasion. State Assemblyman Patrick Manning posed with Mary Mazzacano, who was president of the alumni association and chairperson of the commemorative park committee. Senator Stephen Saland and other local dignitaries and alumni were on hand for the event.
dignitaries and alumni were on hand for the event.