Marble memorial for Violet Grange to be completed next summer
A marble memorial for the Violet Grange should be completed next summer, Grange member John Ricketts told the Violet Township Trustees at their Dec. 2 meeting.
In an agreement between the Grange and the township, the Grange Hall on Lockville Road in Olde Pickerington Village now belongs to the township, Violet Grange President John Price said.
The Grange will continue to hold meetings in the building through 2011, and then the township will provide them with a yet-to-be-determined meeting space, Price said.
The Grange kept a 10-foot square grassy portion of the Lockville property to erect a memorial to its history, Ricketts said.
"It will be a marble memorial similar to what you would find in a graveyard," Ricketts said. "Something you would be very proud of."
The Grange emblem will be engraved on the front below the words, "Home of Violet Grange #1949, 1914-2010."
The names of every person who served as the Violet Grange president will be engraved on the back, Ricketts said.
"I think it will be a very nice addition to the center part of town," Ricketts said.
At six-feet wide and nearly five-feet tall, the monument will be a very substantial memorial, Ricketts said.
"The thing is practically indestructible unless it is run over with a truck," Ricketts said.
A flag pole will be erected behind the memorial, Ricketts said.
Fire Chief John Eisel said the monument would not affect the township's plans for the property.
"We will use the existing building for training our people," Eisel said.
Eventually the property will become a parking lot, Eisel said.
In other business, Eisel said the fire department had posted holiday safety tips on the township Web site: www.violet.oh.us.
On Dec. 9, the Pickerington Max and Erma's will sponsor a fundraiser for the Violet Township Fire Fighters Holiday Toy Drive.
Customers who present a toy drive ticket will have 20-percent of their meal cost donated to the toy drive.
Tickets are available at the township office or by calling the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce at (614) 837-1958.
ODOT and the Ohio Rail Commission recently notified the township that crossing gates would soon be installed on Pickerington Road where it crosses the railroad track south of U.S. 33, said Bill Yaple, township director of operations.