Immediately following her death, Orange Live began collecting money with which to purchase a bench in her memory.
We were joined by the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) — primarily member Ken Lyke who has stayed on top of the matter for months.
The last update came in the midst of the early stages of the pandemic in February with the CERT voting to have the bench located at fire station number one on the Boston Post Road.
Here’s the most current information:
We never dropped the ball on this, and will never forget that many wonderful people donated money toward the purchase of the bench.
Ken and I met with First Selectman Jim Zeoli on Wednesday and showed him space at the Orange Fairgrounds where we would like to place the bench, even though we’d been told that the grounds were saturated with benches and it would not be allowed up there.
The three of us discussed the situation while standing in the desired spot and came to an agreement that fulfilled each of our particular personal requirements.
I wanted a place that was rather shady. Ken hoped for a place close to the CERT/First Aid Tent area where Annie spent time during the Country Fair and Firemen’s Carnival. Jim wanted a space where a bench may be useful and not in the way of foot or vehicular traffic during public events.
After our conversation, we were given the blessing to order the bench and we will announce the date and time of a brief dedication ceremony for the friends and donors to attend in the very near future.
Thank you all for your patience and of course, for helping us make this memorial a reality. I think Annie would be pleased.