Brick Ded­i­ca­tion Cer­e­mony

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Ded­i­ca­tion day on Satur­day brought a group of 40 fam­ily mem­bers, friends, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Escalon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­bers to­gether at the First Fire­house Mon­u­ment in Main Street Park as the latest or­der of bricks was put in place by lo­cal con­trac­tor Roger Peters. The gath­er­ing had been ar­ranged by Ge­orge Ol­mos of River­bank for his sis­ter Juanita Barry Bovee to ob­serve the plac­ing of the brick com­mem­o­rat­ing the life of his nephew, her son, Blake Ryan Barry.

He had been killed on Dec. 29, 2013, by a hit-and-run driver in Water­ford. A pas­tor from Merced spoke a few words to those as­sem­bled who had come from Oak­dale, River­bank and Pat­ter­son. Blake’s mother said a few words about how her son would ap­pre­ci­ate those present en­joy­ing a few mo­ments of joy in his mem­ory. Although a re­ward was of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the per­son(s) re­spon­si­ble for this hit and run death, thus far no one has been ap­pre­hended.

The new­est bricks were in­stalled on the west side of, or be­hind, the mon­u­ment. So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Barb Wil­lis said the brick fundraiser will con­tinue.

“Although there is only room re­main­ing in the orig­i­nal plot for six bricks, dis­cus­sions are un­der­way for ex­pan­sion and a

new con­fig­u­ra­tion for the lay­out of fu­ture bricks,” Wil­lis said.

Mean­while, even as the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety con­tin­ues its brick fundraiser, they are see­ing the Ea­gle Scout pro­ject for re­fur­bish­ing the his­toric Main Street Park ca­boose con­tinue, with sev­eral scouts work­ing on the ef­fort over the week­end. Work started with power wash­ing of the ca­boose. Look for an up­date on the pro­ject in the Oct. 7 is­sue of The Times.

Also, the so­ci­ety is plan­ning a fall fundrais­ing Se­nior Craft Show at the mu­seum on Main Street on Satur­day, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are seek­ing ven­dors, aged 50 and over, to par­tic­i­pate and those al­ready signed up will have items in­clud­ing home­made bird­houses, or­na­ments, wristlets, gift boxes, and more.

“To date four ven­dors have signed up, agree­ing to pay the $10 space rental fee, leav­ing space for one or two more,” Wil­lis noted. “Gift wrap­ping will be avail­able by mu­seum vol­un­teers with do­na­tions be­ing gladly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

To sign up or for more in­for­ma­tion, call Wil­lis at 8386471.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DAVID RUS­SELL

Shown, a brick ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Blake Barry. The brick was in­stalled at the Escalon First Fire­house Mon­u­ment ad­ja­cent to the city’s Main Street Park

on Satur­day, Sept. 26.

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