By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
A 48-star American flag helped cover a three-tiered 10 and a half foot fountain unveiled and dedicated Thursday night in River Front Park.
Dean VonBlohn and Tom Ross and Ron Wright, of T. Ross Brothers, removed the covering so the crowd could applaud the cast iron fountain, with a crane on top, which nearly resembles a fountain dedicated 100 years ago in July in the park.
Then Ross turned the switch on for the recycled water to flow from the crane’s mouth and trickle down onto the tiers.
“I want to thank the Friends of the Park for providing this beautiful park. “From the inception, they had hoped a fountain would be here,” said Bonnie Trump who headed the fountain committee.
Fundraising began two years ago with just under $30,000 raised. She thanked her co-workers at Villager Realty for their help.
She commended Beta Sigma Phi for donating the first $1,000, Mahoning Township for storing the 1,600-pound fountain and helping with the fountain installation, Danville borough for plumbing, electrical work and installation work and T. Ross Brothers for constructing sidewalks and doing plumbing and electrical. Electrician Bonnie Baylor also represented Ross Brothers.
Danville American Legion Post 40 was the major contributor to the project. “They really made the difference,” Trump said.
Without VonBlohn the project wouldn’t have happened, she said. “Dean does it all for his love of Danville. I can’t thank him enough,” she said.
“We’re very proud — this is your fountain and this is your park,” Trump told the crowd during the dedication, which is part of the Iron Heritage Festival. Also serving on the fountain committee were Mairead Kelly, Linda Marks, Pam Stetler, Ginger Schultz, Sis Hause and Kathy McWilliams.
Each person attending received a penny to toss into the fountain. “Our wish is we continue to honor and respect the rich history of our past, we continue to prosper and grow and in the future will be full of memories of gatherings at our fountain, Trump said.
“I love this community — you’re always stepping up,” she said.
Leading the crowd in songs, including “Shall We Gather at the River,” were musicians John Brady and Suzanne Walzer. Brady is Trump’s brother.