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Fountain to get another facelift

March 05, 1998|By DON AINES

Fountain to get another facelift

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Just four years after its last renovation, the Civil War fountain on Memorial Square will be dismantled next week and hauled away for repairs.

This time it was not the ravages of time, but bad drivers that a Lancaster, Pa., foundry will be fixing. Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey said Wednesday a pair of state grants and money left over from the last restoration will be used to do about $75,000 in repairs.

"We no sooner restored it than we had a couple of accidents," said Raymond H. Depuy of Franklin County Heritage Inc., the group that helped raise the money for the restoration that began in the fall of 1993.

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That renovation by Art Research and Technology of Lancaster, cost approximately $80,000.

That included replacement of its rusting interior armature, along with repairing cracks, stripping and sealing the components, reassembling the fountain and applying a bronze finish.

Shortly after it was returned to the square in the spring of 1994, a motorist crashed through the chain barrier and hit the fountain, according to Robert Wagner, the borough's director of public works.

Later it was hit again.

Mickey said the first motorist had no insurance to cover the damage.

Wagner said the damage isn't apparent to passing motorists, but includes two broken figurines, the lower bowl and urns.

The fountain, which includes a statue of a Civil War soldier, was placed in the square in 1878.

On Monday morning, Art Research and Technology will be removing it again.

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