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Pride in Crystal Lake Award for Union statue restoration

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The Pride in Crystal Lake Award was presented to The Crystal Lake Historical Society's Union soldier restoration project. Pictured (from left) are: Historical society board member Laurel Mellien, historical society President Diana Kenney, Jan and Mike Czosnyka of the Union Statue Restoration Committee, chamber President Gary Reece, historical society Vice President Ann Viger, American Legion Post 171 Commander Tom Aellig, and Chris O’Connor of the Union Statue Restoration Committee.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Historical Society’s Union soldier statue restoration project has received the Pride in Crystal Lake Award from the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The statue is cast in zinc and was originally erected in1889. Over the decades, the soldier began leaning backwards to the point where it was feared it would fall and shatter.

The Crystal Lake Historical Society raised $60,000 in donations from the community to restore the statue, which was returned to its “post” in Union Cementery in Crystal Lake in 2012.

New lighting, flagpoles and landscaping were included in the project, which was begun in 2006.

The Pride in Crystal Lake Award is presented quarterly to a business, organization or individual who has exhibited “pride in Crystal Lake.” The award is co-sponsored by the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and Schafer Brothers Remodeling Inc.

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