Main Street dedication held in May

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Churubusco Town Council president Frank Kessler addresses the crowd at the Main Street dedication ceremony May 4, 2016.

Frank Kessler addresses the crowd at the Main Street dedication ceremony on May 4.

Main Street committee members surround former Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, fourth from right, and include, from left, Dave Pearson, Don Amber, Dick Littlefield, Pete Allen, Bonnie Arnold, John Schmidt, Ellspermann, Galen Mast, Frank Kessler and Luke Konger. photo by Vivian Sade

Former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann was the featured speaker at the May 4 dedication of the Churubusco Main Street project.

Churubusco Town Council president Frank Kessler addresses the crowd at the Main Street dedication ceremony Wednesday, May 4. At right is the keynote speaker, Indiana’s former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

CHURUBUSCO — About 40 local community members and county and town officials braved the cold and blustery weather May 4 to attend the dedication of the Main Street Churubusco project.

The ceremony was held at The Point, amid the new town clock, park benches, flag and landscaping with “Oscar,” the town’s cement turtle that has adorned the corner for years, as a centerpiece.

Frank Kessler, president of the Churubusco Town Council and a member of the Main Street Committee, gave the opening remarks, thanked all who were involved in the project and then turned the dedication over to former Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Construction on the long-awaited project began in August 2015 and continued through December 2015, encompassing the area between Washington Street and 114 S. Main St. Construction crews added new curbs and sidewalks with stamped concrete paths, trees, lamp posts, a tower clock, planters, trash receptacles and park benches.

The project was possible after the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) office awarded a $400,000 OCRA grant to Churubusco. The town chipped in an additional $200,000.

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