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Passing The Torch

by Lynne Belluscio

LeRoy’s Statue of Liberty will soon be repaired. Thanks to all of the folks who sent in checks and made donations, we have reached our goal of $10,000. In fact we have surpassed our goal and some people are still sending in checks. That is OK, because, as we look at the pedestal we know there will be additional repairs that we didn’t anticipate. And until we can take a closer look after the statue is removed, we have no idea what will be necessary.

On Thursday, August 13, we held an informal gathering on Wolcott Street in front of the Statue of Liberty.  Michele Panepento and her daughter Anna (Class of 2025), agreed to join us in costume. You may have seen them in the Oatka Festival parade.

First I asked - Evan and Jacob Williams (Class of 2023 and 2022 respectively) to read some interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor:  “The original name of the Statue of Liberty was “Liberty Enlightening the World.” The face of Lady Liberty was supposedly the face of the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi’s mother Charlotte.   For comic book fans, the comic book character Miss America was given her powers by the Statue of Liberty. The statue in New York’s Harbor wears a size 879 shoe and has a 35 foot waistline.

Both the French and Americans contributed money for the Statue of Liberty and remarkably 80% of the donations were a dollar or less. Lady Liberty wears a crown of seven spikes for the seven continents and the seven seas. When the original Statue of Liberty was completed in France, it was necessary to ship all 350 pieces across the Atlantic Ocean. They were packed in 214 crates and were almost lost at sea during a terrible storm. It is estimated that the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor is struck by lightening on and average of 600 times each year. This October, the New York Statue of Liberty will be celebrating its 129 Anniversary.”




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