to honor local firefighters
Chief Justice Shepard to speak
(August 2011) The rededication of the Jefferson
County Courthouse will be a two-day event honoring the volunteer firefighters
who fought the devastating fire that almost destroyed it.
by Don Ward
into the blue sky.
Friday ceremonies: At 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, volunteer
firefighters will gather on the west steps of the Courthouse for a panoramic
photo, to be taken from the roof of a building across the street. The
rededication program, to which the public is invited, will begin at
10:55 a.m., with a moment of silence for Chris Cutshall and the other
Madison Regatta accident victims. There will be a flag presentation
by the American Legion Color Guard. Faith Todd will sing the National
Madison Fire Chief Steve Horton, who directed the firefighting effort,
will give brief remarks, followed by the formal presentation of plaques
to participating volunteer fire departments.
Past and present employees of Jefferson County will be honored. Jefferson
Circuit Court Judge Ted Todd will speak on the topic, Jefferson
County Courthouse: A Peoples Faith in the Rule of Law, followed
by Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Alison Fraziers introduction
of Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. Shepard will
speak at approximately 12:30 p.m. in a speech titled, County Courthouses
and the Twenty-First Century.
The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce will assist in a ribbon-cutting
ceremony to open the Courthouse at approximately 12:45 p.m. Dignitaries
will proceed to the courtrooms, where Chief Justice Shepard will set
the official seals in place.
Firefighters and their families are invited to tour the restored courthouse
after the ceremony.
Public tours: Members of the public are invited to tour the courthouse
between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Tours will start every
Students from Madison Consolidated High School will lead the tours on
both days, while elected county officials will be in their offices to
talk about their specific areas. The old jail will also be open to visitors.
The courthouse bell will be displayed in its new permanent location
on the southwest lawn.
Local author Michael Moore will have copies of his book, Jefferson
County Historical Society Tribute to Volunteer Firemen, available
for sale during the courthouse festivities. The price will be $15. The
historical society will also have displays concerning the history of
the Jefferson County courthouse, including the fire, inside the courthouse.
Music: Music will also be part of the festivities. Some musicians will
play quiet background music inside the courthouse during tours on Friday.
The Madison Concert Band will perform patriotic music outdoors from
11 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Additional music will continue into the
afternoon. School music groups have been invited to participate.
Traffic and parking: One block of Jefferson Street, between Main and
Second, will be closed to vehicles after 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26
and until 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Traffic barriers may be removed
during part of that time, but there will be no parking during scheduled
activities. Parking is available in the city lot south of Second Street.
The Courthouse Rededication Committee is comprised of Dave Carlow, Judy
Smith, Julie Berry, Terri Waller, Ted Todd, Joe Carr, Richard
Armstrong, Sharon Daghir, Mike Moore, Jan Vetrhus, Gerry Reilly, Bob
Ems, Debbie Bennett, Joe Carr, Wanda Welch, Margo Watkins, Lynda Knoebel,
Bob Thomas, Alison Frazier and Celeste Reed.
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