Site work has begun for the K-9 Veterans Memorial planned for Fort Atkinson’s McCoy Park. Three diseased ash trees were removed on Nov. 16, with Peter Koch and Ben Bridenbach of Reliable Tree Service donating their services. Replacement trees will be planted after the memorial’s installation is complete.

Work still slated for this fall includes excavation of the site and the addition of fill dirt, which will be allowed to settle over the winter. Pouring of footings, preparation for electrical service and restoration of surrounding surface will be done in the spring. Concrete will then be poured and the bronze and granite memorial will be installed in the spring of 2017. The public will be invited to a dedication ceremony once the memorial is completed.

Donations are still being accepted for the project as approximately $3,000 is needed to reach the fundraising goal. Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to the Fort Community Foundation at 244 North Main St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Donation checks should specify K-9 Veterans Memorial in the memo section.

Plush K-9 Hero dogs are still available for purchase for $20 at Blodgett Garden Center, Humphrey Floral and Gift, Krueger Jeweler, and Tuttle’s Pharmacy.

The K-9 Veterans Memorial is a project of the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, in cooperation with the Friends of McCoy Park group and the city of Fort Atkinson Park and Recreation Department. The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson is a non-profit organization of volunteers offering training classes, education, and community service.

For more information about the K-9 Veterans Memorial, visit www.kcfadogs.org, leave a message for the Kennel Club at 920-568-0364, or contact the project coordinator, Mabel Schumacher, at schu848@charter.net.

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