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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Coulby Dunn's Veterans Memorial idea revived

  • PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - An idea to honor local veterans started by the late Coulby Dunn is being revived, with hopes to erect a monument in the area of the Tafton Dike on Lake Wallenpaupack.
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  • PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - An idea to honor local veterans started by the late Coulby Dunn is being revived, with hopes to erect a monument in the area of the Tafton Dike on Lake Wallenpaupack.
        Dunn died August 9, 2014 after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The 66-year old Greentown resident was owner of Mountain View Realty and was very active in the community, including board posts in the Wallenpaupack Area School District and Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District. He was also a Vietnam veteran, receiving two Bronze Stars and was a paratrooper in all three U.S. Army Airborne Divisions.
        In 2011, Dunn proposed the idea of a veterans memorial at the lake. The memorial was to be a destination for the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail built by Palmyra Township (Pike) and opened to the public in 2010. That trail links the walking path on the Tafton Dike owned by PPL, and the path behind the Wallenpaupack area High School.
          Pike County Commissioner Chairman Richard Caridi, a US Marine veteran and advocate of veteran causes, is looking into possible grant sources to make Dunn's dream a reality.
          Kiley Associates had designed the proposed monument. Palmyra Township made the application twice for the state's Local Share Account which is provided through gaming revenue, but the applications at that time were not successful, Caridi stated at the Watershed District meeting, Aug. 20th, where he also serves on the board.
       As originally proposed at that time, a granite block would be placed on a base with benches nearby. There were to be flags posted around it, for each of the US Armed Forces. The estimated cost at the time was between $90,000 and $100,000.
          Caridi said he was looking again at the Pennsylvania Local Share Account  and reached out to Vetstock, a non-profit organization in Pike County which raises funds for veteran causes. He obtained information from Senator Lisa Baker about the state's Veteran Trust Fund, which Vetstock would use to make an application.
        He said he had reached out to Coulby's wife Lynda, who affirmed it would be an honor to see the  veterans memorial come together.
         All of the neccesary permits, which were approved the first time around, also will need to be in place again.
         One question that has to be resolved is if the pending merger of PPL's power generation company will affect the approval for the monument.
           PPL is expected to merge with another power concern which will result in a new company, Talen Energy, taking over Lake Wallenpaupack.
          It was stated that the project is still early in the process, as details need to be worked out, one being funding sources.
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