Sunday, August 30, 2009

It's Official! Cowell Memorial Smokestack Day...A Good (and Hot!) Time Was Had by All

After over six years, countless volunteer hours and many dollars, the Cowell Smokestack Demolition and Restoration celebrated its end on Saturday, August 29th. The day was officially designated "Cowell Smokestack Memorial Day" in a special surprise proclamation by the City of Concord Mayor, Laura Hoffmeister (seen above). The full proclamation can be read here.

It was a beautiful (but very hot!) Saturday for the Walnut Country Community Fair and Smokestack Celebration. A fair-like atmosphere permeated the greenbelt area around the memorial complete with booths, kiddie events and food. The dedication ceremony above marked the official opening of our memorial where we recognized our volunteers, received our proclamation and officially cut the ribbon.

It has been fun, challenging and at time frustrating. But the dedication of our contractors, our volunteers and our Board of Directors made it all possible. Please watch this space in the coming days for a complete report out on the project and our results. Thanks so much for your comments and the tremendous fun on this ride!

Check out my two favorite sites for more on the smokestack, great pictures and the best community news at and at Cowellian's site.

Mark Weinmann, Cowell Smokestack Project Manager, CHOA


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