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Clearfield Co. group looking to restore WWI monument

Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. -- A group of volunteers in a Clearfield County community is working to restore and preserve a nearly century-old monument that honors members of the First World War.

The Doughboy statue has been in Curwensville for decades but time has taken its toll, turning the monument from a bronze to green, and repair costs could surmount $6,000.

Curwensville resident Tommy Wingard is a member of the Doughboy restoration committee. The monument memorializes 207 military members, two of whom are among the first women in the military.

"The sling was broken and we put a temporary fix on that," Wingard said. "The acid rain and all the chemicals that are in the atmosphere have degraded it, it's green again."

The statue was last restored in 1988, but it needs a good cleaning again. The committee is also hoping to upgrade the property around the monument with new landscaping and replacing the flagpole, increasing the project costs.

"They have to clean all that off [and] they have to use an abrasive, a light abrasive and clean all that off and put a protective coating," Wingard said. "It's very expensive."

The committee has already raised more than $2,000 for the project, and has set up an account for donations at the Northwest Savings Bank in Curwensville.

The committee hopes to have the project complete in time for Flag Day in June.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times