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Jamestown dedicates blacksmith shop


Supervisor Karl Rodefer gives his welcoming remarks to over 50 people attending a ribbon cutting ceremony in Rocca Park Tuesday afternoon for the Blacksmith Shop/Museum dedication and Park improvements. (Maggie Beck / Union Democrat)
From left, Karl Rodefer, Brian Kermeen, Stephen Willey, John Viglienzoni, Jim Gormely, Joe Sparagna and Mick Grimes cut the ribbon Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony in Rocca Park. (Maggie Beck / Union Democrat)
Attendees of the Jamestown Rocca Park Blacksmith Shop/Museum dedication and Park Improvements ribbon cutting mill about inside the blacksmith shop Tuesday in Rocca Park. (Maggie Beck / Union Democrat)
Standing in front of a sign with 55 names and businesses on it, Stephen Willey gives a history of the Rocca Park Blacksmith Shop/Museum and park improvements project before the ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon. (Maggie Beck / Union Democrat)
A plaque that will be put on the newly erected Blacksmith Shop in Rocca Park. (Maggie Beck / Union Democrat)

Under blue skies and trees donning fall colors, more than 50 people gathered in Rocca Park in Jamestown to dedicate the Blacksmith Shop/Museum and other park improvements.

Tuolumne County supervisors were there, local dignitaries, Sonora Lions Club members, sheriff’s deputies and members of the public.

Supervisor Karl Rodefer welcomed the crowd, saying this was “not a county project. This was a community project” and that “it is and will be a community success.”

Stephen Willey spoke on the history of the project. Jim Gormely, the team leader, recognized the project committee and said “businesses, organizations and citizens of the community

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Under blue skies and trees donning fall colors, more than 50 people gathered in Rocca Park in Jamestown to dedicate the Blacksmith Shop/Museum and other park improvements.

Tuolumne County supervisors were there, local dignitaries, Sonora Lions Club members, sheriff’s deputies and members of the public.

Supervisor Karl Rodefer welcomed the crowd, saying this was “not a county project. This was a community project” and that “it is and will be a community success.”

Stephen Willey spoke on the history of the project. Jim Gormely, the team leader, recognized the project committee and said “businesses, organizations and citizens of the community made this a ‘we’ project.”

As many as 100 people volunteered time and money, he said. Gormely noted the project has ADA-compliant sidewalks and a ramp.

Six people were given certificates of recognition by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisor: Jim Gormely, Brian Kermeen, John Viglienzoni, Joe Sparagna, Mick Grimes, and Stephen Willey. The ribbon was cut by Gormely to cheers and applause.

A plaque was unveiled that will hang on the blacksmith shop.