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Jamestown dedicates blacksmith shop


Maggie Beck / Union Democrat 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.

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.