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Dateline Dixon: Fundraising continues for Reagan, Dixon statues

Remaining musical tribute shows canceled

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

There are plans for two statues in Dixon’s future, but the money must come first.

A statue of Ronald Regan, to be placed at Lowell Park, depicts the former president as a lifeguard in Dixon running toward the Rock River. The proposed design was unveiled at City Hall in Feburary and was estimated to cost $200,000.

After a first musical tribute concert in March, organizer John Weitzel canceled three remaining fundraising shows that had been planned. Weitzel said Tuesday that he lost money on the first show, so the fundraisng effort will take a “one-on-one-type approach” with a brochure soon to be distributed and a website in the works.

Mayor Jim Burke said he hopes that website could be up this month.

Once it is, brochures will be mailed out to a list of individuals who have been identified as potential donors, Burke said, adding that a phone call would follow the mailing.

A statue of John Dixon could be placed in a proposed park at the northwest intersection of Peoria Avenue and First Street.

The statue would depict a seated Dixon offering candy with his left hand extended. The cost was estimated at $42,000, said Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street executive director, and $15,700 has been raised.

Donations can be made at the Main Street office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave., he said, and there remain seven tabletop versions of the statue to go to donors of $3,000 or more.

Blue Star Memorial Plaque

The Dixon Veterans Memorial Park will dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Plaque at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jim James, the Dixon Veterans Memorial Commission chairman, said in an email.

“We will have dignitaries in attendance to say a few words,” he said. “...  And the Dixon National Guard Unit will present the colors.”

The Blue Star Memorial Program, which was started by National Garden Clubs Inc., honors American servicemen and women who have served, or are or will be serving in the armed forces.

The plaques are placed along roadways next to national cemeteries, parks, veterans facilities or gardens that are along the Blue Star Highway system. 

Library Board nominee

The appointment of retired Dixon middle school teacher Steven Hill to the Dixon Library Board will be on the City Council’s agenda Monday, Mayor Jim Burke said in an email.

According to Hill’s resume for the position, he spent 34 years as a teacher and emphasized reading skills.

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