Roslyn approves cannon restoration project

Roslyn approves cannon restoration project
The USS Don Jorge Juan Cannon near the Ellen E. Ward Memorial Clock Tower. The Village of Roslyn accepted a Boy Scout's plan to restore the cannon, plaques and flowers at the site. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Village of Roslyn approved a Boy Scout’s proposal to restore a cannon, plaques and flowers at the Ellen E. Ward Memorial Clock Tower site during a meeting Tuesday.

Henry Woytysiak, a Roslyn Heights resident and Troop 200 member, is in charge of the project. He said that to become an Eagle Scout, the Boy Scout’s highest rank, he needed to perform a community service project.

“I thought, what else? The clock tower,” he said. “It’s the heart of the village and I see it’s, unfortunately, in a bit of a rough shape. I think for my project, the best outcome would be trying to clean it up a little bit.”

He and other Scouts will clean and repaint the USS Don Jorge Juan Cannon, as well as clean the three plaques in the area and replant New Guinea impatiens around the clock tower area’s perimeter.

The cannon was taken from a sinking Spanish warship, the Don Jorge Juan, during the Spanish-American War. The three plaques at the site each memorialize something different, including one that remembers Roslyn residents who died during World War II.

The scouts will complete the project over two weekends this spring. Mayor John Durkin said that the village will also fund all the supplies.

“Living in Roslyn, I associate the village with many fond memories,” Woytysiak wrote in his project outline. “I want to give back and restore an important staple of [the Village of Roslyn] to its former glory.”

Ellen E. Ward’s children commissioned and dedicated the clock tower in her memory in 1895. She was an active community member who also dedicated Roslyn’s first public memorial, the Roslyn Watering Trough, to her late husband and former congressman, Gen. Elijah Ward, in 1885.

Roslyn’s next trustee meeting is on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Village Hall.

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  1. How can interested parties donate to Henry Wotysysiak’s efforts. Do you have contact information for him?


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