What happened to petrified wood at Memorial Park?

The Village of Keremeos has done a wonderful job over the past couple of years of constructing a new tourist bureau...

To the Editor:

The Missing Piece

The Village of Keremeos has done a wonderful job over the past couple of years of constructing a new tourist bureau  and revitalizing the adjoining parking lot and flower bed. Within the flower bed and grassy area a front parking lot is a marvelous display of the basalt rock formations from the columns park above Keremeos. At the opposite end of the flower garden area and fairly close to the sidewalk is… oh, wait a minute, well, there used to be a piece of petrified wood from the Ashnola valley weighing about 75 pounds. It was securely fastened to the ground via a metal pole. This petrified wood, I believe, was donated to the Village of Keremeos by Larry Faggoter, a local lapidary.

On my quest to locate this beautiful petrified wood specimen I have, over the past two years, been to the Keremeos Village Office several times, the result being I was told the petrified wood was being kept in a safe place.

I went also to the management of the tourist bureau to inquire as to its whereabouts with the result being told that they also had inquired at the village office and had been told it was in a safe place.

I am sure that this piece of petrified rock was donated with the intention that it be displayed for all the people to enjoy, and respectfully ask that the village return it to us without further delay.

Tim Birmingham, Cawston


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