Sugar Notch FDR Memorial rededicated

By Ralph Nardone - For Times Leader
Eddy Brogan, adjutant, American Legion Post 796, and John Ginley took part in laying a wreath in front of the FDR Memorial in Sugar Notch on Monday. -
Mary Russo Ermel, the daughter of the sculptor Lawrence Russo, points to some of the details in the bust of FDR to her granddaughter, Jeanelle Hines, on Monday. -
From left Luzerne County Commissioner John Riley, portrayed by Bob Maso; Daniel J.Flood, portrayed by Bobby Maso; Eleanor Roosevelt, Annette Maso; and sculptor Lawrence Russo, portrayed by Shawn Anderson. -
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Annette Maso, blows a kiss to her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at the rededication of the FDR Memorial Monument at the corner of Freed and Main streets in Sugar Notch on Monday. - -
Attorney Daniel J. Flood, portrayed by Bobby Maso, and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Annette Maso, stopped in Sugar Notch for the rededication of the FDR Memorial on Monday. - -

SUGAR NOTCH – In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt visited the borough to help dedicate a monument to her late husband and the residents of the borough who served in the Armed Forces.

On Monday, the former first lady – in the form of historical re-enactor Annette Maso – returned to the borough to mark the 70th anniversary of the event.

The 13-foot-tall, 16-ton FDR monument is made from Georgian granite and honors the 680 borough residents who served their country in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and both World Wars.

Historical re-enactors also portrayed other dignitaries from 1948, including Congressman Dan Flood and monument sculptor Lawrence Russo.

Russo was a “talented artist and sculptor” and has an “impressive” body of work visible locally, according to Mary Kay Pettinger, a member of the memorial committee. He restored over 60 portraits and murals in the Luzerne County Courthouse. His work also include the 24-foot tall “Christ the King” sculpture which adorns the top of the admissions building at King’s College.

He also created works located at places such as the Kirby Health Center, St. Patrick’s Church and St. Mary’s Church in Wilkes-Barre and St. John Bosco Church in Conyngham.

Mary Russo Ermell, Russo’s daughter, was present for the ceremony on Monday. She also attended the original unveiling back in 1948.

Other festivities included the annual Memorial Day service held by the Sugar Notch American Legion Post 796 at the borough’s office building.

Eddy Brogan, adjutant, American Legion Post 796, and John Ginley took part in laying a wreath in front of the FDR Memorial in Sugar Notch on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_fdr6faa.jpgEddy Brogan, adjutant, American Legion Post 796, and John Ginley took part in laying a wreath in front of the FDR Memorial in Sugar Notch on Monday.

Mary Russo Ermel, the daughter of the sculptor Lawrence Russo, points to some of the details in the bust of FDR to her granddaughter, Jeanelle Hines, on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_fdr4_faa.jpgMary Russo Ermel, the daughter of the sculptor Lawrence Russo, points to some of the details in the bust of FDR to her granddaughter, Jeanelle Hines, on Monday.

From left Luzerne County Commissioner John Riley, portrayed by Bob Maso; Daniel J.Flood, portrayed by Bobby Maso; Eleanor Roosevelt, Annette Maso; and sculptor Lawrence Russo, portrayed by Shawn Anderson.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_fdr3_faa.jpgFrom left Luzerne County Commissioner John Riley, portrayed by Bob Maso; Daniel J.Flood, portrayed by Bobby Maso; Eleanor Roosevelt, Annette Maso; and sculptor Lawrence Russo, portrayed by Shawn Anderson.

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Annette Maso, blows a kiss to her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at the rededication of the FDR Memorial Monument at the corner of Freed and Main streets in Sugar Notch on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_fdr2_faa.jpgFormer First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Annette Maso, blows a kiss to her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at the rededication of the FDR Memorial Monument at the corner of Freed and Main streets in Sugar Notch on Monday.

Attorney Daniel J. Flood, portrayed by Bobby Maso, and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Annette Maso, stopped in Sugar Notch for the rededication of the FDR Memorial on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_fdr1_faa.jpgAttorney Daniel J. Flood, portrayed by Bobby Maso, and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Annette Maso, stopped in Sugar Notch for the rededication of the FDR Memorial on Monday.

By Ralph Nardone

For Times Leader