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Memorial Day ceremonies slated May 26

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Pataskala's Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Pataskala Cemetery on Creek Road, south of Pataskala Municipal Park.

Mayor Mike Compton said Boy Scout Troop 21 will play taps at the cemetery.

At 11 a.m., the activities will move to Veterans Green on Main Street, south of the railroad tracks.

Compton said American Legion Post 107 will present the flag and state Rep. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) will speak.

Compton said local officials would read the names of all veterans who have been memorialized with bricks on the green. He said most of the veterans are from Pataskala or the surrounding area.

The Mead-Needham Museum, 300 S. Main St., also will open at 11 a.m. and stay open for visitors throughout the day, said Martha Tykodi, the museum's publicist.

Tykodi said the museum will serve light refreshments. Displays will include: records from Lima Township; memorabilia from the Licking Heights and Watkins Memorial high school classes of 1964; a collection of matchbooks that dates back to the 1800s; information about prisoners of war; and photographs of community athletics activities.

The museum, which opened in May 2013, also includes military displays, memorabilia from local businesses and a collection of old toys, including a large doll house made in 1937 by local carpenter Benson Headlee, and medical equipment from Dr. Lloyd Bell, who practiced in Pataskala in the mid-1930s.

Tykodi said the medical display will have information on two other local doctors: Lorenzo Wells, a Kirkersville native, and C.D. Watkins, for whom Watkins Memorial High School was named.

The Mead-Needham Museum is operated by the nonprofit Mead-Needham Museum Inc., which was organized by six local families who renovated the home in which the museum is located.

The home was built in 1890 by W.H. Mead II, co-founder of the Pataskala Banking Co., for his daughter, Carrie Dell Mead. She married W.S. Needham, owner of the area's first newspaper, the Pataskala Standard.

Tykodi said the museum is open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and also will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays starting June 6.

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