It’s officially spring: The fountain is flowing in Morristown

Ron Ayres in the pump house of the 'Patriot's Farewell' fountain on the Green, April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ron Ayres in the pump house of the 'Patriot's Farewell' fountain on the Green, April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Can summer be far behind?

Ron Ayres cranked the spigots on Tuesday afternoon, and voila!  Springtime on the Morristown Green!

SPRING IS SPRUNG: The fountain is flowing on the Morristown Green, thanks to Ron Ayres. April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
SPRING IS SPRUNG: The fountain is flowing on the Morristown Green, thanks to Ron Ayres. April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Patriot’s Farewell, the fountain donated in 2001 by Ayres’ uncle, Dick Deskovick, has survived another winter.

While Ayres could not promise warm weather, “I guarantee there’s not going to be any more cold freezes,” he said with confidence.

At least, not for a few more months.

Ayres also guaranteed that vandals won’t get away with the kind of shenanigans that have threatened the fountain in the past.

Anyone who tries dumping anything into the water will be captured on video–just like the fellow who absconded with a life-sized toy soldier at Christmas, shortly after security cameras were installed by the Trustees of the Morristown Green.

“If somebody puts something nasty in there, there will be a picture of them doing it,” said Ayres, who has cleaned graffiti, soap and motor oil from the fountain in recent years.

Cameras, on the pole to the right, stand sentinel over the 'Patriot's Farewell' fountain in the Green, April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Cameras, on the pole to the right, stand sentinel over the ‘Patriot’s Farewell’ fountain in the Green, April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ron Ayres treats the 'Patriot's Farewell' fountain with chlorine to keep the water clean, April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ron Ayres treats the ‘Patriot’s Farewell’ fountain with chlorine to keep the water clean, April 30, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS: Springtime 2019 on Maple Avenue. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS: Springtime 2019 on Maple Avenue. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Morristown owes a debt of gratitude to the Trustees of the Green, a private citizens group, who have preserved and maintained the Green for the benefit of us all, since the courthouse and jail were moved to Washington Street.

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