Judge Elum in the News

Massillon Chamber Honors Massillon Museum Director and Others

EJE Chamber Award CertificateBy Steven Grazier
IndeOnline.com staff writer
Posted Apr 19, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

…Judge Edward “Eddie” Elum received the J.S. Sandy Sanders Award. The award goes to the individual who demonstrates professionalism, volunteering and philanthropic service. It has been given annually since 1978 to an individual devoted to making Massillon a better place to live, work and play, Sanderson said.

Judge Elum honors and salutes our local Veterans in November 2012 as he leads the completion of Veterans Memorial Park and the new Wall of Honor: Video

Tribute planned for area veterans killed in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan

Judge Edward Elum stands before the newly added Veterans Memorial Park Wall of Honor, a project that he has spearheaded.

By Doug Staley
IndeOnline.com staff writer
Posted Oct 08, 2012 @ 09:00 AM
MASSILLON

Work has begun on a project that will turn a brick wall into a war memorial to veterans killed in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Wall of Honor, a tribute to the 16 Stark Countians who died in the conflicts, will feature individual bronze plaques that will be hung from a section of the municipal government building that faces Veterans Memorial Park, located between Lincoln Way and Tremont Avenue SW. The project, estimated to cost $75,000, is expected to culminate with the park’s rededication on Memorial Day 2013.

“I was out here on a Saturday and I thought that was an ugly wall. Now you stand here from the street and you see something,” said Municipal Court Judge Edward Elum, who is spearheading the project with Terry Roan, commander of Massillon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3124.

The work is being funded entirely with private and in-kind donations from local businesses and individuals. Cost of the plaques is estimated at $1,000 each and will be similar to those installed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Viaduct on Tremont Avenue.

Over the last six weeks, workers from Canterbury Enterprises have completed landscaping, including new flowers and shrubs, and installed a stamped concrete walkway at the foot of the wall. Recently, Mike Fall, from Bonne’s Engravers Gallery & Signs, volunteered to hang lettering and install a temporary sign recognizing the veterans. Elum said residents also will have an opportunity to buy memorial plaques honoring loved ones who served in the military.

The Wall of Honor is part of a larger project to beautify the park, located between Lincoln Way and Tremont Avenue SE.

“Everything is handicapped accessible. There are no steep inclines and the paths are wide enough for foot traffic. We get a lot of veterans who come down with walkers and wheelchairs,” Elum said. “… We want to recognize and thank those who have served our country in war and peace and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

Canterbury Enterprises has been responsible for the bulk of the design work and landscaping as well as repairs to the marble fountain dedicated in 1949 to local veterans of all wars. The fountain, located near the Medal of Honor Memorial, had fallen into disrepair in recent years.

Work to improve the Imperial Danby marble — the same marble specified by the U.S. Military Commission on all war memorials in Washington D.C. – began in July 2011. New waterlines and electrical lines have been added and drainage has been improved.

The park facelift has extended to the adjacent Duncan Plaza. The concrete stage used for summer concerts and other events has been repainted and the area will be landscaped next spring and summer.

“Terry and I said when we cleaned up the fountain, ‘Let’s go the whole way and push toward Lincoln Way,’” Elum said.

Roan noted the project has been well received by the community.

“The support has been outstanding,” Roan said.

Veterans Memorial Park Wall of Honor memorial plaques

Write to Veterans’ Park Fund 1240, Attn: Judge Edward J. Elum, Massillon Municipal Court, Two James Duncan Plaza, Massillon, 44646 or call 330-830-1727.
All donations are tax-deductible.

To Make A Donation

Write to Veterans’ Park Fund 1240, Attn: Judge Edward J. Elum, Massillon Municipal Court, Two James Duncan Plaza, Massillon, 44646 or call 330-830-1727.
All donations are tax-deductible.

Veterans’ Memorial Park Restoration Under Way

Massillon Municipal Judge Edward Elum is spearheading efforts to restore the Veterans’ Memorial Park fountain at the south end of the park on First Street SE. The project also would include a memorial honoring veterans of recent wars and new landscaping.

By Doug Staley
IndeOnline.com staff writer
Posted Jul 09, 2011 @ 12:10 AM
MASSILLON

After several years of discussion, restoration of the city’s Veterans’ Memorial Park has begun, the first step of a multiphase project that is to include the construction of a memorial honoring veterans of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.

The restoration of the fountain is expected to be completed by the end of the summer, according to Municipal Judge Edward Elum, who is spearheading the project.

“We have to honor our veterans, No. 1. No. 2, it’s (fountain) been an eyesore. It’s an embarrassment. We want to make it (park) a showcase,” Elum said.

The fountain, located near the Medal of Honor memorial at the south end of the park on First Street SE, was dedicated in 1949 to all the city’s war heroes, but has fallen into disrepair in recent years. The fountain has been removed, but the oblong reflecting pool remains. The missing fountain piece was discovered several years ago.

Prep work, such as the installation of water and electric lines and drainage improvements, has been completed in the last several weeks, according to Elum. Elum estimated roughly $5,000 in volunteer labor has been donated to date.

“Right now, it’s kind of slow because there is a lot of (code) compliance,” Elum said. “… We’re trying to improve the entire area.”

The cost of the entire project, which also is to include the installation of low-level halogen lighting and new landscaping throughout the park, is estimated at $50,000.

Elum and others, including Terry Roan, commander of Massillon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3124, are working on fundraising efforts and architectural plans for the project. The restoration proposal is being designed by Jackson Township-based Canterbury Enterprises, which has experience in water fountain construction, repair, restoration and landscaping.

Tentative plans call for bronze plaques to be placed on a concrete riser inside the fountain in honor of veterans from wars in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Elum.

“We wanted to put in some sort of a memorial for war veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, starting with Bosnia and the Persian Gulf,” Elum said.

Roan agreed the fountain needed to be refurbished and is excited the project is moving forward.

“We’re trying to cover all the bases. We don’t want to rush. We want to make it nice,” Roan said. “There has been a lot of people who have donated. We have paid, but not nearly what it would have cost.”

Roan added that veterans of recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are deserving of a memorial.

“Now is the time to do it,” Roan said. “When they get older, it’s going to be done for them.”

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Fountain Facts

The fountain was dedicated in 1949 following a communitywide fundraising effort spearheaded by the Massillon Junior Chamber of Commerce. The fountain was dedicated to local veterans of all wars.

The project was completed at a cost of $2,500.

The fountain was erected using Imperial Danby marble, the same marble specified by the U.S. Military Commission on all war memorials in Washington, D.C.

The original memorial also included a cannon and a flagpole.

To Make A Donation

Write to Veterans’ Park Fund 1240, Attn: Judge Edward J. Elum, Massillon Municipal Court, Two James Duncan Plaza, Massillon, 44646 or call 330-830-1727.

All donations are tax-deductible.

“Ask A Lawyer”

Televised Law Day Panel “Ask A Lawyer” in the Massillon Municipal Court in conjunction with the Stark County Bar Association.

Veterans Services

Judge Elum has instituted an aggressive community service program that is visible and helpful throughout the Court District. The men in the lime green vests in the photo below are court community service workers that are assigned to this veterans’ project that is chaired by former Judge Richard T. Kettler (USAF-ret). As a part of the Court’s veterans assistance program, the defendants who are vets and have issues with alcohol, substance abuse or mental health issues are ordered to treatment, community service with other vets and employment opportunities that the court has set up with various employers and the Stark County Veterans Service Commission. The Massillon Court does not have a formalized Veterans Court since the grant funding is limited and burdensome. Judge Elum, as a 15 year Navy veteran, and with assistance from all the local veterans organizations, the Court established its own AoD (alcoholother drug)treatment procedures and mental health support groups for Vietnam veterans and those veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan with severe mental health and TBI issues:

Sacrifice Carved in Bronze at Viaduct

The Court uses community service workers and veterans under the direction of Judge Elum to beautify Veterans Park which is located adjacent to the court and restore the Veterans Fountain for Memorial Day 2011.

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