Perkins neighborhood group dedicates memorial marker


Staff writer

WARREN — The Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association, which has worked to help beautify the neighborhood, has dedicated a special marker to remember members who have passed away.

Members of the association gathered recently at the rose garden behind city hall where the memorial marker was placed. Roses were placed by the marker to remember 14 members and residents of the neighborhood who have died since the association’s formation.

The marker was dedicated to remember past and any future members.

Cathy Lepro of the association said the group formed in 2006 and has done much for the community, including fixing and expanding the rose garden, which is at the entrance to Perkins Park, restoring the pagoda behind city hall, taking part in both a fall and spring neighborhood cleanup, handling a luminary display on Christmas Eve along Mahoning Avenue Northwest, hanging baskets in the neighborhood and holding a community picnic.

The association area covers High Street, Mahoning Avenue to North Park and nearby streets.

“We started with a group of neighbors who wanted to help beautify our neighborhood. We were able to get grants and fix up the Wood House. We meet monthly and plan different events,” she said.

The association recently took part in Make A Difference Day cleaning up the garden as part of its fall cleanup effort.

The Rev. Betty Angelini, pastor of Warren First Presbyterian Church, said it is a fitting tribute to have the marker at the rose