The Takoma Park Rooster

Here's an article from the Takoma Park Newsletter, a weekly paper (I think). I hope you find it as amusing as I did. NOTE: This article was copied without permission. Most likely, any spelling errors made are mine. The article really did appear in Number 10 of the July 1999 Takoma Park Newsletter, as published by the City of Takoma Park. I'm not making any of this up.

Residents Mull Memorial To Fallen Old Town Rooster

By Richard C. Gross

Takoma Park citizens have begun a drive to raise money for a memorial to Roscoe, the Rooster, whose smug and sure-footed strutting around the main streets of the city ended abruptly under the wheels of a vehicle in February.

City Councilmember Larry Rubin, Ward 1, suggested at the first meeting of the Roscoe Memorial Committee May 15 that a fundraising goal of $5,000 should be set. Artists would be contracted to compete in a design contest that would culminate in erecting a life-sized sculpture of Roscoe that would be cast in bronze.

Two ink drawings of Roscoe 8 inches by 10 inches - one frontal, one profile - should be submitted to the Takoma Voice newspaper, 6935 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912. The deadline for submission of the drawings is July 23 and the winner will be chosen by the committee at its July 24 meeting.

The rooster, said to be both loved and hated by the citizenry who were exposed to Roscoe's crowings, lived in the back yard of a rooming house situated near Mark's Kitchen on Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park's main street. He was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver near the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues Feb. 15.

The intersection is in Mr. Rubin's ward.

"He was definately a road kill," said Joan Horn, of 7212 Maple Ave., coordinator of the memorial committee. "We thought he was a wonderful icon of Takoma Park and that we should do something about his demise, to memorialize his demise."

Roscoe, who lived in Takoma Prk for about 10 years, was wrapped and buried near the scene of his death at a memorial service that was dubbed both a "Requiem for A Rooster" and a "Funeral for A Fowl."

"We're confident we can raise this money [for a memorial] because Takoma Park supports projects like this," Ms. Horn said.

One possible source for some of the money, Ms. Horn said in a telephone interview, would be the Takoma Foundation. The organization generally distributes money annually to needy causes in the city.

"That sounds crazy," said a former foundation board member, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Rubin told the meeting that he would try to obtain a resolution of support from the City Council for building the memorial, according to the minutes taken by Ms. Horn.

"Larry Rubin suggested that we aim for a fund of about $5,000," the minutes said. It would cost between $500 to $2,500 to cast a 75-pound sculpture of Roscoe with a plaque of commemoration, according to an estimate from B&A Metal Graphics of Silver Spring, which the committee contacted about the memorial.

Possible locations proposed for the memorial were the center post of the town clock, which is owned by the city; near the Gazebo on Carroll Avenue, which is maintained by the city but is owned by Montgomery County; or the front lawn of Roscoe's former residence, according to the minutes. But there was a consensus that the residence "would be the least desirable" since it is private property, they said.

Committee members agreed "that it would be desirable" for the memorial project to be completed in time for this year's Old Town Street Festival Oct. 3.

Karen Davis, of Machipongo, Va., president of United Poultry Concerns, Inc., attended the meeting and said she would publicize the project in her organization's publication, Poultry Press, of which she is the editor.

So, get those submissions in... <ooof>

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