A Kellogg Lake fire pit that was dedicated to a long-time Carthage resident and supporter of the park was damaged by vandals sometime last month.

A Kellogg Lake fire pit that was dedicated to a long-time Carthage resident and supporter of the park was damaged by vandals sometime last month.
Carthage Parks Superintendent Alan Bull said the vandals apparently stole a metal ring that was secured in the middle of a ring of bricks next to the Pavilion on the west side of Kellogg Lake.
“It was a heavy steel ring too,” Bull said. “I don't know how or why they did it. I had my crew search the banks of the lake to make sure it hadn't just been thrown into the water, but it's gone. It will be repaired soon.”
The Strait family put out a statement on Facebook making clear their sadness over the vandalism.
The Strait family donated the fire pit to the city in a ceremony on Sept. 11, 2011.
“This fire pit was generously donated by my family in my Dad's memory to make the park area MORE family friendly,” the family said. “The lake/river area meant so much to my Dad and all of us kids grew up fishing here....many, many happy memories. This is what my family wanted to encourage families today and in the future to enjoy as well. It sickens me DEEPLY that someone would destroy it so callously.”
The fire pit is situated in the center of a 14-foot by 15-foot concrete slab with four bench seats of Carthage stone surrounding it.
The pit itself was a steel ring and grate secured within a ring of Carthage stone bricks.
A story in The Carthage Press on Sept. 15, 2011 said the volunteers who helped build the pit were Roy Schrader, Jason Martin, Cecil Ward, Pat Snyder and members of the Kellogg Lake Nature Center board.
Richard Strait, who died in January of 2010, was a member of the Sportsmen League, which established Kellogg Lake Park.
Friends talked at the 2011 dedication about Richard Strait's love for the outdoors and how important memorials are in binding a community together.
Kathleen Strait, Richard's widow, said the family had considered donating  a tree to the park in his honor, but decided they wanted something more permanent.
She said she hoped the fire pit, which is connected to the fishing pavilion by a handicap ramp, would be used and enjoyed by everyone.