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Electra crash anniversary services scheduled

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Public events March 13-14 will draw victims' relatives

By The Staff

MILLSTONE - The Tell City Kiwanis Club and its committee of community members have finalized plans for the memorial services March 13-14 to mark the 50th anniversary of the crash of Northwest Orient Airlines Electra Flight 710 in rural Cannelton March 17, 1960.

The public is invited to all events scheduled for the weekend. However, it is extremely important for transportation- and food-planning purposes for local residents to call the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 547-7933 to make reservations for the services or reception. With limited parking at the crash site, shuttles will be provided from Eagle's Bluff Park outside of Cannelton.

The schedule of events for the weekend of March 13 and 14 is as follows:

Saturday and Sunday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tell City Historical Society Museum and the Perry County Museum will be open with displays about the crash. Each museum will be showing a different movie about the tragedy as well.

Saturday, March 13

2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the crash site memorial in Millstone. Parking will be available at the Eagle's Bluff parking lot where shuttles will begin transporting attendees at 1 p.m. Seating will be reserved for the family members of the victims. Those attending who are not family members and require seating should let the CVB office know. Remember to dress for the weather and for soft ground at the memorial site. In case of a downpour or severe weather, the service will be held at the Cannelton Community Center.

3:30 p.m. A reception for the public will be held at the Cannelton Community Center. Photos of the victims and drawings done by local school children will be displayed. Light refreshments will be provided by local churches.

Families of the victims will be in attendance for the Perry County community to meet and express their condolences.

Sunday, March 14

1 p.m. Worship service remembering the victims will be held at the Schergens Center in Tell City. Light refreshments will be served after the service. Visits to the Electra memorial marker in Greenwood Cemetery will follow this service.

The Cannelton Kiwanis Club led the call to build the memorial at the crash site near Millstone in 1961. Perry County Parks and Recreation now maintains the site as a permanent memorial to the 63 passengers and crew who died that fateful day. They will be putting in new landscaping before the memorial service. A second memorial, built by the Northwest Airlines Company, stands in Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City over the mass grave of the victims.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the financial costs of providing these services may make a donation to the Tell City Kiwanis Foundation by contacting Michael Elaman at 547-7096. All donations will be tax deductible through the foundation.

Planning committee members are Rebecca Fenn, Michael Elaman, Dot Kessner, Larry Oathout, Leisa Rhodes and Bruce Chinn, Kiwanis; Brad Smith and Edd Ransom, Perry County Parks; Vince Luecke, Perry County News; Arvina Bozarth, Mayor Smokey Graves, Lynn Dauby, and Mary Busam, City of Cannelton; Gary Morton, City of Tell City; Cheri Taylor, Perry County Chamber of Commerce; Bev Minto, Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Evelyn Lasley, Perry County Library; Mark Laflin and Janet Lemaire, Tell City Historical Society; Donna Mason, Perry County Museum; Joan Goble and Ginger Conrad, Cannelton School Corporation.

For more information, contact Fenn, who serves as chairwoman, at 547-6818 or 547-2577 (work), or at e-mail rmfenn83@comcast.net.