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While New Year's is still a month away, we at The News are already working on plans for a memorable 2008. And what a year it should be, with Tell City's sesquicentennial celebration in August and various community projects getting under way or wrapping up.
Mark your calendars now for Tell City's 150th anniversary celebration Aug. 4-9. The weeklong sesquicentennial will include the favorites of Schweizer Fests we all know and love, as well as special events, including a parade, live family entertainment and a grand fireworks show. Plans are quickly taking shape and we at The News will be sharing them as they are announced.
We're planning a special summer publication to mark the city's sesquicentennial that will examine the city's rich history and the people and businesses that are helping to continue the city's growth.
The News will also sponsor a sesquicentennial time capsule, into which a variety of items will be placed. We haven't decided how large of a capsule we'll be getting, exactly where it will be buried or when it may be unearthed, but watch for details.
A new Web site, www.tellcity150.com, will be the official online home of the sesquicentennial, and already has stories about the city's history and historic photos.
I was impressed with the time capsule dedicated in Troy during that community's bicentennial a few years ago. It contained mementos of the community, newspapers and coins and a town history, but also items of a much more personal nature, including letters from one generation to another. Several grandparents penned notes to their children and grandchildren. I hope we can do something similar next year.
Sesquicentennial merchandise is on sale. Two sizes of flags, including garden flags and 2-by-3-feet flags, are available, along with steins, coaster sets and commemorative coins.
The coins are $10 each, with the coasters priced at $12 for a set of four. The smaller "garden" flags are $15, with the larger ones priced at $25. The steins, which are made in Germany, are $25 each.
Items can be purchased from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, at the Tell City Historical Society Museum, and weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The items certainly make nice holiday gifts and like sesquicentennial cookbooks from 1958, will be collectors' items in the years to come. Speaking of cookbooks, Mu Gamma Sorority has wrapped up collecting recipes for a new sesquicentennial cookbook. Copies will be available in 2008.
Other 2008 Plans
Next year will also see us working on a series of features on Perry County's smaller communities.
Early next year, we'll be looking for old photos showing people and places from St. Marks, Magnet, Dexter, Tobinsport, Oriole, Mount Pleasant and other small communities. We'll make a formal request for photos early in the new year. We'll also be looking to readers to share memories of those towns' bustling pasts.
Next year will see the completion of Tell City's downtown project, new floodwall murals and the start of a new walking-biking trail leading from 19th Street to William Tell Elementary School.
Tell City and Cannelton will say hello to new mayors and city-council members in January and we'll all have a look at their plans.
Enjoy the year-end holidays and all they offer. And get ready for a memorable 2008.