Borough working on plans for 200th anniversary

November 21, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG - What exactly is the proper way to celebrate a 200th anniversary?

That's what a committee of Chambersburg borough employees and business representatives are trying to figure out, as the borough prepares to honor the bicentennial of its incorporation next year.

"We've done brainstorming and are looking into a lot of different things," Mayor Tom Newcomer said.

The 200th Anniversary Committee met Tuesday to try and pinpoint exactly what events it wants to hold throughout 2003.

The committee has already achieved one goal with the addition of a town Christmas tree in Memorial Square for the first time in five years.

"We thought it would be nice to get some things back that have been there through the years and dropped," committee member Sherry Tarquino said.


The committee has been meeting monthly since late summer, and at the moment is still exploring options from T-shirts to wall murals.

"Right now we're working on items to sell, like commemorative T-shirts and coins," Tarquino said.

The committee's goal is to schedule one anniversary event each month.

Additionally, the committee is kicking around several ideas, including buying new bicentennial banners to hang in town and special bunting for downtown businesses, Tarquino said.

"We're also tossing ideas about putting a float together for the firemen's parade this spring and the Christmas parade," she said.

The Downtown Merchants Council has already agreed to feature Chambersburg Borough Hall on its 2003 Christmas ornament, she said.

Another option includes inviting local artists to submit drawings pertaining to the borough's history for wall murals, similar to projects in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md.

A site for the mural hasn't been determined.

The committee is also planning to have a presence at annual staples like the summertime ChambersFest and the fall Apple Festival.

Tarquino said she can remember as a little girl weeklong celebrations for some of the borough's past anniversaries.

"Organizations would get together and have parades and the celebrations would last a week," she said. "We want to do something each month that will remind us we are celebrating."

The actual anniversary is not until March, so Tarquino said she does not expect things to really get rolling until then.

Anyone interested in joining the committee can call the borough at 717-264-5151.

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