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Council Given Sesquicentennial Report

The list of events for the Archbold Sesquicentennial Celebration is 90% complete, Archbold Village Council learned at its Monday, April 4 meeting.

Steve Van Sickle and Jim Wyse, members of the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, told council the celebration week, July 13- 17, starts with a community wide worship event on Wednesday, July 13.

Pam Short will return to the village to lead the event, while Steve Basselman is in charge of music.

Van Sickle said the Archbold Community Theatre will present “Archbold Ohio, the Village That Could,” a play about the history of Archbold written by Brenda Pursel Schluenes, an Archbold native and North Carolina resident.

He said Schluenes will arrive in Archbold a week before the play is presented, and take over direction of the play.

He said Schluenes, who is 76, is “a ball of fire, with all kinds of ideas.”

The play calls for a cast of eight men, four women, 15 children, six or eight vocalists, and an eight-person marching band.

Wyse said there will be open houses conducted by the German Township Trustees and the Archbold Fire Department.

He said fire department members are working on getting the department 1930s fire truck running in time for the parade, Saturday, July 16.

Also, department members have located the original “Archbold Fire Department” sign that hung above the garage bays in the Municipal Building. The sign is being restored.

Wyse told council the pa- rade is scheduled to start at 10:30 am, Saturday, “before it gets too warm,” noting typical July weather in Archbold.

The parade will feature three sections, each dealing with a different 50-year time span. It will follow the same route as the annual Parade of Lights, starting and ending at the ConAgra parking lot.

Ed Leininger, a councilman, asked if children will be involved in the parade.

“I hope so,” Wyse said.


Wyse told council Max Nofziger, an Archbold native and former Austin, Texas city councilman, musician, and writer, is working to create an entertainment district in downtown Archbold for Saturday night, July 16.

So far, The Blue restaurant has been booked as a venue for performances. A second venue is to be determined.

Wyse said Nofziger is also working to bring musicians from Austin to Archbold for events before and after the Sesquicentennial celebration.

Also, Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 is planning a time capsule, which will be closed and sealed, with instructions to open in 50 years.

The capsule will be stored in council chambers, Wyse said.

Wyse encouraged councilmen to make sure their calendars are free and are in town for the celebration.


Among other events, Wyse noted three-dimensionalchalk artist David Zinn, Ann Arbor, Mich., has been booked.

He will create three-dimensional artworks on village sidewalks.

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