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Sesquicentennial Committee Discusses July 16 Activities



The Sesquicentennial Committee discussed plans for the Saturday, July 16 activities at its Thursday, May 5 meeting.

At issue was how to fill the hours between 6:30 pm and the fireworks display at 10 pm.

There had been talks about offering family-friendly activities during the 3 1/2-hour time slot.

Amy Krueger, executive director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber could not fill the time slot itself.

One concern was if live music or a disc jockey are set up in the park, it could interfere with the Archbold Community Theatre presentation of “Archbold Ohio, The Village That Could” in the AHS auditorium.

Steve Van Sickle, of ACT, said when baseball games are underway, the announcers can be heard in the auditorium.

Krueger said another concern was if food vendors were set up in the park during that time, they might take business away from the village restaurants.

“We (the Chamber) would love to do something and be part of what’s happening,” she said.

But, it can’t throw the party, she said.

Suggestions included finding clubs or service groups to provide activities and open the Memorial

Park concession stand.

Nanette Buehrer, a member of the Sequicentennial Steering Committee suggested setting up cornhole boards and allowing people to play.

ACT Play

Van Sickle said the cast for the play about the history of the village has been selected.

ACT is still working with Brenda Pursel Schluenes, the author, on the script.

Schluenes will arrive Thursday, July 7, about a week before the start of the celebration on Wednesday, July 13.

Van Sickle said there are still some changes being made in the script.

Kris Jemmott, director of historical operations at Sauder Village, said a few items were collected for the display of historical Archbold memorabilia at the Fairlawn Haven “Let’s Reminisce” event, Thursday, April 28.

Sauder Village officials are looking for more three-dimensional artifacts to display.

Cecily Rohrs said each church has been asked to create a tri-fold display. Information about the church will be provided in the central section of the display; the church can provide photos or other items to display on the sides of the tri-fold.

The displays will be set up at the Wednesday night, July 13 community worship service.

She told the committee 23 area churches have been invited to participate.

Refreshments and fellowship will start at 6:30 pm. A band will play at 7:15 pm, followed by the worship service at 7:30 pm. There will be another fellowship time after the service.

Bruce Sauber, from Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63, said some items were collected for the time capsule project at the “Let’s Reminisce” event.


The next McBOOM fundraiser at the Archbold Mc- Donald’s restaurant is Monday, May 23, 11 am-7 pm. The restaurant will again donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the fireworks display.

The scouts will be at the event, collecting items for the time capsule. In addition, WMTR will conduct a remote radio broadcast from 9:30-11 am.

Buehrer said the first “Let’s Reminisce” night went well; a date has not yet been set for a second.

Diane Tinsman, president of the Black Swamp Arts Council, said so far, two barn quilts–large, wooden squares painted with quilt patterns– have been hung on area barns. More will be hung as the weather improves.

Work also continues on the display of art and architecture by C.C. Britsch, a native.

Work is also continuing on live music with musicians from Austin, Texas. Tinsman said some of the downtown venues weren’t interested in the project.

Music is planned for The Blue, and possibly for the F&M Bank Village Green.

Pat Wyse, of the Archbold Lions Club, said donations are coming for the auction, set for Friday night, July 15.

Janet Wyse gave the report from Kristin Shields, who represents the schools.

Shields said there will be a small celebration at the school on May 23, the actual incorporation date for the village of Archbold.

Plans are also in the works to put a float in the parade.

Jim Wyse, a steering committee member, said Archbold Fire Department officials report details, such as insurance, are being worked out for the fireworks display.

He also said Larry Baus, a local historian, has finished the information for the walking tour of the village. It will be developed into a flyer by students at the high school.

Also, a movie of the village, taken in 1960, has been transferred to digitial video disc (DVD) and is being offered for sale for $15. The video was shown during the “Let’s Reminisce” event and was well received.

J. Wyse said a banner has been purchased, and will be hung over downtown soon.

The next meeting is Thursday, June 2, 7 pm, at Wyse Commons.

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