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Marshall to celebrate 150 years

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 4:06 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln and a host of Civil War soldiers will join in the Marshall Township sesquicentennial celebration Saturday at Knob Hill Park, off of Knob Road.

The township's 150 years will be celebrated with an expanded Community Day that will start at 4 p.m. and end with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Township officials are excited about the anniversary, said Heather Cuyler Jerry, Marshall's parks and recreation director. She has been helping plan and coordinate the sesquicentennial activities for more than a year.

The day's events will include an Abraham Lincoln impersonator who will meet, greet and share historical perspectives from 5 to 7 p.m. Other events include:

• The Hampton Township-based Depreciation Lands Museum will provide Civil War re-enactors from 4 to 8 p.m. Armed with muskets, cannons and many other historical items, they will catapult audiences back to the days when Marshall Township still was in its infancy and the United States was struggling to survive as one country.

• The Zany Umbrella Circus will integrate aerial acts and clowning in its show “Cake” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The show is a visual storybook about a child who is anticipating an exciting birthday surprise, but things do not go as planned.

• Township officials and residents also will bury a time capsule containing pop-culture trinkets, 2013-minted coins, a newspaper, advertising, takeout menus, and a parks and recreation brochure.

• Rounding out the afternoon and evening will be traditional Community Day attractions: caricature drawings, balloon artists, dunk tanks, inflatables, a climbing wall, crafts, laser tag and Mr. Bill's Petting Zoo, said Kimberly Pinkerton, Marshall's assistant director of parks and recreation.

• An Audubon Society birding hike is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. A Chinese auction will be held featuring scores of items, such as gift baskets, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tickets and Steeler memorabilia.

Food vendors will be on hand to satisfy any appetite.

Performances by Premier Dance Studio and a rock concert by Shades of June also will be featured.

The finale will be a fireworks show by New Castle-based Zambelli Internationale.

Laurie Rees is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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