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Volunteers still needed for Perryopolis bicentennial celebration

| Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6:27 p.m.

Perryopolis will be celebrating its bicentennial June 26 through 29.

It's a dual celebration.

The borough will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the circle in the center of the town.

The circle was dedicated during the town's centennial celebration in 1914 .

The town circle will be the center of attention on June 26 during opening night ceremonies of the bicentennial.

All that is needed for the opening ceremonies now is volunteers to help light the giant birthday cake.

“I feel that the opening ceremony for the event will end up being very impressive,” said Kathleen Kifer, president of the bicentennial planning committee.

The opening will take place at the Frazier High School where historical flags will be raised by members of the VFW Gold Post 7023.

There will be a presentation by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and then at the library, there will be a rededication of the Eternal Flame of Knowledge.

Aaron Mood and Samee Griffith-Mood will perform followed by a procession up to the center of town to the circle.

Kifer said 200 volunteers are needed to carry the 200 luminaries made for the event.

“We have special flag bags that we will be using and they will each have a battery operated votive in them,” Kifer said. Real flames were not used for safety reasons. “Once we get to the circle, then the luminaries will be placed around the circle like a big birthday cake.”

Kifer said there will be singing of patriotic songs during the procession

“We are hoping to get families involved and we are encouraging them to get involved and make memories with their children,” Kifer said. “If we get 200 people that would be ideal but if not then we will just have some people carry two.”

Once the group has reached the circle, participants will sing “Happy Birthday” to finish up the opening night.

In addition to volunteers for the luminaries, Kifer said volunteers are needed in many other areas for the four-day event.

“We can use runner. We can use lots of students who would like to get involved,” Kifer said. “We always welcome anyone who wants to volunteer.”

“If you see any of the individuals wearing a badge saying that they are an active member of the bicentennial group feel free to approach them and volunteer your time and or your services during the celebration,” said Ron Lombard, bicentennial planning committee co-chairman.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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