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HISTORY CELEBRATED

| Saturday, May 6, 2006

A town only turns 200 once. And Connellsville knew how to celebrate its big year. There was quite a party in the city last week. Thousands gathered in the downtown area to recognize the history's heritage and its people.

Visitors and residents lined the streets as more than 140 units marched proudly in a two-hour parade. They then traveled downtown, where they enjoyed good food, fun and entertainment. It was a day celebrated by young and old alike.

The day was a success for many reasons.

First, there was the planning, dedication and hard work developed by a handful of volunteers who worked for more than a year to make sure the 200th birthday of the city was one that would go down in history.

These volunteers, led by a young Ben Haines, worked for endless hours -- making phone calls, planning fundraisers, exploring the city's history, and encouraging the community to participate in the celebration.

Then there were the participants. Without the local school bands, fraternal organizations, churches and all others who marched in the parade or manned a booth downtown, the day would not have been a success.

There were the merchants and residents who cleaned up the town. Everywhere you turned you saw, red, white and blue decorations. The citizens demonstrated pride in their community.

Connellsville is a city with a proud history. And on this occasion its citizens stood proud. The 200th birthday will not soon be forgotten.

Thank you, bicentennial committee, for making it all happen. And we encourage all citizens to keep the spirit of the celebration going as the committee plans several other events during the upcoming months.

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