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Everson: Park has a new name in honor of borough's 100-year celebration

| Saturday, July 19, 2003

EVERSON -- The Everson Centennial Celebration kicked off festivities with the renaming of the park and the naming of a street to make celebration special.

Everson Playground, the former name of the borough's park, was the location where a stone was placed reading "Dedicated to celebrate and remember the first 100 years of Everson Borough/to honor the men, women and children of this community -- past, present and future."

Before Everson Mayor Tim Shoemaker made the dedication of the park's new name, a singing of "God Bless the U.S.A." was performed by Kathy Forejt, a singer at banquets and other events.

Forejt said she came up with several songs to the Centennial Committee, which approved all of her songs, and she narrowed the songs down to two. The other song she sang after Shoemaker's dedication was a "God Bless America" medley.

A dedication, said Shoemaker, is more than just a renaming of a park; it's a promise that the residents will show dedication to keeping the beauty of the park.

Many memories of the park were printed in a hand-out passed to the nearly 30 people attending the dedication, memories like Pa. State Champion Ray Fazenbaker's horse-shoe demonstrations, sport games, fire department water barrel competition, the residents' hearts skipping a beat when Everson Cop Henry Babura drove by to make sure things were OK and playing hide-and-seek with Everson Police Chief Henry Babura at what's now named Everson Centennial Park.

Shoemaker, who moved to Everson in 1985, said although he wasn't in the borough to experience the events in the pamphlet, he could picture the occurrences listed and feel them in his heart.

Shoemaker took the time to thank the family of Sandzimier Memorials for donating the memorial stone in the renamed park next to a previously unnamed street, which now has a street sign reading "Centennial Way."

For years, says Barbara Dzambo of the Centennial Committee, they wanted to place some kind of memorial that remembers the last 100 years of Everson.

The committee, said Dzambo, thought the park was a perfect spot for the memorial where she hopes a gazebo and flower garden would be next year.

Also at Everson Centennial Park, a time capsule will be buried when the three-day centennial celebration is over, said Shoemaker, who added that pictures of the event, newspaper clippings of the event and even one of the yellow T-shirts worn by members of the centennial committee will be put in the capsule.

For the next centennial of the borough, said Shoemaker, the residents of Everson will find the time capsule by this monument, and it will tell them all about the memories of Everson, it's first centennial celebration and the people of Everson.

The celebration that Shoemaker mentioned involved 17 craft booths, non-profit booths, food vendors, carnival rides and games, a blacksmith, a basket-weaving demonstration, disc jockeys and bands including the Dutch Treat Barbershop Quartet and Little John & the ATM Polka Band performing last night.

Committee member Carolyn Hart worked Friday at the information booth and sold centennial shirts, mugs, pens, decals and centennial books in honor of the event and said the "God Bless America" shirt and the Everson Centennial shirts were the big sellers of the day.

Everybody attending the celebration gets a chance to sign a guest book that will be placed in the time capsule, and they receive a raffle ticket for items donated by local businesses, according to Centennial Committee Member Cheryl Shoemaker.

Although a 20-minute downpour occurred on Friday, a good crowd still arrived, said Shoemaker, who added that the celebration was something he and the rest of those involved have been waiting and waiting for, and it finally came.

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