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Committee puts together its own monopoly game

| Thursday, April 18, 2002

It won't have chance or community chest, but it will have coal mine and gold mine cards.

It won't necessarily have free parking or a jail, but three different Mount Pleasant area parks and the Doughboy will fill the four corners of the board.

"Landmarks and Memories" is a board game designed and coordinated by the Game Committee as a fund-raiser for the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Mount Pleasant, which will be held in 2003.

According to Richard Snyder, 175th anniversary committee co-chairman, the game is designed as a tribute to Mount Pleasant's past and the people who helped give it a place in history.

"This game has 16 streets and avenues, all of which are named after streets and avenues in Mount Pleasant," said Snyder. "The game is more of a history lesson for young people."

The playing pieces for the board game will be made of pewter and will be manufactured by Old Glory in Calumet. The glass houses and duplexes for the game will be manufactured by Electro-Glass in Norvelt.

According to Snyder, the committee is looking to sell advertisements to businesses or individuals, which will be written on the coal mine and gold mine cards, the board, the money and on the back of land deeds.

The board is designed to portray Mount Pleasant as it was around the turn of the century - except for the parks and the doughboy, which are meant to give it some present-day landmarks, said Snyder.

The board itself is laid out in streets and avenues familiar to Mount Pleasant, and properties will be sponsored by merchants, organizations and families who wish to "memorialize a business, a family member or a friend from the past."

A building or event from the past is pictured on each street, but according to Snyder, these may be changed by the sponsor if they wish to supply an alternate picture.

All pictures must be old pictures and approved by the committee before they can be used, said Snyder.

"In addition to the properties on the board, local merchants may wish to purchase advertisements on the money or the instruction cards, which will be known as gold mine and coal mine cards," said Snyder. "These cards will also feature pictures from days of the past and will direct players to collect or pay a fee."

The committee needs 94 sponsors total before it can send the game to get printed. Members hope to have the game available by August or September of this year.

To get the sponsors they need, members will be set up in the In-Town Shops on Main Street in Mount Pleasant from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. People will be there to explain the game, and those interested will be given an application for sponsorship, according to Snyder.

Games, which cost $23.50 each, may be ordered and paid for in advance on that day.

There will only be 2,500 games made, and according to Snyder, there are more than 1.5 million pieces that have to be assembled for the amount of games that will be made.

"So far, the desire from people for the game is high, and I think that it's something that people will want to get," said Snyder. "The game is playable, and it has something to say about Mount Pleasant so we feel people will want to purchase them because of their desire to be connected historically to Mount Pleasant.

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