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New Eagle gearing up for 100th anniversary

| Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

It has been nearly 25 years, but borough secretary Linda Hall still receives occasional calls from people searching for souvenir books published when New Eagle celebrated its diamond jubilee.

The books are hard to come by. However, there soon will be a new publication to mark the borough's history.

In 2012, New Eagle will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. It will include a weekend celebration in mid-August.

Hall is working on the centennial book, and a deadline looms. Anyone who wants to place photos or information in the book must submit it to Hall at the borough building by Dec. 1.

Several fundraising events are planned in advance of the centennial.

On April 14, a bingo and gift basket auction will take place at the Firemen's Social Hall on Chess Street. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship that will be awarded during the centennial year, Hall said.

On May 19, a family fun day at Tubby Hall Park will feature games, activities and food.

A dance is scheduled July 27 at Tubby Hall Park. Refreshments will be served and a disc jockey will provide music.

The centennial celebration will take place the weekend of Aug. 10-12.

"We're trying to plan a small carnival," Hall said. "We plan to close off a portion of Chess Street."

Hall said a fallen firefighter memorial service is slated for the Riverview Baptist Church.

In addition, a time capsule buried at the war memorial on Memorial Avenue in 1987 during the diamond jubilee will be opened.

The diamond jubilee brought the community together, Hall noted.

Those who helped plan the event in 1987 became the core for the formation of New Eagle Community Action.

The diamond jubilee was a week-long event that included a carnival on Chess Street and a parade. The organizers honored borough veterans and the oldest resident.

Proceeds from the diamond jubilee provided money for recreation programs and benches on Main and Chess streets.

Community Action built the riverfront park and has since added a playground, campground, restrooms and a kitchen.

Community Action sponsors an Easter egg hunt and light-up night activities.

Named Rivers Edge Community Park, the site opened Sept. 15, 1990. On July 30, 1991, the park was rededicated in honor of Larry "Tubby" Hall.

Hall was president of New Eagle Community Action during its formation. He was New Eagle Council president when he died in December 1990.

Centennial T-shirts, water bottles and coffee mugs bearing the centennial jubilee logo are on sale at the borough building daily from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

The two logos were designed by Hayle Fosbrink, a Ringgold High School student, and Talyn Patton, a first-grader at Monongahela Elementary Center. They won a logo contest sponsored by the centennial committee. Each won $25 and a free T-shirt.

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