Published: November 15, 2012
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ELIZABETHVILLE - One northern Dauphin County community will be marking its bicentennial in 2017, and organizers are already asking for assistance and public input on how the 200th year celebration should run.
Elizabethville's Executive Steering Committee has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 for the purpose of getting people interested and involved in planning for the Elizabethville Area Bicentennial which will be held in August of 2017. Everyone is invited to attend the public meeting which will be held in the borough building on South Market St.
"People may question why so soon, but there is a lot of time needed to plan and fund raise for the event," said Mike Miller, who along with Dave Shadle were selected in April 2012 by the Elizabethville Borough Council as co-chairmen for the organization and planning of the bicentennial celebration.
During the summer, Shadle and Miller formed the Executive Steering Committee to take the lead in creating an organization of volunteers to assist with preparations.
The Executive Steering Committee consists of: Lori Henninger, Greg Kerwin, Bob Klinger, Tom Troutman, Dave Shadle, and Mike Miller. Any of the committee members may be contacted for additional information.
The committee is looking for individuals wanting to become involved in tasks like fund raising, lasting legacy, publicity, special events and entertainment, Elizabethville area history, parade planning, special projects, hospitality, locating additional volunteers, operations and support services, and other miscellaneous projects and organization as needed.
"We (the steering committee) are looking forward to working with other area residents in making the Elizabethville Area Bicentennial an historic event," Miller said.
Elizabethville was founded in 1817 and originally called "Benderstettle", according to historic signs that can be seen along Route 209 in the borough.
Anyone with questions or ideas about the bicentennial should attend the meeting, or they may contact Mike Miller at 717-362-9967 or email him at email@example.com.