With 2008 now behind us, Trumbauersville Borough Council took the opportunity during their last meeting of the year to reflect on their 100th anniversary as an incorporated borough, honor those who helped make the year special, and look forward into 2009."As you know, 2008 was a special year for Trumbauersville," President Ed Child began.
"Our centennial year started on May 2, which was the actual anniversary of the date of incorporation as a borough and credit goes to our mayor, Melissa Baine, for suggesting that we move the May council meeting to that day to make it special."
And special it was indeed with record attendance by residents, a visit from PA State Representative Paul Clymer, and proclamations recognizing the centennial from the PA Senate and House of Representatives, the Buck County Commissioners' office, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy, and Governor Ed Rendell. "The evening concluded with Mayor Baine raising the borough's first ever borough flag," Child said.
He continued, "Then a centennial celebration occurred on Community Day June 7 that included a parade and a phenomenal fireworks display."
"As a result of the efforts of the centennial committee, we now have a revised centennial edition of the borough's history book, a borough flag, new pole banners, t-shirts and a borough hat."
In addition, centennial committee members sold commemorative pottery, which was a huge hit, along with the hats, t-shirts, and books under a tent in sweltering heat on Community Day.
The borough's centennial festivities wrapped up with a free pancake breakfast for residents and a fire department appreciation dinner both held in September.
"A centennial celebration is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Child concluded. "It was certainly a year to remember and everybody worked hard to make it the success that it was."
Mayor Melissa Baine concurred.
"Our centennial year would not have been such a great success without the dedication of the members of the centennial committee, particularly the non-council members," Baine stated.
"These individuals put in countless hours of their own time working on numerous projects...all in an effort to make Trumbauersville's 100th anniversary something we can be proud of for years to come."
She then read the names of nine individuals and presented them with an engraved award.
"We would like to recognize these individuals with a gift along with our thanks and gratitude for all of their hard work these past three years," Baine told those in attendance.
"Without them we would not have had the year we had."
Those awarded included Joann Bresel, Barb Haff, Sue Trimble, Marilyn Bobb, Gary Parzych, Robin Major, Otto Spor, Karen MacCauley and Pat Dereiter.
Baine added, "There were many individuals that helped with the celebration on June 7, but these individuals put in the extra effort to make the year memorable for all of us."
The centennial, however, was not the only memorable event to take place in the borough in 2008.
The borough made its first ever open space purchase with help from the county's open space program, received a $25,000
Department of Community and Economic Development grant for street light improvements, and dedicated the park pavilion to Silvene Bracalente.
And in 2009, the borough hopes to pursue several initiatives.
Child said he would like council to consider naming the borough park, identifying other opportunities for dedications, and establishing a citizens committee that would oversee a citizen recognition program.
In other business, borough council voted unanimously to approve the 2009 budget as advertised.
Lauren Broome is a freelance writer for The Free Press.