Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 1 : Summer 2009 - Page 40

It’s Time… To Report on Fort Fairfield’s 2008 Sesquicentennial Events by Rayle Ainsworth & Sarah Ulman Planning began in August of 2007, when the theme “It’s Time” was chosen to help us reflect upon the past, enjoy the present, and prepare for the future of our community. We determined that our goals would be: To involve as many people and organizations in the planning process as possible To include activities for all age groups To celebrate our 150th year throughout the whole year To build a Sesquicentennial theme into our many annual activities and To bring back some favorites from the past. Our resources were found within Fort Fairfield in an active Chamber of Commerce, Frontier Heritage, clubs, businesses, churches, The Recreation Department, Public Works Department, schools, and a supportive town council and town office staff. In December 2007, we presented plans and a tentative budget to The Town Council. It’s Time… To Celebrate Community. A kick off Open House Potluck Supper, attended by 200 at the Community Center, brought us together for an evening of story telling and shared memories directed by David Case, master of ceremonies. The new Town Office was open to the public before the supper. The High School computer class furnished placemats, beans were provided by Frontier Fish and Game Club and rolls by Students Baking A Living. Students served and video taped the evening. At that time a collage painting of Fort Fairfield was presented by artists Edwena Philbrick Gagnon and Roger Sprague; the clock logo and banner, created by Craig Cormier, was on display. It’s Time… To Remember Our Charter. Tony Levesque organized a Sesquicentennial Proclamation Signing Ceremony March 26th in the council chambers. Representatives for the State of Maine and Congressional delegations read messages of congratulations. The present town council and town manager, as well as descendants of original town fathers, signed the proclamation. It’s Time… To Reunite Alumni and Friends. This flyer, prepared by the High School computer class, highlighted Sesquicentennial activities centered around the Potato Blossom Festival. It was included in a mailing to all alumni. It’s Time… To Collect Pictures and Anecdotal 38 Anniversary Events SUMMER & FALL 09