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Time's a topic as club plans for El Paso 150th celebration

TOWN OF EL PASO--Time marches on for the El Paso community, which is observing its 150th anniversary this year.

Time was also a theme for El Paso Community Club members who attended a meeting Wednesday to plan the annual El Paso Days celebration, to be held from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 21-23.

A time capsule to honor the 150th will be buried as part of the event. Club President Merlin Blaisdell said local cemetery officials have agreed to allow its burial there, between the bell and some trees.

The matter of what time to have the burial happen was discussed. It was suggested it be done in conjunction with Sunday's church service, to involve those gathering at the cemetery for worship.

Some members favored scheduling the capsule for after the service, while others envisioned a ceremony before church. A number of alternatives were proposed, such as ending the service early and incorporating it into the 11:45 a.m. service. Ultimately, however, it was decided to bury the capsule at 11:15 a.m.

Among other special attractions due to the 150th observance are a style show under the title "We've Come a Long Way, Baby" and a drawing for an anniversary quilt. A wine recognizing the milestone will be available, as will buttons and commemorative shirts. Signs proclaiming the sesquicentennial have been added to road markers at the entrances to the community as well.

Read more in the print version of the Herald June 24.