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sesquicentennial shaping up

Webmaster's note: I asked Caroline Swalligan of Twin Rocks to send specifics on next year's Blacklick Township sesquecentennial celebration for the Home Page. I plan to work the information here into a separate page for the event, but wanted to get it to the Internet community in this form without delay

Hi Jon:

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. Trying to get ready for my niece's wedding, you know how it is with us here in the Valley, all those cookies and goodies to make. Also, several people from Twin Rocks passed away this last week and that keeps neighbors busy.

Our cookbook project was a major project. Thanks goes to our Cookbook Committee headed by Rae Ann Lanzendorfer and assisted by Nancy Bracken DiBiase. It is a beautiful cookbook with approximately 500 receipes; many from our grandmothers and mothers. Lots of ethnic recipes that are dying out since a lot of people aren't cooking much anymore. We are going into our second printing and are currently taking orders. The cost of the Cookbook is $9.00 plus $3.00 shipping. Now that our first printing has sold out, it seems that more interest is being generated and we would like to get a good idea of the interest out there before we place our order in September for delivery in October. They make terrific wedding (shower) gifts, birthday presents, Christmas gifts, you name it - it will suit the occasion. Thank you for anything you can do to promote this for us. All recipes were submitted from residents, past and present, of the Blacklick Township Area which comprises Twin Rocks, Belsano, Cardiff, Ragleyville, Ivesson, Bethel, Red Mill, White Mill, Nettleton.

Our celebration is slated for July 29 and 30, 2000. We are in the process of tying down a lot of loose ends and getting this all to come together. Most of the graduating classes from Blacklick High School ae going to be contacted. We are trying to get the word out to as many people as we can. I am a resident of Twin Rocks and have been for the last 25 years. I was born and raised in Twin Rocks, went to Big Bend Elementary school and a portion of one year at Blacklick High School. My dad died when I was in the eighth grade and my Mom, brother and myself moved to Chicago where I graduated from high school, Northwestern University, and continued to lived there until my mom got sick in 1973. I've been home ever since and love it.

I'm proud to be a product of the Blacklick Township population and even though it's like living in a fish bowl sometimes, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

We are planning a parade (like old times) to open our celebration. Frank Brosius, a minister, senior District Justice and former resident of the Township will be our opening speaker. Churches are planning to serve breakfasts, dinners, provide baby sitting services for little ones and have their churches open for visits, renewals, etc.

Bethel Church is planning to participate. It was founded in 1830, still stands today and will open its doors for people to view and see their artifacts and history. Music will be provided both days at different sites. Craft and Food Booths will be numerous. Historic memorabilia will be on display. Oldtimers, and youngtimers, baseball games are being planned. Home made peroghies are being sold, frozen and freshly cooked. A stamp is being prepared for the opening day celebration. George Warholic and Peg (Lanzendorfer) Hancherick are involved with that. Also, George is preparing a historical booklet which we hope to distribute to everyone that day. If anyone has any questions or would like more information on the enormous undertaking for our Sesquicentennial, please feel free to contact me and I'll be sure to get the info out.

We are also taking orders for T-Shirts with our Sesquicentennial Logo. More on that at a later date. We don't plan on selling those until May or June, so people can wear them at that time, but we are taking as many orders as we can. As soon as we get the costs of making these, I'll get the price to you. June Skebeck is the chairman in charge of our Art, Crafts, T-Shirts, etc.

Just a note—we are selling the cook books, T-shirts, etc., in order to make money to fund this celebration. This is not a money maker. We just need to cover the costs of what we are trying to do. If there is any money left over it will be distributed to the churches, organizations, and for future celebrations. No one is making any money on this. The Township can't make money, and we just want to cover the costs and have everyone have a very memorable time. There are many things that we have to pay for: port-a-johns, tents, music, electricity, prizes, booklets, commerative tokens for everyone joining us those days, publicity, etc. We are also soliciting donations to support any of the anticipated happenings. Our commerative booklet will list all of the names who have contributed in any way. 'Nuf said for now.

Thank you so much for taking the time to help us. We have been meeting since April, 1998, in order to prepare this celebration. By the end of September, I'll be able to give you a better agenda and details, as that's the date we've set to finalize a lot of anticipated commitments for the Sesquicentennial.

My e-mail is CSwalligan@AOL.com. I do check my mail everyday as I have nieces and nephews who work in Pittsburgh, DuBois, State College and Providence Forge, VA, and we like to keep in touch frequently.

Take care and God Bless,

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