HEUVELTON - The village celebrated the passing of one century and its hopes for another with the burial of a time capsule to mark the 100-year anniversary of Heuveltons incorporation.
Heuvelton was officially incorporated on December 30, 1912.
The centennial celebrations began Saturday afternoon with sledding and hot chocolate.
The snow was cleared away from a small patch of land in Murdock Park as a hole was dug for the capsule, and continued to fall as a crowd of about 40 people gathered for the dedication at 3:30 p.m. The rumble of snow plows clearing nearby streets mingled with the national anthem and prayers from village clergy.
In 100 years they may not have snow, so this may be great, joked mayor Barbara A. Lashua.
The large metal box was filled with photos of the village, business cards and price lists from local stores, letters from second-graders and a package of plant seeds. A monument marks the burial site, instructing future generations to uncover the capsule in December 2112, on the 200th birthday of the village. The monument was donated by Fox and Murray Funeral Home.
Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, a village native, was present to mark the occasion, and to present the village with a proclamation from the state senate offering congratulations on 100 years of incorporation.
During the ceremony, Mrs. Lashua expressed her hope that the next 100 years will be happy and successful for future generations of Heuvelton residents.
Thats all you can hope for, that your community will grow and prosper, she said. You dont want to let your heritage go by the wayside.
Saturdays celebrations in honor of the centennial have been in the works for several months, and the time capsule was one of the focal points. During the planning stages, the village board ran into a problem. Large time capsules are expensive, and the village could not afford it. Mrs. Lashua contacted Northwest Technical Center, Ogdensburg, and found a student willing to create one from scratch for his senior project.
The capsule shows respect for the past, said Mrs. Lashua, but it is also a vote of confidence in the future.
With so many villages looking into dissolution, this seems like something to celebrate, she said
After the dedication, the crowd gathered at Pickens Hall to listen to hot chocolate and share the villages birthday cake. The festivities ended with a winter fireworks show at 8 p.m.
With any luck Heuvelton will have another 100 years of incorporation, Mrs. Lashua said.