The Greentown Grapevine – 1998-07, 05:07 - Page 1
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or GREEFtNrRomNE E B%, sEs The Greentown Volume 5, Issue 7 " a paper for the people" July 1998 book had been published. Souvenir June 1998 promised to bring a " once in items had been ordered and many had a lifetime" event as plans unfolded for been sold. The early events of the 150th birthday of the town of reenactment of the recording of the Greentown. Plans had been underway original plat ( April 14), Toll Road Day for three years. Parts of the ( May30), performanceof" Greentown Sesquicentennial had already Once Upon a Time" ( June 5 & 6), and materialized. The 160 page history the dedication of a marker noting the presence of the Miami Indians in the area ( June 10) had taken place and all discouraged most visitors from coming were considered great successes. to either the Festival or the Many more events and exhibits were Sesquicentennial. Rains on one or more planned to coincide with the 29th of the Glass Festival days had been Annual Greentown Glass Festival, June more common than not, so all were 1 1 - 13, with two events scheduled for checking weather reports and hoping for June 14. Rain came on June 11 and goodnews for Friday and Saturday. An Uninvited Guest Came Then the evening of the 1 lth, as a crowd was gathering in the Eastern Auxiliary Gym for the announcement of the Sesquicentennial Senior Queen and the selection of the Glass Festival Queen, earlier reports of " tornado watch" turned to " tornado warning." People were directed to a hallway and received periodic reports of the formation and direction of a tomado. The words, " It is headed toward Greentown" brought back memories to those who had experienced the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. As was learned later, the most concentrated damage was to Taylor High School and to four housing areas in Greentown, M o l l , Holiday and Avalon Drive neighborhood, Willow Glen and The Meadows. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. Some coincidences were immediately noted: The tomado followed closely the path of the 1965 one, beginning a little more to the south and leaving town on a more northerly route than before, but some of the same homes were damaged in both 1965 and 1998. Both storms fell on the 11th day. As the 1965 tornado is usually referred to as the " Pahq Sunday tornado", this one will undoubtedly be remembered as the " Sesquicentennial tomado." Let's hope and pray that it is a " once in a lifetime" for us all. The Spinofi Was Far- reaching and Ongoing The Sesquicentennial Committee set out to remind people, young and old, of their unique heritage in this spot on earth and to look forward to the future. The various elements ofthe celebration promised to provide many memories, as the Centennial dd for those who were in Greentown in 1948. Who could have guessed that forces of nature would Participation was great! When the core committee of four first began meeting and planning an event for Greentown to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the platting of the town, several dreams were offered. One was a high percentage of participation in the activities. That was an elusive goal for a time. Even though the call was put out for volunteers, only a few responded. But as the plans unfolded and the time drew nearer to the June celebration, it was evident that this was going to be truly a community event, the like of which had not been seen for some time in Greentown. The schools' participation was heartening. Several teachers in- the sesquicentennial theme into their lessons. Renda Hurst created a wonderful web page about the sesquicentennial. , leave much more to remember? A tornado caused Greentown to make national news, a path always more open when tragedy comes than when simple hard work is rewardc& Even though much cleanup has been done, it will be awhile before homes are rebuilt. And even longer for trees to reestablish themselves or be replaced. Individuals came forward with photographs, newspapers, etc. Organizations made the sesquicentennial the theme of the year or arranged to have a meeting devoted to the topic. School and class reunions reminded former students of the significance of this year. Floats were made for the Glass Festival parade with a sesquicentennial theme. Multi- townshir, involvement. Part of the success must be credited to the early decision of the Executive committee to include all three townships in the school district as well as the corporate limits of the Town in all aspects of the event. It is a given that the school is a utuf4lng force in the area. Living within the town limits is not necessary for people to say they are fiom " GreentoWn." This inclusion was a welcoming move to those in the townships. It also opened the door for more exhibits and more volunteers. There are many mixed emotions connected to the weekend of June 1 1- 14. Most of the planned events of the Sesquicentennial, Glass Festival and Antique Show went on and provided enjoyment for those attending. The beard contest, and the parade brought smiles to many faces. There was also the shock at the devastation of the storm, the overwhelming appreciation for the great numbers of people, professionals and volunteers, who helped, and the aggravation at the sightseers. There were many hugs and tears. On the whole, the tornado has given eastern Howard County residents a shared experience which will be a part of them for the rest oftheir lives. . .
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 1998-07, 05:07|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
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|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
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|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: A Party Was Planned, An Uninvited Guest Came; THe Spinoff Was Far-reaching and Ongoing; Issues Forum Set for Greentown
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, July 1998, Volume 05, Issue 07|
|Transcript||[PDFs are fully searchable]|
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 1998-07, 05:07 - Page 1|