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Hermon plans to seal time capsule

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HERMON - Few people will celebrate their 100th birthday, so turning 200 years old is even more reason to celebrate. The town of Hermon has spent the whole year marking this special milestone in its history with various bicentennial events including a New Year's Eve Gala, Summer Sizzler parade and road race, fireworks, a classic car show and so much more. Now that the year-long festivities are winding down, the celebration will end with the sealing of Hermon's Bicentennial time capsule.

"We're opening the capsule for residents to place items in so it's not just the town's time capsule, it's also theirs," said Scott Perkins, Hermon's director of parks and recreation. "People joke around and say they're going to take a photo of what gas costs now, but if that's what they want to do, go for it."

Residents who would like to contribute to the time capsule are encouraged to drop off items no bigger than three inches square to the town office by Dec. 18. The container will be sealed at that night's council meeting planned for 7 p.m. at the Hermon Public Safety Building.

"The most recent Hermon Connection newsletter would be a great addition to the time capsule along with some pictures from community events. With Smartphones taking over the world, real photographs are becoming a rarity it seems," said Hermon resident Sarah Thayer.

"In 2065, to look back and see what people look like will give residents an idea how we lived, who we were and what was going on then," said Perkins.

Town councilors already plan to include CDs and DVDs of events held in town throughout the bicentennial celebration as well as statistical records in the capsule which will be stored at the town office.As a lifelong resident,27-year-old Thayer plans to be around for both the sealing of the time capsule as well as its re-opening, 50 years from now.

"My kids will be 50 and 52 when it's cracked open," said Thayer. "I want them to know their dad and [that] I chose to live here. They were raised in a community that truly cared for their own, and the folks at the stores in town knew them by name."

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