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Happy 150th –year-celebration, Lincoln

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Did you know: Lincoln’s 150th Anniversary Celebration also coincided with: The Carnegie Library’s 100th birthday Lincoln High School’s 100th birthday The Lincoln Air Show, earlier in the day Lincoln residents got a taste of the city’s history Saturday, during the 150th-anniversary celebration of Lincoln’s founding. A crowd of an estimated 1,000 turned out for the day’s festivities, according to Mandy Walker, the city’s assistant director of recreation. “It’s been great,” said Walker, adding that she and the 150th -anniversary Celebration Committee organized the celebration in about four months. “I grew up here so it’s really special.” Saturday’s festivities started with a parade down D Street and McBean Park Drive, and included a variety of groups on foot, such as the Boy Scouts and the Lincoln High School marching band and color guard. “I think it’s really cool that we’d celebrate Lincoln’s birthday and that everyone is getting out to be together,” said Destini Jones, 15, who marched with the color guard. The parade also included what Walker described as “some classic vehicles by decade,” one of which carried Mayor Spencer Short. A ceremony honoring Lincoln took place after the parade, during which community leaders spoke about Lincoln’s past and present. “I thought it was neat to see all of the stuff that Lincoln used to be like,” Ty Williams, 9, of Lincoln said. Two time capsules from previous anniversary celebrations were dug up for this celebration, one from 1959 and the other from 1984. Both time capsules were talked about during the ceremony, but were not on display Saturday. Walker said that there will be an event at an undetermined later date, with the contents of both capsules on display, as well as a burial of this year’s time capsule. Councilman Paul Joiner listed some of the contents in the earlier capsule, such as pictures of local businesses and posters and essays from students of the Western Placer Unified School District from that year. Linda Stackpoole, another Lincoln council member, read a letter that was in the time capsule from Lincoln’s 100th anniversary celebration in 1959. Stackpoole said that the letter was from then-Mayor Celeste Stockley to the mayor today, and was written on Gladding, McBean stationary. The letter discussed Lincoln’s “transition from a miner’s trading post and stagecoach stop, to a progressive little city,” and wished for today’s mayor “the courage and devotion to befit the time.” Stackpoole also talked about the nine-day centennial celebration in 1959, where there were activities ranging from a dance downtown to a historical pageant put on by elementary school students. When asked why there was no nine-day celebration this year, Walker replied that “one day was quite enough.” Ted Gaines, the Fourth District assemblyman, presented a resolution recognizing Lincoln for 150 years of history. During his speech, Gaines noted Lincoln is “a city that will continue to remain beautiful as it grows into the future.” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also sent words of congratulation, in a letter that Short read to the crowd. “Since your earliest days as a railroad town, you have played an important part in the lives of many Californians and the progress of our golden state,” the mayor read. “As you commemorate this outstanding milestone, you can be very proud of your rich past and bright future.” Short closed the ceremony by telling the crowd, “it’s you that makes this community special,” and that he “ is looking forward to the future.” The celebration also included food, which Walker said was provided by local nonprofit groups raising money for their organizations. Those groups included the Police Activity League and the Lincoln High School girl’s golf club. There was a kid’s zone, with hula hooping and bubble gum blowing contests. Kristine Pelzman, who was on the celebration committee, said that they wanted to have some contests that included agriculture and old-fashioned games. Farm games such as bobbing for apples and corn husking were played, which Walker said was to represent “a part of the rural culture of Lincoln.” Rachel Brandt, 5, said she had fun participating in the corn husking. “It was so hairy,” she said. Rachel’s mother, Julie Brandt, said that she and neighbor, Heather Martin, decided to take their children to the celebration after seeing it advertised in the paper. “It’s been really nicely geared for the kids,” Martin said. A light sprinkling of rain and fireworks closed the celebration. “They were pretty cool, I liked the end part,” Sean Mejia, 9, said after the fireworks display