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Montgomery to host Borough’s 125th year celebration

By Staff | Jul 31, 2012

The last borough to be incorporated in Lycoming County was Montgomery on March 21, 1887.

It was named for Robert Montgomery, an affluent agriculturist who resided east of the borough in what is now Clinton Township.

The Pennsylvania-Erie railroad laid a line through the area which went into service in 1864. Montgomery donated the land on which the company built a station, and so what was then the Clinton Mills Post Office became known as Montgomery Station.

The borough plans a 125th anniversary to be kicked off Thursday and Friday evenings, August 9 and 10, with an all-day event on Saturday, August 11.

Thursdays festivities include a parade commencing at 6:30 followed by an opening ceremony at the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Station Carnival grounds. An award will be presented and featured speakers will include the honorable Garth Everett and County Commissioners. Etertainment will be by DJ “Music Explosion.”

Friday night, August 10, a ladies tea will begin at 6 p.m. and a time capsule sealed following the 1987 centennial will be opened. “Partners in Time,” a blue grass band will provide musical entertainment.

A contest open to borough residents as well as from the townships of Brady, Clinton and Washington are welcome to participate. Catigories include eldest resident, most years as a resident, longest residing family within a residence, as well as best appearing residence and business. If interested in competing or voting, contact the borough office at 547-1671.

At noon on Saturday, a chicken BBQ will be combined with history displays at the carnival grounds. A grand parade to follow at 4 p.m. and will feature classic cars and tractors, with owners encouraged to display them on the carnival grounds afterward.

“Clyde Frog” will be the evening’s entertainment.

In conjunction with the event, the Montgomery Area Historical Society will hold a grand opening of its new museum, The “Adam Room.” The location is the former Adam Print Shop in the basement of the Montgomery Area Public Library, 3 West Houston Avenue. It will be open Thursday and Friday evening 6 – 8 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

At 2 p.m., the society will have a presentation on the history of the print shop which existed on the site from 1944-2009.

A time capsule is being assembled to be opened during the borough’s 150th year in 2037. Individuals are invited to bring items for that prpose to the Adam Room during the celebration. A $5 fee is requested regardless of whether a single or multiple items are preserved.