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Time warp

By Staff
Red Bay buries time capsule
Melissa Cason
RED BAY- The sound of a train whistle echoed throughout the city Thursday evening as Red Bay residents gathered for a special ceremony closing the celebration of the city's centennial year.
Centennial committee member Katrine Moore opened the special service, Sunset at the Park, and other committee members talked about the city's celebration.
Items including the celebration banner, a short film, poster, newspapers for the centennial year, pictures, ornaments, and an official invitation to the birthday celebration were placed in a time capsule and lowered into the ground.
"Dignitaries such as Gov. Riley and President Bush received an invitation to the birthday celebration," Moore said.
The register for Thursday night's closing ceremony was escorted by the junior centennial members and placed in the time capsule by Rosalyn Fabianke.
Fabianke also read a letter she had written about the celebration so future generations would know what the celebration was all about.
Mayor Jeff Reid and former mayors Billy Bolton and Ed Bullen lowered the time capsule to its resting place.
"A marker will be placed here [at the site] to signify to future generations that the time capsule is here and that it should be opened in 50 years," Fabianke said.
The service ended with a special prayer written for the occasion by a centennial committee member.
The committee intends for the capsule to be opened on July 17, 2058.
Moore said the capsule will serve as a living history to future generations in Red Bay.
"I hope many will be here when this capsule is open, but those of us who will not, will be here in spirit," Moore said.