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Altona celebrates 150 years

ALTONA July 1, 2007 marks Altonas 150th birthday and the townspeople are ready to celebrate.

The two-day event will feature an antique display, a celebration ball, a street parade and even a fireworks display all in conjunction with the Holy Angels Churchs Old Home Days.

Many of the townswomen have been busy making a sesquicentennial quilt featuring a map of the town and pictures of some of the key buildings that make up Altonas rich history.

The quilt is on display in the town hall adjacent to the Altona - US Bicentennial Memorial Quilt that had actually been recreated after it was lost in a fire.

Highlights of the two-day celebration and artifact display include an original painting of the Altona Central School, which was donated to the historians office by the Christensen family, one of whom used to be the pastor at the Church of the Nazarene.

Each of the class photos are also on display from 1939 until the merge with Northern Adirondack Central in Ellenburg in 1970.

At the request of Congressman John McHugh, Altona has been presented with a US Flag that was flown over the US Capital on April 16 of this year.

Historian Loyola B. Coolidge said they have also ordered an 1857 version of the American flag that they hope will arrive in time for the celebration.

Maria Forkey designed a cache that is featured on a collectors plate and mug that will be available for sale. It is also on an envelope that is to be adopted by Altona as their official town local.

Celebration pins and a special stamp cancellation will also be available.

We are looking forward to our celebration ball, said Coolidge.

Everyone seems to be making their own gowns.

The more you put into it the more fun it is, said Carol Ann Boulrice, who has been instrumental in helping organize the event.

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