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Labor Day celebration rated a success

PORT HENRY The 118th Labor Day celebration in Port Henry was a great success, according to organizers. We want to thank all the volunteers who helped us, Jack Woods, event chairman, told the Moriah town board Sept. 9. It was a great success. Ive never seen that many people in town. The two-day celebration has a $2,000 deficit, Woods said, that organizers are working to retire. Woods noted bands for the annual parade cost $1,600 to $2,000 each, making the parade expensive and difficult to organize. Given the circumstance I think we did quite well, he said. Well try and get more bands next year. Well be contacting schools that have bands to see they may attend. Woods said Moriah Central School, which does not have a formal marching band, will also be contacted. It anyone has ideas or suggestions or wants to help us out, that would be great, Woods said. Supervisor Tom Scozzafava noted the Labor Day planning committee is small and relies greatly on Woods, who is also president of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce. Id like to thank you, Jack, Scozzafava said. Without your efforts and time we wouldnt have a Labor Day (celebration). The community appreciates all that you do. This years celebration was a two-day affair to mark the unofficial end of summer. Activities began Saturday, Aug. 30, with a concert by the In-Laws at Port Henry beach. During the performance there were childrens games. A fireworks display con- See MORIAH, page 14 cluded the evening. The annual parade was held Sunday, Aug. 31. It featured floats and community groups honoring the Moriah bicentennial. Following the parade there was a chicken barbecue on Main Street along with childrens rides, games and food. The Fritz Polka Band and Loose Connection performed on Church Street. The Labor Day festivities concluded Moriahs year-long bicentennial celebration. Moriah officially became a town Feb. 12, 1808, when the state legislature approved Moriahs request to become separate from the town of Crown Point. Moriah traces its history to the 18th Century. After the Treaty of 1763, soldiers were given land by King George for their service in the French and Indian War. Iron ore was discovered in those lands, lumber and grist mills sprang up, farms started, furnaces were built, and the shipping of ore started, first by water, then by railroad. Many families came to work in the iron ore mining industry, which flourished from around 1824-1971. Mines were privately owned, then became the property of Witherbee-Sherman & Co., and finally in 1938 the Republic Steel Corporation. In the late 1800s and early 1900s most of the large hotels, homes, churches and schools were built, many still existing today.

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