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TWINSBURG -- Forty-one years ago, members of Boy Scout Troop 223 in Twinsburg presided over a flag-raising ceremony as a time capsule was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery to celebrate the country's Bicentennial.
This summer, Crown Hill Cemetery will dig up that time historic capsule from 1976 and bury another, this time as part of Twinsburg's 200th birthday celebration.
Fittingly, another Boy Scout from Troop 223, 16-year-old Twinsburg High School sophomore Michael Turle, will distribute and display the items stored in the old capsule at a booth during the Founder's Day celebration July 22. Turle is also gathering items for the new time capsule, doing both as part of his Eagle Scout project, the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve.
"So far I haven't received any items for the capsule, merely collected them myself, but some interesting things I intend to put in include a marching band uniform pillow, a list of current property values and a Nintendo Wii," Turle said. "Crown Hill will dig up the old time capsule and I am distributing the items inside, and putting in items for the new time capsule."
Twinsburg Historical Society member and city resident Audrey Kancler said that in 1976, people paid $5 to put items in the time capsule. While no one knows exactly what's inside, Turle speculates that the 1976 capsule contains letters, examples of old technology and old cassette tapes.
He said that the items were stored in small containers, like "a bunch of really tiny time capsules."
The 1976 capsule will be excavated at least a couple weeks before Founder's Day, Turle said, though a firm date has not been set. The time capsule is buried between 2 and 3 feet underground, encased in cement, he said.
The new capsule will be buried about a week after the Founder's Day events.
"I'm thinking 40 years [again]," Turle said. "Twenty, 30 years doesn't seem long enough, but 50 years seems too long. I'm thinking 40 years, especially since there's a precedent."
To raise money for the new time capsule, Turle said he will go to Twinsburg City Council, Reminderville Village Council and Twinsburg Township Trustees for money.
He also is selling $10 binder pages to people who want to include letters, notes, photographs or other small items that will fit in an overall large binder, to be placed in the new capsule. He says he hopes to sell up to $500 of these binder pages.
"They are buying a piece of Twinsburg history," Turle said.
The size of the time capsule and how much will be included will depend on the amount of money he can raise, Turle said.
"We are looking at everything from 3 cubic feet to 13 cubic feet," Turle said. "I've been storing the items sent in for the new time capsule in a plastic bin in my room. Depending on the size of the capsule, I will make the executive decision and sort through the items, deciding what to include. I want to include items of historic significance to Twinsburg and this area, and technology that is common at this time."
Cost for the small capsule would be about $500; the 13-cubic-foot capsule is estimated at about $2,500, Turle said.
For details, contact Turle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder's Day activities
Twinsburg was founded in 1817 by the Alling family from Connecticut, who purchased land in the Connecticut Land Co. in what was then the Western Reserve -- the western frontier, essentially. But it was Moses and Aaron Wilcox, twins from Connecticut, who established the six acres at the center of town in 1819, now known as Twinsburg Township Square, and changed the name to from Millsville to Twinsburg.
The area -- including Reminderville and Twinsburg Township -- will celebrate 200 years with events through the year, including the hallmark event, Founder's Day, on July 22.
Representatives from the city, village and township, as well as from the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce and Twinsburg Historical Society, have been meeting periodically to discuss Bicentennial events and organization.
"We've had early discussions on things that might be offered," Mayor Ted Yates said, including a classic car show.
The next Founder's Day committee meeting is April 24 at 6 p.m., at the Twinsburg Community Center.
According to the parks and recreation department, the city's major annual events will give a nod to Founder's Day in this historic year, including the Memorial Day Parade and scavenger hunt May 29; Taste of Twinsburg June 17; the Cleveland Pops Orchestra concert July 3 as part of the Rock the Park Concert Series; and the Twins Days Festival Aug. 5-6.