FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ - Franklin Borough celebrated its hundred year anniversary at an hour long special ceremony on Saturday, May 18. The celebration took place at the Franklin Pond and featured speeches, and musical performances from the Franklin Elementary School band and chorus.
The event started with a bagpipe performance, with the bagpipe player leading the Boy and Girl Scouts in a march across the bridge and next to the pond. There was also a gun salute from members of the American Legion. Then the bagpiper began to play “Amazing Grace.” This was followed by a prayer and then an introduction by Judy Williams, a member of the Franklin Historical Society. Williams read the original incorporation of the creation of Franklin Borough, previously named Franklin Furnace, which was part of Hardyston Township.
William Truran, a local historian gave a speech and a historical background of Franklin. The municipality's history started in mines, and of course in Franklin Furnace.
After Truran's speech, Williams introduced the various dignitaries in attendance at the celebration. Senator Steve Oroho Assemblywoman Allison Littell McHose, and Sussex County Freeholder Phillip Crabb, were all among those in attendance.
The band then played another medley of songs. Following this there, was a speech by Littell McHose. McHose, whose family has lived in Franklin since the start, started off by telling of her family history in Franklin. All of her family have been public servants, like her. She also commented on the community of Franklin Borough.
“It's the people in this town who make this community what it is,” McHose said.
She then told of her ancestors and how they had all worked for the people of Franklin. Littell McHose, with Oroho, presented Franklin Borough Mayor Paul Crowley and Franklin with resolutions from the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly.
Next Williams read a note from Congressman Scott Garrett, who could not attend. Garrett's letter discussed the importance and impact of Franklin Borough.
Crabb provided highlights about his childhood growing up in Franklin. He discussed the sense of community that the borough has always had. Crabb talked about how during his adolescence, there was a sense of pride and how everybody knew everybody. He said that the sense of community and how Franklin is known worldwide for its minerals and the rich history that it has. He discussed all of the different ethnicities that made their home in Franklin, and how everybody was equal in the borough.
After this Williams welcomed all of the former mayors who were in attendance. Then Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts wearing vintage uniforms, stepped forward to show off the historical outfits. Williams then told of how the borough went about planting and cleaning up Franklin Pond.
Then the Franklin Elementary School band played a patriotic medley, followed by Franklin Elementary's chorus who started out by singing “My Country, 'Tis of Thee,” and then went on to sing “Home” by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.
Then Williams went on to introduce Franklin Borough Councilman Nick Giordano. He gave a speech about the history of Franklin, and how it has changed over the years. He also mentioned the diversity of people.
“We ourselves are still here and we can move forward if we move forward together. The ceremony ended with a short speech from Crowley, thanking everybody involved in the event.
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