Can it be mid-August already and students heading back to school or off to college?
Charging into the fall sports, we must take a moment to congratulate the Everett Warrior teams, male and female, who brought honors home from summer sporting events. Of particular note is coach Ethan Cessna’s Everett rifle team competing for the third time in state competition, the highlight of this team is it is made up of male and female participants from both Everett and Bedford. Way to go, gang.
Still in the learning department, leaders of such youth groups as Scouts and parents in general, will want to make a note that Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Carol Thompson is bringing the area’s search and rescue dogs to the Everett Railroad and Community Museum for a hands-on demonstration that will not only be interesting, but could be life-saving. Admission free. The museum is located along Fifth Street, just off North Spring Street (Route 26 north), in Everett.
NBC student Allyson Ritchey has been invited to include a visit to the Everett Railroad and Community Museum to collect on-site history of Everett and especially the schools in the 1950s and 1960s, exploring the museum’s collection of school and town photos and artifacts to enhance her senior project, which is to learn more about life in that time period and then share it with other young people.
The museum is particularly an appropriate visit site as the Everett Railroad Station was moved to and rests on the foundation of the former Everett High School, which was relocated to its present location in 1956 when it was still called Everett Southern Joint High School. The grade school was formerly located between the museum site and North Spring Street now a senior living facility location — check out the Everett school bells and American flag monument on its front lawn spearheaded by the Everett Alumni Association.
I remember way back when school kids were allowed to run up North Spring Street to either Horton’s or Sponsler’s grocery stores to buy a sandwich and cold drink for lunch and, yep, run back to school so as not to be tardy. (Do they still use that word?) Both stores are history today, but the former Sponsler store site is again up for sale by the Sponsler family. Another prime location to reimagine filling.
Sad but proud: Everett High School Class of 1958 member Bill Wakefield will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 20. He had a distinguished military service record that is part of more than 100 veteran stats collected at the Everett Railroad Museum, an ongoing project. Interested persons may pick up a stat sheet to complete and return to the museum for inclusion in this honorable collection, part of the museum’s impressive Military Wall. The Bloody Run Historical Society is interested in creating a list of all the area veterans buried at Arlington and would appreciate hearing from you.
One more interesting learning experience is Saturday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum when a Shawnee Park ranger shares tools and other artifacts and information on the Native Americans who once inhabited the area. Admission is free.
We’ll top off this summer and this column with a reminder of the Party in the Park (that would be at Tenley Park in Everett), sponsored by the Everett Area Fund and Reimagine Everett today, Aug. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring an Eagles Tribute by Desperado and offering food, beverages and a fun night out admission free.