EAST BRADY – Among the events planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of East Brady Borough, council officials recently announced that the milestone anniversary will be commemorated with a special ornament.
According to East Brady Borough secretary Susan Buechele, the ornament, created by Wendell August Forge of Grove City, is a repeat ornament that was first introduced to East Brady residents several years ago.
“We found an ornament from Wendell August with ‘the Bend’ on it from many years ago, and we thought it would be nice to see if we could get them made to commemorate our 150th anniversary,” Buechele explained last week.
The front side of commemorative ornament features an image of the bend in the Allegheny River, Buechele said, while the back carries the phrase “East Brady Borough Est. 1869.”
“They make high quality merchandise,” she noted of Wendell August. “We also liked the fact that they are somewhat local and certainly made in the USA.”
“It’s something that’s long-lasting,” borough council president Barb Mortimer added of the metal ornament. She said the piece serves as a great reminder of East Brady — especially for those who have moved away but still have a fondness for the town. “It’s a great way to keep East Brady close.”
Ornaments can be purchased in the East Brady Borough Office in the community center, and they will also be available at the East Brady Area Development Corporation’s Chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 25.
The cost is $15 per ornament, and Buechele noted that proceeds from the sale will go toward the revitalization of the community center.
“We continue to make repairs to the roof and other parts of the building, and this will help in that effort,” she said.