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Last night, the Pennington Borough Council acknowledged through proclamation that this year is the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Pennington as a Borough.

And, to celebrate, the Pennington 125th Anniversary Committee has scheduled so many exciting events to mark this milestone year in the town’s history with the the motto: “Celebrating Our Hometown Heritage For 125 Years.”

The first event will be a an exhibition of George H. Frisbee’s photos titled “Pennington Comes of Age” curated by Jack Koeppel and presented by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society at The Pennington School’s Silva Gallery of Art from March 27 to April 24 under the direction of Dolores Eaton, director of the Gallery. A reception will be held at the School on April 1 from 6 to 8 pm. The Silva Gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

The “official” Opening Ceremony will be held at the Pennington United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 with a feature slide presentation by Tom O’Neill who presented a similar show for Pennington’s Centennial in 1990. There also will be a musical presentation by the Hopewell Valley Chorus.

On Sunday, April 26 the Churches of Pennington will join in an ecumenical celebration featuring tours of churches from 2 to 5 p.m. followed by an ecumenical service at 6 p.m. All churches will join in a reception following the service. Ministers have been invited to share the significance of their church to Pennington over the years. The event was planned by The Rev. Gregory Smith of Bethel AME Church and Beverly Mills who serve on the ecumenical celebration subcommittee.

The Pennington 125th Anniversary Committee is working with other community organizations to plan and expand additional events throughout the year. Announcements will be made when details are complete.

The Committee is also working on a publication featuring a chronology of historic Pennington events and a schedule of programs to be offered during this anniversary year.

Pennington Borough Council Member Catherine “Kit” Chandler and former Councilman Edwin Weed Tucker are co-chairs of the Pennington 125th Anniversary Committee. The Committee welcomes volunteers, sponsors, and patrons. For information contact Pennington Borough Administrator Eileen Heinzel at (609) 737-0276 or email at eheinzel@pennington.org.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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