If I'd Known We Were 100 I'd Have Baked A Cake
The 100th anniversary of anything is cause for much celebration. Certainly the 100th birthday of our town is a reason for dancing in the streets and big doings. Except we missed it. Haines was incorporated January 6, 1910. The other night at the borough assembly meeting the new manager asked the assembly what they'd like to do to mark the centennial. (Skagway had a big bash, built a park, and even commissioned a bronze statue. They also used the centennial to attract even more visitors and spread civic pride.) One member, echoing the thoughts of just about all present, asked, "When is it?"The manager reported that it was this year and we are already a fourth of the way through it. Assemblyman Scott Rossman asked how much the borough had spent on the 4th of July fireworks last year, and was told 5,000 dollars. He said to triple that, spend 15,000, and go really big. "You only turn a 100 once." Too bad we didn't think of this sooner, since the fireworks would have really been a sight to behold in the January 6th sky. Maybe we can start planning now for our 101st birthday, and give ourselves a do-over. I do like knowing that we share a birthday with the Feast of Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas. We couldn't have chosen a more enlightening birthday if we'd planned it.