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Meredith officials bury time capsule

Selectmen Jonathan James and Ray Moritz bury the 2018 time capsule in the cistern with the time capsule buried in 1969. Both time capsules will be opened in 2068. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
July 12, 2019
MEREDITH — A year after the time capsule from 1968 was opened, another time capsule from 2018 was buried in its place with items showcasing the town's 250th anniversary.

On July 4, the 2018 time capsule was buried in the cistern on the library's lawn right next to the time capsule buried in 1968 to be opened in 2068, along with a bottle of lake water. Members of the community were invited to come to the time capsule burial, there were refreshments as well as souvenir wristbands for adults and kids.

Library Director Erin Apostolos thanked the Time Capsule Committee for the work they have done in the past year and a half to put this together. She also thanked the co-chairs of the 250th Anniversary Committee, Jeanie Forrester and Steve Durand.

Board of selectmen chair Ray Moritz recalled the events of the 250th anniversary celebration, starting with the opening event at Hart's Turkey Farm to the Denim and Diamond gala at Church Landing. One of the major events was the opening of the 1968 time capsule last year, an event at the Chase House that drew more than 300 people.

Moritz thanked those who had a major role in this process.

"Meredith is truly a great place to live, work, and play," Moritz said, saying he wished, "that Meredith in 2068 enjoys the same community support, spirit, and fun that we enjoyed in our 250th."

Anyone in the audience who might be around when the time capsules are unearthed 50 years from now were invited to join in a group photo.

The items were sealed in an engraved stainless steel container. The container is locked, but the lock can be opened with a flathead screwdriver.

In 1968 DPW employee Peter Currier was the last person to touch the time capsule before it was buried and was invited to touch it before it went in the cistern.

"We were trying to lower the concrete cover, we kept reaching in because everyone wanted to be the last one to touch it," Currier said.

Currier said in the effort he got his arm stuck, he pulled his arm out and got a scrape in the process.

The time capsule was buried with the Inter-Lakes Elementary School band playing in the background.

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Varney Smith
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