New Wilmington marking 150th year

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This weekend, the borough of New Wilmington in Lawrence County will celebrate its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary.

Organizer Sherie Babb said New Wilmington is a “quaint, little town” surrounded by the Amish countryside. It also houses Westminster College, which adds to the community’s flavor.

Babb said she has been selling real estate for 21 years and many times as she has been driving through town with a client to look at a house, they end up wanting to buy in New Wilmington.

She said the borough has always been a farming community and it has never really grown beyond a small town. But she said that suits the residents just fine.

The 150th anniversary celebration will kick off Saturday with a parade at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the town square. Vietnam veteran and POW Robert Shoemaker will be the guest speaker. Fireworks will end the night.

There also will be craft vendors, food vendors, musicians and other entertainment. On Sunday, there will be a 5K run at 8 a.m., followed by a church service and a car show throughout the day.

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