County to mark 200 years

Posted Feb. 26, 2009, at 9:14 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Hundreds of people are expected to attend Saturday’s kickoff of Somerset County’s 200th birthday.

The celebration includes presentations by many county towns and will be the first in a year full of events.

All events Saturday will be held at the Skowhegan Opera House in the shiretown’s municipal building on Route 2.

County Administrator Robin Weeks said the entertainment includes the U.S. Air Force Colonial Brass Quintet. The Somerset Singers, students from SAD 54, will sing a medley of patriotic songs.

“Things are still being finalized and we are adding things right up to the last minute,” Weeks said.

Throughout the afternoon, county officials, town representatives, students and others will offer historical presentations on the state’s third-largest county.

Speakers include Earle Shuttleworth, director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, who will discuss the county’s historic buildings and provide a slide show of postcards from the early 20th century that depict scenes in the county. Skowhegan Area High School student Gretchen Clark will present a history of the Red Paint Indians. Historians from several county towns also will give historical talks on their communities.

Weeks said there will be a new countywide scholarship announcement and commemorative bicentennial coins will be sold. There also will be historical displays throughout the building.

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