Brad Pedersen Staff Reporter
Norwin Star Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Irwin officials are looking for some help with planning a yearlong celebration of a borough milestone.
The borough’s sesquicentennial committee plans to organize a yearlong celebration for Irwin’s 150th anniversary in 2014.
The committee plans to host several events to celebrate the borough.
It also plans for parts of the celebration to coincide with several of the Irwin Business & Professional Association’s activities and the Norwin Chamber of Commerce’s annual community picnic at Idlewild & SoakZone in August, according to Gail Macioce, a councilwoman and committee member.
Macioce said the committee hopes to expand its membership.
The committee lost its chairman when Lenny Santimyer, owner of the Colonial Grille Restaurant and former North Irwin mayor, died May 18.
“Nobody can replace Lenny, but we want someone who will do him justice,” Macioce said.
According to the borough’s website, Irwin incorporated in the summer of 1864, after 60 residents signed a petition calling for a charter to become a borough.
Irwin began as a community of immigrants, who worked in coal mines, along the Pennsylvania Railroad.
It was named for Col. John Irwin, an Irish fur trader who led the construction of Route 30 from western Greensburg through Irwin, according to the website.
Macioce said the borough’s anniversary serves to celebrate not only the borough’s past but also its present and future.
“We plan to celebrate the fact Irwin is still vibrant after 150 years, and it remains a community that draws people,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to celebrate all year, and we hope to make a lot of memories.”
For more information or to join the committee, call the borough offices at 724-864-3100