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Archive for June, 2017

Time Capsule Renovation Update

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

I just wanted to give everybody an update on the Time Capsule renovation.
First of all I want to thank everybody who contributed. We managed to raise roughly $6000 which, presently sits safely in a trust fund with the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN). Unfortunately, most of this money came in during the last month.

Further, after presenting our intentions to the DSBN we were told that we are welcome to alter the appearance of the structure itself but we cannot do any landscaping around it… for safety and maintenance reasons. So much for the pathway leading from South Pelham Road up to the capsule, the flower garden we envisioned surrounding it and the park benches for visitors to rest on.

So… given our budget and the restrictions the DSBN has placed on us, here is what we intend to do. 1) We are going to cut down the 3 pine trees surrounding the structure in order to increase visibility. Roots are also going to be removed. 2) A granite like paste is going to be applied to the structure in order to improve its appearance and hopefully, to make it waterproof again (we might be too late in this regard). 3) At the present time several plaques are being made for us by KirkPatrick Monuments which are going to be adhered to the granite paste before it dries. One of the plaques is going to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday while explaining the original purpose of the capsule and the other plaque is going to acknowledge everybody who contributed.

All of the work is going to be supervised by Jon Jouppien, a school alumni and an experienced archaeologist in the field of historical renovations.

Due to the fact that most of the money came in during the last month and that it is going to take roughly 3 months to have the plaques made, unfortunately we are not going to make our original Canada Day deadline.
However, it will be done by Labour Day at the latest and you will be acknowledged on the capsule as a contributor…. just a little later than we had hoped!

Again, thank you for your support and ‘Long live TFHS’.

Joe Albanese

p.s. – please pass this information around to as many people as possible.

p.p.s. – Sample text on one of the plaques…..

This plaque was erected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the confederation of The Dominion of Canada, and the 50th anniversary of the placement of a Time Capsule (to be opened in 2067) into this structure by the students of this school which, at the time was known as Thorold – Fonthill High School. Commemoration of this event was undertaken by a committee of students who were present during the 1967 placement of the capsule, working in conjunction with the District School Board of Niagara, and the generous sponsorship of local businesses, individuals of this community and numerous school alumni.