CANTON - Anniversaries and birthdays are usually celebrated with cake and candles, but Canton Borough's sesquicentennial will be commemorated with something different - ice cream and swimming.

Canton Borough Council members are planning a celebration of the borough's 150th anniversary for later this summer.

The matter was discussed at the recent council meeting.

"What I thought I'd try to put together is like an old-fashioned ice cream social or something down at the pool area," Amy Seeley, borough administrator, told council. She asked council members their thoughts on the timeframe that they would like for the celebration.

After some discussion, council decided to have an ice cream social and a free swim, around the end of the War Memorial Pool's season this year.

When asked for comment, council president Ken Robertson said the social would be held at the pavilion, by the pool. He said it would be a free event. No date has been set yet, however.

"Hopefully, it's a nice hot day so people can enjoy the pool," he commented. "I'm sure it will be a good time, the local folks gathering together."

After council made its decision on the celebration, Seeley told council, "I'll work towards that."

Looking back over the history of the borough, Robertson noted that Canton was incorporated during the time of the Civil War. And he noted that Bradford County was a major supplier of soldiers from Pennsylvania to the Union Army.

"In the midst of all that, we incorporated and became the town we are today," he said.

Robertson added that he thought the Hometown Heroes banners that have been installed this year in the borough are "a nice touch at this particular point in time."

Since this spring, council has been considering a rental inspection ordinance, but Seeley said she didn't have "anything new" on this front. Earlier this year, Seeley had provided some sample copies of rental inspection ordinances for council's review.

She said the floodplain ordinance was submitted to the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and a telephone conference was scheduled. "Then, hopefully, at the August meeting, I can bring you back a draft copy to be advertised," she said.

During the solicitor's report, council solicitor David Brann said he didn't have "anything for public consumption."

Council received the street department report for June.

According to the report, the department: had the pool pressure-washed and got it up and running; received a load of mulch for the playground; picked up several loads of brush/40 bags of leaves; fixed some street/route signs; put new rear tires on the lawn tractor; repaired the swing at the pool; trimmed a few trees; mowed and trimmed several times; cleaned up for the block dance; put up signs for the block dance; did spring clean up (all week); and had a new clutch installed at Watson's in the Dodge.

In addition, the street department installed fire extinguishers at the pool; built a stand for the microwave at the pool; talked to Greg Dibble with PennDOT on paving projects; hauled leaves; cleaned catch basin grates several times; helped with Electronic Recycle Day; ran the chipper; checked on the pool daily; put a bench together and installed it in front of a borough business (VIA-purchased); had a street sweeper demonstration; tore out a beaver dam; and replaced a broken sewer cap at the office.

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