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Village of North Star celebrates 75 years of incorporation

North Star- On Tuesday, July 4, the Village of North Star celebrated 75 years of incorporation at the American Legion’s Annual Bean Bake at the North Star Community Park.  An outside ceremony was held at the shelter house with local church leaders and the colors presented by Post 174.  Bean soup, chili, hot dogs and beverages were available for lunch.

Afterwards, the Community Center was opened for visitors.  Inside, a large display of historical artifacts, photographs, town record books and other memorabilia was set up.  A documentary of interviews with community and business leaders, compiled by Meghan Marchal and the VHS audio visual class, was played, and video footage taken in the 1980s was also shown.  Attendants received a free entry in a raffle for two bicycles and a 55” television.  Alvin Spraley, North Star’s oldest community member, pulled the winning tickets.  Winners included:  boy bicycle won Ian Langenkamp, son of Greg and Kate Langenkamp; girl bicycle won by Maggie DeLand, daughter of Tim and Katie DeLand; 55” television won by Johna Hemmelgarn.  Free ice cream treats were also available.  There was a tremendous crowd and a great outpouring of support from generations of North Star residents. 

The celebration was put on by the North Star Community Association, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the Village of North Star.  Special thanks to its members- Carolyn Wilker, Rachel Bergman, Katie DeLand, Betty Davis, Connie Stammen and Irene Selhorst- as well as to the Versailles Area Historical Society & Museum, who allowed items to be loaned and properly displayed, and all of those who personally donated items to be shown.

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