Sealed into history

BROCTON – Anyone who picked up a Sharpie and signed their name to the Arch Restoration Time Capsule in Brocton was officially sealed into history Wednesday by the town of Portland and village of Broc-ton.

During a quiet and subtle ceremony just prior to the start of a public hearing, members of the Village Board officially buried the capsule and sealed the history for good.

The time capsule included everything from a Brocton Central School yearbook, historic and current photos, menus from local establishments, as well as items related to the Town of Portland Bicentennial Celebration and Arch Restoration projects.

Originally, the time capsule was to be buried the day of the relighting of the arch, but due to an overwhelming number of people interested in penning their names to the container, Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton decided to keep it available, allowing as many people as were interested to pen their names. Village Clerk Karen Ardillo recognized a donation to the arch restoration fund during the meeting from Trenholm and Mary Jordan, adding, “Their generous donation will be used specifically for the care and maintenance of our village’s newly restored arch.”

Putting an official cap on the major project that was propelled by a generous Historic Preservation grant facilitated by CHRIC, and immense community support to get the grant awarded fully, board members quipped at what future residents and leaders of Brocton would think of the contents one day if it’s opened. The capsule was a fitting tribute to the historic fabric of Brocton and Portland since the arch was an official tribute to the town of Portland’s first 100 years. Two hundred years later, as the arch turned 100, it stands stronger and prouder to welcome through traffic into the village and town limits.

Passersby will enjoy the newly installed LED lights’ change of colors as the arch is set to bear specific colors relating to holidays and special occasions. The standard color was chosen to be the true “Brocton green” to represent the community spirit still enjoyed 100 years after the arch’s placement.