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Published: Wednesday, 4/20/2011

Event in works to celebrate Waterville's new status

BLADE STAFF

Don’t expect a parade with confetti, clowns, and mayoral proclamations when Waterville becomes a city.

Basically, “they hand us a piece of paper,” said Diana Waugh, chairman of the city celebration committee. That’s the working title only of the committee, notes Ms. Waugh who figures this is a historic, once-in-a-lifetime happening that deserves some sort of celebration, a party to bring residents together to celebrate what the village of Waterville has meant to them and talk about what great new experiences await them in the city of Waterville.

The city celebration committee could have its first meeting in May, and then the group would decide what sort of celebration will be held and when and where, she said.

A decision would need to be made on how to fund the event, she said, but noted “we do not need to spend a whole lot of money.” A citywide potluck could be held, for example.

The Waterville Chamber of Commerce, the Waterville library, and others are on board to assist with the event, she said.

Ms. Waugh pointed out the change to city status will be a “pretty quiet change, but we thought we would make a little noise with it, have a little fun.”



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