Palmerton will turn back the clock when it relaunches the celebration of its centennial

A quarter century after it was interred in the borough park, a rocket that is really a time capsule will be exhumed sometime in the spring.

The announcement was made by Peter Kern at a recent meeting of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kern, who serves as president of the Chamber, and is also a member of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, said the time capsule was buried in the park on Oct. 8,1988.

"At the time, it was to be excavated historical material and memorabilia," Kern said. "We are going to excavate it later this spring, when we prepare the ground for the Veteran's Memorial in the same general area."

Once it's dug up, Kern said "we'll open it and display the artifacts at the Heritage Center in Palmerton so people can see what was put in the capsule 25 years ago."

If the capsule is in good shape, Kern said it will likely be re-interred for another 25 years.

Designed by Warren E. Siegmond and built by the New Jersey Zinc Co., the rocket is a 15-foot time capsule named the S.S. Palmer Enterprise.

Kern said anyone with interest in the capsule, or who can recall placing things inside it, should contact the Historical Society at 610-824-6954.

The Chamber actually began the celebration early when 40 new banners were erected along a one-mile stretch of Delaware Avenue in August. The banners include the words "Welcome to Palmerton" with a depiction of the bandstand and the legend Inc. 1912.

Also, a centennial celebration kick-off dinner was held in September, and an organ concert was conducted at the Little White Church in November.

Other proposed events include a 5K Run/Walk in May; a Rolling Cruise in June; a Special Band Concert in July; a Private Label wine, cheese, and ethnic food sampling in August; the Community Festival in September; and a Gala Celebration to start the borough's second century in November.

The centennial celebration will be held on Oct. 14, 2012. The borough was officially incorporated on Oct. 14, 1912.