Help wanted: Chase planning sesquicentennial celebration

Interested volunteers are asked to contact the Chase Township Library

The community is invited to help Chase celebrate 150 years. 

The community is invited to help Chase celebrate 150 years. 

Star photo/Shanna Avery

CHASE — This year marks 150 years since the town of Chase became a post office. To celebrate the town's sesquicentennial, members of the Chase area community and anyone who loves local area history are invited to help plan a celebration to take place this fall.

The event is being planned by the Chase Township Public Library Board as a way to celebrate the community's history and as a fundraiser for the library, which houses the local history.  The event also will highlight the approval of new playground equipment the township was rewarded through ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds.

Library board members decided instead of hosting the annual Chase Pickle Festival this year, they will instead have a celebration for the sesquicentennial, alongside neighboring communities such as Baldwin and Evart.

"It is important to celebrate our past and acknowledge our sesquicentennial,"  said Joyce Beach, president of the Chase Township Public Library, as well as trustee of the Chase Township Board.

The Chase area, in the southeast corner of Lake County, was the first place settled in Lake County, home to the first church built in the county, the Chase Congregational Church, and was the first location of the seat of Lake County. It was named by founder Robert E. Bigbee, after the governor of his home state of Ohio, Salmon P. Chase, who also was a chief justice of the U.S.

The Sesquicentennial celebration is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 29, and will include a parade,  chili cookoff, trunk-or-treat, possibly a cemetery tour, and many fun, historical-themed activities yet to be planned.

Anyone who has ideas or who would like to help, sign up at the Chase Township Public Library or email the library at chaselibrary@yahoo.com. Anyone interested is welcome to attend the next library board meeting/planning session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the library (8400 E. N. Street, Chase.)