A Buhl Day of distinction
20th annual celebration is milestoneBuhl Day '99 promises to be a special day as the community celebration marks the 20th anniversary since it was restarted in 1980.
To mark the event, the Buhl Day Committee is making a special effort to recognize all of the honored guests designated on Buhl Days since 1980, and all past chairmen of the Labor Day picnic in Buhl Farm, Hermitage.
In the first of a series of events, a luncheon will be held at Sharon Country Club on Sept. 4 for this year's honored guests and all past honored guests. The current and past chairmen of Buhl Day will attend. Chairman of this year's Buhl Day event is Thomas B. Fowler of Farrell.
"We have honored 64 people over these 20 years. It is perhaps unique that our organization is uniting as many of them as possible on this Buhl Day to introduce them once again and tell them we have not forgotten their contributions to our community," said Phyllis O'Meara, a member of the Buhl Day executive committee.
"We remember them, honor them and consider them representative of the spirit of giving so prevalent in our Shenango Valley," she added.
The names of honored guests who are deceased will be read during the memorial portion of the Buhl Day program at the Performing Arts Center. The ceremony begins at noon.
In addition to recognizing past honored guests, plaques will be presented to the past chairmen at the opening ceremony. The plaques will be housed permanently at the Buhl Farm Casino. Also, a reception for past chairmen and past and current honored guests will follow the opening ceremony in a tent near the Performing Arts Center.
The committee will house a historical display at the reception tent, open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. on Buhl Day. The pictorial display will cover the last 20 years in photos and newspaper stories.
"The committee has made every effort to contact a family member of each deceased honored guest to tell them that we plan to remember the honored member of their family at the Buhl Day program, and have invited them to attend," Mrs. O'Meara added.