Centennial a gala celebration for Morse

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There was literally a stamp of approval given to the Town of Morse Centennial celebrations hosted on Aug. 10 to 12.

One of the highlight events of the three day community celebration was the unveiling of a pictorial cancellation stamp which will be applied to all mail handled in Morse.

"With our centennial year I applied for a special post mark that represents our community," explained Morse Postmistress Colleen Mathies. "All of the mail leaving the outlet today will have this special postmark, and your post mark could end up traveling throughout Canada and the world."

Her design application included the elements of two grain elevators, sheaths of wheat, the prairie lily, plus the 100 year centennial designation.

"Our elevators have kind of been a landmark here in Morse. Actually, the Town stamp, as a rule, they usually have three prairie lilies, but there wasn't enough room."

The cancellation stamp is also a variable stamp, so they are permitted to change date of mail leaving the community and not just marking it with the community's centennial date.

"It's just something special, something that I though I could maybe do. You have to put in a little bit of time and effort into it."

Morse Mayor Louis Fafard celebrated the efforts of the many volunteers in the community which helped make the weekend a memorable success.

"It's just great the way people volunteered and put this all together, and sacrificed the time to get it done over the last number of months. This doesn't go together in a matter of weeks, it takes months of work."

The work of the organizers and volunteer paid off in the smiles on people's faces during the weekend.

"You could see it on people's faces that they're glad to be back. Just being here. When the weather cooperates the way it does, it's a plus. It's all about fun and getting people together," Fafard said.

There were a number of special touches added to make the celebration a success. Last November during a planning meeting two volunteers offered to research and post a listing of names of property owners for each lot over the years.

"They spent a lot of hours doing that. That takes time to go through an enormous amount of backdated records to find out who lived here and who lived there. And they got it done. It's great that people can walk around and see who lived here. It takes them back."

The Town of Morse is also currently working on completing their cenotaph as another centennial project. They are planning to unveil the completed project on Remembrance Day during an official ceremony.

Organizations: Town of Morse Centennial

Geographic location: Morse

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