Students help with 150th celebration

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  • Pictured left to right is Jim Hoffmann, Robotics Program Director at Newton High School, Caitlin Bailey, Heidi Hoskins, Brad Hoskins, Brad Howie, Cassie Yauch, Kevin Elvidge, Newton Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the 150 Anniversary Committee, and Brian Hoskins.



— Students from the Newton school system and Kittatinny High School are working together to fabricate a reproduction of the “Victory Arch” that once spanned across Spring Street in downtown Newton for the upcoming 150th year celebration.

The original wooden arch was built as the centerpiece for the Oct. 9, 1919 celebration by the County of Sussex to welcome the troops home from World War I. The event was known as “Heroes’ Day.”

The arch spanned 50 feet across and had one end at the edge of the county park and the other next to the sidewalk in front of what is now the law offices of Dolan and Dolan.

Kevin Eldvidge, Deputy Mayor of Newton and Chairman of the 150 Anniversary Committee, said the new arch will be located near the Newton Fire Museum. Each of the two four-foot columns will stand 20-feet tall and will look like square castle turrets.

Elvidge also said a 32-foot banner will span between the columns and be in the form of an arch. The original structure had a wooden arch connecting the towers.

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