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Borough gains a ‘sister’ in Missouri town

Elizabeth Borough not only reveled in its history during the recent Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration, but also gained a “sister.”

The designation was bestowed on the community by the Discovery Expedition of St Charles, Mo., the official re-enactors for the national Lewis and Clark bicentennial.

“The re-enactors had such a good time in the borough with the hospitality they received that they named us their sister city,” said council president Randy Shelton. “The residents literally opened their homes and hearts to the reenactors. We have been invited to join them in May when they launch from St. Charles after the winter rest.”

The Lewis and Clark journey ended in St. Charles for the winter and started from that point in May. The re-enactors will retrace the entire waterway portion of the 1803-1806 expedition east of the Rockies.

Borough secretary Cora King said the process to officially name Elizabeth as a sister city to St. Charles should be completed in the next few months.

Although the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration is over in Elizabeth Borough, officials want to continue the mood.

Debby Taylor-Shelton who headed the Lewis and Clark committee said between 6,000 and 8,000 people attended the festivities.

“It brought the community together and we had such a great time doing the whole thing,” Taylor-Shelton said. “We’ve decided to keep the committee together to do some activities to promote businesses in Elizabeth and for the kids and residents to have fun as a community.”

She said the committee is now focusing on Halloween because the Lions Club no longer sponsors a Halloween Parade as in the past.

“We’re going to do that along with possibly a Halloween scare fest,” she said. “The event will feature a scary movie for kids age 12 and older, a hayride through town and a haunted house at the waterworks.”

After Halloween there are plans for light up night for Christmas, a New Year celebration and possibly a Valentine’s Day event.

“We had such a great time doing the Lewis and Clark event and we don’t want to see the momentum die,” said Taylor-Shelton. “We’re hoping for more community involvement.”


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