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By ROBIN BROWN, The News Journal
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Pencader Heritage Day 2007 is set for Sept. 29.

The seventh-annual event -- designed for free family fun and education -- will be held at the Pencader Heritage Museum.

Sponsored by: Pencader Heritage Area Association, the celebration of local history and culture runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum Cooch-Dayett Mills Complex at Del. 72 and Old Baltimore Pike.

In addition to historical and flag displays, the event will include pony Rides, hay rides, moon bouncing, wood-piling, games and activities for all ages, youth contests, an obstacle course for children provided by the Delaware National Guard and youngsters’ fingerprinting by the Newark Police Department.

Folks who attended past Pencader Heritage Days already know that the event first was held at Glasgow High School.

That was before the association got its new museum site.

But the initial location also provided the organization an unforeseen benefit.

The association planned the event in coordination with the high school administration including then vice principal Bill Conley, who has since retired.

Conley, who lives in Newark, says it was his exposure through Pencader Heritage Day that got him hooked on the region’s deep and lively history.

In retirement, Conley is a member and leader of the Pencader Heritage Area Association. He now serves as its vice president.

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