Top of the Morning, Aug. 16, 2014
DEB WASCHER is 57. Her first-grade students at Heritage Elementary think she's much older.
"I tell them I'm 105," she said. "They believe me."
Either way, Wascher has been around Broadlands long enough to serve as our guide to the village's 125th birthday bash, which kicked off with a downtown street dance Friday night. Today's highlight is the 11 a.m. parade, which is to open to anything that moves. "Floats, golf carts, buggies, horses, tractors, fire trucks, politicians," said Wascher, an ABL grad and Broadlands lifer who helped coordinate this weekend's bash. "It's the biggest one we've had in a long time."
Thanks to some in-the-know townies, we offer a toast to the proud 125-year-old:
— Its neighborhood rivals include Newman and Homer.
— Its motto is "a village with heart."
— The top story would be the 1949 fire that destroyed the village's business district ... except J.W. Crain's Tavern, which somehow avoided the inferno. However, another fire in the 1980s took the pub to the ground.
— Broadlands' Mount Rushmore would include Thomas Dicks, the town doctor for 48 years; Sandy Dicks, his brother and longtime undertaker; railroad worker and jack-of-all-trades Johnathon Cable; and Marvin Struck, who bagged a ton of groceries as the owner of Marv's Star Market.
— Michael Sullivan got it all started in 1889. Why Broadlands? "I'm assuming," Wascher said, "because you can see forever."