Happy Birthday Bellevue!

Four days of celebration marked the 150th anniversary of the decision by Bellevue’s founding fathers to apply for incorporation of the new borough in 1867. The application came just after the soon-to-be town gained the necessary number of citizens -- 300 -- achieved by the birth of a baby.

A Sesquicentennial Committee chaired by Bellevue Council member Tom Hrynda worked for more than a year to put together last week’s celebration, which was kicked off on Thursday with an old-time borough favorite, the Fireman’s Parade, followed by a carnival at Northgate Alumni Stadium for three nights. On Saturday, a full schedule of events included a street vendor and crafts fair, entertainment by bands and performance groups, and a community dinner, all held along Lincoln Avenue and in Bayne Park.

Pictured here, Mayor Paul Cusick and Honorary Mayor Margaret Mary Sweeney, a student at Assumption School, rode on a float celebrating the sesquicentennial. On Saturday, Mayor Sweeney read a proclamation declaring June 8-11 the official sesquicentennial days, and presented a plaque to the person who has lived in Bellevue the longest, Bill Dugan at 81 years.