“This Saturday is a very, very important day because it’s ‘Night at the Museum,’” said Butler Mayor Ken Kinley during Monday’s village council meeting. “These people [at the Butler-Clear Fork Valley Historical Society] have put in many, many hours, and it’s going to be a wonderful, wonderful program. [Area residents] need to come and bring their kids, and it’s going to be a great time.”
During the event, which will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Butler-Clear Fork Valley Historical Museum, between 12 and 15 local students from fifth grade through high school will be dressing in period-appropriate clothing portraying a variety of important individuals from Butler’s past. Small groups will cycle through the museum to see the reenactors. The Historical Society will also be showing the Ben Stiller feature film that inspired the Society’s event at the Hitchman Park pavilion during Saturday’s event hours.
“I’m thinking we’re going to have a big turnout,” Councilman Lonnie Beveridge said. Notable local historical figures who will be brought to life include Dr. Betty Reed, a fifth-generation doctor who practiced in Butler and Edwin Beveridge.
“I’m honored to say (one of the individuals featured) is my grandfather,” explained Councilman Beveridge, who is also president of the Butler-Clear Fork Valley Historical Society. His grandfather, a member of the senior class of 1935, played football for the Butler Bulldogs. The reenactor portraying Beveridge’s Grandfather Edwin will look authentic, down to the leather helmet he will be sporting.
“The neat thing about this, I’ve had a lot of support from the Butler-area merchants,” Beveridge informed the other council members. “There’s been some businesses that have donated to help either monetarily or they’ve given gift certificates. So we have some nice door prizes to give. Each person that goes through the door will receive… one ticket…. At 6:45 that evening, we’re going to do a 50/50 drawing, and we’re also going to do the door prize drawing,” he said.
“Night at the Museum” door prizes include a choice of two tickets to Kings Island, COSI, or the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Other door prize options include gift certificates to Whiffletree Restaurant or Tall Timber Inn, as well as a $25 Dollar General gift card.
Beveridge hopes to bring awareness to the museum and transcend age with Saturday’s event. “It’s just a neat way of getting the public down here and checking out the museum…. I want to bring old and young together.”
Councilman Wesley Dingus also alerted those present that May 5 is slated as the Butler Walk/Bike to School Day as part of the Safe Routes to School initiative. The walk will begin at Three Crosses Church at 7:15 a.m. There is a rain date scheduled for May 6.
“We were awarded a $475,000 (Safe Routes to School) grant to run sidewalk and infrastructure up Wilson Street to the back side of the school. That project will take place while school is out of session,” explained Dingus. “In applying for the grant and then receiving it, there are things you need to continue to do for a number of years, and some of it…. is informing the community, parents, children. What side of the street do you walk on if there is no sidewalk? Bicyclists: do you go with the flow of traffic or against the flow of traffic? Informing the parents as far as the school zone. What are the times? How should you react if a child is darting across the road?”
To further this safety education, the village will have a table set up at the Butler Elementary Lawn Fest on May 21 from 4-8 p.m.
Kinley also mentioned that on May 9, the Lions Club is bringing back the Culpepper & Merriweather Great Combined Circus, which will present two shows, one at 5 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Both will be held on the grounds of the Butler Elementary School.
In addition to discussion of these area events, the first reading of an emergency ordinance was approved for a monthly $6 increase of the sanitary sewer base rate charge for the purpose of the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.