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From the city manager
McClain High School to observe centennial during very special
Labor Day Weekend!
Labor Day Weekend in Greenfield will be extra special in 2015 as the Crown Jewel of our community -- Edward Lee McClain High School -- observes its centennial.
McClain High School was a gift to the community, designed to do "the most good for greatest number for the longest time" in the words of Mr. McClain, an industrialist who made a fortune in the late 19th and early 20th centuries manufacturing horse collar pads that protected the necks of countless horses.
McClain was born on May 30, 1861, and when still a young man is said to have noticed how horses shied away from having horse collars or pads placed over their heads from the front. The key to his early success was the idea of a pad that opened at the bottom and could be placed over the horse’s neck from behind, which was much less objectionable to the horse. In November 1881, the young entrepreneur patented his creation and founded the E.L. McClain Manufacturing Co. in the back room of the Citizens Bank.
McClain built on his success by purchasing other companies and demonstrating a real talent for bringing products to market that were needed by a growing country. In 1912 he and his wife Lulu decided to give Greenfield this beautiful art-filled high school that continues to inspire students, faculty and visitors alike. The school was dedicated during Labor Day Weekend of 1915 with many dignitaries present for the ceremony.
For more than a year, a committee comprised of school officials and many community members has been planning the centennial celebration that will take place September 4-5-6. The result should be a fun and meaningful weekend as local graduates and visitors reflect on the wonderful legacy of the McClain family and consider how we might be able to "pay forward" for the enrichment of future generations.
A schedule of events provides more details about the weekend. I hope to see many of you in Greenfield on this very special occasion!
McCLAIN CENTENNIAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
AN AERIAL VIEW OF GREENFIELD'S PADDLE ON PAINT CREEKFEST
Brian Carle recently posted some drone footage of the Paddle on Paint Creekfest that took place May 17, and the view is magnificent! The images can be viewed on the G3 website (see Links & More page) or on youtube by clicking HERE.
Paddle on Paint Creekfest takes place on the third Sunday of May and is sponsored by Greening Greater Greenfield, also known as G3.
GREENFIELD RAIL LINE
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS UNDER WAY
The Greenfield Rail Line Improvement Project commenced in June 2015 with the contractor, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, working to improve the bridges, crossings, rail and signals along 29.5 miles of railroad from Greenfield to Midland.
The project comes with a price tag of about $4 million and is largely funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration, with supplemental grants from the state of Ohio, county and local support.
The EDA grant investment is for $2,625,788. This project is expected to create 94 jobs, save 765 jobs, and leverage $14 million in private investment.
"The Village of Greenfield is grateful to the EDA and the various state agencies who are supporting this project," said City Manager Ron Coffey. "In addition, the Highland County Commissioners, Highland County Engineer, Village of Leesburg, and several employers have contributed towards making this project a reality."
HDR Engineering is the project engineer, and Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract in March following a competitive bidding process.
The photos on this page show some of the construction activity. It is expected that the project will be completed by the end of 2015.
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