Time Capsule to Be Placed in St. Croix No. 1 Fire House

By Lura Jackson

 

What will Calais look like in 2117? While we can only make educated inferences at best, the St. Croix No. 1 Fire House is aiming to ensure that the people of Calais that live in that timeframe will have a window into 2017. A time capsule is going to be sealed up at the firehouse within the coming months, and all community members are invited to put something of interest or significance inside it. 

“We hope that everyone will put on their thinking caps and come up with some interesting items to include,” said Dick Barnard, member of the St. Croix No. 1 Fire House Association. Barnard invites any group or individual from the Calais or St. Stephen area to put items into the time capsule, but cautions against putting in any item of significant value. Barnard suggests current postal stamps, 2017 currency, newspapers, local flags or flag pins, interesting photos, or business cards as potential items to place in the capsule. Size restrictions may come into play for some items, and liquids, batteries, or perishable items will be rejected to help ensure the preservation of other items. 

The capsule itself is made out of polished black granite. In searching for an appropriate receptacle, Belinda Mealey of EBS was instrumental. Mealey, who has been volunteering with the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse for two years, knew that EBS utilized Sticks and Stones in St. Stephen as its furnisher for natural stone countertops. “I went to them and said ‘This is what we’re doing, and this is what we’d like to have’. They took it on, no questions asked,” said Mealey. Sticks and Stones donated the capsule at no cost. 

The lid of the capsule is tastefully engraved with several lines of text to the effect of “May those who come after us and open this time capsule remember us, our dedicated membership, and our affection for this building,” with the City of Calais and the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse listed as the depositing parties. The engraving was completed by Smet Monuments in St. Stephen at no cost. “Smet Monuments has always exhibited a strong social consciousness and has always donated and assisted projects, especially in our local hometown areas,” said a representative from Smet. “Something of this nature is certainly a unique project as it will be many years before it will be seen again.”

The interior measurements of the capsule are 24” long, 10.5” deep, and 10.5” wide. Once enough donations have been received to fill it, the firehouse intends to build a housing unit with a display case and place it in the tower. 

“We decided to do this mainly to draw attention to the firehouse project – so that even when it’s opened, people will still be talking about St. Croix No. 1 Fire House,” said Barnard. “That way we can keep the word spreading that history is important to any community.”