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May 03, 2013

Lisbon has 'Roaring '20s' prom on riverboat

With the theme of the "Roaring '20s," Lisbon's prom is this weekend.

The events kicks off Saturday with a grand march in the Old Gym from 5 to 6 p.m. Prom-goers line up at 4:30 p.m. Pictures by C&J Studio will be taken beforehand.

At 6:30 p.m., a charter bus departs the school for Dubuque, where prom will be held on The Spirit of Dubuque Riverboat. Both dinner and the dance will be on the boat.

The charter bus returns prom-goers for post-prom at DonMar Lanes in Mount Vernon. Students can enter between midnight and 1 a.m., and the party will conclude at 4:30 a.m.

Effort continues to bring clock to Lisbon Main Street

A Lisbon group is making a fundraising push to erect a clock on Main Street, timed with the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway. The Lisbon History Center Clock Committee is seeking a total of $15,000 for purchase and installation of a clock in Lincoln Square, next to the post office.

Tony Moreland, a member of the clock committee, said the idea of installing a clock arose last year.

"We started talking about it at the History Center level and then thought maybe we should try to go community wide," he said.

Eric Yarbrough, of the Lisbon History Center board and a member of the clock committee, plans to keep the public informed of the group's fundraising progress via a thermometer posted on the History Center.

The committee chose a clock from Rock Island (Ill.) Clock Company. The style selected, New Orleans, matches the style of Lisbon's lamp posts, Yarbrough said.

The committee says that the two-sided clock will be lit by LEDs controlled automatically by photoelectric sensors, the total height will be about 15 feet and that those who contribute $200 or more will be eligible to have a plaque placed on the clock.

The goal is to have enough money by July to start on the base and the project completed by October; the Lincoln Highway was dedicated Oct. 31, 1913.

"There will be a lot of cars coming through," Yarbrough said. "It used to be on Lincoln Highway, every town had a clock on main street because they didn't have clocks in cars then."

Donations can mailed or taken to the Lisbon History Center, 102 East Main, Lisbon, IA, 52253. They can also be made by PayPal via the History Center website: under the event page.

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