Robert Romano was 9 years old when Vineland buried its time capsule on Landis Avenue.
Now he’s 59 and the mayor of the South Jersey city, where crews worked yesterday to dig up the 50-year-old time capsule buried in 1961 for Vineland’s 100th anniversary.
The Daily Journal reports a then-road department employee led a young Romano and now recreation department superintendent to the site all those years ago, counting out the steps to show the boys where to begin shoveling.
The measurements were a little off, but with the help of a metal detector, the 3-foot-long box was unearthed. Its contents will be revealed in a public ceremony as part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebration and a new capsule will be made.
Daily Journal archives show the capsule was to remain buried until 2061, but Romano wanted to make sure the thing could be found.
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