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September 16, 2009 > Depot Day returns to Centerville

Depot Day returns to Centerville

By Sargunjot Kaur

A stroll past Niles will uncover much of Fremont's history including its past reliance on railway tracks as an "iron horse" link to other communities around the Bay Area. To commemorate the importance of railroads in the Tri-Cities and bring together the Fremont community from all five historic districts - Centerville, Irvington, Warms Springs, Niles, and Mission San Jose - a celebration will be held on Sunday, September 20 at the historic Centerville Train Depot.

"Years ago CBCA (Centerville Business and Community Association) did Depot Day every year. It started nearly ten years ago, but in the last couple of years it has died out. Now, we are trying to bring it back together again and bring the community together again as well," said Debbie Cripple, coordinator of the Depot Day event along with her husband Billy.

Depot Day is an all day family event, starting at 8 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast and featuring live band performances from the Forget Me Nots and New Dimensions. Festivities include a model car show, finger painting, train rides and raffles ending at 3 p.m.

An historic bus will take passengers from the Centerville Train Depot to downtown Niles for shopping and connection to the Niles Canyon train operated by the Pacific Locomotive Association Niles Canyon Railroad. Train rides will go past the historic Niles area to a stop at Sunol and return to Niles. Bus transfers to and from the train station have been arranged and coordinated with the four different train departure times. Tickets for adults cost $10, seniors $8, children between the ages of 4-12, $5, and infants are free.

"We have already had tremendous help from the community. Fremont Flowers passed out fliers to all the families during Back to School Days, and Dirk Lorenz from Fremont Flowers will also be handling the Pancake Breakfast event," said Cripple.

Dale Hardware, Tri-City Voice Newspaper, Fremont Bank, and Northern California Loan and Properties are some of the major sponsors for the day's festivities.

"All profits from the day, including the pancake breakfast, will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society," said Cripple whose sister was a stage 4 Lymphoma patient, but is now cancer free.

Depot Day
Sunday, September 20
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Centerville Train Depot
37260 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont
510) 790-9398

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