This website is dedicated to the Michelin Plant on Ford Avenue, the Evans Family, Dr Forney and his sons, who they have given so much to the town of Milltown and for playing an important role in forming the town we love and respect. Also dedication goes to the remaining historical sites that are remaining that we hold dear to our heart, also to the ones that we have lost to the senseless disregard of our town history and to what makes this town so special, the residents that live and work here. We need to stop the senseless destruction of our historical landmarks and Milltown's history now before its to late and is lost forever.

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January 8 2009

Don't allow Milltown to become Pottersville

The holiday season is a time to enjoy our favorite staples of the silver screen. You might enjoy, as I do, "It's a Wonderful Life," the story about a George Bailey, his sometimes unwilling attachment to his hometown of Bedford Falls, and the part he played in preserving its character and keeping it a town of the people, rather than a more base form dominated by the greedy banker, Henry Potter.

If one looks, they might see an analogy between Bedford Falls and Milltown. Similar to the Bailey family, exemplary citizens spreading goodwill throughout the small town and maintaining their Building and Loan to serve its residents, we have John Evans and his son John C. Evans, our first mayor, both of whom played key roles in forming Milltown's future. Likewise, Dr. Norman N. Forney and his sons tirelessly administered to the health of Milltown's residents. Contrast these with Mr. Potter's eye on the almighty dollar at the expense of all else; does this sentiment remind you of Valley National Bank and the Forney House property owner who are apparently determined to demolish the house while intimidating those who care about Milltown's history and future with litigation?

Much goodwill is embodied in that house at 94 N. Main St., despite its current condition. Didn't Bailey and his wife decide to buy that abandoned house in Bedford Falls, and with love and care make it a home for their growing family? They were able to look past the peeling paint and broken windows. Are we?

Milltown, it's time to cherish the Forney House. Is it just a dream that this historic landmark may be taken away from us in the name of future profit? Will you be able to bear the sight of our Main Street with a demolished Forney House? And will we still be the beautiful town of Milltown? Or one big step closer to Pottersville?

Residents, don't wait until all hope is lost. Show your love of Milltown. Join us and tell our leaders how wrong it would be to lose this landmark. You'll be glad you did.

Michael Shakarjian
John C. Evans Project Inc.