Friday night, Continental Square painted a familiar scene for this time of year. It was the final First Friday of 2016, which featured the annual lighting of the Christmas tree downtown.

What made this year different, however, was the sealing of York's time capsule, where more than 40 items from all over York County were placed. They will not see the light of day for 25 years.

Kevin Schreiber, president of the York County Economic Alliance, and York City Mayor Kim Bracey helped kick off the sealing of the capsule, which was shaped as the number "275" in honor of York's 275th anniversary.

"This unique capsule will serve as a traveling piece of art for the next 25 years," Bracey told the crowd that had encircled the square.

Schreiber said the idea behind the capsule is that it will be moved to various places around York until its opening, in 2041, for York's 300th anniversary.

"This is a great way to celebrate York," Schreiber said.

The ceremony concluded with Patrick Sells, of Salvaging Creativity, welding the capsule shut. It was then taken out of the square by truck.

The contents: Within the capsule are many items related to the York area, including donations from the York Revolution, Martin's Chips, Martin Library and the York Rotary Club. The York Dispatch included a copy of a recent newspaper.

Schreiber said some of the contributors had their own anniversaries, with the York Revolution celebrating 10 years and the Rotary Club celebrating 100 years.

Additionally, local colleges made their mark on the capsule. A mini streamer from York College was placed inside, and a miniature statue of the Nittany Lion was placed in honor of Penn State York.

Michelle Lyn, student president at Penn State York, presented the statue during the ceremony. She said the Nittany Lion has remained a staple at the university for many years, and it was nice to see some "constants" while other things have changed. She said the Lion was passed on to each new generation of students.

"I'll definitely be back in 25 years to check it out," she said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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