MOUNT VERNON — Wednesday was 12-12-12, the last triple digit date on the calendar this century. The next time that the same three numbers will align as they did on 12-12-12 will be on Jan. 1, 2101, 1-01-01, in 89 years.
And in Mount Vernon, Mayor Richard Mavis married four couples. A fifth couple wanted to get married on that special date but they called City Hall, it was too late to be placed on the mayor’s schedule.
The mayor married a couple at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and then beginning at 3 p.m., three more ceremonies were performed. The afternoon newlyweds included Shannon and Julie Green, Joash and Shelby Pruitt, and Kelly and Tabitha Schermerhorn.
Shannon and Julie Green of Mount Vernon arrived at city hall with their license at 3 p.m., accompanied by their 4-year-old son Elliot. They also have a 2-year-old daughter Shealyn, but because she was so young, she waited in the car with her grandmother. They have a third child due in May.
The couple had been talking about getting married for years and Julie had already legally changed her name to Green but they chose Wednesday to get married.
“It’s unique,” said Julie. As for a honeymoon, Shannon added, “We’d like to have one, but probably not right away.”
Shelby Johnson and Joash (Joashua) Pruitt arrived next. They had been engaged for a year and wanted to get married in December and when they realized the occurrence of the 12-12-12 date, Joash knew it was the date to choose.
“There’s no excuse to forget it,” he said.
“We’ve been best friends for about 18 years,” added Shelby. She has four children and he has two. Five of the children will be living with them and the Howard couple hope to get away for a honeymoon in the spring but they planned to go out to dinner Wednesday night.
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