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2017-12-07 / Front Page

Aurora community invited to help plan bicentennial-themed events


Members of the Joint Committee on the Bicentennial meet at the spot near South Wales where the towns of Aurora, Holland and Wales come together, to continue discussing plans for the upcoming celebration. From left are Holland Town Supervisor Michael C. Kasprzyk, Holland Councilwoman Karen Kline and Joy Bucknam, president of the Holland Historical Society; Wales Town Supervisor Rickey Venditti and Town Historian Dee Zeigel; and Aurora Town Supervisor James Bach and Town Historian Robert Lowell Goller. Members of the Joint Committee on the Bicentennial meet at the spot near South Wales where the towns of Aurora, Holland and Wales come together, to continue discussing plans for the upcoming celebration. From left are Holland Town Supervisor Michael C. Kasprzyk, Holland Councilwoman Karen Kline and Joy Bucknam, president of the Holland Historical Society; Wales Town Supervisor Rickey Venditti and Town Historian Dee Zeigel; and Aurora Town Supervisor James Bach and Town Historian Robert Lowell Goller. With the Town of Aurora bicentennial just around the corner, community members are invited to help with the planning of the 200th anniversary.

Robert Lowell Goller, Aurora town historian, is looking for community organizations and businesses to contribute ideas for the event, which is set to kick off in 2018.

“We urge our community organizations to plan and organize a new bicentennial event, or adopt a bicentennial theme for an existing annual event,” said Goller. “We have already heard from a number of organizations that are planning events, and we hope other groups will join in on the celebration.”

A daylong Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, will highlight the bicentennial celebration in Aurora.

“We hope the community’s churches, civic groups and businesses will join the bicentennial parade that evening, but we also invite groups to plan events throughout the year,” Goller said.

Organizations that would like to host a bicentennial themed event or program may fill out the “Event/Project/ Program Form,” which is available at www.townofaurora.com/departments/bicentennial and at Town Hall, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora.

Information provided on the form will be used to add events and programs to the official bicentennial calendar, which will be available on the bicentennial and other community websites, as well as in other publicity throughout the year.

Anyone with questions about planning a bicentennial event may email historian@townofaurora.com or call 652-7590.

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