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2018-08-09 / Local News

Town supervisors mark bicentennial with tradition


Town Supervisors Michael C. Kasprzyk of Holland, Rickey Venditti of Wales and James J. Bach of Aurora continue a tradition, this time to mark the bicentennial of the three towns. Town Supervisors Michael C. Kasprzyk of Holland, Rickey Venditti of Wales and James J. Bach of Aurora continue a tradition, this time to mark the bicentennial of the three towns. In honor of the Town of Aurora bicentennial, the supervisors of the towns of Holland, Wales and Aurora continued a tradition that includes meeting at the spot where the three towns geographically meet.

The event, according to Town of Aurora historian Robert Goller, began in 1968 when then-Supervisors Abbott B. Henshaw of Aurora, Norman Rieman of Wales and Harry F. Herrman of Holland met at the spot to mark the 150th anniversary of New York State dividing the Town of Willink into Aurora, Holland and Wales.

In 1993, the supervisors, William J. Green of Aurora, Gordon Hessel Jr. of Holland and Robert Kowalewski of Wales once again met at the spot to celebrate the 175th anniversary.

Most recently, Jim Bach of Aurora, Michael C. Kasprzyk of Holland and Rickey Venditti of Wales made the trek to the spot to have their picture taken for the bicentennial.


Then-Town Supervisors Gordon Hessell, Jr. of Holland, William J. Green of Aurora and Robert Kowalewski of Wales meet at their communities’ common boundary in 1993, the 175th anniversary of the formation of the three towns. Then-Town Supervisors Gordon Hessell, Jr. of Holland, William J. Green of Aurora and Robert Kowalewski of Wales meet at their communities’ common boundary in 1993, the 175th anniversary of the formation of the three towns. The spot, which also would have been the geographic center of the Town of Willink before 1818, is located on private properties in a wooded area off Darien Road, according to Goller.

For decades, the spot has been marked by a nondescript stake placed there by the property owners. Goller said the spot also intersects with Colden, making it one of the few places in Erie County where someone can be in four towns at the same time.

The bicentennial celebration for the three towns continues through March 2019. The three town boards plan to hold a joint meeting on March 2, 2019, the 200th anniversary of the first town board meetings in each of the three towns. A calendar of events is available on the town websites: www.townofaurora.com, www.townofwales.com and www.townofhollandny.com.



Then-Town Supervisors Norman Rieman of Wales, left, Harry F. Herrman of Holland and Abbott B. Henshaw of Aurora join hands at the stake marking the boundary of all three towns to observe the sesquicentennial. Then-Town Supervisors Norman Rieman of Wales, left, Harry F. Herrman of Holland and Abbott B. Henshaw of Aurora join hands at the stake marking the boundary of all three towns to observe the sesquicentennial.

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