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2017-12-27 / Front Page

Kickoff celebration slated for Jan. 2

Amherst bicentennial
by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

The official kickoff of the Town of Amherst bicentennial celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 — prior to the first Town Board meeting of the bicentennial year — in the Council Chambers at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

The kickoff celebration, led by the Amherst Bicentennial Commission, will include greetings from bicentennial co-chairmen Herbert Schmidt and Dave Sherman.

According to commission officials, additional festivities consist of a gigantic birthday cake and a presentation of proclamations from elected officials and municipalities throughout the world.

It is the goal of the Bicentennial Commission to collect 200 proclamations and/or greetings to help celebrate Amherst’s 200 years and to applaud its distinguished history.

The town has already received more than 80 proclamations, including some from municipalities that share the same name, such as Amherst, Nova Scotia; Amherst, Wisconsin; and Amherst, Ohio.

Founded in 1818, the Town of Amherst, New York, celebrates its 200th year of incorporation in 2018.

Town officials will mark its 200th anniversary with a series of celebrations throughout the year.

Other facets of the bicentennial celebration year include historic walking tours, a slogan contest, interclub service luncheon and Bicentennial Ball.

Additionally, a subcommittee of the Amherst 2018 Bicentennial Committee is seeking to make next year’s Old Home Days parade larger than in recent years, coinciding with the bicentennial.

Next year’s Old Home Days parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.

Anyone who may be part of a town-based organization and wishes to participate in the parade may call 633-7236.

For a complete listing of the bicentennial calendar of events visit amherst200.wordpress.com or BNHV.org or call Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village at 689-1440.

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