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Heuvelton excited for snowy centennial celebrations

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HEUVELTON – Mayor Barbara A. Lashua said this week’s intense snowfall will add an exciting dimension to Saturday’s centennial celebration as the village will be decked out in the fresh snow.

The storm that hit the region Wednesday night tapered off today and Ms. Lashua said “everything should be beautiful” for Saturday.

The snowfall will be especially fun for anyone looking to utilize the sledding hill at the Methodist Church where cookies and hot chocolate will be served, said Terri L. Persons, one of the organizers of the day’s events.

But sledding is only one event that will be held as the village celebrates 100 years of incorporation.

The main event is the dedication of the time capsule at Murdock Park at 3:30 p.m.

Because of the cold, Pastor Rusty Bissell, who is offering the invocation and convocation at the dedication ceremony, said the event will “move quickly.”

That being said, the ceremony will be accompanied by the Heuvelton AmVets Post 1997 Color Guard and prayers by three village religious leaders.

The marker for the time capsule was donated by Fox and Murray Memorials.

Throughout the day music and food will be available at Pickens General Store.

Heuvelton Lion’s Club President Becky S. Bailey said the postmaster will be at Pickens General Store during the day doing “pictorial cancellations” in commemoration of the centennial.

The cancellations will be available for the month following Saturday’s events as well, said Ms. Bailey.

“After Saturday they can mail a postcard to the post office and we can cancel it and send it back,” she added. Post cards should be mailed to P.O. Box 9998, Heuvelton.

At 6 p.m. there will be a parade down State Street.

Eric J. Warner, the parade organizer, said there will be more than a dozen floats in the parade.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved should contact him at 393-7931.

Mr. Warner said the parade floats will be judged by “secret judges” and the winners will be announced in the days following.

Ms. Lashua, who will be marching in the parade, said candy will be given out to onlookers.

At 8 p.m. the village will launch fireworks to mark the occasion. The fireworks will be launched near the Agway store on Water Street.

The schedule of events for the Dec. 29 celebration is as follows:

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Breakfast fund-raiser at the Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Sledding and cocoa at the Methodist Church.

3:30 p.m. – Dedication of the time capsule in Murdock Park.

4:45 p.m. – Birthday cake, hot chocolate and music at Pickens General Store.

6 p.m. – Parade down Main Street with complimentary hot chocolate at three stations along the parade route.

7 p.m. – Heuvelton Central School Chorus singing at Pickens General Store.

7:35 p.m. – Heuvelton Central School Band performing at Pickens General Store.

8 p.m. – Fireworks show. No parking on Water Street.

8:30 p.m. – More special music at Pickens General Store, including The Acoustic Brothers.

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