by Susan Mikula Campbell
"The year 2012 will be an exciting year for our town and its residents," Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards promises.
Residents will want a calendar to keep track of all the exciting events the town is planning to celebrate its bicentennial.
That 12-month calendar is in the works and the free keepsake is expected to be delivered to each town resident and business this November.
"It will be a souvenir for everybody in our celebration," said Town Clerk Sylvia Virtuoso, who is also chairman of the town's Bicentennial Committee.
But, she needs help.
Anyone with interesting photos of town people and places since the area initially called Fort Schlosser became the Town of Niagara in 1812 up to the present is asked to bring or send them to Virtuoso by the deadline of June 1 this year. The photos, which will be considered for use in the calendar, will be digitalized and the original returned to the owner.
Anyone submitting a photo should include, when possible, names and addresses of people and places in the photo, a description of what the location is and the date the photo was taken.
Virtuoso also is planning to make a separate collage of photos of 200 faces of Town of Niagara leaders and people who have made an impact on the town over the years. Photos are needed for that as well.
This year is the third year in a row Richards has set aside money in the town budget for the 2012 celebration. He compliments the Bicentennial Committee and the Town Board for their hard work on plans for the special year.
Of course, the highlight of the year will be the Bicentennial Celebration Weekend at Veteran's Memorial Park on Lockport Road on June 1 to 3. June 1 is the town's actual anniversary. Already scheduled for that weekend are fireworks, a parade and an antique car show.
Also planned are a Winterfest in February with an outdoor barbecue, entertainment and possibly a skating rink; a Memorial Day tribute to veterans; a kite flying party and more.
Anyone with celebration ideas they'd like to share with the committee or with photos for the calendar should contact Virtuoso at Town Hall, 7105 Lockport Road, call her at 297-2150, ext. 133, or email her at[email protected]. For more information on the Bicentennial Committee, go to www.townofniagara.com.