"It really all began here in Salina," Rapp said. "This town, from the plank road to the salt industry to the Erie Canal nearby, was the catalyst that created our country. We really have a very rich history."
Also at the open house, officials revealed the logo for the bicentennial, created by Syracuse University graphics professor Rod Martinez.
Nicotra acknowledged the work of the committee, especially Tassone.
"She worked tirelessly to get is to where we are today," Nicotra said. "She took the bull by the horns, and she took on every challenge we threw at her."
He, too, emphasized the historic nature of the bicentennial celebration.
"We create history every day," Nicotra said. "I'm very happy and you should all be very happy to be a part of that."
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