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Oldest village in Onondaga County prepares to celebrate bicentennial

The year 2013 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of the village of Manlius, the first and oldest village in Onondaga County.

One of my first orders of business as mayor was to form our Bicentennial Committee. I am proud of the diversified mix of both village and town residents that comprise this exciting group of volunteers.

Kristen Hansen, our parks and recreation director, and Laurie Venditti, lifelong Manlius resident, are the co-chairs.

There have been several sub-committees formed, headed up by several of our Bicentennial Committee members: Fundraising Committee: Laurie Venditti and Karen Green; Outreach Committee: Anne Menter; Events Committee: Kristen Hansen, Les Ryon and Christine Colon, director of the Manlius Historical Society.

Our Promotion/Products and Public Relations Committee still needs volunteers.

We welcome suggestions about what you would like to have or see as part of the Bicentennial year-long calendar of events in 2013.

The village of Manlius is preparing for a bicentennial celebration that will involve everyone. In fact, seventh grade students at Eagle Hill are currently helping by interviewing residents and capturing their memories of our village much like NPR's "Story Core." This has been organized by Anne Menter.

As mayor, I am proud of our residents who give vitality not only to the village of Manlius, but to the county and surrounding areas beyond, just as our early settlers did in 1813. They created all the "firsts" that we remember as we look back 200 years: the first fire department, the first newspaper, the first pottery manufacturer, the first distillery and the first gun factory: all the essentials of pioneer life, all first in Manlius, the oldest village in Onondaga County.

Want to get involved? Do you have a suggestion or an idea for the bicentennial celebration? We want to hear from you! For more details, call Kristen Hansen at 682-7887 or email her at khansen@manliusvillage.org.

Mark-Paul Serafin is the mayor of the village of Manlius. He was elected in 2009.

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