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Last year, after it was determined
that theTowndidnot anticipatehold-
ing a Bicentennial event, the Board
of Trustees of the Historical Society
approved a proposal to coordinate a
one-day event on June 8. This includ-
ed raising funds for the event and an
additional $3,500 for fireworks. The
Town contributed $1,000 and agreed
to pay for some of the security peo-
ple for the fireworks and three sum-
mer recreation staff to help with the
19th century games.
In the meantime, the Historical So-
ciety planned an ox roast for 300 peo-
ple. The ox roast replaced the spring
chicken BBQ fund-raiser. In addition,
a grant application was submitted
to the William Pomeroy Foundation
for historic marker on Trigon Park.
Luckily the grant was approved and
$1,300 was awarded.
On June 8, the citizens of LeRoy
gathered in front of the Auditorium
on Trigon Park to witness the re-
creation of the first town meeting.
Before leading the meeting, Supervi-
sor Steven Barbeau, took the oath of
office on the 1795 LeRoy family Bible,
lent to the Historical Society for the
Bicentennial by Newbold LeRoy. A
genealogy table was staffed by Can-
di Bower and Irene Walters.
Over 100 people registered to paint
a square on the Bicentennial barn
quilt and each one received a certifi-
LeRoy Celebrates a Bicentennial
cate. The painted quilt
will be completed
during the Oatka Fes-
tival. At the first town
meeting, the first leg-
islation was to desig-
nate $50 for the poor.
In commemoration of
that, it was decided
to “pass the hat” for
the LeRoy Pantry and
John Doemling col-
lected $718.49 from
the crowd.
The highlight of the
evening was the mu-
sical presentations by
a variety of organizations, including
Holy Family School students,Wolcott
Street School students, an ecumeni-
cal choir, the Chimmers from the Pres-
byterian Church, the GoodKnights
and the KnightenGals from the High
School and the Marching Knights,
followed by a concert by the LeRoy
Town Band. All the music was under
the coordination of Denise Duthe.
Joining Supervisor Barbeau on the
steps of the Auditorium was Con-
gresswoman, Kathy Hochul; State
Senator Mike Ranzenhofer; State As-
semblyman Steve Hawley; County
Supervisor Shelley Stein; Pavilion Su-
pervisor Ted Howard; Stafford Super-
visor Robert Clement; LeRoy Mayor
Greg Rogers: the LeRoy Town Board,
and several former Town Board
members. Each one was chosen to
serve as an honorary Overseerer of
the Highways and several participat-
ed in giving one of the thirteen tra-
ditional toasts. The evening ended
with a wonderful display of fireworks
Supervisor Steve Barbeau and hiswife
Doris, in their 1812 costumes.
Town Crier, John Doemling and the
1795 Herman LeRoy Bible.
The Historic Marker.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.
(continued on page 5)
Steve Barbeau, 2012 Town Supervisor
with Patricia Canfield, Town Clerk.