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HEUVELTON – Dec. 30 marks the official 100 year anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Heuvelton.

“In Heuvelton we are using our history to build our future,” Mayor Barbara A. Lashua said.

On Dec. 29 the village will celebrate the occasion by dedicating a time capsule, hosting a parade and launching fireworks.

The time capsule will include seeds, money, a list of common costs, postage stamps, pictures of the village, local business cards, a newspaper and a Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Fighters calendar among other things.

The actual capsule was constructed by students at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES out of stainless steel. Fox and Murray Memorials donated a marker for the capsule.

Ms. Lashua said the time capsule “represents to us what Heuvelton is now. We prepared this time capsule with the idea that we wanted people 100 years from now to be able see Heuvelton as it is today.”

She added, “It really is a compilation of what you would see if you would walk down main street Heuvelton.”

Originally known as Fordsburgh in 1802 in honor of Nathan Ford, Heuvelton was eventually named after Jacob A. Vand Heuvel according to a release by the state Assembly.

Mr. Vand Heuvel invested in several businesses in the village and built the mill.

The village was a hub of activity based around the Oswegatchie River and the train depot that provided area farmers with access to larger markets. At one point Heuvelton was the home of the world’s largest dressed turkey market. But the centennial isn’t just a moment to reflect on the past; it’s a time to consider the future.

“It’s a unique opportunity,” said Ms. Lashua. “It’s kind of exciting to be able to know that your community had such a rich history…. Having a rich history is what will ensure that Heuvelton will have a bright future.”

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

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Breakfast fundraiser 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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