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Monroe County turns 200 on May 15, but a celebration marking the occasion has been pushed to the fall due to COVID-19.

The Monroe County Bicentennial Committee on Thursday decided to postpone a birthday event that had tentatively been planned for Saturday, May 15. Committee member Joe Reed proposed the delay and the majority agreed.

Other activities related to the Bicentennial will continue as planned. The Reporter is working with historian Ralph Bass on producing a comprehensive coffee-table-style keepsake book. Bass also said the first of several monthly exhibits will go up in the Monroe County Government Annex Lobby later this month. The first exhibit is labelled “Communities” and the February exhibit features the railroads.

Publicity chairman Richard Dumas said he’ll be doing a Facebook survey to see what items people would like in the time capsule.

Committee director Gilda Stanberry said the Bicentennial logo design for banners to go on city utility poles around downtown have been approved and will now be ordered. 

The committee’s next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021  in the Commissioners’ meeting room.