The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor will be holding special events this year to mark the 25th anniversary of the amalgamation of the formerly separate municipalities of Grand Falls and Windsor.
Events will be held every month, with the first this Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Cataracts hockey game.
That night the Cataracts will be honoured in a special ceremony to honour past Herder champs.
Mayor Barry Manuel along with the first Mayor of Grand Falls-Windsor, Walwin Blackmore, will participate in a ceremonial face off to signify the start of this year-long celebration.
In a press release, the town said celebrations throughout the year will be wide-ranging and allowing citizens of all ages and abilities to participate.
“Our Town has a proud and rich history that deserves to be celebrated,” said Mayor Barry Manuel in a press release. “We are excited about the many plans in place and we look forward to high levels of community involvement.”
He added the town hopes community groups and organizations will incorporate the anniversary celebrations into their regular activities and events to show their community spirit.
Some of the plans by the town for 2016 include: 25 weeks of free public skating (Adult, Pre-School, Family and General), a Concert in the Park series, social media challenges and contests, seniors Days, A Grand Falls-Windsor Day block party, art contests for all ages, regular annual events and much more.
Also, to mark the occasion the Town will be using a commemorative 25th Anniversary logo in all print and electronic media, and there will be plenty of special brand items to use as prizes and giveaways.
“It is the intention of Council to involve many former councillors, employees and citizens who have played an important role in the history of our community and, in particular, the amalgamation 25 years ago.”
Manuel said, “Amalgamation took two towns with tremendous pride and history and turned them into one stronger, prosperous community. It is important to never lose sight of our heritage, but to also take pride in what we have become and be a positive contributor to our future.”
The mayor added the town would like to hear input from others for the anniversary year.
Anyone with suggestions, comments or ideas — or anyone wishing to host an anniversary event — should contact the town’s Parks and Recreation department at 489-0588.