Over this last year as we celebrated the Town of Wilmington’s 200th anniversary, there have
been many events and projects that have commemorated our Bicentennial milestone. Although
we have focused on history, I am excited to acknowledge our future. On August 26, 2022, at
4:19 am the first baby to be born within the town of Wilmington in years if not decades, drew
her first breath.
Gracelyn Mary Bruce was born at the home of her parents Eric and Trisha Bruce on Springfield
Road that early morning of August. Weighing in at 7 lbs. 12 oz and 20 inches long, we are so
excited to welcome our Bicentennial Baby to the community. Please note the home birth was
not planned. Thankfully, Grandpa Marcel Bruce and several other members of the Wilmington
Volunteer Ambulance Service were on hand to assist with welcoming Gracelyn to the world.
With the parents’ permission, a copy of Gracelyn’s Birth Certificate will be included in the
official Wilmington time capsule to be opened in 50 years in the year 2072. The Bicentennial
Time Capsule is slated to have an official ceremony on Saturday September 17 th at 10am at
Preston Festival Field. All kinds of exciting things are planned as the time capsule is sealed.
In other town news, remember this Saturday is the Festival of Colors. The fun starts at 10am. A
full field of vendors and a children’s bouncy house are just part of the fun.
Plans are underway for the Annual “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event. Please note that the date
and location have changed this year. The event will take place at the KOA 100 Acre Woods at
5591 NY-Rt. 86 and will be on October 30 th from 4 to 7 pm. If you would like to join in the fun,
please contact Tina L. Terry at
The September meeting of the Wilmington Town Board will take place on Tuesday September
13 th at 5 pm. Look for the agenda in the next few days on the Town Facebook page, Jay
Community News and on the Wilmington Post Office Bulletin Board.
Look for the Town Newsletter in the next week. This information piece will be mailed out to all
households and will be placed on the Town website.
Congratulations to the Barkeater Trails Alliance for another successful event that was held in
our town parks last weekend.
The next meeting of the group working on reorganizing the Wilmington Youth Commission will
take place at the Youth Center Building in the park on September 26 at 5:30 pm. All are
welcome to attend.
I would urge all residents that normally take advantage of the Heating Assistance Program to
keep a close eye for the starting date for HEAP applications which is November 1 st . With fuel
costs so much higher this year, it will pay to be proactive. Feel free to reach out to my office if
you have any questions or need more information on this important program.
In this week’s History Trivia, I would like to acknowledge the Adirondack Christian Day Schools
55 year Anniversary. For the last 55 years the school has been an important part of the
Wilmington landscape. We congratulate them on this milestone. Personally I remember the
school opening their gym to the community as a shelter during the ice storm of 1998. They
served as a vital location for Wilmington residents and support crews during this time period.
Well folks, that’s all for this week. I will see you around town. Take care. – Roy Holzer