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Village celebrates bicentennial

While full beards, mutton chops, goatees, sideburns and moustaches will be sprouting on men, women have a different challenge entirely.

"Women are asked to refrain from appearing in public or the highways while wearing make-up, nail varnish, perfume, jewelry, or tinted, dyed or bleached hairdos," said Romano.

The women are given a way out, however. Anyone wishing to adorn themselves can purchase an official pin which permits them to wearing accessories and flattering hairstyles. Proceeds from the sales of the pins will be funneled toward the many free events throughout the Bicentennial year.

According to the committee's official decree, evaders of the mandates will be turned over to Ye Bicentennial Kops and Ye Awful Judges of the Bicentennial to be tried in Kangaroo Kourt.

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Another key element in the historical happenings is a just-released book painstakingly written by residents Paul and Marilyn Pastore. The Pastores combed through hundreds of historical photographs and documents for their book, Streetscapes Through Time. The books, printed in a limited edition of 1,500, are already selling like hotcakes for $20 at the village's municipal office.

An open invitation

Planners of the yearlong bash invite all area residents to join in the fanfare.

"Most of all, we want this to be a time for people to come together and celebrate," said Mancini. "At the next village milestone, we want to be remembered as throwing a party that does the village justice."

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