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Ballston making birthday plans

— Ballston Town Historian Rick Reynolds has seen his share of town birthday celebrations. But this summer will a special landmark, the 225th birthday of Ballston. And Reynolds wants to throw a party to suit.

To put it together, Reynolds has assembled a committee of residents, professionals, media and just about anyone willing to volunteer their time and services and be a part of the celebration. The group met for the first time Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The committee currently consists of Joyce Boice, Rosemary Carney, Laura Conrad, Meagan Frantz, Cheryll Hill, Tricia Letendre, Lori Liebert, Eileen Lofthouse, Angela McFarland, Steve and Gail Merchant, Charlie and Pat Merriam, Rick Reynolds, Charles Roberts, Muriel Swatling and Polly Windels

Other interested parties at the first meeting included Pete Bardunas, Al Haenel, Paul Hill, John McIntyre, Joan Pott and Lynette Ziskin.

Reynolds brought the committee up to date by reviewing the history of the Town of Ballston, and talking about past celebrations that he felt “have all led up to this one.”

“The town’s 225 years is certainly worth celebrating,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds has two other recent celebrations under his belt. In 2009, a celebration of Ballston Lake was held, and in 2011, one was held for Burnt Hills.

“These were both successful events and all have led up to this one,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds said the idea for the celebration is to create a draw. His first suggestion is for a game of 1850s baseball, the rules of which are far different from modern baseball rules. The game is played in a square and with one out per inning, no balls or strikes and no bases, just stakes.

Reynolds said the olden form of baseball was chosen so as to not reinforce the myth that famous Ballston resident Abner Doubleday was the inventor of modern baseball.

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