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Orleans Turns 200 Today
Updated March 12, 2015 6:19 AM | Filed under: Event
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(ORLEANS) - The town of Orleans will turn 200 on Wednesday.

The community will mark its birthday with ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. in Congress Square.

There will be a flag-raising, remarks by Judge R. Michael Cloud and Congressman Todd Young, the unveiling of the Bicentennial Legacy Project (the restored 1926 Orleans fire engine), performances by the Orleans High School band and choir, a balloon launch and birthday cake.

A commemorative postmark will be available at the post office, and copies of founding documents will be on display at Orleans Town Hall.

A pictorial cancellation is a unique postmark offered by the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate special events. Items that are cancelled using a commemorative design usually in very limited quantity are often sought after by stamp collectors and other interested in U.S. postal history.

The postmark features the official Orleans 200 logo designed by Brandon Deckard. According to Bicentennial Committee member Robert Henderson there are a several ways to participate in this historic event.

One option is pick up a free special Orleans 200 Postcards now available through both the Orleans Town offices and Orleans Library or be present for the kick-off event downtown to get your postcard.

Orleans Postmaster Lora Daugherty has announced that on that one day only, from the hours of 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Noon to 4:15 p.m. any one may bring their card into the post office purchase a 34 cent postcard stamp and receive the special postmark.

The Postmaster will also make available this unique pictorial cancellation on any material that bears un-cancelled postage at the U.S. First Class rate of 49 cents.

These items do not require an address, as once cancelled, the item is immediately returned to the individual. Anyone who can not attend the event can participate through the mail back service offered by the Orleans Postmaster. For more details please contact the Orleans Postmaster

A tree-planting will take place on the northeast corner of Congress Square, and 200th anniversary souvenirs will be available for sale.

For more information on these and other upcoming events about the Orleans Bicentennial, visitĀ

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