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GENESEO - The birthday celebrations are underway as Livingston County marks its bicentennial.

The official anniversary kick-off date is Feb. 23. At 1:30 p.m. that day to help celebrate, the county’s board of supervisors will have a special meeting at the Government Center, 6 Court St., Geneseo.

The program celebrations will include soloist Felicity Thomas, who will perform “America the Beautiful,” a historical overview by County Historian Amie Alden, a reading of an original poem by poet and essayist Albert Albonato in honor of the bicentennial and a performance by the Genesee Valley Children’s Choir.

Albonato’s reading and the Children’s Choir’s performance will be pre-recorded while Thomas plans to perform live. There will also be a montage of videos with congratulatory greetings from the state historian, local officials, historians and historical societies, community organizations and individuals wishing Livingston County a happy 200th.

Geneseo Town Supervisor Will Wadsworth’s daughters - seventh generation descendants of the pioneer James Wadsworth - will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members of the public are also invited to take part in the celebration. People both young and old are being asked to record a short video with their phones (maximum of 30 seconds) offering birthday greetings to the county. Submitted clips will be edited together to form a montage, which will be shown at the meeting.

Some video submissions may also be posted individually throughout 2021 on the county’s YouTube channel and social media platforms.

In their message, people are being asked to introduce themselves, add a brief comment on where they’re filming from or their association with the area, and then offer their congratulations to the county on its 200th birthday.

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