Resolution J2463-2013

Commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the Town of Ballston, Saratoga County



  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the Town
of Ballston, Saratoga County

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and  commem-
orate  the distinguished histories of the communities which comprise the
noble body of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 225th Anniversary of the Town of Ballston, in  the  County  of
Saratoga, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  On  July  13,  2013,  the Town of Ballston will hold a cele-
bration of its 225th Anniversary; events to commemorate this celebration
will be held at the Ballston Town Hall, the Merchant Farm and the  Ball-
ston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Town  of  Ballston  will  be showing Historic Exhibits,
restored modes of transportation from years past, toys  and  games  from
over  a  century  ago, historical reenactments, petting zoos, and tradi-
tional foods and drink, as well as a traditional game of baseball; and
  WHEREAS, The Town of Ballston officially came into being on  March  7,
1788;  previously it was part of Albany County, but was divided on March
24, 1772, into two districts; in 1775,  the  District  of  Ballston  was
taken  from  the  District  of Saratoga, creating three districts within
Albany; and
  WHEREAS, On February 7, 1791, by means of an Act of the New York State
Legislature, the County of Saratoga was created and the Town of Ballston
was one of the first four "Mother Towns"; and
  WHEREAS, The Town of Ballston was  originally  a  hunting  ground  for
Iroquois  Indians,  and first settlements came in with the establishment
of a community around the home of Reverend Eliphalet Ball, for whom  the
town is named; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Town  of  Ballston  and  its  settlers took part in the
Revolutionary War with residents fighting for both the Patriots and  the
British;  most  notably,  Joe  Betteys, who lived with his family in the
Town of Ballston, and first fought for the  Patriots  and  then,  later,
became a spy for the British; and
  WHEREAS, After the Town's founding, three major communities developed,
Ballston Center, Ballston Lake and Burnt Hills; and
  WHEREAS,  With  good  fortune and a vast and rich history, the Town of
Ballston will continue to march forward as a safe and enjoyable communi-
ty to call home; and
  WHEREAS, Remaining fruitful over the ebb and flow of decades of growth
and change, the Town of Ballston continues its commitment  to  enhancing
the quality of life of its citizens, ensuring a positive environment for
residents  and businesses as well as supporting and advocating on behalf
of its rich agricultural history; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  225th Anniversary of the Town of Ballston, recognizing
the significance of the role it continues to play in  the  life  of  the
community of the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Ballston Town Historian, Rick Reynolds, and the 225th Anni-
versary Committee, as well as to leaders of the Town of Ballston.


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