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Town Highway department seeks seasonal cemetery laborers

The Town of Seneca Falls is currently seeking to fill four (4) seasonal positions cemetery laborers within the Highway Department. Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by Monday, April 3, 2023.

All applicants are required to complete the Seneca County Civil Service application below and remit to the Seneca Falls Interim Highway Superintendent for consideration.

Click here: Application


Town of Seneca Falls Office of the Town Clerkc/o Jeremy Wendt, Interim Superintendent of Highways130 Ovid StreetSeneca Falls, NY 13148

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Legal Notice – NYS ESD | Restore NY Program

WHEREAS, the Town desires to apply to the NYS Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) Restore NY Program for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the 2nd through 4th floors of the former Seneca Knitting Mill, the current home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame that will include 11,500 SF of the building within this phase.

View: Legal Notice – Town of Seneca Falls | Restore NY Program

View: Property Assessment List – Town of Seneca Falls | Restore NY Program

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Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra retired

The Town of Seneca Falls Police Department held a ceremonial walkout for Police Chief Stuart Peenstra on Friday. Peenstra signed off one last time with a message to the department. He was then led in a processional walk out the front doors of the Police department with a bag pipe playing and he was saluted by his fellow officers. Peenstra’s family, Police Officers and town staff gathered outside to receive Peenstra for one last walkout as Police Chief. Peenstra’s last day of service to the town after 25 years of honorable service is December 30.

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Town Hall Early Closing for Holiday Weekend

Seneca Falls Municipal Building will be closing at Noon today, Friday, December 23rd, for the holiday weekend. The offices will re-open on Tuesday, December 27th for business.May all be filled with the spirit of traditions, memories and be joyful and present. We wish you peace and goodness this season.

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Seneca Falls Town Board Honors “It’s A Wonderful Life” actress Karolyn Grimes

At a ceremony held this morning at the It’s A Wonderful Life museum in Seneca Falls, on behalf of the Town Board, Town Supervisor Michael Ferrara paid tribute to actress Karolyn Grimes presenting a certificate of honor. Ferrara read aloud the town board’s gratitude for making our town her second home and for her 20 years of support of the festival and museum.

CERTIFICATE OF HONORis hereby presented toKAROLYN GRIMES On the 20th Anniversary of Her Cultural Contributionsto Seneca Falls and the “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival

On this 9th day of December in the year 2022, at the stroke of 9:00 a.m., ‘The Bells of the Real Bedford Falls Ring in Honor of Karolyn Grimes’ through the streets of our historic canal town of Seneca Falls, NY, to celebrate her extraordinary talents in the film arts, honoring a film character that has captured hearts and founded memories for generations- Karolyn Grimes is ‘the Real Bedford Falls’ personified.

It all began in 1946, when director Frank Capra’s film “It’s a Wonderful Life” was released to cinemas and Zuzu Bailey captured the hearts of cinema enthusiasts.  Since then, the film has become a holiday cult classic.  At the young age of 4, Karolyn Grimes began working in film and just two short years later, at the age of 6, she became known to the world as “Zuzu”, uttering the now famous line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets it’s wings.”

Karolyn has been a cultural fixture in historic Seneca Falls having attended the annual It’s A Wonderful Life festival since December 6, 2002.  Upon one of her first visits, she said “When I came around the corner and saw main street, I gasped and said, ‘This is Bedford Falls!’ and that ‘coming to Seneca Falls is like coming home.”Additionally, Karolyn has donated hundreds of pieces of memorabilia to the It’s A Wonderful Life museum since its opening in 2010- ever perpetuating and preserving this phenomenon that truly has been a gift to so many.  Karolyn herself has said ‘…the best gifts are the stories related by those same angels’ referring to the many fans who share with her their personal stories relating to the film.Today, we kick off the 20th celebration of It’s A Wonderful Life festival, marking the iconic film with a nostalgic welcome by Seneca Fallsians and visitors from around the world to ‘the Real Bedford Falls’.  The town extends a warm welcome to original cast members: Karolyn Grimes (“Zuzu Bailey”), Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”), Michael Chapin (“Young George’s Friend”), and Donald and Ronald Collins (“Young Pete Bailey”) with special guests Mary, Monica Capra Hodges, Hannah Capra Ermi, and featuring Shaylyn Ford, Mrs. World 2022, Elizabeth Kress, Lauren Chapin, Actor Brian Rohan and Author Michael Willian.On Sunday, the festival will ‘Toast to Karolyn’ at breakfast, and close with the ‘Auld Lang Syne’ dinner.                              And so to you our dear friend, Karolyn, we raise a cup of kindness yet. And there’s a hand my trusty friend!  And give us a hand o’ thine!For Auld Lang Syne.Now, I, Michael J. Ferrara, on behalf of the Seneca Falls Town Board, and the citizens of Seneca Falls, thank you Karolyn for filling countless hearts, young and old, with the spirit of the holidays and for gifting the Town of Seneca Falls a ‘Wonderful Life’.

Town Supervisor Ferrara and actress Karolyn Grimes

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Annual “It’s A Wonderful Life” festival has arrived

This year celebrates the 76th year of the iconic film ‘It’s A Wonderful Life by director Frank Capra. It also attributes special recognition of actress Karolyn Grimes with the bells ringing at the stroke of nine o’clock this morning for having visited the Seneca Falls event for the last 20 years.A special ceremony was also held at the It’s A Wonderful Life Museum on Fall Street to honor Grimes for her support and contributions over the years making the festival and museum a much sought after holiday extravaganza.This year, the museum also revealed the 100th anniversary time capsule with tokens of remembrance from the Town Board, special guests, and festival goers to be placed in the capsule. The museum plans to open the capsule in 2046.If you are looking for some holiday cheer, enjoy the many events held through Sunday afternoon.“It’s A Wonderful Life” festival schedule:

“It’s A Wonderful Life” festival in Seneca Falls, New York

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