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Earl A. Gingerich Jr. was sworn in as Marilla town supervisor Wednesday.

The town’s 33rd town supervisor took the oath in the Marilla Grill in front of residents, family members, town employees, elected officials, former board members and friends, including Leon E. Berner, who ran against Gingerich for the supervisor position.

Gingerich, better known as “Skip” to town residents, urged people to forget their differences and start the new year without petty feelings.

He referred to Berner, whose 59-year-old wife, Karen M. Berner, died Saturday. The couple ran Berner Farms in Elma together, with Karen Berner managing the retail portion of the garden center and greenhouses.

Think about what is really important in a small town, such as friends and neighbors, Gingerich said.

Newly sworn-in Town Board members will join current board members, Councilman Warren Handley and Councilwoman Barbara Spanitz, in comprising a significantly smaller board today than the first one sworn in March 7, 1854, at the same site.

That board consisted of a supervisor, town clerk, three town justices, a superintendent of schools, a commissioner of highways, an assessor, a tax collector, an overseer of the poor, four constables, a town sealer and three election inspectors.

The board’s will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today in Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road.

There will be a work session Jan. 14, followed by an organization meeting on Jan. 16.