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Thank you to Fourth of July Parade and Picnic volunteers
July 18, 2018

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Letter to the Editor:

It turned out to be awfully hot and humid for Shepherdstown's Fourth of July parade and picnic this year, but many people turned out and enjoyed themselves regardless.

It takes a lot of time and effort from a lot of people to make these events happen, and we want to thank them all.

Thanks are due first, to everyone who organized and participated in the many different units in the parade.

We also want to thank all those who turned out to watch the parade and attend the picnic.

As always, we want to thank Mayor Auxer and the town council for being so supportive of our 4th of July efforts. The same goes for town staff and our police and fire departments.

Last but not least, we want to thank the following individuals and businesses for volunteering time and/or donating materials, services and funds many of whom are members of the Shepherdstown Rotary Club. Hopefully this list includes everyone, but so many were involved that we may have missed some.

Parade volunteers:

Holly Morgan Frye and Peter Smith, who organized the parade. Todd Coyle, parade announcer. Leslie Carter and Theresa Johnson, who handled horse clean-up duties. Michele Maiden, Daan Vreugdenhil, parade photographers. Other parade volunteers: Amanda Biebel, Hannah Brumbaugh, Jan Hafer, Courtney Kendzierski, Shelby Maly, Elisabeth Staro, Rie Wilson.

Picnic Volunteers

Terry Anderson, who organized all the food and drink service at the picnic. Dana Orsini, who managed the picnic setup. Walt Eifert, who helped with the setup and, with his wife, Kim, helped staff it. Sandy Brown, who organized the picnics childrens activities, with help from Ken Domina, Ayden Meeker, and Nathaniel Meeker. Other picnic volunteers: Corinne Airgood; Steve Campbell; Rick Caruso; Michelle and Richard Casucccio; Dale Homan; Dick Klein; Jack Lantzy; John Loeffler, Greg Mason; Tom Miller; Dave and Dore Ann Miljour; Nicole Saunders-Meske; Alex Shaw; Peter Smith; Sandy and Tabitha Sponaugle; Mike Sullivan; Matt Taylor; Paul Woods; and Bob Wyatt.

In-kind donors:

Doug Alexander, Terry Anderson, Rick Caruso, Tom Miller, Peter Smith, and Paul Woods, who lent tents. The Bavarian Inn, which provided freezer space prior to the picnic and lent three chafing dishes for food service there. The Cacapon Institute, which provided an educational pinball machine for the picnic. The Jefferson Distributing Company, which donated soft drinks for the picnic. Browns Tire and Auto, which donated bottled water. Keith McCall and Sandy Sponaugle, who lent cornhole sets for the picnic. The Potomac Valley Audubon Society, which provided one of its Story Walks for the picnic. The Shepherdstown Fire Department, which lent a truck to provide water for the picnic waterslide and tables and chairs for the event. Progressive Printing, which donated posters and flyers.

Cash donors:

Walt Eifert; Gary Heichel; Dick Klein; Ann Marie Legreid; Ken Mann; David Miljour; Howard Mills; Carl Moore; Nicole Saunders-Meske; Peter Smith; Tom Trumble; Hank Walter; and Paul Woods

We say this every year because its true: Shepherdstown is a great place to live, in no small part because it includes so many enthusiastic, community-spirited people who are willing to work together for the common good! Lets all do our best to keep it that way!

Sincerely yours,

The officers and members of

The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown

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