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Success dependent upon many

July 15, 2016
Shepherdstown Chronicle

Shepherdstown lucked out again with the weather on July 4th this year and we managed to get through all of the town's parade and most of the picnic that followed without any of the rain that had been forecast. And the cool weather was a real plus.

In the end, the parade included 74 entries, which was a new record. And both the parade and picnic drew good crowds.

As usual, lots of people deserve credit for making the parade and picnic a success.

Thanks are due to all of the people, literally hundreds, who organized and participated in the many different units that marched in the parade: from Martinsburg's Civil Air Patrol Squadron, which provided the color guard that led the parade to the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, which closed out the parade. It was great to see more floats this time; they're a lot of work but they add a lot of fun to the occasion.

Thanks are also due to the many hundreds more who turned out for both the parade and picnic. It's impressive to see so many people take an interest in our town and its events.

As always, we also want to thank Shepherdstown's elected officials, Mayor Jim Auxer, Recorder Lori Robertson, and other council members, for being so supportive of our 4th of July efforts. And the same goes for the town hall staff and our police and fire departments.

Finally, we want to thank the following individuals for volunteering time and donating funds, materials, and services to help with the parade and picnic. Many, but by no means all, are members of the Shepherdstown Rotary Club. Hopefully this list includes everyone who helped, but so many were involved that we may have missed some.


Holly Morgan Frye and Peter Smith, who organized the parade.

Todd Coyle, parade announcer.

Michele Maiden and Dann Vreugdenhil, parade photographers.

Other parade volunteers:

Jacob Bailes; Kahlen Browning; Debbie Dickinson; Briar Dillow; Donovan Frye; Theresa Johnson; David Manthos; Dore Ann Miljour; Howard Mills; Paige Palmer; Sandy Sponaugle; Tabitha Sponaugle; Rie Wilson.

Chef Miriam Conroy, who planned and directed all the food and drink service at the picnic, and her husband, Chris.

Walt Eifert, who played a major role in overall picnic planning and then supervised its setup and, with his wife, Kim, helped staff it.

Sandy Brown, who organized and directed the picnic's children's activities, with help from Shelly Feist, Christy Hagerty, David Leonard, Vaida Manthos, Wendy and Stan Mopsik and Jenny Seeley.

Other picnic volunteers:

Lillian Anderson; Justin Anderson; Terry Anderson; Richard Anson; Erwin Asam; Kathryn Burns; Steve Campbell; Michelle and Richard Casucccio; Holly Frye; Elizabeth Granzow; Gary Heichel; Karen Kinnett; Dick Klein; Paul Kradel; Jack Lantzy; Monica Lockett; David and Vaida Manthos; Greg Mason; Tom Miller; Dave Miljour; Charles Nieman; Nicole Saunders-Meski; Alex Shaw; Peter Smith; Sandy Sponaugle; Tabitha Sponaugle; Paul Woods.


Doug Alexander; Erwin Asam, Sandy Brown; Michelle Casuccio; Walt Eifert; Gary Heichel; Jefferson Distributing; Dick Klein; Paul Kradel; Ann Marie Legried; Monica Lockett; Dave Miljour; Tom Miller; Carl Moore; Dana Orsini; and Progressive Printing.

We say this every year because it's true: Shepherdstown is a great place to live, in no small part because it includes so many enthusiastic, community-spirited people! Let's all do our best to keep it that way in the years ahead!

Sincerely yours,

The officers and members of

The Rotary Club of Shepherdstown



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