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Parade Committee: Congrats and thank you

The East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade is now in the history books. The parade route once again was lined heavily with spectators, the weather was perfect and there was very little that could have been changed to make the parade or the day better.
The Parade Committee wishes to take this opportunity to thank the people, businesses, organizations and sponsors that provided support for the 2011 4th of July Parade. Without your continued support we would not have been able to celebrate our independence and pay respect to our veterans or our military men and women who have or currently maintain our freedom.
Special thanks to: The citizens and taxpayers of the Town of East Longmeadow; all of our band and unit sponsors; area and community organizations; area and community businesses; Acre’s Power Equipment; The 99 Restaurant and Pub; Bach Towing; Custom Auto Body; The Donut Dip; Elmcrest Country Club; Fenway Golf; Hartline Stripping and Sealcoating; The Hellyer Family; Joe Pereria; Maybury Material Handling; Mt. Tom Amateur Repeaters Association for Communications; Normandeau Trucking and Hale Trailer; Perron’s Automotive; Reminder Publications; The Republican/Metro South; St. Michael’s Parish; Stop & Shop Supermarket; Pride Gas Station; CJ’s Towing; and various town departments and offices.
Congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s House Decorating Contest as you continue to show your patriotic spirit. The number and detail shown by this year’s participants made the judging exceptionally difficult. Keep up the good work.
This years winners are: 1st Place — Rick & Renee Oliveri, 7 Hanward Hill; 2nd Place — Rick Gardner, 102 North Mani St.; 3rd Place — Roger Farrell, 73 Elm St. Honorable Mentions include Stephanie King, 27 Hanward Hill and The Pelletiers, 76 Mapleshade Ave.
Congratulations to the following musical groups: Best Marching Unit — Yankee Doodle Marching Band; Best Fife and Drum Corps — Marquis of Granby Fife and Drum Corp; Best Drum and Bugle Corp — Centurions Drum and Bugle Corp; Best Cadences — Windsor Fife and Drum Corp; Best Drum Major — Marquis of Granby Fife and Drum Corp; General Effects (Overall) — Polish American String Band.
Congratulations to the following floats, Patriotic Class, 1st Place — Lenox/American Saw; 2nd Place — South Hadley Veterans; 3rd Place — Springfield Lodge of Elks; 4th Place — East Longmeadow Council on Aging. Open Class: 1st Place — East Longmeadow High School 50th Anniversary; 2nd Place — Chicopee Colleen Float; 3rd Place — Melha Shrine.
Congratulations to the following Fire Departments: Best Appearing Pumper 70s, 80s, 90s Series — Brimfield Fire Department-1996 E-1 Freightliner and Holland Fire Department-1998 KME. Best Rescue Unit — Shaker Pines Fire District, Enfield, Conn., 2003 HME. Best Appearing Hazmat — Westover Air Force Reserve Base Fire Department. Best Appearing Antique — Agawam District #2. Ray Ponn — 1941 American LaFrance. Ben Cote — 1961 Maxim.
Finally, a special thank you to all of the banner carriers and parade marshals. The hard work and support that you provide during the parade, allows the Parade Committee to provide a quality and family oriented parade each year.
The parade committee is also interested in your input/feedback on the parade. Please send your comments to boysclub@aol.com or P.O. Box 828, East Longmeadow, MA. 01028.
Information about the parade is available throughout the year at the committee’s Web site — www.july.ws.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the East Longmeadow Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Brian A. Falk
East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade Committee
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