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A patriotic celebration

‘Saluting our Canines’ is theme of this year’s parade

June 24, 2011
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - There is still time for village residents to register for the 2011 village Fourth of July parade.

The parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on July 4 beginning at Riesbeck's and end at Kroger, according to Dee Martin, chairman of the village special events committee.

"This year's theme will be 'saluting our canines'" Martin explained.

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Jess Looman
MAKING?PLANS – Members of the Wintersville Special Events Committee recently gathered to discuss the village’s annual Fourth of July parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. July 4 at Riesbeck’s. Committee members include, from left, Fallon Martin, Kevin Reiner, Dee Martin, Marci Zangrando and Phyllis Foreman. Parade float entries will be accepted until the day of the parade.

The grand marshal for this year's parade will be Luck, one of the village police department's canines, who retired this year.

"Luck and his trainer, Shawn Gegick, have done a lot for this village and we feel his years of service to the village deserve to be recognized," Martin noted.

Parade entries will be accepted until the day of the parade, Martin noted.

"All float ideas are welcome and we will be awarding trophies this year for floats that best portray the theme as well as the most outstanding dance groups," she added. "Mayor's choice will also be awarded. So get your colonial gear and get in the parade."

The picnic in the park also is scheduled again this year.

"Following the parade, we will have a picnic in Walnut Park from noon until 2 p.m. with hot dogs and hamburgers being served as well as entertainment for attendees," she relayed.

Martin also is asking businesses along Main Street to decorate their building fronts.

"Whether it be a flag or any sort of decoration in red, white and blue, we just want to see the businesses get into the spirit as well," she added.

For information, contact Martin at (740) 424-5419 or send an e-mail to

(Looman can be contacted at

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