Parade ushered in the celebration of Adena Heritage Days

Esther McCoy HONOREE — Michael Bednar served as grand marshal for Saturday’s Adena Heritage Days parade. He was joined by his wife, Tammy, second from left, and their children, from left, Mickey Bednar, Shannon Bednar, Alex Bednar and Taylor Bednar. “You have made me a happy man,” he said during at the event.

ADENA – A Saturday parade celebrated the 20th anniversary of Heritage Days, an event organized to show off the “small community with a big heart.”

Among those honored during the event was Michael Bednar, the grand marshal, who was raised and educated in the village. A member of the St. Casimir’s Catholic Church, he studied law at Kent State University before joining a Steubenville practice. He has served on Village Council and as the village’s solicitor, a prosecutor and Jefferson County Court judge. He was joined by his wife, Tammy, and their children, Mickey, Shannon, Alex. Mike and Taylor.

Dorothy Rauscher, 88, who has lived in the village for 60 years, was named the Adena Queen. After the death of her husband in 1986, she learned to drive, obtained her driver’s license and went to work as a custodian in the Buckeye Local School District. When it was determined that she needed a boilers license, she studied and earned the certification. She was joined by 22 family members and friends who were wearing lime green T-shirts that read “Dorothy’s Queen Court.” She rode in the parade in a horse-drawn coach.

The parade included the Harrison Central High School marching band, floats, trucks, candidates and a tractor that pulled an authentic coal car from the DiConte Coal Co, which was in business from 1940 to 1965. Roger Sliva portrayed a miner on the car.

The Adena American Legion Post 525 and its Auxiliary had a float acknowledging the 100 year anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary. The Adena Lions participated as well.

Members of the Adena American Legion marching group carried multiple types of flags in the parade. The flags were presented at the gazebo during special ceremonies.