October 2, 2008
Committee thanks many who made weekend possible

To the editor:
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On behalf of the West Boylston Parade Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee members and all of the volunteers and groups that helped make this past Bicentennial weekend possible. Some have been involved for many years and others assisted days before and on parade day.

Many thanks to all our sponsors – starting with our grand parade sponsor, Menard’s Auto Body – to the division sponsors and all of the other businesses. Without their help, none of this would have been possible.

Thanks to: Savvas Fotiadis, owner of The Manor Restaurant, for the use of his property for parking, seating and the food court;

The Banner for all of its help getting the word out and with the parade program;

Please take the time to thank and patronize all of our sponsors whenever possible.

Thanks to: the more than 30 volunteers who helped make the parade go so smoothly, from the volunteers at the assembly area to the disassembly area and everyone in between; to the school children wearing costumes and to the many children who carried sponsorship banners;

To all the people, groups and businesses that marched and/or put floats in the parade: This is what truly made this a community parade.

Thanks to all of the town departments and employees for their help over the last few years through parade day: the Police Department; the Fire Department, Department of Public Works; the Health Department; the Council on Aging; the School Department; the wiring inspector; the Municipal Light Department; and, the town administrator’s office.

Thanks to: The announcers of the parade and to our local cable access channel and their volunteers for taping the parade so we can watch it for years to come; all the surrounding communities that were in the parade; the town of Sterling for its help with the bleachers; and to the towns that offered assistance to our police and fire departments while they were busy at the weekend events.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the other weekend events possible, including the Arts Festival, the bonfire and the grand finale of the weekend, the fireworks. Without all of them, this would not have been such a fabulous weekend.

Thanks to all the onlookers who cheered on our parade participants. You made it a great day for everyone. There was nothing more rewarding for us then to see our friends and neighbors enjoying the day.

Most of all, thanks to you, the residents of West Boylston, for all you did over that last few years to help make last weekend’s bicentennial events possible, from the penny fundraiser to the purchasing of bicentennial merchandise.

On a personal note, I would like to thank my family – my wife Julie, for being so understanding during the past few years, for her help at the parade start and for making sure my sons Brian and William were involved in the day; my son Matthew, for helping with the coordination of the parade and for spending the time going to parades over the last few years with me to get ready for ours.

I would also like to thank Bruce Peterson for all of his assistance with the parade and the weekend. I think everyone would agree that, when something needed to be done, he knew how to do it. And, when Bruce said it was all set, it was. I could not have made it to parade day without his help.

I tried very hard to list everybody, but I know there may be groups or individuals that I have missed. If I have, to all that helped, my sincere thanks.

I am looking for photos of the parade to add to the bicentennial Web site. I am trying to get a photo of every entry in the parade. If you have pictures of the parade, please contact me, Chris Rucho, at westtown@wb.com, or (508) 835-1125, so I can make arrangements to get them.

I will add as many as I can to the Web and make a DVD of the parade. Many photos are online now at www.wb200.com.

Christopher Rucho
Parade Chairman

   
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