Thanks to all who helped with Veterans Day parade

To the editor:

The Mifflin County Commissioners would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped to make our first Veterans Day Parade a big success. We were very pleased with the number of parade participants and the number of people who turned out to honor our veterans.

For starters, we would like to acknowledge the fine work of our parade committee: Alan Sunderland, Captain Fame EMS; Christine DeArment, Director of Veterans Affairs; Deb Bargo, Mayor of Lewistown; Frank Jost, Managing Editor of The Sentinel; Rocco Pallotto, Host of the MERF Morning Show; and Scott Richards, General Manager of WCHX.

Our parade judges deserve a tip of the cap as well.  Special thanks go out to: Kay Hamilton, Retired CAO of Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital; Tom Laub, Host of WIEZ Morning Edition; and

Chris Kramer, Morning Host at 105.5 WCHX.

Following the parade, a special program was presented on the steps of the Historic Courthouse.  Frank Jost was our master of ceremonies for the event, and we were quite fortunate to have Colonel Robert J. DeSousa serve as the featured speaker. Abby Traxler provided a wonderful rendition of our national anthem, and the vocal group “In Joy” treated the crowd to three outstanding numbers.

Many, many people deserve thanks for helping with a host of parade-related activities and tasks.  We sincerely hope the list of individuals below is complete, but we realize that with a project of this magnitude it is very possible that some individuals will inadvertently omitted. To those who we may have missed, we humbly ask your forgiveness and thank you for your valuable assistance.

Thanks to: Matt Moore, George Miller of Zampelli Electronics, Chastity Fultz, Pastor Randy Hughes, Father William Weary, MCHS Key Club, Lewistown Giant Food Store, Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mifflin County Fire Police, Lewistown Borough, Ed Fike, Tom Stalnaker, Warden Mike Book and his wife, Jason Wagner, Joann Tate, Mary Shingler, Daz Gone By, Lewistown Police Department, Commissioners’ Office Staff members Cathy Romig, Lauren Mowrey, and George Welsh, JR Fetters, Tracey Reesman and family, Neil and Michelle Knable, Deb Civitts, Wendy Bubb and Stephanie Neff from  the Treasurer’s Office, Lindsey Landis, and Sheriff Chris Shade.

Every parade needs a band, and we thank Director Art Belfiore and the MCHS Marching Band for participating in our event. Since the parade was put together in such a short time frame, we are very thankful that the band personnel were able to add the event to their busy schedule.

We need to acknowledge the three winners in our parade.  First place went to 148th Field Hospital Reenactors led by Captain Walters.  Second place honors were achieved by KC Equine (Kristie Weaver), and third place went to 7 Mountains Jeeps.

Overall, our first attempt at a Veterans Parade was very positive.  With the knowledge gained from 2016, we hope that our 2017 edition will be better yet!  Please mark your calendars now for Thursday, November 9, 2017!  We hope to see a big Mifflin County turnout to honor our Veterans.

Lisa Nancollas, Steve Dunkle and Kevin Kodish

Mifflin County Commissioners