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July 13, 2011 - July 4 Parade

Dear Editor,

The 2011 Fourth of July Parade was a tremendous success! All those who volunteered to put this together should be congratulated!

We, at the Knights of Columbus, had a fantastic experience helping with the "staging" of the floats and other entries. Everything ran "smooth as silk" thanks to Chief Steve Ronk and his Independence Township Fire crew.

We had 20-plus people who manned stations at St. Daniel's parking lot where entries registered and lined up. The huge crowds along the parade route were enthusiastically appreciative of all those who volunteered.

The Clarkston Knights are known for their fundraising efforts. This past spring, our "Tootsie Roll" drive raised over $18,000 for organizations that work with the mentally and physically challenged members of our community. Some of these are Clarkston Scamp, Angel's Place, New Horizon, ARC of Oakland, Kingsley Montgomery School, St. Vincent DePaul, Lighthouse North, New Gateway and Coffee House.

Last year's Car Show and Sock Hop helped provide $20,000 for an Ultra Sound machine for the Pregnancy Health Center in Waterford. We are strong advocates for the unborn and their right to life.

Our thanks go to the residences of Clarkston and all the people of our community for their support of our efforts, without which none of this would be possible.

We want to thank the Clarkston Kroger Stores, CVS Drug store and Rite Aid for their generous contribution of bottled water.

Clarkston Knights of Columbus

Vet celebration

Dear Editor,

We had our first Veterans Celebration this year in Clintonwood Park during the July 4 festivities. Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers and our "Friends" group sponsor, we were able to honor our veterans. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the following individuals and groups: Planning and Organizing Committee Members Bart Clark, John Cesarz, Gordy Cloutier, Phil Custodio and Kelly Hyer; American Legion Hall Post 377 for providing their Honor Guard and 21 Gun Salute; those who made home made baked goods for the Meet and Greet, Sandy Bailey, Renne Bridgewater, Dee Campbell, Ellen Campbell, Betty Cosser, Shirley Hockey, Larry Larson, Sally Long, Ruth Merick, Jean Perzack, Duane Proctor, Donna Schneider, Pat Stitt, Joan Townsend and Gerry Townsend; those who displayed their military items; Pontiac Miniature Aircraft Club and the Holly Cloudhoppers for displaying their model war planes; sponsor Friends of the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center for providing lunch coupons for all of the Veterans; township officials who volunteered, Mark Petterson and Curt Carson.

I would also want to extend special thanks to Bart Clark who co-hosted this event with me. He did a wonderful job honoring our veterans.

Without all of the support of everyone listed above we would not have been able to hold such a successful event. I am grateful to everyone for their support.

Barbara Rollin, senior coordinator

Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center

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