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By Dan Kolasky Published: May 15, 2017 4:00 AM

The Atwater Lions are in the final planning stages for the 2017 Memorial Day parade on May 29. The parade lineup will be on Bank Street at noon and step off at 12:30 p.m. The parade will move down Waterloo Road and S.R. 183 to end at the Atwater Town Hall.

A program will be presented that honors our war veterans. Services will include a wreath-laying at the memorial, flag raising, and music by the Waterloo School Band.

Following the program, awards and prizes will be given to the best-decorated floats, cars, bicycles and horses. For more information about participating in the Memorial Day parade, call Claude Custer at 330-715-3196.

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Here also is a change, due to a scheduling conflict, for the Historical Society Flea Market. It has been changed to June 24, at the Atwater Town Hall, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for an outside space and $20 for an inside space.

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This is a major fundraiser for the Historical Society. Proceeds go to support a student scholarship and food shelf. They would like to encourage our members to help out either as a vendor or as a volunteer to help throughout the day. For more information, call Claude Custer at 330-715-3196.

This annual event is a great success for the historical society. Hope to see you there!

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Also don't forget that the Randolph Lions Club will sponsor the annual Randolph Township Memorial Day parade on May 29, starting at 10 a.m. Memorial Day is a time for all of us to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country.

Floats and other participants are asked to assemble once again at the ballpark parking lot on Waterloo Road next to the township administration building no later than 9:30 a.m. Floats wishing to be considered for a cash prize should ask the Lions Club organizers at the field for a judging number. The Prince and Princess for this year's parade are Prince -- Benjamin Luli and Princess -- Maria Hermann.

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They also hold a Memorial Day Speech Contest. The finalists are Maria Hermann, Jasmin Rozendaal and Callie Hartline. One of these students will be giving their speech at the town hall services. The Grand Marshal for 2017 is Charles Breiding.

Lion Bob Moledor is organizing the float contest judging. Anyone needing more information on the float competition or anyone wishing to pre-register their float in the competition can call Bob at 330-628-9626.

The parade will include all of the events as in past years including a color guard, Waterloo Schools Marching Band, Memorial service before the parade, sports teams, dignitaries, parade king and queen, raffle, Randolph Fire Department pancake breakfast, Memorial Day ceremony at the township hall, presentation by the Lions Club speech contest winner and much, much more.

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Dan Kolasky

Phone: 330-947-2345

Email: DKolasky@aol.com


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