Parade Coverage: People in your neighborhood

By on July 6, 2016

Friday’s Independence Day Parade was a showcase of familiar faces

“Who are the people in your neighborhood? The people that you meet each day?” – Bob, from “Sesame Street”

This is what small town life is all about, I thought to myself, as I sat on the corner of Marion and South Broad streets, halfway through the 2016 Lititz Fourth of July parade. It’s not the bands, or the candy, the fire trucks, or the scrappy little bulldog dressed like a soldier being pulled in a wagon.

It’s all about the people.

Don’t get me wrong, I was a band geek in high school, so I can appreciate a great band. I loved hearing the Rajah String Band playing “Roll Out the Barrel,” the Lititz Community Band’s “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” the Moravian Trombone Choir’s rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and Dixieland Express’ rollicking “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

It brought a smile to my face to see the adorable little majorettes in training, trying in vain to keep up with their senior counterparts. I marveled at the praise band from Lititz UMC managing to remain upright and play instruments and sing while standing on the flat bed of a semi truck maneuvering around a corner.

I loved watching the kids squabble over the offerings of thrown candy, and the glee on the faces of their parents as they discovered that the Warwick Education Foundation was handing out pencils, and the Lititz Springs Park float was distributing water. I was fortunate enough to have my candy hand-delivered by Councilman Cory Van Brookhoven. Of course, that might have had something to do with the fact that I was sitting next to his girlfriend at the time.

I cheered as hard as anyone else at the Boy Scouts and their leaders carrying a humongous flag down the street, at the boatload of veterans waving enthusiastically to the crowd, and members of our local police forces, fire companies, VFW and Legion.

But the coolest part of the parade in our very cool small town was the people. I knew just about everyone in the parade. They are the people who call me on the phone at my desk at the paper. They e-mail press releases to me, telling me what their organization is planning. They are the people whose lives are the bread and butter of the Record Express, and the bread and butter of our town.

Bill Dussinger, Ron Oettel, Tim Snyder, Barry Lavender, Brigham Rhoads, Bill Seace, Sarah Sandkuhler, Karen Deim, Joe Doster, my son’s classmates in the Queen of Candles Court, our librarians, funeral directors, teachers, business owners, ministers, public servants, volunteers, and friends.

Each is a hard-working cog in the machine that keeps Lititz a vibrant, safe, and sought-after place to live. I was reminded how lucky I am to know them all, and how lucky Lititz is to have them.

On patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July, it’s hard not to think about the freedoms we have, and the people who sacrificed everything to make those freedoms possible. As we move towards next year’s 200th Fourth of July celebration here in Lititz, let’s all be thankful for all the generous, innovative, and hard-working individuals who make up our community.

Melissa Hunnefield is a staff writer at the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments at 721-4452 or mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com.



Fourth of July weekend in Lititz starts with the Lions Club 4th of July Parade, which was held last Friday, July 1, in downtown Lititz. (Photos by Preston Whitcraft)

Fourth of July weekend in Lititz starts with the Lions Club 4th of July Parade, which was held last Friday, July 1, in downtown Lititz. (Photos by Preston Whitcraft)



The American Legion Riders motorcycle contingent has become a staple in local parades.

The American Legion Riders motorcycle contingent has become a staple in local parades.

 

Dennis Stuckey, current county commissioner and former Lititz Borough Council president, was part of this year’s parade.

Dennis Stuckey, current county commissioner and former Lititz Borough Council president, was part of this year’s parade.

 

Samantha Shields was among the Queen of the Candles court members paraded through town in Corvettes last Friday. The following day, the recent Warwick grad was crowned as the 75th Queen of the Candles.

Samantha Shields was among the Queen of the Candles court members paraded through town in Corvettes last Friday. The following day, the recent Warwick grad was crowned as the 75th Queen of the Candles.

 

Lititz High School’s Class of ‘56 is celebrating its reunion in style!

Lititz High School’s Class of ‘56 is celebrating its reunion in style!

 

Mike Zimmerman wheels his way up the Broad Street hill at the square

Mike Zimmerman wheels his way up the Broad Street hill at the square

 

The Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir.

The Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir.

 

Every Marine needs a best friend.

Every Marine needs a best friend.

 

World War II reenactors made sure the kids got plenty of candy.

World War II reenactors made sure the kids got plenty of candy.

 

This year’s Fourth featured lots of dancing.

This year’s Fourth featured lots of dancing.

 

Each year, local Boy Scouts carry a giant U.S. flag through the streets.

Each year, local Boy Scouts carry a giant U.S. flag through the streets.

 

The Lititz Lions Club, sponsor of the parade, collected funds to help with its ongoing vision health programs.

The Lititz Lions Club, sponsor of the parade, collected funds to help with its ongoing vision health programs.

 

Recently retired Police Chief William Seace was this year’s grand marshal.

Recently retired Police Chief William Seace was this year’s grand marshal.

 

Dutchy Funk, featuring former borough councilman Todd Fulginiti (center).

Dutchy Funk, featuring former borough councilman Todd Fulginiti (center).

 

Veterans are always a big part of the Independence Day Parade. Thank you for your service!

Veterans are always a big part of the Independence Day Parade. Thank you for your service!

 

Lititz Mayor Tim Snyder pedaled his way through the parade. (Photo by Lisa Mears)

Lititz Mayor Tim Snyder pedaled his way through the parade. (Photo by Lisa Mears)

 

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods were returned to Lititz Springs Park for the Friday night entertainment following the parade. (Photos by Preston Whitcraft)

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods were returned to Lititz Springs Park for the Friday night entertainment following the parade. (Photos by Preston Whitcraft)

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