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veterans groups including the American Legion Post 781 and the Sons of the American Legion, the Crestwood Marching Band, churches, service clubs, scouts, teams and the ever popular and extremely proud local volunteer fire companies. Not to be missed were the antique cars, and the motorcycle brigade. Wright Township Volunteer Fire Company, which now answers calls for Rice as well, had six or seven vehicles in the parade.
At parade’s end a special program was held at the Wright Township Building. Parade participants and business and civic groups were all on hand to mark the occasion. Turkey Hill had a booth where everybody who spun the wheel got a prize. Free hotdogs were donated by Carone’s Market and distributed by volunteers. R & B DJs spun lively tunes to keep the party mood going.
Former Wright Township Supervisor Danny Frascella emceed a July Fourth program. Carl Alber, retired Wright Township Police Chief and the founder of his band Sundance, sang a moving America the Beautiful. Alyssa Golden, who was asked to fill in after Dave Balogna was unable to attend, sang the Star Spangled Banner. Danny Frascella joked that Alyssa was invited to come again next year.
A large contingent of local veterans groups including the American Legion and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary participated in the wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial, while an American Legionnaire played TAPS.
Colonel Roger Schwartz gave an inspired and detailed account of the founding of our country and the U. S. Constitution. Michael Stair gave a moving presentation of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. His description of the First Amendment including Freedom of the Press hit a cord with me.
Citizen Awards were made to Joan Malkemes for her years of dedication to her job at Wright Township. Robert and Agnes Rundle were acknowledged for operating their real estate business for 36 years. Ray Samolis, World War II Veteran and a parade participant for the past 27 years was also saluted. State Representatives Jerry Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski assisted with the salutes.
I was standing near a number of Luzerne County Council members including Harry Haas, Linda McClosky Houck, Tim McGinley and Jim Bobeck, who also participated in the parade and were introduced.
The event was very nice and the hot dogs and cold water added a festive touch. Thank you to Mountaintop on the Move for a beautiful program. Photos from their event are posted on the Mountaintop on the Move Facebook page.
Fireworks Round Out Weekend
Last but not least, the annual Mountaintop Fireworks display sponsored by Wright Township with donations for nearly all other Mountaintop municipalities was rescheduled from its Thursday July 3 slot to Saturday July 5. Most of our family went from the train to dinner and back out to the fireworks. Too much fun for me. My daughter Lara reported that the 20-minute display