Letter: Brattleboro Goes Fourth says thanks

Our sincere thanks to everyone who made Brattleboro's 44th annual free family Independence Day celebration as warm and bright as the weather.

The all-volunteer "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" citizens committee and town Recreation & Parks Department were able to present the event only because of the generosity of countless individuals and organizations that donated their time, money and talent, including:

- Brattleboro's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which not only lead our parade with its giant American flag but also covered all the costs of the march for a third year in a row.

- Nearly 50 parade entries, including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, firefighters, community and youth groups and our finale favorite, local personality Alfred Hughes Jr.

- Parade route preparers and marshals Patrick Moreland and Kate O'Connor, traffic volunteers Steve Dutton, Jerry Forkin, John Mudge, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Vermont Community Emergency Response Team; and the staffs of the town Recreation & Parks, Police, Fire and Public Works Departments.

- The Brattleboro Reformer, WTSA Radio, Brattleboro Goes Fourth Facebook page editor Kerry Amidon and Brattleboro Community Television, whose live broadcast hosted by Tim Johnson and Jim Maxwell can be replayed on its website, www.brattleborotv.org.

- And all our citizen, civic and corporate donors, including major supporters at the Brattleboro Reformer, C&S Wholesale Grocers, G.S. Precision Inc., Holstein Association and The Richards Group; our fireworks fundraising partner Brattleboro Savings & Loan; and sponsors at the Brattleboro American Legion and Kiwanis Club, Chroma Technology Corp., Dead River Company, Marina Restaurant, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters and Vermont Country Deli.

This celebration of our diverse community has been a tradition for four decades, and the committee appreciates everyone's help in ensuring it continues.

Carol Lolatte and Kevin O'Connor,

for the organizing committee, July 7


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