Kennedy Pride Makes Spring, Summer Plans

KENNEDY – As the warm weather season approaches, members of Kennedy Pride began firming up plans for activities and events for the spring and summer. Old favorites will be held, and some new ones are possible.

Group members tentatively set Saturday, May 17, for the Townwide Clean-Up Day. The date will be confirmed with town officials. Enabling residents to bring their trash to the highway department gives them a break on fees, and cleanups are undertaken along roadsides and in the downtown area, giving the area a spruced-up look. Holding the event just before Memorial Day weekend seemed an ideal time.

Clarence Robbins told those assembled that he had contacted a local builder who would be able to make new picnic tables for Hallquist Park at a reasonable cost. The members voted to have six tables made to start with. They will eventually be used in the new pavilion when it is completed. On that project, the contractor has not given a definite start date to begin construction, since weather plays a big factor.

Eunice Speta reported that the date for the Victorian Tea had been confirmed. It will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 2-4 p.m. at the Kennedy United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Committee members will confirm details and bring a sign-up list to the next meeting for supplies. A spring garden theme is planned, and a speaker from the Master Gardeners will be the highlight of the event.

Roland Swanson will again plan the Flag Retirement Ceremony. The date of Wednesday, June 18, was chosen for this community event. A dish-to-pass picnic will be held immediately following the service. Swanson said he had a couple different ideas for the service. He noted that this year would commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Shirley Leyman noted that she had talked with a well-known area band about playing a weeknight concert in Hallquist Park during the summer. They gave her possible dates and a cost. Members voted to hire them for that date. Leyman will confirm with them, and plans will be announced soon.

Election of officers for 2014-15 was held. Co-presidents will be Linda Bish and the Rev. Michael Herdzik. Steve Stanton will be treasurer, and Rose Mary Carver will be secretary.

It will soon be time to display the more than 140 American flags on poles around town. As always, many will need to be replaced because of exposure to the elements over the spring and summer. The average lifespan of a flag displayed all season is two years, but some in very exposed areas last only one year. Kennedy Pride bears the cost of these flags every year as part of their service to their community. They are strictly funded by private donations; no municipal funds are involved. Kennedy Pride also has flags available for purchase by individuals for their private use. These all-weather, American-made flags are a quality item. Every year, many people comment on the outstanding display of civic pride these flags create.

The next regular meeting of Kennedy Pride will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Free Library. All are welcome to attend, and to offer any ideas for community projects.