Kennedy Pride Hosts Planning Services Representative

KENNEDY – The recent Kennedy Pride meeting saw members hearing from Small Town Planning Services representative Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller.

Schmidtfrerick-Miller is meeting with different people from the town of Poland to help residents express their ideas about what they would like to see for the future of the town. This is part of the ongoing process to develop a new comprehensive plan for the community.

Members felt her presentation about planning for the town’s future was interesting, and readily took part in exercises designed to help get a feel for what the community would like. Small Town Planning Services is hoping to set up focus groups, and is willing to meet with interested groups.

If a group would like to help in the process to develop a new comprehensive plan, Schmidtfrerick-Miller may be contacted at

Eunice Speta told those present that the Victorian Tea had done well this year. A smaller crowd gathered, but they were very enthusiastic about speaker Sharon Reed from the Master Gardener program. Committee members thanked everyone for their support for the event.

The new flags have arrived. Those not needed for display around the town will be available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s office and the Kennedy Free Library. Cost is $25 each.

Roland Swanson informed the group that the Flag Retirement Ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Hallquist Park, is pretty well set. Veterans have been found to honorably retire the flags. Swanson will use the 70th anniversary of D-Day as part of his theme for the program. Following the service, the community dish-to-pass picnic will be held.

Linda Bish reported that two more concerts have been set for the summer. First will be a Scroggins concert on Tuesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. in Hallquist Park. They play a variety of music, and are fast becoming a sought-after local group. The next concert, already scheduled, is Kokomo Time Band on Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. A third concert for the summer will be Common Ground on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in Hallquist Park. Pride members feel quite fortunate to have these three musical groups to perform in Hallquist Park this summer.

Members noted that the town-wide clean-up day had gone well. They are encouraged that the community has been taking more pride in its surroundings since Kennedy Pride initiated the program several years ago.

The next meeting of Kennedy Pride will be the Flag Retirement Ceremony on Wednesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Hallquist Park. The community picnic will follow the service. Everyone is welcome to come to this free event.