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Morristown Independence Day Parade draws thousands


EDITOR’S NOTE:Due to a reporter’s error, some participants in Thursday’s Independence Day Parade in Morristown were inadvertently omitted from our coverage. Here is the complete list of participants:

The Rensselaer Falls Fire Department, Morley Fire Department, Ogdensburg Rescue, DeKalb Fire Department, Canton Fire Department, Lisbon Fire Department, Hermon Fire Department, Prescott Fire Department, Heuvelton Fire Department, Hammond Fire Department, R.B. Lawrence Ambulance Service and the Morristown Fire Department.

The Morristown Central School, Heuvelton Central School and Ogdensburg Free Academy marching bands.

Floats: The Gateway Museum, Original Rock-n-Roll Band, Wayne Latham Contracting, Wrights Marine, Morristown Fuel and Supply, Pine Hill Pioneers, Hammond Fair Association, Northern New York Freedom Fighters, Operation Veterans from Ogdensburg and St. Lawrence County, Ogdensburg Elks Club, Seaway Cruisers, Baha’I Faith and Obsessions Bow Fishing.

David and Aaron Stout, Dale and Hunter Sherwin and Steve Smith featured antique trailers.

Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton and County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp.

Steven M. Cary, Eric Warner and Kevin J. Crosby, candidates for St. Lawrence County coroner.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duvé, who is seeking reelection this year, and Mary Rain, a Republican candidate for district attorney.

Morristown Town Justice Thomas Bertrand, seeking reelection, and justice candidate Lisa Whitmarsh.

Town Supervisor Frank Putnam, seeking reelection, and candidate Russell B. Lawrence III.

Dean Hoffman, running for Morristown highway superintendent.

Howard Warren, Mike Bogart and Shawn Macaulay, candidates for the town council.

World War II veterans Robert F. Shelato and Alan Bogardus.


MORRISTOWN – Roughly 3,000 people turned out Thursday for the 2013 Morristown Independence Day Parade.

Visitors arrived from across the region and packed downtown Morristown several rows deep all down Main Street with more people filling balconies overlooking the street to get a view.

Braving periodic rain fall, the crowd was treated to a 45 minute parade featuring high school marching bands, local fire and police departments and floats made by area businesses and community organizations.

Mayor Cheryl A. Shatraw said she was impressed with the turnout despite the rain.

“We always have a good parade,” she said, noting that this year’s was no different, even if the crowd and participants were slightly more saturated than usual.

The village-wide celebration, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department, was emceed by Peter A. Paquette and Ann M. Shatraw.

“The rain didn’t really affect anything,” Mrs. Shatraw said. “It was one of the better turnouts we’ve had.”

Seven groups made floats for the parade this year, which began at 10 a.m., including Wrights Marina, Morristown Fuel Supply, Wayne Latham, the Morristown Gateway Museum, Obsessions Bow Fishing, Pine Hill Pioneers and the Rock and Roll Parade Band. Several car clubs drove through the parade as well, showing off corvettes and classic cars.

The parade was led by Sheriff Kevin M. Wells and the State Police and the Morristown, Hammond, Heuvelton, Hermon, Lisbon, Canton and Rensselaer Falls fire departments also made appearances.

The Prescott, Ontario, Fire Department made the trip down for the parade this year.

The Ogdensburg Free Academy, Morristown and Heuvelton marching bands also walked the parade route down Main Street and gave impressive performances despite the wet conditions. Following the parade, at roughly 11 a.m., members of the crowd made their way to the community pavilion behind the Fire Station for a chicken barbecue and carnival games.

An antique tractor pull featuring more than 50 tractors was also held behind the Fire Station, drawing a large audience cheering on their favorite machine and driver.

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