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Heuvelton mayor looks for group to organize Labor Day Parade

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HEUVELTON – A village-wide Labor Day celebration may take place this year although the Heuvelton Labor Day Committee disbanded last month.

Mayor Barbara A. Lashua is organizing a planning meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Oswegatchie Town Hall to discuss the future of the event.

Mrs. Lashua said she hopes to get active residents and community organizations together to discuss picking up where the Heuvelton Labor Day Committee left off.

“What I’m looking for, at least for this year, is to try to maintain the parade and the fireworks,” Mrs. Lashua said. “Anything else would be icing on the cake.”

The Heuvelton Labor Day Committee has orchestrated the village’s Labor Day celebrations for the past 16 years but recently had to disband due to the ill health of its leadership, according to Shirley A. Todd, a committee member.

The weekend full of events, which typically costs between $8,000 and $10,000, Mrs. Todd said, has included a walk/run, games for children, an auction, dancing and plentiful food concessions, in addition to a parade and fireworks.

Mrs. Lashua said the parade typically draws a large crowd. “It’s marvelous to see people lining both sides of Main Street,” she said.

Mrs. Todd estimated that 5,000 people attended last year’s celebrations.

“We certainly appreciate all that they’ve done for all these years,” Mrs. Lashua said of the Labor Day Committee. “It was a lot of awfully hard work for a small group of people.”

Plans to continue the tradition are “still very preliminary,” Mrs. Lashua said. “We understand that it took years for the former group to get this down pat.”

She said she hopes the community can rally to save the tradition.

“I’m really hoping to get lots of representation at the meeting from the groups that make the village a busy place,” Mrs. Lashua said.

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