2011-09-10 / News

Lieb’s Island 9-11 parade ending this year

By Scott Rawdon

MILLERSPORT- Unless someone new is willing to take over, the tenth annual Lieb’s Island Civic Association Sept. 11 memorial parade will be the last.

Parade Chair Mikie Reiser – this is her second year in charge – said the parade is no longer well attended and it’s time to bring it to a close. She said the drop in attendance is a “disappointment,” but 10 years is a long time.

One of her favorite memories from the last decade was when Lieb’s Island resident Neil Sullivan agreed to be Grand Marshal two years ago. Sullivan was a 35- year Lieb’s Island resident whom Reiser describes as a “low-keyed” elderly gentleman who generally kept to himself. She said by that time many Lieb’s Island residents had already been Grand Marshal at some point and Lieb’s Island Civic Association members really wanted the shy Sullivan to be Grand Marshal that year.

Reiser said the civic association members were thrilled when Sullivan kindly agreed to be Grand Marshal. “That mean a lot to us,” she said. Sullivan passed away this spring.

Reiser hopes Millersport Fire Department members will agree to serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade, but as of Tuesday she’d not received a response from the department and the parade may go forward without a Grand Marshal on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Resident Jack Cheney was the first to organize the parade and while Reiser is sad this is its final year, she certainly has no regrets. “It’s been a good run,” she said.

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