PEPPERELL -- Jeri Bozicas has been selected grand marshal of the Pepperell Fourth of July Parade after two weeks of community voting.

"I always felt that if you were good to your town, your town would be good to you, and this has proved me right," Bozicas said.

Bozicas, who is retired but works part-time at Pepperell Family Pharmacy, has lived in Pepperell all her life.

She has served on many town committees, including the Finance Committee and the Planning Board. She said her favorite contributions to the town were serving on the Nashoba Valley Technical High School Committee and helping to build the bandstand as part of the Pepperell Business Association.

"I did everything because I enjoyed it. If your heart's into something, it'll be worth it," Bozicas said.

Carol Gates, president of the Fourth of July Committee, said that the parade gives the community the opportunity to honor someone who continually sacrifices time for the betterment of the community.

"This is the one day that people get to line up on Main Street and acknowledge that this is the woman who has stood behind all of these great things in Pepperell. This is our chance to recognize and applaud," she said.

Gates said that like the other candidates, Bozicas is known around town for her selflessness.

"You could knock on her door and say that there was a bake sale and they needed cookies, and she'd immediately get the oven going," Gates said.


"There are some people in this town that are just die-hards. She's one of them."

Bozicas was one of three nominees chosen by the Pepperell Fourth Committee, along with Laurie Masiello and Rick Green. Voting closed last Friday, and Bozicas was announced as the winner on Saturday night.

As grand marshal, she will lead the Fourth of July parade on July 6. It starts at 12:30 p.m.

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