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Harvard Fourth of July was great, thanks to volunteers

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I wanted to publicly offer my thanks and appreciation to the volunteers, town employees, students, residents and local businesses who joined forces to make Harvard’s 275th Anniversary celebration a success. It has been a pleasure to meet, work with and get to know so many wonderful people.

Steve and Mary Ellen Miller are at the top of my list because they have worked for many years to ensure the Fourth’s success. Steve helped me every step of the way handling the numerous tasks involved in putting this two-day event together.

Lori and Tom Daniels have put in numerous hours coordinating the T-shirt sales. They set up and sold T-shirts rain or shine, making this year’s fund-raising a huge success. Our committee is funded entirely through sales of T-shirts and glow sticks as well as the occasional private donation. Those countless Saturdays at the transfer station paid off — we sold out of our 2007 T-shirts designed by Martha Brook’s Computer Graphics class at Bromfield.

Piali De, with the help of Peggy Zimmer, coordinated our giant parade with sixteen local floats. The town participation this year in the parade was awesome. It was quite a job keeping the parade orderly.

Committee member Joan Eliyesil helped launch our first-ever Web site harvard.ma.us/fourthofjuly.htm. Valeska Ross helped post our weekly updates. The Web site allows for updated information about the celebrations, committee contact information and timelines. Also on the Web site are the winners from the parade and field events, those we honored in the parade, as well as the opportunity to read more about composer Charles Ives and the PBS documentary film crew you saw about town. Don’t hold your breath, the PBS documentary will not be broadcast until 2009!

Vanessa Perini handled the marketing and publicity. I am sure everyone saw our announcements whether it was in the local papers, flyers, sandwich boards or other local publications. She was crucial in keeping the town up to date and excited about our festivities.

Supplies were donated by Roche Brothers, Learning Express, Carlson Orchards, Donelan’s, Shaker Hills Golf Club and Moore’s Lumber. Our food vendors, the Ayer-Harvard-Shirley Rotary Club and the Harvard Lions Club, grilled it up! The bands, The Lost Chord, Still River and Sometimes Charlie, entertained us!

I also want to mention all those town employees and volunteers not mentioned by name. The DPW employees, the Harvard Police Department, the Harvard Fire Department, the Town Hall employees, the School Department, the PTA, the library personnel, the beach staff, the ambulance squad, and our board of selectman deserve a thank you and a handshake! Having so many groups come together to make it all work has been an inspiration.

But none of this could have happened without our amazing Fourth of July Committee. They were there planning Sunday nights at the Hildreth House, they sold T-shirts at the transfer station and at all of the major town events and they coordinated all of the details that go into our two-day event. It is these volunteers who deserve congratulations! Please view our Web site to see the full list of committee members. Working on the Fourth of July Committee is a lot of fun, but it does take many volunteers to make things run smoothly. We are putting together our list of volunteers for next year, so please call me at (978) 456-9533 or e-mail me at kathrynfarrell@verizon.net to help out in 2008.

Happy 275th Birthday Harvard!

KATHY FARRELL

Fourth of July

Committee Chairman

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