Cel­e­brat­ing her­itage

2 new coun­tries to be rep­re­sented at an­nual Her­itage Day on Satur­day in Shenan­doah

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PED­DI­GREE COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6003

Asum­mer tra­di­tion in Shenan­doah of cel­e­brat­ing the bor­ough’s peo­ple and eth­nic back­grounds will con­tinue with some new ad­di­tions.

The 19th Her­itage Day and the 18thP arade of Na­tions will be held Satur­day, hosted by Down­town Shenan­doah Inc., the bor­ough’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion group. Her­itage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Main Street. The Pa­rade of Na­tions will step off at 10 a.m. with 15 na­tions rep­re­sented. Mary Lus­cav­age, DSI ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and Main Street Pro­gram man­ager, said there are two new coun­tries to be rep­re­sented this year— Do­mini­can Repub­lic and Puerto Rico.

The honorary grand mar­shal will be lo­cal jour­nal­ist John E. Usalis. Usalis is a for­mer staff writer for The Repub­li­can- Her­ald.

“He’s al­ways been will­ing to help us with any­thing. I think he de­serves it,” Lus­cav­age said.

Lus­cav­age said in choos­ing a grand mar­shal, DSI makes a list of sug­ges­tions and Usalis was at the top of the list. When his name was men­tioned, it was the only one that needed to be heard. Usalis was an­nounced as the unan­i­mous se­lec­tion for grand mar­shal at DSI’s July meet­ing.

Lus­cav­age said pa­rade par­tic­i­pants should line up be­tween 9 and 9:30 a.m. on Jardin Street. The route is: Jardin Street to Cherry Street, then to Main Street and Washington Street, end­ing at the Shenan­doah Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Cen­ter.

Pa­rade par­tic­i­pants in­clude the Shenan­doah Val­ley march­ing band, Na­tiv­ity BVM march­ing band, Hawk Moun­tain High­landers, Per­se­ver­ance Jazz Band and Shenan­doah All- Star Polka Band.

Fol­low­ing the pa­rade, fes­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue on Main Street. The na­tional an­them will be per­formed by Shaina Graff and in­vo­ca­tion by the Rev. Neal Smith of Bethel Prim­i­tive Methodist Church. Procla­ma­tions will be pre­sented to Usalis from Mayor A nd rew Szczyglak and state Sen. David G. Ar­gall, R- 29, Rush Town­ship.

A pop­u­lar fea­ture of the event is the food. There will be a va­ri­ety of eth­nic fare as well as a se­lec­tion of Amer­i­can fa­vorites. Other ven­dors in­clude artists, crafters and games.

“There will be some dif­fer­ent things peo­ple have not seen be­fore,” Lus­cav­age said.

En­ter­tain­ment is sched­uled through­out the day at the vet­er­ans gar­den. The lineup is: Per­se­ver­ance Jazz Band, 11: 15 a. m. to 12: 15 p. m.; Leilani Ch­eso­nis, 12: 15 to 1: 15 p. m.; Lester Hirsh, 1: 15 to 2: 15 p. m.; and Tool­shed Jack Acous­tics, 2: 15 p. m.

For na­ture lovers, the wooded north­ern part of Gi­rard Park, which borders Shenan­doah bor­ough and West Ma hanoy Town­ship, will be avail­able for na­ture walks.

Any­one wish­ing to carry their flag and rep­re­sent their eth­nic­ity should call the 116 N. Main St. of­fice of the re­vi­tal­iza­tion group Down­town Shenan­doah Inc. at 570- 4622060.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, visit the DSI web­site, www. down­town shenan­doah. com, or its Face­book page.

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER/ STAFF PHOTO

Mary Ann Cegiel­sky, left, and John Sinkiewicz, both of Shenan­doah, car­ried the ban­ner for Lithua­nia dur­ing last year’s an­nual Pa­rade of Na­tions. This year’s pa­rade will kick off at 10 a. m. Satur­day in down­town Shenan­doah.

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