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Thanks to all the sponsors and the participants in what was a great 4th of July parade. I saw several elected officials and former officials in the parade including:
Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen (Why was he in Germantown? Because we're a conservative bastion? Was he invited by someone? Is he planning some other move?)
And, of course, State Senator Alberta Darling who was working the crowd like the pro she is.
Rep. Dan Knodl was also present in the parade line-up completing the list of our local elected state officials.
Charlie Hargan who donated to the parade and who marched the length handing out candy and bantering with the attendees. (The word on the street is that he will run for village president next time around; I suspect that will happen and that he was keeping his face and name in front of the electors, while he fulfilled his need to help the community.)
Trustee Dean Wolter who was the sole village trustee in the parade as a village trustee. (Might he also be considering another office?)
County Supervisor Peter Sorce who is among the more noticeable local/county politicians and who has the reputation for reaching out to whomever he has to get things done. (That trait likely played a role in the Wasaukee Rd./Mequon Rd. intersection rehabilitation since the funding seemed at one time to be off the table after it had been promised.)
Village Trustee Al Vanderheiden and Trustee/County Supervisor Mel Ewart who were part of the American Legion group.
If I've missed any notables, please comment; I could've been reaching for my water bottle.
The middle school and high school bands were very well-accepted where we were located, and there numerous other parade units that caught everyone's fancy. Much fun, and quite a bit of candy, was had by all.
The fire department had all its units in the parade and the only problem was the loud horns and squealers from such a close proximity. The police did another solid job of managing a good-sized crowd without incident.
I also collected several hand-outs that caught my eye. Among those:
The Imagination Theatre hand-out that touted the upcoming presentation of Oliver! to be held on August 7th, 8th and 9th at the First Alliance Church in Germantown.
The Germantown Community Band free concerts that will be held in in Firemen's Park on July 8th, July 22nd and August 12th. All start at 7:00PM. If rain interferes, they will move to the Kennedy Middle School gymnasium.
The Washington County Humane Society is collecting contributions for a bullet proof vest for Bosco. You may send contributions by check to the Society at 3650 State Road 60 in Slinger, WI 53086 or log on here.
I attended the Tea Party behind McDonald's on Saturday morning at about 10:15AM. I was surprised to see something on the order of 200 people already there and that surprised me since it was billed to start at 10:00AM. Among those I encountered was Rep. Dan Knodl before he left to line up for the parade.
The gathering was an orderly affair with the usual homemade signs. There were some who were very passionate about their undertaking and those who were casual observers. The bulk seemed to in the middle with polite applause, and nodding heads.
The group was made up of young and old and middle aged people of both sexes. I didn't see anyone carrying a firearm in the open as I had thought I might. I recognized two people suggesting that many had driven to Germantown from outlying areas.
I passed by at about 1:45PM and saw that there were probably fifty to seventy-five people in attendance at that time.
There was no visible law enforcement presence, nor did there appear to be a need for any such presence.
And McDonald's had to be really happy with the business this generated for them.
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