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Mayor Barbara Lashua looks for group to organize Heuvelton Labor Day Parade

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HEUVELTON — A village-wide Labor Day celebration may take place this year even after the disbanding of the Heuvelton Labor Day Committee in June.

Mayor Barbara A. Lashua is organizing a planning meeting at 7 p.m. July 9 at Town Hall to discuss the future of the event.

Mrs. Lashua said she hopes to get active individuals and community organizations together for the meeting to discuss picking up where the Heuvelton Labor Day Committee left off.

“What I’m looking for, at least for this year, is to try to maintain the parade and the fireworks,” Mrs. Lashua said. “Anything else would be icing on the cake.”

The Heuvelton Labor Day Committee has orchestrated the village’s Labor Day celebrations for the past 16 years but recently had to shut down due to the ill health of its leadership, according to Shirley A. Todd, a member of the committee.

“We certainly appreciate all that they’ve done for all these years,” Mrs. Lashua said. “It was a lot of awfully hard work for a small group of people.”

The event, which costs between $8,000 and $10,000, Mrs. Todd said, included a walk/run, games for children, an auction, dancing and lots of food in addition to a parade and fireworks.

Mrs. Lashua said the parade typically draws a large crowd.

“It’s marvelous to see people lining both sides of Main Street,” she said.

Mrs. Todd estimated that 5,000 people attended last year’s celebrations.

Plans to continue the tradition are “still very preliminary,” Mrs. Lashua said. “We understand that it took years for the former group to get this down pat.”

“I’m really hoping to get lots of representation at the meeting from the groups that make the village a busy place,” Mrs. Lashua said.

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