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Patriotism, Thomas bring crowd to Tayamentasachta

July 05, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Shade from a grove of walnut trees provided relief for about 100 people who gathered Monday for the Greencastle area's ninth annual Independence Day celebration.

The event at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center kicked off with Cub Pack 95 demonstrating the proper way to fold a flag. A pack leader read documents telling how each fold has a symbolic meaning, including a tribute to mothers and one for the "In God We Trust" motto.

The crowd stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," then Greencastle Mayor Robert Eberly delivered remarks brimming with historical references. Children created star crafts in a session led by Sarah Jo Louzon.

"It's nice for kids. The kids are looking forward to the crafts," said Emily Cordell of Greencastle.

Under the direction of Russ Clever, children won applause from the adults when they participated in a parade and sang "Happy Birthday, America." They carried small flags, marched and waved to family members while moving in a circle.

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Emily Cordell and her mother, Alma Jean, were attending the celebration for the first time.

"It's nice. I think it's really nice," Alma Jean Cordell said.

A planned visit by Thomas the Tank Engine drew Greencastle resident Brenda DeShong and her 3-year-old son, Mason, to the event for the first time.

"It seems like a lot of people come out to support the holiday," she said.

Joel Poper and Jerinda Barthalow from Greencastle have made the event part of an annual tradition. They brought their 1-year-old son, Jayden, and joined Poper's parents, Donald and Ruth Crunkleton.

Jayden swayed to music provided by several performers.

"It's something to do without being stressed. You can come, listen to the music and relax," Barthalow said.

She described the event as "definitely family-oriented."

Bonnie Shockey served on the organizing committee with Greg Hoover, Darlene Leasure, Dave Reeder, and Barry and Mandy Stottlemyer. She said the turnout seemed to be good, despite holding the event on a Monday when some businesses were open.

"I like seeing the Greencastle-Antrim community come together for a special day that we remember our independence," Shockey said.

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