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Fourth of July is one of Norwalk's finest hours

By Joe Centers • Jul 4, 2018 at 9:24 AM

This is a big week in Norwalk.

Wednesday is the Fourth of July and that means the Norwalk Lions Club Fourth of July Parade — the greatest single-day event each year in the city of Norwalk.

I have had the privilege the last 10 or so years to participate in the parade as a representative of the Norwalk Reflector — which has been there to cover the first 47 editions of the parade. In fact, it it happened on the Fourth of July this newspaper has been there to cover it the last 188 years.

And there is nothing fake about that news. Our country is great because of a free and honest press and that will never change.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to be at least 90 minutes long (give or take, depending on hot it is and how many water breaks there are). The VFW Auxiliary will judge the entries in front of the Huron County Courthouse at the corner of East Main Street and Benedict Avenue.

Lt. Col. Dave Ditz, of the U.S. Army National Guard, will be the parade marshal. He has been on six different deployments in the last 14 years: Iraq (2004), Kuwait (2007), Afghanistan (2010, 2013 and 2017) and New York (2015). Ditz also has served with the Norwalk Police Department since September 1990. He returned from his final military deployment in early April and received an emotional welcome-home, complete with a police escort.

The theme of the parade is “Celebrating service and inspiration.”

Proceeds from this year’s parade raffle will go to Inspiration Station.

Inspiration Station is a homework club and tutoring program focused on, but not limited to, Hispanic elementary school age children in Norwalk. There are two tutoring sessions at the Norwalk Public Library at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. There are two tutoring sessions at the Jefferson Street location at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The current building at Jefferson Street is too small. A new building is going up at 105 Jefferson St. and the project is about half complete. Funds raised at the parade will go to the project.

For more information, contact Bob Sands at msands6877@aol.com or call 419-543-0773.

Chairs already are starting to line the parade route from Main Street to the Huron County Fairgrounds.

See you at the parade.

There are a couple of other things I would like to mention and neither of them are about LeBron bolting for L.A.

Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk was scheduled to be interviewed Monday night for the superintendent’s job with Claymont Local Schools. Fisk is down to the final two candidates.

Now finishing up his third year on the job, Fisk has made it known he wants to do what is right for his family — kind of like LeBron.

If he gets the job let me be the first to say congratulations on a job well done here — kind of like LeBron.

And let me say this — just once in print I want to call him Carleton Fisk. For those of you who don’t know, Google the Boston Red Sox.

Also, I would like to congratulate Mike Conney for being named new police chief in Norwalk. What a turnout he had last week at his swearing-in ceremony. It was like a who’s who of local dignitaries and law enforcement officials. He’s a local boy made good — kind of like LeBron.

Did I say I was going wasn’t going to talk about LeBron?

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at jcenters@norwalkreflector.com.

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