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Thanks for a memorable sesquicentennial

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my thanks to the Tri-City Times for all the publicity and coverage of the Capac Sesquicentennial Celebration. As event chairperson and parade co-chair, my name has appeared and I have been quoted many times in your pages over the past few weeks.

However, there are numerous people who worked with me and deserve recognition and thanks as well. Dr. Todd Grubb, president of the Capac Chamber of Commerce, Linda Kniseley, secretary of the chamber, Sally Cornell and I met for months prior to the event working through the planning stages.

Kudos go to Dr. Grubb and his staff for organizing and staffing the beer tent, being responsible for sound equipment for the main stage, organizing the community garage sales, the historical trivia hunt and building the chamber float.

Linda Kniseley (who has the phone number of every person in Capac memorized) put in endless legwork collecting items, enlisting volunteers, setting up and running the chamber welcome station, not to mention working at the parade route and the beer tent.

Sally Cornell was an invaluable source of contacts for the parade, was instrumental in re-instituting the Miss Capac pageant, provided the inspiration for the historical posters in the merchants' windows and was a constant provider of energy, enthusiasm and optimism for me and the committee.

There are many other people whose contributions, whether several weeks or one hour of time, were valuable to the success of the celebration.

The parade was ably manned by Deb and Jerry Jennex, Roger and Brandon Hackelberg, Kayla Rager, Nick Revitzer, Clifford, Linda, Steven and Amanda Kniseley, Alicia Finn, Sally, John and Jay Cornell, Linda and Paul Hunter, Chris Pietras, Ron Litton, Nancy Zatkoff, Dan Donnellon, Jim Hoover, Neal and Liz Hargrave, Dale Barnard, Lara and Harold Laasko and my chauffer and personal assistant Damon Laasko.

Thanks to the National Honor Society and Spanish Club students who worked the chamber welcome station.

A big thank you to Chief Raymond Hawks and the Capac Police Department for providing security for the entire weekend, and the Capac Dept. of Public Works for keeping the streets clean and organized.

Working in the beer tent were the Hunters, Kniseleys, Laaskos, Alicia Finn, Julia Burger, Dr. Todd Grubb, Dr. Troy Grubb, Josepha Grubb, Brenda Strachan, Rick and Nikki Cook, Kerry Klug, Charlie Blighe and Scott Glombowski.

Sally Aguinaga and Outback Embroidery did a great job on the commemorative t-shirts and hats. Joe Worden tracked down the commemorative ornaments.

Jim Burkel organized the carnival and the fabulous Friday night fireworks show. Linda Hunter enlisted the crafters and vendors.

The backdrop for the main stage was built by Jack Burk and Burk Construction and detailed by Mark Klug and Spiffy Klean.

Special thanks to Keihin Michigan Manufacturing for sponsoring the main stage and events.

Thanks also to the color guard, Lindzy Long for singing the national anthem, speakers Mark Klug and Brandon Stringer, and Duane Mousseau for providing the pigeons for the opening ceremony.

Thanks to the clean-up crew: Kniseleys, Hackelbergs, Dr. Todd Grubb, Daniel Davilla, Ahron Weiss and Bernie Long.

Again, thank you to all who made this a memorable weekend.

Lori Hackelberg, Parade co-chair, event chairperson, Capac
July 31, 2007

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