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Whalan Stand Still Parade Report received at June 10th city council meeting

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

By Steve Harris

The sun made a rare and welcome appearance in May during Whalan’s 18th Annual Stand Still Parade, leading to another fun and successful event, Whalan’s city council heard at their June 10th meeting.

“Our unofficial count showed more than 2,000 people in town at noon, and there may actually have been quite a few more,” said Joan Johnson, speaking for the Parade’s organizing committee in her report to the council. “People enjoyed a wonderful day, we ended up $3,817.64 in the black, and we had a dedicated group of volunteers once again. We couldn’t begin to do our parade without everyone’s help.”

The parade committee has recommended that those proceeds go towards a number of projects, including the purchase of three additional pop-up booths, improvements to Whalan’s central plaza (including possible new signage, landscaping, mulch, and map), and support for the Whalan Lutheran Church.

Whalan Mayor Larry Johnson welcomed those suggestions, and on behalf of the council thanked the parade committee for their support of town improvement projects.

Other Business

• Whalan’s new Town Hall project is nearing completion. Work will soon be done on a ramp for the building, bids are being received for sidewalk construction, landscaping is being planned, and air conditioning will soon be installed. “The Legion Auxiliary—as a gift to the city—will equip the Hall with new kitchen appliances, a vacuum, and other items,” Auxiliary President Donna Novotny told the council. “We’re all so happy to see what’s been done and we hope the Whalan Town Hall will be enjoyed by many people for years to come.” A grand opening celebration event will be held with the date to be announced.

• Upcoming events in Whalan include a movie night, a possible city-wide rummage/garage sale, and the annual Fastpitch Softball Tournament on July 4, 6, and 7. (The council approved a liquor license for that tournament on those days.)

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