WINTHROP - Four individuals were honored fort their community commitment during the recent Tri-Town Festival.
Mickey Locke of Brasher Falls, coach of the St. Lawrence Central varsity hockey team for the past three decades and owner and operator of the Meadowbrook Golf Course in Winthrop, was honored as the grand marshal of this years parade.
Mr. Locke has worked with countless organizations over the years that hold golf fundraisers at Meadowbrook Gold Course and is the dean of coaches in the Northern Athletic Conference.
Summer festival coordinator Jodi White said Mr. Locke was also recognized her his volunteer efforts to assist young golfers each year during summer fest activities hosted by the golf course. Meadowbrook is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Last years grand marshals were Christopher and Julia Rose, and two years ago the 2009-10 high school hockey tean that advanced to the state semi-finals were honored with the grand marshal designation.
The town boards from the three towns in the Tri-Town area - Brasher, Lawrence and Stockholm - slect the marshals from their municipalies for each summer festival.
Randy Hilbig was selected from the town of Brasher. Mr. Hilbig was cited for his leadership role with St. Regis Realty and the work that group has done with improvements to the buildings in downtown Brasher. Mr. Hilbig and his wife also operate a bed and breakfast in the downtown corridor.
The town of Lawrence honored Charmaine McLaughlin as their marshal for this years summer festival. Lawrence officials said Mrs. McLaughlin has long been known for offering a helping hand to those in need. She has also been active with the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in North Lawrence and is a long-time member of the Lawrenceville Fire Department Auxiliary.
William Bill Ramsdell was selected as the town of Stockholms marshal. The lifelong resident resident of Buckton ran a dairy farm for 30 years; has been involved in maple sugaring for years, first with his father and now with his two sons; ran a sawmill for a decadeand has worked for the town of Stockholms Highway Department in both part-time and full-time roles.
He has been a deacon of his church and drove bus to bring children to Bible School.
For many years he has been involved in the local busy hour 4-H club with his family and hosted local and county judging contests at his Jersey Farm, Stockholm Town Supervisor Clark Decker said. Probably most important, he has been a darn good neighbor. At the drop of a hat, he would drop what he was doing and go help a friend or neighbor move a trailer or set a power pole or whatever else needed to be done.