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Bath Community Day coming Aug. 3

7/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Donations still needed for activities

This year’s Bath Community Day parade, featuring about 60 units, will step off at 11 a.m. from the area around Ken Stewart’s Lodge and proceed south on North Cleveland-Massillon Road to Bath Elementary School. Shown above are participants in a previous parade.
Photo: Ken Crisafi
BATH — Angela van der Heyde has helped with Bath Community Day for nearly all of its 16 years. Now the Bath resident has stepped up to chair the annual event, taking place Aug. 3 this year.

“People really seem to enjoy the day, and they thank everybody,” van der Heyde said. “It’s just a nice family event for people to come to.”

Van der Heyde is chairperson for the event this year after longtime chair Nadine Clar retired from the duty.

“When we got to January and started thinking about the coming year, no one had stepped up,” she said. “I talked to Nadine, then I talked to other members, like Don Secard, the parade director. We thought we should be able to do this and split it up into jobs.”

She said the day is coming together thanks to the help of volunteers and local businesses that contribute to the event. She added there still is a need for additional funds, and organizers are hoping community members would consider donating to help cover the cost of activities, such as inflatables for children.

Community Day will begin with the Bath Homeowners Association pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 at Bath Church United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road. Tickets will be available at the door.

The parade, featuring about 60 units this year, will step off at 11 a.m. from the area around Ken Stewart’s Lodge and proceed south on North Cleveland-Massillon Road to Bath Elementary School. Van der Heyde said the Revere High School marching band is expected to take part, in addition to antique cars and tractors, the Bath Parks Board and Crown Point Ecology Center.

Following the parade, activities will take place until 5 p.m. at the Bath Community Activity Center, 1615 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Food such as hot dogs and pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

This year’s musical act will be the Swizzle Stick Band.

A large tented area will house booths with community organizations whose members will provide information and giveaways. Van der Heyde added that Lowe’s also will have staff onsite to help with a children’s make-and-take project.

Van der Heyde said donations for this year’s event may be sent to Gail Elrod, 4341 Riverview Road, No. 4, Peninsula, OH 44262-9685.

For more information about the event, email organizers at bathcommday13@yahoo.com.

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