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Communities gearing up for Rock the Docks

7/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Marshall Law entertained the crowd during the first evening of last year’s Rock the Docks event. This year, the band will perform in the gazebo from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 2, the second evening of the three-day festival.
Pontoon boat rides will be offered around Springfield Lake Aug. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. and Aug. 3 from noon to 5 p.m. Shown enjoying the ride with others last year was then-8-year-old Cameron Walder, of Springfield.
Photos: Dale Dong
LAKEMORE — There is a wave of excitement around Springfield Lake, as an annual summer event quickly approaches, and Springfield Township and Lakemore Village officials are ramping up the level of enthusiasm.

Plans for Rock the Docks were discussed at the July 21 Lakemore Village Council meeting.

Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) Coordinator Linda Denton said the three-day festival will take place Aug. 1-3 along the north side of Springfield Lake, behind Springfield Town Hall, located at 2459 Canfield Road.

Council President Laura Cochran encouraged village residents to take part in the festivities.

Rock the Docks offers the community rides, games, food vendors and children’s activities in an event tent.

During the meeting, Denton highlighted some of the specific activities that would be part of the festival this year. She said Rock the Docks will kick off Aug. 1 from 5 to 11 p.m. and run Aug. 2 from noon to 11 p.m. and Aug. 3 from noon to 5 p.m.

Denton said a teen dance will take place Aug. 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Springfield Township Fire Department, 2459 Canfield Road.

In addition, the Swizzle Stick Band will perform that night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the gazebo, she said.

Pontoon boat rides around the lake will be available Aug. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. and Aug. 3 from noon to 5 p.m., Denton said.

In years past, Rock the Docks featured boat races, but these would not be part of the event this year, said Councilman Chad Lance.

Before the festival opens Aug. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m., a free pancake breakfast will be held at the Springfield Fire Department, with donations encouraged for the department’s newly formed Explorers program, Denton said.

Also Aug. 2 at the gazebo, Marshall Law will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. and the 7th Street Band will take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m., she said.

Fireworks will go off over the lake around 9:45 p.m. Aug. 2, Denton said. She explained boats on the lake must remain a safe distance from the fireworks display, so perimeters will be set up and enforced.

During Rock the Docks Aug. 3, an individual who brings two canned goods will receive $3 off a ride wristband, Denton said. According to Cochran, the donated nonperishable items will help local residents in need through the food pantry at the Lakemore United Methodist Church, 1536 Flickinger Road.

Additionally during the regular meeting, Lance announced areas around Lakemore were sprayed for mosquitoes July 23, as mosquitoes have been especially bad in the village this summer.

“I really hope this helps,” he said.

Councilman Richard Cole announced during the meeting that the Lakemore United Methodist Church will host a free movie night tomorrow, July 26, at the James B. Dodds Lakefront Park, 2425 Lakeside Drive. He said the evening will begin at 7 p.m. with free food, including grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and chips and drinks. Cole said “Despicable Me 2” will be shown at 8:30 p.m., with popcorn provided during the movie. Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, he said.

Council will be in summer recess for the month of August, Lance announced.

The next regular Council meeting will be held a day later than usual due to Labor Day and will take place Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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