Many contributed to great Rails to Trails celebration
There are so many people to thank for the wonderful Rails to Trails celebration. I wish that I could include all of you, who made the event a success, but space does not allow me to do so; therefore, I will just concentrate on major players. However, please know that this celebration was a united community effort and all you workers deserve recognition and appreciation.
Dr. Scott Jensen has to be on top of the list as he coordinated the festival with great support from the Lions and their president, Ryan Hartshorn. Another Lion member, Mike Crom, is always involved. I especially enjoyed his pulled pork sandwiches, which he is becoming famous for at Lion and community events. We can also thank him for organizing the beautiful fireworks. All of the Watertown Lions deserve a big “thank you!”
The Watertown Chamber members, the Watertown businesses and sponsors, the City of Watertown and City organizations also contributed to the success of the celebration.
There was a variety of activities for all age groups, many food and beverage options, and local musicians performing—all contributed greatly to the festival.
The festival started with the Gary Burke Memorial Golf Tournament with 144 players, 20 plus volunteers and 27 sponsors. Gary Burke started the Lions Golf Tournament in 1997. The Watertown Lions approached Gary’s widow, Susan Burke, if the tournament could be renamed in Gary’s memory. The net proceeds are going to the American Heart Association.
Heather Heun, a member of the committee for the 5K Fun Run/Walk committee, reported that there were at least 126 runners for this event. What a great turn out! Thanks to the community businesses who generously sponsored or donated to this early morning event and the committee members who organized it.
Heather Jarvis, Chamber of Commerce President, organized a fun parade for the hundreds of people who lined Lewis Avenue. Thank you to all the businesses, churches, and organizations that participated.
The Toilet Bowl race sponsored by the Mayer Watertown Dandylions and the Dunk Tank co-sponsored by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce and the Watertown Lions brought a lot of laughs.
A new event, sponsored by Legends on Main, was the basketball tournament—“3 on 3” which involved 30 kids having fun!
The auto show that was organized by Darwin Roy, David Mandt, and Dave Hayden drew many car-loving people. The show and the cars provided by Hooked on Classics and Chuck Rieder for the parade had some people ready to head to Hooked on Classics for another look and, maybe, a car purchase.
As the Watertown Area Historical Society president, I am especially thankful to Jane Gehrking for the early Watertown and Isaac Lewis exhibit and to Arvin Gehrking for the donation of two Watertown area paintings for the Silent Auction. Nathan Johnson donated three of his beautifully framed photographs for the auction. Thank you to the Historical members who helped put up and take down the exhibit, greet visitors, and serve refreshments.
The River City Theatre Company collaborated with the Historical Society to perform a play about Isaac Lewis and the founding of Watertown. What a fun, delightful, educational performance! Over 300 people saw the exhibit and enjoyed the performances.
Thanks to so many of our citizens, we all had a fun Rails to Trails celebration.
Watertown’s history is in good hands
To the editor:
I had a front row seat to the first production of the Lewis Family’s history brought to life by the Watertown Area Historical Society and the River City Theatre Company. The history of Watertown is no longer a mystery.
Displays along the Crow River north of town give information that students, teachers, citizens, visitors, etc. can read and become familiar with the early history. Students that I taught before 1995 had many questions about this town which lead me to start researching. With the help of many people I say “thank you.”
The history of Watertown is in very good hands.
Recent blood drive results in 97 pints collected
The American Red Cross would like to thank the blood donors in Watertown and surrounding communities for their support in the Red Cross blood drive at Immaculate Conception Church on July 15.
A total of 97 pints of blood were collected for patient care. A 10-gallon pin was awarded to John Kelzer and a four-gallon pion was awarded to Jeffrey Zachman.
Blood drive coordinators