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Boston Town Board pleased with town’s Memorial Day event

The reviews of the town of Boston’s Memorial Day event were very favorable when councilmen and resident had the opportunity to speak during the following board meeting. Keith Kaszubik, the town’s historian, was the first to speak up during the public comment period. He spoke specifically regarding a smaller observation at the Boston Commons.

“Everyone was immediately struck by the dramatic improvements at veteran’s park,” Kaszubik said to the board. “[Highway Superintendent] Bob Telaak’s men in the highway and parks department removed all the scrub and unsightly railroad ties. The landscape has been manicured, and new concrete walkways now lead directly to the individual war monuments. The old cannon has been painted, and a flowerbed encircles the flag pole. I have since learned that this project was the sole initiative of our supervisor [Martin Ballowe], who personally laid out the new design. Now more than ever the park is a fitting testimonial to the history of our town and the service of our veterans. I’m also a veteran and I thank those who did the work.”

“We had a great turnout,” said Councilman Jeff Genzel. “It was a beautiful day. I thank our veterans from all wars for their service. Thank you to Senator [Patrick] Gallivan . . . for participating in our event.” Gallivan was the primary speaker at the service.

“We’re blessed in this town here with the beautiful facilities back there,” said Councilman Jay Boardway, who estimated attendance figures between 280 and 290. “Hats off to [Town Clerk] Jennifer Mule who did all the background work in getting that together. Councilman Genzel also spoke, and Councilman Genzel gave a fantastic speech. Some of the veterans after the fact mentioned to me that they were impressed, just that he’d get up there and speak to that crowd.

“The town band,” Boardway continued, “we want to thank them for performing. They always do a fantastic job. They do a fantastic job. They were all volunteers. They’re extremely talented musicians. We’re very lucky to have them in a town our size.”

Ballowe made a point of thanking those whom he accidentally neglected to mention during the remembrance. “There’s a lot of people who do a lot of things out there,” he said. “It was brought to my attention through an email that I forgot to thank a few people. That was just a slip up. It was nothing more than that. For that, I apologize.

But I did want to thank, and I guess I forgot to thank them, Girl Scout Troop 31364, and what they did was the reading of ‘American Creed.’” He also thanked Cub Scout pack 391, which raised the flag and led the pledge of allegiance, and Boy Scout Troop 491, which read the poem “In Flander’s Field.”

The supervisor concluded, “It was very, very nice. It’s great to see those turnouts get bigger and bigger for our town.”


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