Friday, June 10, 2011

Town pride on parade in Norton

By Heather Harris, from Enterprise News

One of Norton’s oldest residents, Dot Schissler, 101, will serve as grand marshall of Norton’s parade Sunday, June 12, celebrating the town’s 300th anniversary.
Schissler resides at Daggett Crandall Newcomb Home on Newland Street where she participates in many activities including walking and attending church every Sunday.
“I want to be on my toes as long as possible,” Schissler said.
Allison Chancey, marketing coordinator at Dagget Crandall, said Schissler is inspiring and sets a good example for seniors who want to get the most out of life at any age.
“She’s an amazing lady, she’s gold,” Chancey said. “Honestly, she’s full of life and her spirit is very strong. We just love her here.”
Schissler said she’s a little nervous about performing her grand marshall duties and doesn’t always like crowds, but she is excited to be part of the festivities.
“I’ll wave and it will be all right,” she said. “I won’t stand up and dance though.”
According to Dan Rich, chairman of the Tri-centennial committee, the group responsible for organizing the parade, the committee felt Schissler was the perfect choice to lead the show as Schissler’s husband Edward was chairman 50 years ago during the town’s 250th celebration.
 “We thought it would be a nice tie in to the local history,” Rich said.
Also featured in the parade is a pit bull named Hope. Hope was found in Tipton, Tenn. during a rainstorm and tied to a tree when animal control rescued her.
Norton resident, Jen DeAguiar, a second-grade teacher at New Testament Christian School in Norton and volunteer for www.pawsnewengland.com, currently fosters Hope.
 A film crew is following the dog’s adventures since she was rescued as part of a documentary about high euthanasia rates for animals. Hope will be featured on her own float as the cameras roll.
Hope is currently up for adoption, and DeAguair encourages anyone interested in adopting her to visit www.pawsnewengland.com.
“She is a great dog,” DeAguair said. “She is very gentle and sweet and gets along well with kids, cats and other dogs.”
Also scheduled to march are 30 local organization floats, 25 or more classic cars, five military groups representing different era’s in Norton’s history, three local high school bands, four honor guards, four horse troops, antique bike riders, motorcyclists, Boy and Girl Scout organizations, the Hallamore Clydesdales and local and state dignitaries including US Congressman Barney Frank.
The parade itself is expected to last three hours. The two-mile route will start at noon at Norton High School on West Main Street (Rte. 123) and end two miles later at the Solmonese elementary school.
John Bernardo, executive director of the parade is ready for the festivities to begin.
“I know it’s going to be a heck of a parade,” Bernardo said. “I think it will run smoothly.”

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