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June 19, 2014

Armstrong named Grand Marshal for Springfield parade

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — Thomas Armstrong has been named the Grand Marshal for the 100th Springfield Fourth of July Parade. 

Armstrong and his wife Lillian will ride in a position of honor at the beginning of the parade.  

He has been a resident of Springfield his entire life and has been an active and involved citizen and leader. He is a graduate of Springfield High School and has been married for 61 years to to Lillian Plever, a graduate of nearby Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville. 

Lillian's service to the town of Springfield is also well known to local residents, as she worked for the school district for 30 years. They have five children, three grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Armstrong's talents are varied as seen in his work history. Over the years he can claim years of experience in construction, retail, real estate, and farming. In the early 1950's he used his skills to build the home where he raised his family and currently resides. When the hardware store for which he had worked for 15 years went out of business, he bought the business. For 28 years many knew him as the owner of Armstrong's Dairy and Appliance Store in Richfield Springs.

Armstrong's history of service to the town of Springfield goes back many years beginning with his tenure on the school board from 1965 to 1975. He coached Little League for 10 years, played on the town's baseball team and for 20 years, he was actively involved in the Meals on Wheels program, recruiting volunteers and delivering meals to area residents. 

From 1991 to 2008, Armstrong was Springfield town supervisor.

Armstrong has been attending the July 4th parade in Springfield since he was a child. He has also dedicated many hours in past years as a member of the planning committee. 

His said he has fond memories of riding the elephant when the circus joined the parade and celebration. The children's games of years past and Tom's participation in playing baseball on the town team following the parade are also special memories, he said.

In honor of the one hundred year anniversary of the Springfield parade, organizers have been planning a special parade and celebration at the Springfield Community Center for this fourth of July, with the addition of an evening concert and firework display at Glimmerglass State Park. Free commemorative booklets with a list of events and activities for the day as well as photographs and a history of the parade from the Springfield Historical Society are now available locally, and will be distributed at the parade and following celebration.

Individuals and organizations are welcome to participate in the parade; parade floats should reflect this year's theme which is "100 Years." Once again this year all registered decorated bicycle riders will receive a $10 prize. Trophies will be awarded for the best decorated. 

Alumni band members from Springfield Central, Cherry Valley Central, and Cherry Valley-Springfield Central schools are invited to participate in an Alumni Marching Band led by retired music teacher Diane Graf. She can be reached at 264-3963. â

"100 Years" parade t-shirts are now available at Country Memories and Tom & Kelly's Convenience Corner, both located in Springfield Center. Registration for the 3rd annual 4th of July Quilt Show will take place on Saturday June 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the board room at the Springfield Community Center. 

For more information and parade entry forms email Springfield.July4@gmail.com.