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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Joe Drake is 2014 Parade Marshal

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  • HAWLEY - Hawley Mayor Hawk told The News Eagle that Joseph Drake of Hawley has been selected as the Parade Marshal for the 2014 Independence Day Parade. Drake is a World War II veteran and charter member of the VFW Post in Hawley.
        He entered the Army in April 1943, and received training in Mississippi, Louisiana and England. Drake served as a sergeant with Co. A 2nd Ranger Battalion. He fought in five battles in Europe, at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes including the Battle of the Bulge and Central Europe. He returned to the United States in October 1945 and was discharged that December.
       Drake worked 34 years in the Hawley Post Office and served as postmaster the last 15 years. He and his wife Lydora live in Hawley. They have three children.
       The parade on Friday, July 4 starts at 12 noon. Lineup is on Spring and Church Streets. The parades heads up Main Avenue and ends at the park.
       Carrying and waving of US flags are definitely encouraged.
       He said that interested persons have contacted him regarding helping on the Borough's Parade Committee. Volunteers are needed.
    ••• Carnival
       Immediately after, the will be live bands performing at the bandstand playing through the afternoon. The Hawley Carnival in Bingham Park, begins at 1 p.m. and runs to 5 p.m. on July 4th. The carnival will be held July 1- 5. On other days, the carnival hours are 6 to 10 p.m.
       There will be rides, games and food stands. The public may pay for one ride at a time, or pay $14 and be able to have unlimited rides for the entire date. Proceeds benefit the Hawley Police Department and Hawley Park & Recreation Commission.
    ••• Classic Car Show
       Hawley Park & Recreation Commission, at their June 24th meeting, agreed to take over the Classic Fall Car Show in October, which has been successfully run by the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce for several years.
       Jim Shook, who is on the Chamber Board as well as on the Commission, said that the Chamber has been considering not running the car show any longer. He offered to help with the fencing and arranging for the food.
      Mayor Hawk said a couple people had asked him about the Borough taking it over, and was asked to mention it.
       Shook said the Chamber has in years past mailed out applications to the car owners a couple months in advance.
       The date for the show would be Sunday, October 5, at Bingham Park, in keeping with past practice.
       Flip Kellerman reported that US flags have been donated to the Borough for the flagpole out front of Borough Hall. Senator Lisa Baker also donated a Pennsylvania flag, which is now flying beneath the crisp, new Red, White & Blue.

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