Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, in Hawley will be noted with the annual parade, starting at noon. The Grand Marshal for 2018 is John C. Dyson Jr., World War II and Korean War veteran, as well as founder of The News Eagle newspaper.
HAWLEY - Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, in Hawley will be noted with the annual parade, starting at noon. The Grand Marshal for 2018 is John C. Dyson Jr., World War II and Korean War veteran, as well as founder of The News Eagle newspaper.
Following the parade, there will be a local band, Rare Form, performing at the bandstand in Bingham Park, leading up to the carnival. The annual carnival runs from July 3 to July 7 and benefits Hawley Borough Police and Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission. Hours for the carnival are 6 to 10 p.m. each day except for July 4th, when the hours are 1 to 9 p.m. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, wrist bands are available for $14, allowing unlimited rides.
That evening, at dusk, enjoy the 43rd annual July 4th fireworks, hosted by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos. With a rain date of July 5th, the fireworks are shot from the Wallenpaupack Area High School athletic field, and are promised to be larger, higher and more continuous than in years past.
The July 4th parade lines up at 11 a.m. in the area of Main and Spring Street, and sets off at 12 p.m. at the blinker light. The parade proceeds up Main Avenue, ending at Bingham Park. The lineup for the parade appears in this edition.
Information about this year’s honored Grand Marshal follows.
John C. Dyson Jr.
A semi-retired Hawley businessman, career journalist and Army veteran of World War II and Korea with service in Europe and the Pacific, John C. Dyson Jr. has been named Grand Marshal for the 2018 4th of July parade in Hawley, next Wednesday at noon.
Dyson, age 95, is a member of Hawley American Legion Post 311 and former Honesdale Legionnaire.
Invited to ride with this year’s Grand Marshal in the parade honor convertible are life-long Hawley resident and former 28-year mayor, Ann R. Morgan, RN, and 20-year family friend Joan Lonsdorf, a long-time Hawley resident now at Bethany Village. Driving them will be Mike Novatnak. Note: a strong, hot sun may force Morgan, 85, to opt out.
Mr. Dyson, a Philadelphia native, in Wayne County since 1957, served with the U.S. Army in England, France, Germany and the Philippines during World War II, and as a Reservist was called to active duty during the Korean War.
He is a GI Bill journalism graduate of the University of Nebraska, and served as a reporter and a photographer with daily newspapers in Norfolk, Nebraska and Corning, New York. In Wayne County he edited and managed the Citizen-Times newspaper in Honesdale for eight years before choosing to own and operate newspapers in Hawley Lake Region beginning in 1965.
With his son, Jim of Hawley, they created The News Eagle newspaper in 1973 which, under their Hawley management, grew to 7,000 circulation, three days a week in two counties with a staff of 15.
Selling the newspaper in 1999, Dyson retired from news work becoming a landlord for 17 rental apartments, sold in 2017. He is still an active businessman with four properties, two rentals.