POTTSTOWN, PA — The primary cost for putting on the Halloween Parade each year, according to organizers, is the roughly $5,000 cost of paying the police for crowd control.
Currently, a fund-raising drive is underway to ensure there is enough money in the kitty to pay that cost for the Oct. 22 event.
But there may be another way to drive the cost down.
During a meeting of the Pottstown Metropolitan Area Regional Planning Committee, Upper Pottsgrove Township Commissioners Chairman Elwood Taylor had a suggestions: “what if police from surrounding towns helped on the night of the parade?”
A friend of mine suggested that something like this would make a great festival for Pottstown. As many residents recall, tractor trailer loads of pumpkins made their way into Pottstown every fall to become Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie, before the company was sold. She suggested in addition to the pumpkin carving that a “pumpkin toss” might be fun when the pumpkin viewing was all over.
Several locations come to mind, Memorial Park or Riverfront Park would be at the top of the list.
This would be a great “homage” to Pottstown’s past. Pumpkin parade, pumpkin queen, Pumpkin 5K and the list goes on and on 🙂
POTTSTOWN, PA — Sometimes people have to be scared into action.
And so you could say that perhaps one of the best things that ever happened to the Pottstown Halloween parade was that it was almost killed off last year by lack of funding.
Among those who stepped up into the breach, providing a needed infusion of funds, was the Stichter Lodge No. 254, F & AM Masonic Lodge which, earlier in the year, had a scare of its own.
Large pieces of cornice work had fallen off their landmark building on North Franklin Street and the members were not sure how to pay to repair it.
“We were kind of scared into action,” said Dave Hollenbach, a past master at the lodge. “We started looking into alternative ways to fund repairs to the building and it was about then that the issues with the Halloween parade cropped up.”
POTTSTOWN, PA — With civic groups working to make Pottstown “the place to be” for Halloween, it would be remiss not to mention the event that got it all started — the Halloween Parade.
As Halloween-parade lovers may recall, last year’s parade almost didn’t happen when it was revealed that the organizers did not have the fee waiver they thought they had from borough council.
Council eventually agreed to pay half the fee for police overtime services to $2,500, but it was a scramble to come up with the money.
Dick Frantz is the Pottstown Rotary Club’s point man on parade matters and he said the club, which co-sponsors the parade with the Pottstown AMBUCS, hopes to avoid that last minute scramble this year.
LOCK HAVEN – Hurricane Sandy has this region buzzing about the potential loss of power, high winds and even high water.
City officials are aware of the situation and ask everyone to cooperate to get through the next few days as the remnants of the superstorm blow through the region.
The city does not have enough temporary stop signs to cover every intersection with traffic signals, so if the electricity goes out and the signals go dark, drivers will have to use care, City Manager Richard W. Marcinkevage said.
“Use common sense and the rules of the road,” he advised.