Home Town Days recalls SCDA member

A car driven by Jerry Gow, is carrying the memories of Sue Sickles, the 2013 Grand Marshall of Susquehanna’s Home Town Days parade on Friday, Aug. 9.

A car driven by Jerry Gow, is carrying the memories of Sue Sickles, the 2013 Grand Marshall of Susquehanna’s Home Town Days parade on Friday, Aug. 9.

BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Correspondent

A car driven by Jerry Gow in the Susquehanna Community Development Association’s Home Town Days parade on Friday evening, August 9, may have appeared empty to the casual observer.

However, to members of the SCDA it was filled with memories of Sue Sickles who passed away earlier this year.

SCDA members decided to honor Sickles by naming her the 2013 Grand Marshall posthumously for all her untiring work as a faithful member. Her sunny smile and willing hands may be gone but Sickles will never be forgotten.
The Barney Wilkins Band, sponsored by Peoples Neighborhood Bank, and the Memorial Pipe Band from Binghamton, N.Y., provided music for the parade that had floats entered by The Red Hats, Boy Scouts and First Baptist Church, just to name a few. The usual fire companies from Susquehanna County, and neighboring counties were included in the judging by Ron Dubas, Lori Canfield and Margaret Biegart.

A large poster showing Sue Sickles lending a helping hand to her community and also news articles telling of the work Sue assisted with during her time here in Susquehanna, compiled by Morgan Ofsherick,  was on display during Susquehanna’s Home Town Days.

A large poster showing Sue Sickles lending a helping hand to her community and also news articles telling of the work Sue assisted with during her time here in Susquehanna, compiled by Morgan Ofsherick, was on display during Susquehanna’s Home Town Days.

Home Town Days opened on Thursday, Aug. 8, for residents and their families to enjoy all the great food proved by local organizations that included church and school groups; Boy Scouts with their ever popular funnel cake; and Barnes Kasson’s strawberry shortcake. The rides and games were in full swing as well as the games of chance and this carried over to Friday night for the crowd coming out for the parade.

On Saturday evening the Home Town Days continued until after dark when the fireworks display, sponsored by Ron and Carol Dubas of Schneider’s Market, brought a sparkling conclusion to this annual event that brings many former residents back home to meet with family, former classmates, and neighbors.