Two pieces of news provide a flicker of hope amid the doom and gloom.
Dec. 13--CARLISLE -- A local firefighter and physician will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Carlisle Christmas Parade.
Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn announced Thursday that Dr. John Flood will be the Grand Marshal for the town's Christmas parade which will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. Ferguson-Glenn, who also serves as the chairperson of the Carlisle Christmas Committee, said that Flood, who serves as Chief of the Monarch Fire Department, President of the Union County Fire Chiefs Association, and chairman of the Board of Union County Fire and Rescue, will be Grand Marshal in recognition of his efforts to help the Carlisle Fire District lower its ISO rating.
In a Nov. 14 letter to Flood, Ferguson-Glenn wrote that "the Carlisle Fire District has struggled over the past five years, making every effort to obtain a lower ISO rating, to no avail. On Nov. 4, 2013, there was an event in celebration of finally obtaining the new ISO rating of 5, down from 10. Although there is more work to be done, this in itself is a significant improvement for the fire district."
Ferguson-Glenn pointed out that Flood, in his role "as president of the fire association ... played an important role in this achievement, as was mentioned by the fire chief and others. We would like to express our appreciation for your hard work and dedication in your overall service, not only to the Carlisle District, but throughout Union County."
To show its appreciation, Ferguson-Gleen stated that the town was inviting Flood to be the parade's Grand Marshal.
Ferguson-Glenn said Thursday that the lower ISO rating Flood helped the Carlisle Fire District obtain means residents of the district will see lower insurance rates, saving them money.
In addition to his firefighting duties, Flood is also the chief of staff at Wallace Thomson Hospital.
The parade will start at 2 p.m. on Thomas Street, proceed down King-Kennedy Highway, turn onto Fish Dam Avenue, and end on Boundary Street.
After the parade, there will be a reception at the Carlisle Town Hall which will include light refreshment, a time of socializing, and a visit from Santa Claus.
If the parade has to be canceled due to rain, Ferguson-Glenn said the reception will be held at 2 p.m. Ferguson-Glenn said that if the parade has to be canceled, she will notify WBCU Saturday morning. She said the public can also call the town hall Saturday morning at 864-427-1505 to learn if the parade has been canceled or will proceed.
Union Christmas Parade
After a week's delay caused by bad weather, the Union Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday and any group that wants to be part of the parade is invited to register.
Renee Alexander, assistant to the director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday that there's still time for any business, club, church or other interested group to sign up to be part of the parade. She said those interested in being part of the parade line up can contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039 or via email at email@example.com.
The parade line up currently includes:
-- The Union County High School Marching Band
-- Ray Parham and the Voices of Truth
-- Diamond Krushers
-- New Hope AME Zion Church
-- James Chapel Baptist Church
-- Maple Ridge Baptist Church
-- Antioch AME Church
-- New Emanuel Baptist Church
-- Hejaz Warriors of the Shrine Club
-- Janice Patrick -- Clown
-- Ray Petit of WRAP Enterprise in Pacolet
-- Trans-South Wrestling
-- Ultimate Rhythm Dance Company
-- Miss Elaine's Dance Company
-- Twist and Shout
-- The Dance Academy
-- The Union County Recreation Department Vikings
-- USC Union
-- Union Karate Center
-- Sims Middle School Step Team
-- Horses from Sunset Farm
-- Love Lighthouse Ministries
-- Gregory's Roofing
-- AmeriCredit Loans
-- Mon Aetna Baptist Church
-- Miracle League of Union County
This year's parade will have four parade marshals including two businesses -- Haemonetics, Wade's Employment Agency -- one cultural group -- the Union County Arts Council -- and one individual -- Roger Bailey.
As in previous years, there will be a contest for the Best Decorated Float with first, second, and third place prizes awarded. There will also, however, be a contest for the Best Golf Cart with the winner awarded a prize.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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