One year ago Poultney residents were picking up the pieces from a massive summer storm that caused thousands of power outages and extensive damage in the town including the cancellation of their Independence Day celebration. This year however, the town is ready to gather for a day full of fun and festivities to honor our nation’s independence on July 4th with a parade theme: “Power to the People.” The town chose the theme to honor Green Mountain Power crews and other first responders for their courage and dedication to clean up and storm restoration in the wake of last year’s storm.
“Each year we pick a theme for our parade and we all agreed this was a way for our town to show our appreciation for GMP and the first responders they worked with to keep us safe and get the lights back on,” said Town Manager Jonas Rosenthal. “GMP is committed to the community everyday, but we especially want to acknowledge their dedication during the storm where crews work around the clock to restore power,”
Last 4th of July strong winds knocked down hundreds of trees onto power lines, causing 34,000 outages statewide. Hundreds of crews were deployed around the state, including dozens to Poultney one of the areas hardest hit.
“We are honored to be part of Poultney’s celebration and accept this recognition on behalf of the many responders who work tirelessly during storms and other emergencies to keep the public safe.” said GMP Designer Dave Birmingham who works in the Poultney office. “Restoring power quickly and safely during last year’s holiday was an incredible partnership with the local community, contract crews, tree trimmers and first responders like the Poultney Fire Department.”
The parade will also recognize the Poultney fire Department as the citizen of the year for their tremendous work during the storm and other emergencies over the year.
The parade starts at 10:00 am and winds its way down to the Elementary School for a full day of events. There will be musician Steve Lindholm, magicians, face painting, the Catamount Pipe Band, a puppet show, dance party and fireworks at dusk.