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Official: Montgomery trustee should lead fest parade
Heinz deserving due to years of service to the village, festival, Lee says

by John Etheredge


Montgomery Village Board member Denny Lee acknowledged this past week he and his fellow board member Pete Heinz have had their disagreements on village business, especially in recent years.

Lee, however, told his board colleagues during a July 14 meeting he believes if Heinz decides to retire from the board rather than seek another term in the April 2015 municipal election he should be named as the grand marshal of the 2015 Montgomery Fest parade. The fest and parade will be held in August of next year.

Last week village officials announced that a local business, Superior Beverage, will serve as the grand marshal of this year's fest parade set for Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m.

A retired Caterpillar worker and village resident for the past 47 years, the 77 year-old Heinz is the board's most senior member having served for 27 years. He ran unsuccessfully for village president in 1997.

As a board member, Heinz has worked closely with village staff on the fest over the years.

Lee said Heinz should serve as parade grand marshal next year, "Not for what he has done on the fest but what he has done for our community in all the years he has been on the board. I think it would be a great honor to have him as our grand marshal next year."

After next year's fest, Lee said he believes the village should then name a local business as the parade grand marshal.

After honoring Heinz next year, Lee said, "I think we can honor businesses like R.J. Keck and Heitkotters, people who have given to the fest for years and years and kept it going."

Responding to Lee's comments, Heinz said he believes the village should name its oldest resident, Ruth Dieterich Wagner, parade grand marshal. Dieterich Wagner is 102.

Lee, however, noted that Dieterich Wagner served as parade grand marshal in 2012, the year she turned 100.

"I really think a business should be the grand marshal every year because they are the ones that sponsor everything," Lee said, adding, "I think there should be an exception to that (for Heinz) next year."

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