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  • ‘Mohican Spirit’ firemen’s parade will honor Montgomery

  • Mohawk’s school colors will be on display one more time as Alexander Hose Company No. 1 sponsors its annual firemen’s field days parade.

    The field days will take place Aug. 1 to 3 in Weller Park.

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  • Mohawk’s school colors will be on display one more time as Alexander Hose Company No. 1 sponsors its annual firemen’s field days parade.
    The field days will take place Aug. 1 to 3 in Weller Park.
    This year’s parade, scheduled for Aug. 3, will be in memory of Harry Montgomery, Sr., an active member of the Mohawk Fire Corps, and the parade committee has chosen “Mohican Spirit” as a float theme in honor of Mohawk Central School, which has now merged with Ilion to form Central Valley Central School. Parade participants will line up at 5 p.m. with the parade scheduled to step off at 6 p.m.
    “Mohawk has been hard hit this year with two tragic events — the shootings on March 13 and the floods of June 28,” said Barbara Bellstedt, co-chairwoman of the Alexander Hose Company No. 1 Firemen’s Parade and president of the Mohawk Fire Corps. “We also said good-bye to our school as we knew it as the last of the Mohicans graduated in June as well.”
    Montgomery, a victim of the March 13 shootings in Mohawk, was a fire police in the Mohawk Fire Corps, a branch of the Mohawk Fire Department, and was always enthusiastic about his role in the parade of directing traffic and keeping participants safe, according to Bellstedt. She added the committee has selected John Seymour, known as John the Barber, as grand marshal for the parade. Seymour, who was injured in the shootings, owned the barbershop where the shootings occurred and was a Mohawk icon for years, cutting hair for generations of local residents.
    At the end of the parade, before the trophies are awarded, there will be a moment of silence for all the victims of the shootings.
    “Though we will always remember the events of March 13, we want to honor those victims in the memory of the every day lives as well,” said Bellstedt.
    Parade organizers chose the theme “Mohican Spirit” for the parade and are asking that alumni, groups, teams, businesses, organizations or even families enter floats or vehicles decked out in orange and black.
    “In the wake of the floods, it also has another meaning,” said Bellstedt. “The Mohican Spirit that lives within us all as a community.”
    Organizers won’t be able to give out cash awards for the floats, but will offer trophies for the following:
    • Best Use Of Mohican Colors (orange and black)
    • Best in Mohican Spirit|
    • Best Overall Mohican Float
    Anyone who would like to participate in this year’s parade is invited to contact the organizers. It is not necessary to enter a float; it can be a business vehicle, organization or just persons who would like to participate. Musical participants would be welcomed, but at this time cannot the committee cannot pay any fees.
    Page 2 of 2 - Numerous other fire departments have been invited to participate, but if a fire department did not receive an invitation, they can contact the parade organizers and participate. To be a participant in this years parade contact:
    Nicole Green at 867-7001 or Barb Bellstedt at 219-1580.
    Field Days chairman is Christopher Edick.
    Bellstedt noted all branches of the fire department have been busy in recent weeks assisting with flood recovery work. “Our place at that time was to help out our community and we continue to do so,” she said. “But the Field Days is one of our largest fundraisers, and as a volunteer department we need to move forward with them. That is what Mohicans do; we continue on and support each other. While we continue to assist those in need in our village, we also need to finalize the plans of the field days. Always, our commitment to the community safety comes first, of course. We are sincerely grateful for all the community support shown to the fire department as we assisted our village in the floods the last few weeks. We cannot thank you all enough.”