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Community and volunteers honored during twice-rescheduled celebration

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - Updated: 9:23 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- Months after the mid-day cancellation of Fort Plain's annual Fourth on the Third celebration, which was wiped out by whipping winds and rain just as it got started, the village was finally able to enjoy the fireworks display they were forced to miss that night.

While the fireworks were supposed to be set off Sunday evening during the original rescheduled date, the day's rain forced a second cancellation. As fast as Sunday's event was cancelled, it was rescheduled for the following day, and luckily, Monday's weather couldn't have been better, the humid climate recalling this summer's hottest evenings.

Events kicked off around 5 p.m. at Wiles Park, with the Fort Plain Community Activities Council preparing and serving food, Stewart's scooping ice cream, and kids playing in the bounce house while Walt Maaser played a variety of upbeat tunes.

Around 7:30 p.m., as the sun set, Mayor Barton took to the pavilion's microphone to thank those in attendance for their hard work after the 2013 flood. The evening's guests, members of "a community that came back from the very disastrous flood of 2013, " were the reason for Fort Plain's recovery, he explained.

He implored attendees, "turn to your neighbor and shake your neighbor's hand and say 'thank you'. They're the ones that helped save Fort Plain."

"Fort Plain is back, bigger and better than ever," concluded Barton.

Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk also spoke, commenting, "Every time I come to Fort Plain, it looks better and better."

Tkaczyk thanked everybody that had a hand in bringing the village back from the disaster, naming churches, fire departments and first responders, volunteers and volunteer team leaders.

Amongst the many, she said, there was one volunteer that stood out for her "dedicated and unparalleled service." 

That volunteer is Cyndi Tracy, who Tkaczyk awarded a certificate of appreciation for her continued flood recovery work.

Tracy, explained Tkaczyk, "epitomizes how we help our neighbors."

She continued, "We all know who Cyndi is. She was that person that made sure you got fed. She was that person who found the supplies for the carpenters so they could keep working on the house. She was that person who helped a crisis to calm down … the person who made our lives so much easier."

Monday's twice-rescheduled event went off without a hitch.

Event Coordinator James Katovitch, volunteering to help park cars Monday, noted that he was finally thrilled with the weather, explaining that if the FPCAC had decided to allow the fireworks to take place the evening before, as they were scheduled to, the rain would've put a literal damper on the display, as the wet weather would've inevitably dimmed the fireworks' calming blossom effect.

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