SHENANDOAH - Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. announced its Grand Marshal for the upcoming Heritage Day parade at its July meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The organization selected the veteran news writer John E. Usalis, former staff writer at the Pottsville Republican-Herald and the former Shenandoah Evening Herald.
"I am very happy to announce that the grand marshal has been selected, and Mr. John Usalis has agreed to be our grand marshal." Promotions Committee Chairwoman Anne Taylor said at the meeting.
"Good Choice." Jeannie Stanulonis said.
Usalis, Girardville, was most recently the northern Schuylkill reporter for the Republican-Herald until it was announced in February that Times-Shamrock Communications, parent company of the newspaper, offered buyouts to 15-year-plus employees, in an effort to cut 62 positions company-wide.
Usalis currently writes a column on Facebook, titled "Still Roamin'" which can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/StillRoamin/
In other business, DSI is still looking for people with ethnic backgrounds to march in the Heritage Day parade.
"We welcome everybody" Taylor said.
"I've always wanted to get an England contingent together" Debra Ulicny said.
"Sure! We've looked for one. We couldn't find anybody." DSI Executive Director Mary Luscavage.
The entertainment lineup for the Heritage Day festival is in place now, as well.
"DJ Dan Helfer will once again provide equipment for us. Shaina Graff has, once again, graciously volunteered to sing the national anthem for us. Perseverance Jazz Band will entertain, Lester Hirsh and Kathleen Radspinner, and new this year will be Toolshed Jack Acoustic to end the entertainment day." Taylor said.
New vendors are will also be present at Heritage Day, but it was noted that they are always looking for more. If you're interested in becoming a vendor at Heritage Day, contact DSI at 570-462-2060.