Band picked, not named, for Chingawassa

A new band has been engaged for Chingawassa Days in June, but Gene Winkler, reporting for the Chingawassa committee, told the Marion City Commission Monday that the band’s name can’t be announced until a contract is received.

Winkler dropped a clue for what has become the climax concert at Chingawassa was-“Let’s just say it’s a small band close to a river.”

He said last year’s Chingawassa was particularly successful “because we didn’t lose money.”

Winkler thanked the city and its employees for the labor they do on the event each year. He said volunteer community helpers succeeded in absorbing part of the manual labor last year.

Mark Grout has succeeded Bruce Skiles in a position on the Chingawassa committee, Winkler said.

This year the karaoke and other events of Friday night may be replaced by a comedian or magician, and perhaps a band keyed toward high school students, Winkler said.

“We don’t like to try to keep anything for more than two years,” he said.

The commissioners appointed Jean Case to succeed Randy Loomis from now to January 2008 on the Marion Housing Authority Board of Directors, Christian Pedersen to succeed Jeff Cady from July 2003 to July 2007, and Jim Hefley to fill an open position on the Marion Economic Development Advisory Board for four years.

Commissioner Jim Crofoot was named to succeed Commissioner Larry McLain for one year of Commission representation on MEDAB.

City Administrator David Mayfield said he has completed the first phase on finding foundation grant funds in a three-phase course presented through Rural Conservation and Development of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said the city crew has begun trimming trees back on city streets with North Cedar now complete, and work next on Roosevelt and Freeborn to facilitate truck access toward the hospital.

Sanders said after those streets, the crew will trim up and down streets in succession to complete the work. He said the public has been very complimentary on the job, and questions continue coming in on “when will you get to my street.”

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