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Community helped contribute, celebrate Fourth

As a lifetime resident of Warren, I continue to be amazed by our strong community. A community that stands united and pulls together during the most challenging times. Independence Day goes well beyond our city, but we sure know how to overcome adversity.

The ideas were simple and just “Plan B” to the wonderful festivities we’re all accustomed to. It is amazing to see the number of people who have viewed our live stream Reading of the Declaration of Independence and participated in the motorcade procession.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the following:

¯ Our elected officials, including City Council members, Greg Fraser, Phil Gilbert and John Wortman, State Representative Kathy Rapp, Senator Scott Hutchinson and Congressman Glenn Thompson. To Colonel David Wortman and First Sergeant Jeremy Young. Thank you all for putting your lives and families on hold to celebrate with us! Your commitment to our country and our community is evident.

¯ Ash Khare, Father Rick Tomasone and Boy Scouts, Owen Strandburg, Adam Strandburg, Jason Bonavita and Judd Demers, for your participation and making this event extra special.

¯ Jim Cheronis and Dora Turner for sharing your beautiful talents and Josh Bigelow for providing sound and technical expertise!

¯ Lt. Randy Carlson of the Conewango Township Police for directing traffic and allowing us to depart safely.

¯ Our incredible community, family and friends, we would not have been able to do this without you! Your participation, support and kind words are appreciated beyond measure.

¯ Jones Chevrolet for working hard to help plan and coordinate the vehicle line up and Corky and Carolyn Fry of Warren Tire Center for promoting our plans.

¯ Josh Cotton of the Times Observer, Mark Silvis of WNAE and WRRN, Dennis Webster of WJTN and Erie News Now for featuring the events and supporting our endeavor.

It was a huge success because of all of you! My family and I are forever grateful.

Alicia Gatto is a Warren resident.

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