Melrose parade celebrates 125 years of community

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 1:19 a.m.
The theme of the Merry Melrose Christmas Parade was "125 Years of Memories," chosen to commemorate the founding of Melrose in 1877.
And the grand marshals - Terry and Jean Marshall - were perfect in their role, having renovated several historic buildings in town, including the Baldwin Store and the Baldwin residence that now houses the Melrose Bay Art Gallery.
Word of the parade spread to other parts of Florida this year, with Richard and Susan Taylor coming from Lake Helen (near Deland) to ride their 19th century bicycle and tricycle in our parade.
There were several unique entries, which passed before judges, Mark Barrow, Nonie Crom, Ron Haase and Jamie Williams.
Winners were: "the best overall," Melrose Methodist Church; "closest to theme," Historic Melrose Inc.; "most participants," Melrose Elementary School Computer Group; and most original," the Melrose Kindergarten class of Sue Tillery.
The Kiwanis Club of the Lake Region Keystone/Melrose and Melrose Business and Community Association sponsored the parade.
Also assisting were the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, with Sheriff Taylor Douglas and deputies Junior Kelly and Ralph Leverette; Putnam County commissioners and the Melrose Fire Department/
The following individuals and businesses also participated: Badger Moring of Moring Funeral Home; Tom Lucas; Cornelius Clayton of Clayton Photo; Janet Tew; Felicity Trueblood of Meadowmere Farm; and the Florida Department of Transportation, District 2.
Also, Gary and Jill Keites of the Melrose Café, MYSA, LAMMA, Michelle Acree, Annemarie van Hemmen, Ronda Andrews, Brady Crom and Steve Thrift plus all the tellers at M&S Bank and many others.
Parade chairman was Jeanette Berk, who has done the job for five years.
She is ready to step aside and allow someone else to apply their creative efforts to this annual event.

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