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12 couples renew wedding vows at Sandy Beach Bridge

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ABOVE: Les and Edee McMillen pose for a photo after participating Saturday afternoon in the mass vow renewal ceremony at Russells Point Harbor. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Couples kiss after Mayor Robin Reames pronounces them “still husband and wife” to conclude the ceremony. (EXAMINER PHOTO | CARRIE ELLINGTON)

The sun shone across the Russells Point Harbor Saturday afternoon as 12 couples participated in a mass wedding vow renewal ceremony at the Sandy Beach bridge. The ceremony, part of the HarborFest activities, was presided by Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames.

“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do since becoming mayor, and this just seemed like the perfect time for it,” said Mayor Reames.

She and her husband, Robert “Cobb” Reames participated as well, standing before the other couples during the short ceremony.

“My husband and I value commitment, and that’s what marriage is. And we are here to honor the commitment you all have made to each other,” said Mayor Reames during the ceremony.

Couples participating in the mass vow renewal were: Fred and Shirley Borden of Russells Point; John and Barbara Hart of Springfield; Scott and Loretta Kinney of Lakeview; Les and Edee McMillen of New Bloomington; Ralph and Kathleen Callender of Bellefontaine; Michael and Sandy Jo Smith of Lakeview; Ray and Loretta Foeller of Columbus; Jim and Marilyn Jones of Lima; Paul and Sherry Kencheff of Springfield; Bruce and Sharolyn Sphar of Troy; Stephen and Angela Szaruga of Miamisburg; David and Kathlene Weekly of Dayton; and Robert and Robin Reames of Russells Point.

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