Two lifelong local residents were recognized Friday as grand marshals of the annual Independence Day parade through Rushsylvania.
Dan and JoAnn Mitchell were tapped to head the parade through the village. The couple has been married and lived in Rushsylvania for 56 years, the last 55 spent in the same residence along Bank Street, Mr. Mitchell said.
“We’ve only ever missed one Fourth of July parade,” the grand marshal said. “That was the year we went down to a Cincinnati Reds game.
“But that was the only year.”
Mr. Mitchell has been a community staple for decades. A former village councilman and volunteer firefighter, he is retired from the maintenance department at Benjamin Logan Schools, where he remains active as a reading tutor at the middle school. He also is a member of the Rushsylvania Lions Club.
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