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Gold Dust parade to honor local heroes

Gold Hill's festivities will include breakfast, entertainment, and craft and game booths

Gold Hill's Annual Gold Dust Day Parade and Party will feature a patriotic theme for 2002, America, America!

The all-day event, hosted by the town's Nugget Club, will be held on Saturday.

Club President Cheryl Joseph says the theme was chosen because of the events of Sept. 11 and gives the town an opportunity to celebrate its own local heroes.

We want to honor our local volunteer firefighters for all that they do to serve Gold Hill, said Joseph. We also want to acknowledge Lindsey Christy for her courage beyond her years, and Barbara and Cliff Finney who prove that getting involved in your community can make a difference.

The celebration will begin with a breakfast served at the Gold Hill Grange. Joseph said people should set their alarm clocks and bring a hearty appetite because the menu features an old-time miner's fare of biscuits, sausage and scrambled eggs. Breakfast service will begin at 6:30 a.m.

The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Grand marshals will be Gold Hill volunteer firefighters.

Lesa Best, volunteer engineer since 1990, said she's thrilled to be honored.

She and husband Glen ' Jackson County Fire District 3's volunteer captain ' are the only married couple on the volunteer roster.

I think it's really exciting, but the best part of all is to be able to help our communities in their times of need, said Best.

Hanby Middle School student Lindsey Christy will ride in the parade in a vintage fire truck.

Lindsey recently returned from Australia, where she underwent successful surgery to remove a rare, life-threatening brain tumor.

The recipient of community fund-raiser events, Christy will have an opportunity to thank the people of Gold Hill for their support.

Co-citizens of the year Barbara and Cliff Finney also will be honored in the parade. The Finneys participate in Gold Hill's many volunteer organizations, including CanDO, Friends of the Library, the SMART reader program and the Gold Hill Historical Society.

We believe that loving is improving the quality of life for someone else, and we love this town, said Barbara Finney. We are honored to be chosen out of many deserving volunteers.

Starting at Patrick Elementary School, the parade will continue down Second Avenue (Highway 99) to Fourth Street and end at Downtown Park, where there will be entertainment as well as food, craft and game booths.

A vintage car show featuring 40 vehicles will be held at the post office parking lot. The entry fee is a &

36;10 toy to be donated to local charities. All vehicles must be pre-1970 and car show quality.

The Nugget Club will be selling raffle tickets for items ranging from a gift basket from Del Rio Vineyard to T-shirts from D&S Harley-Davidson.

Parade and booth registration forms are still being accepted. Forms are available at the Gold Hill Library at 420 Sixth Ave.

For further information, contact Cheryl Joseph at 541-855-5324.

Sanne Specht is a free-lance writer living in Rogue River. Reach her at RogueRiverGal@aol.com.