Record pg 1 11-30-17

captions, clockwise from top left:
Some of the 4-H Happy Herdsmen, left to right: Lydia Norman, Emily Chrzan and Ainsley Morse, all of Woodstock.
Woodstock Veterinary Clinic
Left: Cheerleaders on the NOW float
From the Natchaug River Young Marines "Whoville"
The Last Green Valley float

of entries
By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
PUTNAM ---  Hard to believe that the Dazzle Light Parade gets more dazzling each year, but the 16th annual version Nov. 26 did just that.
There were 160 entries this year, a record, according to parade chairman Gary Osbrey.
The scene was crisp and bright and more than 20,000 spectators lined the streets to watch those entries dazzle.
The parade started on Grove Street and followed Grove Street onto South Main Street and took a left onto Front Street through the center of downtown. After that, the parade hung a right onto Kennedy Drive and traveled past Rotary Park and Riverfront Commons, taking a right onto Providence Street. It ended at the Owen Tarr Sports Complex at the corner of Providence and School streets.
The Cargill Council #64 Knights of Columbus in Putnam was this year's parade grand marshal.
Osbrey said litter pick-up was a success again this year with 64 volunteers from High Pointe Church in Thompson picking up trash.  Volunteers report that were very well received by the spectators who appreciated the clean-up.
"I am delighted by the continued success of this parade and the enthusiasm of the participants and the spectators," Osbrey added.

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