Contributed by Karen Reed
On Saturday, September 10, the new dog park was dedicated to the memory of Bob Bates, a long-time resident of our community, who passed away a year ago. Bob’s wife, Carty, and their family and friends, as well as a large crowd of dogs, owners, and non-dog owners, gathered for the wonderful dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Ernie Clevinger gave a moving speech about Bob and his wonderful career and his great dedication to the community and greater Gettysburg. All enjoyed the hot dogs and hamburgers, drinks, cookies, brownies, and a great cake decorated with paw prints and doggie bones.
At 1:00 the judging began to award ribbons for the best costume, most patriotic, cutest, smallest, oldest, youngist, biggest, longest and shortest tails, and longest and shortest ears. Molly, owned by Tom and Agnes Reuter, and dressed in her cape and crown, won for being the oldest, 18 ½ years!
Many thanks to the committee, chaired by Ernie, for organizing the fundraising events and for a great grand opening. And a big, thunderous, bow-wow to Ernie and Keith Majeczky for their cooking skills!
See the newsletter article for more stories about the grand opening.
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