Bob Bates’ Dog Park Grand Opening

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.


Bob Bates’ family attended the grand opening 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.



Phyllis French cuts the cake. Chocolate paw prints were a wonderful touch.



Keith Majeczky cooks up some hot dogs and hamburgers to feed the hungry crowd of dog park supporters.

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!


Good golly, Ms. Molly. Ms. Molly is reported to be Lake Heritage’s oldest dog. How old? This lady doesn’t reveal her age! Ms. Molly has been a member of Agnes and Tom Reuter’s family for … years. Age withheld at Ms. Molly’s request.

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!


Life is just a bowl of dog biscuits!

See the newsletter article for more stories about the grand opening.

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