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A quarter century of patriotic parades on the Fourth of July in the Eastmoreland neighborhood

DAVID F. ASHTON - Antique and specialty vehicles added extra interest to the 25th annual Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade. The combination of a beautiful summer day, and anticipation of the annual parade-and-sausage-eating party, appeared to put Eastmoreland neighbors in a jovial mood on July 4.

Long before the parade began forming in the parking lot of Duniway Elementary School, folks from Otto's Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market in Woodstock had already set up charcoal chimneys on multiple grills, ready to cook hot dogs.

"We've kind of lost exact count, but we've made about 2,000 hot dogs to serve here today," Jerry Eichentopf' told THE BEE.

Workers loaded the first batch of wieners from the grill onto a platter, and Eichentopf' offered them to Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division motorcycle officers who were there on Parade Duty; many of them accepted the gift and ate the hot dogs with relish – some also adding sauerkraut, mustard, and catsup.

"We're excited that this is the 25th anniversary of holding the Eastmoreland Independence Day Parade, an event started by Ken Brooks; and I didn't want to miss this one!" grinned returning organizer Steve Calderaro. "It's great to see everyone coming together today."

The Arthur Bradford family of the "Save the Giants" organization [see separate story] were honored as the Grand Marshals this year, Calderaro said. "I think everyone enjoys being part of this neighborhood; but to witness the neighborliness, and participate in this wonderful event, is heartwarming – from the singing of our National Anthem, to the parade of cars, to all the folks walking – to having a hot dog from Otto's Sausage Kitchen! It all epitomizes the best of Americana."

Many of the one-thousand residents present, with hot dogs in hand, and with cold sodas donated by the Woodstock New Seasons Market, lined up for the parade – led off by Westmoreland's Fire Station 20 Engine Company, and escorted by those Portland Police officers.

After Tammy Balajee sang the National Anthem, Cub Scout Pack 64 served as the official Color Guard, the fire engine rolled out, and the parade proceeded behind it along S.E. Reed College Place and back.


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