It certainly felt like a very “Wilmington week” over the past seven days. Let me try to explain…
It kicked off on Saturday with the Annual Town Clean-Up Day. Volunteers donated their morning to help pick up trash (and whatever else they found) around the community. Public spaces, included Silver Lake, got a lot of emphasis. From what I’ve heard and read, it made a difference. Multiple people have commented on how much better some areas (especially Silver Lake) look.
On Sunday, hundreds of runners and walkers turned out to the Annual Half-Marathon /5K Road Race, put on by the Chamber of Commerce. In additional, dozens of volunteers lined the route to direct the runners, hand out water and offer encouragement. This event seems to be a big success every year. Congrats to Chamber Executive Director Nancy Vallee for putting it together.
On Monday, the Board of Selectmen talked at length about the Fourth of July. It may be September, but the 4th of July Committee is already looking ahead to next summer. As we all know, the planning process for this past year’s festivities was a bit complicated. It only happened because the town stepped up and essentially “took over” the process of getting a carnival along the Common. The Board voted to “re-empower” the 4th of July Committee to run the show in 2017. Side note: the 4th of July Committee also runs the Annual Tree Lighting; mark your calendars for December 3rd.
On Tuesday night, it was a packed house as the town said goodbye to longtime Rec Department Director Debbie Cipriani. More than 200 people attended the retirement party. Debbie has been a valuable partner to WCTV and her impact over the past 20 years has been felt across all town departments. She’ll certainly be missed.
So when I say it felt like a very “Wilmington week”, I mean: I see volunteers, I see the 4th of July already taking shape and I see a farewell to of the more likable and respected town employees we have. It’s not often there’s that much good news tying a town together. If you know someone who volunteered last weekend, or helps with the 4th celebration or works in the Rec Department, don’t forget to send along your thanks.
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