Moment with the Mayor for June 16, 2018
Blue Tip Parade and Festival
The month of June brings the celebration of Father’s Day and of course, Blue Tip!! Festivities begin with the Blue Tip Parade kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Because of the construction of Dominion gas lines and the Broad Street waterline project this year, I ask that you take care as you gather to watch the parade this year. The areas of the treelawn that have been disrupted, particularly on the south side of Broad Street between First and Lyman Streets, will be covered with straw as a temporary measure to help with pedestrian traffic and viewing during the parade. The treelawn will be seeded after curb restoration has been done. Those of you who normally view the parade in these areas may elect to find a different spot this year. We have been aware that the Broad Street waterline project would not be completed in time to have the repaving finished, so we are making every effort to make the roadway as smooth as possible for the safety of those marching in the parade and for those watching. However, I ask that you be especially mindful when navigating in that area. The final paving will be done later this summer at the end of the project. On Friday of Blue Tip Festival week, the Matchstick race event offers runners a choice of participating in a 5k, 10k, or half marathon that begins at Art Wright Stadium. Runners may continue to sign up that evening, in person, before the race starts. Each year, a tremendous amount of effort goes into the planning of the Blue Tip festival week, where many volunteers are involved. I am grateful to the Blue Tip Parade Committee, Blue Tip Festival Committee, Matchstick Race Committee, the Rotary, and several City service and safety departments who work together to coordinate all of the minutiae involved in an event this size. I also thank our downtown merchants who graciously accommodate the closure of the square for the parade.
Goldsmith and Eggleton 50th Anniversary
Goldsmith and Eggleton, a long-standing fixture in the rubber industry, is celebrating its very special 50th anniversary this year. The company began as a small family business with Allan Goldsmith and Bob Eggleton, who decided to branch out on their own in 1986 to service the need for distribution of raw rubber materials to a growing rubber industry. Shortly after the company launched, Joe Fagan and Marvin Weintraub came on as equal partners. They leased a manufacturing complex in Wadsworth in the mid-1980s and eventually began operating a carbon black masterbatch and reprocessing business. Rob Eggleton and Michael Fagan became second-generation owners in 1997, learning the business from the ground up. They have continued to fill the evolving needs of the market and in 2017, became a 24/7 operation. Goldsmith and Eggleton have been loyal corporate citizens by volunteering with the Salvation Army and by generously supporting the Bicentennial, Main Street Wadsworth, and other community concerns. Congratulations!
Until next week………
Robin L. Laubaugh, Mayor