Thursday, 25 May 2017 19:00

Ballston Spa Memorial Day Parade Float Ready

(From left) Town of Milton Highway Department workers Mark DeLong, Bill Murdie, Town Historian Kim McCartney, Highway Superintendent David Forbes and highway worker Russ Nowhitney show off a completed float. (From left) Town of Milton Highway Department workers Mark DeLong, Bill Murdie, Town Historian Kim McCartney, Highway Superintendent David Forbes and highway worker Russ Nowhitney show off a completed float. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

MILTON — After about a month of labor, town Highway Department workers have completed a large float that will be featured in the Village of Ballston Spa’s Memorial Day parade.

“It’s really fantastic,” said Milton Town Historian Kim McCartney, noting how the float pays homage to the town’s “long history of mills” situated near the Kayaderosseras, Gordon and Glowegee creeks.

Ballston Spa’s Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 27, is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Ocean State Job Lot on Route 50. It will proceed to Wiswall Park on Front Street in the village.

The float from Milton includes a giant saw blade in the middle and a miniature water wheel on the end. A sign on the back indicates that Weaver’s Saw Mill on Geyser Road supplied the lumber used in its construction.

“We’re proud of our history as a mill town and our float represents that pride,” McCartney said.

Milton Highway Superintendent David Forbes said the current float is smaller than a previous version constructed several years ago. In their spare time, he added, several town highway workers chipped in to build it.

“I really like helping with those types of projects,” Forbes explained.

There are 14 workers under Forbes in Milton’s highway department; in wintry weather, they were routinely thanked by town officials for so promptly clearing roads.

At the May 3 meeting of the Milton Town Board, Supervisor Dan Lewza also praised McCartney for her research into the life of a town native, Henry Cornell, who died overseas in World War I. The board then passed a proclamation in his honor. 

“I think Kim should be greatly recognized for the work she does for the town," Lewza said of McCartney. 

The American Legion post in Ballston Spa, a primary organizer of the May 27 parade, is named after Cornell. The village’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post is equally involved in parade planning. 

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