chairs on north rd

Seriously folks? Putting lawn chairs out 5 days before the 4th of July? I thought the town treated parade stuff put out before the 3rd as trash and disposed of it.
Paula Wetmore July 04, 2013 at 07:42 PM
The parade was awesome this year! As I stood clapping for local police & fire depts, someone behind me thought I should sit down! THAT, and not the fact that the chairs were out several days in advance, should be embarrassing! I appreciate and respect what our local service providers do for us, whether it's the schools, police & fire, or the water dept (100 yrs!). We made sure that the sidewalks were not blocked and the trash was picked up, so stop whining about the chairs and enjoy the comradery of a small town!
Anna Bucciarelli July 05, 2013 at 06:26 AM
DITTO Paula. Rather than whine, folks should get in the spirit and appreciate what this town (mostly volunteers) provides in way of celebrating the 4th. I also agree with rising and clapping for our service people, including military vets. I enjoyed every minute and have a bit of a burn to remind me of it!
Gina July 06, 2013 at 12:56 PM
So I'm "whining" because I dared criticize leaving chairs out days (or a week) in advance of a parade? As far as I can tell you can still attend the parade and bring your chair down that very day, no one is denying you the right to celebrate the 4th by not allowing you to put that chair out or by being critical of it. As far as chairs being in shade and being put there by the property owners themselves, well I just don't buy that. I have a relative who used to live along the route, people put chairs in front of his house-not him. They also asked to use his bathroom, and climbed a small fence, trespassing on his property, to do so. People put chairs in front of St Mary's so they can use their bathrooms during the parade-plain and simple. Maybe they lock the doors now, I haven't been to check in years so I don't know. Here's an idea-it's a church that has weddings and funerals, so don't put chairs there just out of respect for that. People also park in the parking lot there for the community band concert when there's a 4 PM Mass on a Saturday and the concert coincides with that. Of course maybe the pastor never says anything to the town manager, but it's hardly too much to ask people to leave that area clear. Plenty of other spots. No one is denying anyone their traditions, the parade will still go on without the chairs. Is it really about the 4th and celebrating the town somehow or is is about the best spot/a front row spot? What I give to this town in taxes more than shows my appreciation for the schools, the police, the fire, etc. As for the military, well my father is a vet and recipient of a Purple Heart. So my "whining" about people who have to get a front row seat hardly makes me unpatriotic. The 4th is also all about the freedoms that make this country what it is, and that includes the freedom of speech. So I will exercise that, and it hardly makes me a bad citizen, or an unpatriotic "whiner". That's the kind of thinking and mentality that gives this town the reputation it has in some quarters, frankly. If you speak out against any town "traditions" (and the definition of that can get very broad sometimes), well somehow you're just a negative "whiner" who doesn't appreciate what their tax dollars pay for. Could say more about that. but it's probably a waste of time. I celebrate America's birthday and get in the spirit, somehow I manage to do it without going to the town's parade or any of the other events. That makes me inferior somehow, apparently. One reason I don't go is that I know I can't tolerate the heat and humidity. So honestly if someone can't without competing for a (very limited) shady spot, maybe it's best not to. People were asked not to put them out before July 1st, that's more than early enough. Too early really. People see them out and have to do it, because they're seemingly petrified of not getting a front row spot. And that IS embarrassing. I also donate to the parade by buying raffle tickets, even though I don't go. I think that's more than sufficient support and citizenship.
Eileen Cushing-Craig July 06, 2013 at 02:47 PM
It's over and everyone survived. Is it really worth debating any longer?
Anna Bucciarelli July 07, 2013 at 08:47 AM
Gina, your passion is noted and accepted ... you make vey good points. Still, I maintain that the chairs are a "signature" of Chelmsford and will probably be with us for a long time to come. A thing to keep in mind is that it only happens one time a year, it is not a daily occurrence.


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