Township event celebrates Boardman community

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman's administration had their 13th annual Community Day for the township on June 2. Part of the celebration took place in the parking lot of the administration building, where they had numerous emergency vehicles set up for families to learn about. Pictured, Daniel and Zackery Johnson got a chance to sit in one of the SWAT team's vehicles.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman township administration set up their Community Day with booths for service organizations, free food for residents and displays of emergency vehicles. The administration, pictured, are, from left, Jason Loree, Tom Costello, Bill Leicht, Larry Moliterno, Jeff Barone and Brad Calhoun.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman Park also celebrated the Boardman Community Day on June 2 at the Southern Park Stables. The remote station of the park had wagon rides to the administration building, a petting zoo and animal shows. Pictured are Tadhg and Morgen Donnelly with their llamas.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman's Community Day featured free food sponsored by Aqua Ohio. They had hot dogs, chips and water. The high school's National Honors Society students passed out the food to the Boardman residents. Pictured are, from left, NHS students Lauren Commarata, Ava Colaluca, Colin Russell and Carina Cummings.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman's Community Day had activities for families at both the township building and the Southern Park Stables. This included a petting zoo, a slide and tours inside emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks and police cars. Pictured, Kenneth Hetrick Jr. talks with puppet entertained Brandon Benson and his alligator at the stables.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Boardman township’s administration organized the 13th annual Community Day on June 2 for residents of the township.

The event took place in two locations: outside of the administration building and at the Southern Park Stables. The township administration set up the event at the administration building, and Boardman Park hosted the events at the stables.

“It’s a good family event that’s free for the community,” said township administrator Jason Loree. He was happy with the weather for the day and the great turnout from the residents.

At the administration building parking lot, they had free food, organization booths and emergency vehicles on display. They, along with sponsor Aqua Ohio, gave away free hot dogs, chips and drinks to those in attendance. Members of the high school’s National Honor Society passed out the food.

The administration wanted to give a space for the community’s service organizations at the event. This included Mercy Health and the Boardman Lyons Club. They also had booths for the Boardman soccer team and Hitchcock Woods School.

The township police, fire team and SWAT team brought vehicles to the event for children to learn about and tour. The police had children sit in the front seat and learn to use the lights. The fire department let the children climb into the fire truck and learn about the equipment. The SWAT team brought three large vehicles owned by the township. They also brought riot shields and let the children carry and hold those.

Boardman Park has added to the community day for the last five years. They had tractor rides that went to and from the administration building to the stables.

“It gives families time to see the historic stables and get a feel for coming back to life with animals,” said Karen McCallum, recreation director for the park.

The Southern Park Stables are a remote location of the Boardman Park. This event is the only special event the park hosts at this location, but the 4H club uses the stables and the community garden is located there.

The park set up a dog and llama agility show during the event.

They also had a petting zoo inside the stables where families could pet various animals, such as snakes and camels. They had pony rides and a puppet entertainer as well.

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