The Boy Scouts held their annual “Camporee” at the Egg Harbor City Lake on Saturday October 15th. Well over 500 Scouts enjoyed a weekend of camping and learning skills.
The Galloway Patriot was very pleased to bring its “Magnus Mud Run” to the Boy Scout event and let hundreds of Scouts run the obstacle/confidence course.
The morning started with the “Last Salute” Military Honor Guard presenting colors and firing the “Jaime Lee” Civil War Cannon across the lake. The obstacle course was then set up and each pack present showed up to run the course.
We would like to thank all the volunteers that helped us set-up, manage and clean-up. Special thanks to Taylor Speirs, Chris Bell and Ken Paulmisano for their help in driving the military vehicles and trailers.
The Galloway Patriot newspaper and the Knutson family want to thank the Boy Scouts for inviting us and we want to say how proud we are of them for the great job they did this weekend.
We have over 160 photos here from the event and look forward to next year. The Boy Scout program is such a great way for boys to learn valuable skills and values like the importance of community service.
On Saturday September 17, 2016, the town of Galloway held its sixteenth annual Salute to Veterans ceremony and barbeque. Veterans from all over Galloway gathered at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, Glen by the Bay, for a ceremony to honor them for their service as well as to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Master of ceremonies Steve Stokes, from the Galloway Veterans Advisory Board welcomed everyone by introducing the people who made this day happen. Galloway Veterans Advisory Board members Ike Rucker, Chairman, Tony Coppola Jr., Councilman, Robert Maldonado, Councilman, Timothy Meadows Sr., Councilman, Russell Konrady, Lenny Long, Justin Vidal, Galloway Community Services Staff Beth Stasuk, Jennifer DiLuzio and Jennifer Hahn, The Mayor Don Purdy, Councilmans Frank Gargione, Tony DiPietro, and Rich Clute. The heart felt ceremony began with Absecon VFW Post 9462 honor guard posting the colors and the Boy Scouts of Galloway and Smithville leading the pledge of allegiance. When the National Anthem sung by Jim Craine of Smithville began, from the oldest to the youngest stood in honor. Guest speaker, Marco Polo Smigliani, a four-time recipient of the Purple Heart, a United States Marine, A Veterans Advocate and an American Patriot spoke about what it means to be an American to him, Marco who came from a small town in Italy, came to America and served proudly in the Marine Corps for this great nation. Marco spoke about all walks of life from all parts of the world who come to the United States and make up who and what Americans are, a diverse group of people who come together and create this great nation, the crowd was emotionally moved by a strong from the heart speech written by himself and his wife. The wreath presentation by Galloway Township Middle School Student council commenced and the Absegami High School Choir lead by director, Mrs. Cheryl Breitzman sang a beautiful patriotic song. The Choir attends every event in Galloway and performs from the heart and it shows in their young eyes the pride they have for our township, their school, their country and those who fight and have fought for their freedoms. We are so proud and pleased to have such wonderful young people represent our community at these special events.
Honors were bestowed upon all the Veterans in attendance and those who were there in spirit by Rolling Thunder presentation Paul Berenotto, President of the Rolling Thunder Ch4 of NJ, when he spoke these words: “The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing soldiers. The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering their country’s call to duty. The single red rose, in the vase, signifies the blood they had shed to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. The red ribbon tied so prominently on the base is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapels and breast of thousands who bore witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. A slice of lemon, on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in foreign land. A pinch of salt, symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families seeking answers. The bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as One Nation Under GOD. The Candle is reminiscent of the light of hope, which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, by and into the open arms of a grateful nation. The glass, are inverted, they cannot toast with us today. The chairs, are empty, they are not here. Remember ALL, you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid and relied upon them. Those whose freedom they fought for, Remember them for surely, they have not forsaken you”.
Without a dry eye, the crowd was directed to the members of Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard of VFW Post 9462 for the rendering of military honors. Honors began with Last Salute Sergeant at Arm Chuck Knutson, ordering the firing of the cannon “The Jaime Lee” by 177th Fighter Wing Colonel Daniel Mitola, Staff Judge Advocate. The Last Salute bell rang three times and the VFW Post 9462 Honor Guard fired three volleys followed by the beautiful sound of Heather Berchtold’s playing Taps. Sergeant at Arms Chuck Knutson of Galloway along with Lance Corporal Kyle Ragland of Atlantic City, performed the final rendering of military honors, as the crowd stood perfectly silent, Last Salute unfolded a flag presented it to the crowd, refolded it, placed it upon the memorial, and rendered the final Last Salute. Veterans in the crowd were standing at attention and a sense of pride overwhelmed their faces as they remember those they served with who did not come home.
The conclusion of the ceremony was truly a pull at your heartstring moment. The Veterans Advisory Board invited the Veterans and their families to attend the wonderful spread of food prepared by Chef Joe DiLuzio and the Galloway Community Services Staff, Beth Stasuk, Jennifer DiLuzio, Jennifer Hahn and all of their volunteers.
Congratulations to the 4th of July Parade Committee for another amazing parade. The quality and number of entries was better than ever. The Galloway Patriot was proud to help lead the parade with our military trucks and cannon the “Jaime Lee”
Our roving photographer Rich took over 200 photos for you to enjoy. If you were unable to make the parade you missed one of Galloway’s best events. Don’t miss next year’s. We are sure that it will be even better.
Watch this great video of Galloway Police Chief Donna Higbee firing our Salute to Veterans Civil War Cannon the “Jaime Lee” in front of the Smithville Inn after the 4th of July Parade. The cannon was christened as part of the 4th of July festivities that day. It had just finished being completed the day before.
The Galloway Patriot newspaper’s Magnus Mud Run FREE children’s event drew a huge crowd for the first event of the season. The run is held a couple times a year and this first one was Saturday, June 11th at the Galloway Twp. Municipal Complex on Jimmie Leeds Rd.
Hundreds showed up to have a great time and the weather was perfect. Galloway’s Fire Department had to keep reloading water on their fire trucks as they used thousands of gallons to make mud out of dirt dropped by Galloway Public Works and then hose off the kids.
The kids walked through the Galloway Patriot’s huge military tent and got to see some military items as well as a cross made from steel recovered from the World Trade Center. Then, they negotiated a number of fun obstacles with help from Marines, Boy Scout Troop 77 and other volunteers.
The event started with the Absecon VFW Honor Guard posting colors. All the children said the Pledge of Allegiance and then the run began.
The Magnus Mud Run is a FREE community event produced by the Galloway Patriot newspaper and is in its 5th year.
We would like to thank our Sponsors – Clayton Self Storage, Home Depot, Hale Nails and Fred & Ethel’s in Historic Smithville Village.
Also, a big thank you to all our volunteers that worked so hard to set-up, manage, break-down and then put back the entire giant production at our locker in Clayton Self Storage.
Don’t miss the next one on August 20th at 11am. Register now at MagnusMudRun.com
Check out the over 100 pictures from this great event!!!!!!!
Cub Scout Pack 76 enjoyed a tour of The Galloway Township Police Department on February 27th guided by Officer Gary Brenner and Officer Brent Lopez. As part of the tour the scouts were able to meet K-9 Zito and watch a small demonstration. In the below pictures K-9 Zito captures our “bad guy” who was graciously played by Officer Brent Lopez.