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.
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!!!!!!!
On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Galloway Community Services held the annual Santa Character Breakfast. This year’s breakfast, held at the Renault Winery, packed out two seating’s at 8:30am and 11:30am. As Beth Stasuk, Community Services Director, said, “This is what I like to call Organized Chaos”. Each table was called up to the buffet line while characters visited each table waiting. Frosty, Rudolph, Olaf, Queen Elsa, Spiderman, Captain America, Minion, the Moose and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael went from table to table taking pictures, hugging and high fiving all the children. When all tables had made their way back from the buffet line, the room, led by Queen Elsa, sang “Here Comes Santa Claus” nice and loud so that Santa and Mrs. Claus would come down the stairs to greet everyone. The room roared with cheers from the children excited to see them. Santa and Mrs. Claus made a brief walk around the room and took their place in their thrones awaiting the eager children and their families for the long time tradition of sitting on Santa’s lap and telling him, what they want for Christmas as parents and grandparents stood by snapping photos to commemorate the wonderful day. A huge amount of gratitude is given to the staff of Galloway’s Community Services for capturing the true spirit of Christmas for the children and families of Galloway. If you didn’t make it this year plan for 2016 this is a must do event that puts a smile on everyone’s face.
On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Egg Harbor City held their Annual Tree Lighting at 6pm. Chamber of Commerce’s, Jim Schroeder, started the festivities off by announcing Reverend Kathleen of Zion Lutheran Church who gave the invocation. Mayor Jiampetti welcomed everyone and asked that we keep our Troops and Veterans in our prayers this holiday season. There was music, sing-a-long, treats for the children, and a visit from Santa arriving on a fire truck. Lovely performances by Pilgrim Academy Bell Ringers rang us into the spirit of Christmas with many holiday tunes, Cedar Creek High School had two soloist sing Christmas tunes that got the children dancing in their spots and a special appearance by “Elvis” made the musical spirit of Christmas come alive on Philadelphia Avenue in Egg Harbor City.
We would like to thank all the people that attended and participated in the Veterans Day events in our area. It is great to see support from the community for those that have sacrificed and are committed to protecting America. Here is a little information and a few photos from three events which we were able to attend.
Our day started at Assumption Regional where the children did a wonderful presentation during an early morning assembly. After the assembly, veterans were presented with hand made cards thanking them for their service. The cards were extremely nice and thoughtful. While we could not make events at other schools, the Galloway Patriot, the Knutson family and the Marine Corps Direct Action Team, would like to thank all the schools, teachers and students that participated in Veterans Day events. It makes it all worth it to see such strong support from these amazing children.
The second event which we attended was the “Galloway Township Salute to Veterans”. This annual event includes a wreath ceremony, a poem, a speaker and taps. On hand were Galloway’s Mayor Don Purdy, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, Galloway council members – Robert Maldonado and Tim Meadows, Atlantic County Freeholder Rich Dase. The ceremony was conducted by Ike Rucker – United States Marine Corps.
The wreath was placed by Galloway Township Middle School student council president, Gracie Harris and vice president, Durwood Pinkett.
The Absegami Choir lead by Cheryl Breitzman preformed two songs. Absegami’s choir is fantastic and helps us celebrate Veterans Day each year.
The day ended with a Veterans Day Parade in Egg Harbor City. The parade, produced by council woman Hazel Mueller, was an honor for us to lead. The Galloway Patriot and Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team, led the parade along with the American Legion Color Guard and other local veterans. We brought our military vehicles, the Humvee which is signed on the dashboard by four Medal of Honor recipients and the M925A2 Troop Transport 6 wheel truck which is dedicated to the Marines of “BLT 1/8” (Battalion Landing Team 1/8). BLT 1/8 was the unit housed in the barracks in Beirut when it was bombed. That was the biggest single day loss of life for the Marine Corps since Word War 2.
Some of the parade participants included the Cedar Creek High School band, the Egg Harbor City Kiwanis Club, the Egg Harbor City Knights, the Knights of Columbus, Pirates Volleyball, the Egg Harbor City Fire Department and the 4H Baton Twirlers Club.
Again, we would like to thank everyone for their support of our veterans. It means a lot to us. If you would like to help the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team prepare local young men and women that have joined the Marine Corps and are awaiting the day which they ship out for Boot Camp, please visit MCVDAT. Your help is greatly appreciated. We want to make sure these local young men and women are extremely well prepared and trained for the rigors and intensity of Marine Corps Boot Camp as well as their Marine Corps career. We know that the better they are trained, the more likely they will return home to our community safe.