Santa Arrives at Smithville Village 2016

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On Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30pm, the families of Galloway gathered in Smithville Village to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of their friends. A large crowd of children and their families waited with anticipation as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by firetruck courtesy of the Bayville Fire Department. Santa and Mrs. Claus came down from the truck, walked around and greeted and posed for quick photos with the crowd of excited young faces. Santa, Mrs. Claus plus all their friends walked into the village where they gathered at the Santa house and sat for the children to tell them their wish lists and get pictures. Each child had stars in their eyes after a grand visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A well-organized event put together by the Galloway Community Services and the Galloway Township Fire Department once again this year.

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Annual Halloween Pet Parade at Smithville Village

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Pet Parade at Smithville Village
Pet Parade at Smithville Village

Smithville Village hosted its annual Pet Parade and Costume Contest on Saturday Oct. 22nd 2016. The photobooth was back again this year and moved inside to beat the weather on raining on their parade. Howl-A-ween Portraits were taken and a portion of portrait proceeds went to benefit Atlantic County Canines animal rescue. There also were adoptable animals looking for homes and also exciting new prizes for this years contest. The pet parade was a huge success. Congratulations to all the winners.

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Last Salute Cocktail Reception at Smithville Inn

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Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard held its annual cocktail reception fundraiser at the beautiful Smithville Inn in Galloway on Thursday October 13th 2016.  The event was well attended by ardent supporters and local dignitaries.

Both Galloway Mayor Don Purdy and Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola were in attendance and the Mayor had the honor of firing the “Jaime Lee”, the Civil War cannon used by Last Salute for Military Funerals and Veterans Events.

The Smithville Inn put out a great selection of food for the event and very generously covered the expense as a donation.  Last Salute would also like to thank Malcom & Joanne Heckman, Brad Tucker and John Zarych for their strong support.

Last Salute presented an award to Parsel’s Funeral Home owners, Steve and Heather Matis, for their ongoing support.  They have been indispensable in their availability and assistance.

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We would like to thank everyone for their help and support through donations and physical help.  Island Automotive in Tuckerton keeps all our military vehicles rolling often at no charge, Master Craftsman Steve Amadio, was instrumental in the building of our cannon carriage and prayer card box, Jim & Rebecca Bozarth for the use of their property for storage and training, and of course all the honor guard members who give up so much time to dedicate themselves to providing services for our fallen and their families.

Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard services are all free and is fully staffed by volunteers.  We depend on the support of the community to continue our mission of providing Military Funeral Honors.

Please visit www.LastSalute.US to see more about what we do.

Here are almost 100 photos from the reception.

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Historic Smithville Village Brings Back Long Awaited Water Wheel

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Drum and Fife lead spectators from the Smithville Inn to the Water Wheel
Drum and Fife lead spectators from the Smithville Inn to the Water Wheel

We gathered at the new water wheel in Smithville Village with enthusiastic onlookers waiting to see the long awaited water wheel on the old mill start for the first time in almost 50 years and to hear the Galloway Patriot’s Civil War cannon fire as the Towne Crier proclaimed……….

Me Lords Me Ladies
We are gathered today in the Historic Town of Smithville to dedicate the revival of the Smithville Mill Waterwheel.
While some see a simple large wheel turned by water, I see history, stories of old, photo ops and perhaps, a first romantic stolen kiss.
The christening of the wheel is yet another step of the possessors of Smithville keeping our history alive.
The mill in its early years was built to supply the community with fresh flour, corn meal and feed in order to survive.
Because of the importance of the mill, and no availability of processed foods and convenient stores, this mill supplied the community with nourishment, not only for their bodies, but their community, as the mill was a source of information and sharing.
It was kneaded by the people so the community could rise together, and not loaf!
Today we discover the tradition again by witnessing this auspicious event. As our celebration concludes may I remind you that Monday it’s back to the same old grind!
May God protect the good people of Smithville and now more than ever may God bless America!

Galloway’s Mayor Don Purdy, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, Councilman Rich Klute, Port Republic Mayor Gary B Giberson and the Maxwell family who helped restore the wheel listened as Tony Coppola Senior remarked about the history and effort to restore the wheel. Fran Coppola along with other Smithville Village proprietors, Chuck and Laura Bushar with Wendy and Ed Fitzgerald could not have been happier with the crowd or the magnificent new water wheel.

Once the water wheel started to spin, the cannon fired, another great milestone in the dedicated effort to make Historic Smithville Village a true American landmark.

Here are the lyrics to a song about Smithville by Galloway resident Wilbur Hoch.

Old Historic Smithville Inn
Words and Music by Wilbur Z. Hoch and Maxine T. Archambault
There’s a famous old Inn down southern New Jersey way, where friendly folk gather to feast as in by gone days Old Historic Smithville Inn, warm loving and gracious Inn, Your days of old now still retold ‘mid the charm and grace near a fireplace, Old Historic country Inn echos folk lore and legend dim, fills this grand old place where happy people set the pace thru the window stands sugar hill chapel, country shops sparkling their home spun wares on the village pond white ducks are gliding, while lovers watch by an old grist mill….Old Historic Smithville Inn warm loving and gracious Inn, your days of old now still retold, ‘mid the charm and grace near a fireplace Historic Smithville Inn.

Applause erupts as the water wheel starts to spin at Smithville Village
Applause erupts as the water wheel starts to spin at Smithville Village

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9 11 Heroes Run in Smithville – Over 300 Photos

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Local Galloway Fireman complete the Heroes Run in full gear
Local Galloway Fireman complete the Heroes Run in full gear

The Travis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run was held Saturday September 10th in Smithville. There was a great turnout with a large number of runners, guest speakers and a grand opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony started with the National Anthem sung by Fox News national correspondent, Kelly Wright. It also included remarks from Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Galloway Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola. The Colors were posted by a joint Galloway-EHT Police Honor Guard.

Fox News national correspondent Kelly Wright a long time friend of the Galloway Patriot, sings the National Anthem
Fox News national correspondent Kelly Wright a long time friend of the Galloway Patriot, sings the National Anthem

Galloway’s Fire Department rang the bell with the “four fives”, the traditional signal for when a fireman dies on duty. Following the bell, Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard comprised of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team and VFW Post 9462, fired three volleys from their rifles. Last Salute then played taps and Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson along with Lcpl Kyle Ragland folded the flag and symbolically placed it in front of the 9-11 cross made of steel from the World Trade Center.

Congressman Frank LoBiondo fires the cannon as Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson yells "FIRE"
Congressman Frank LoBiondo fires the cannon as Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson yells “FIRE”

The race started with the firing of the Galloway Patriot’s Civil War cannon, the “Jaime Lee”. The cannon was fired by Congressman Frank LoBiondo and the runners began.

The Galloway Patriot took over 300 photos. It was a great event and we would like to congratulate and thank all who participated. Special thanks to everyone that helped make the event so successful.

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We look forward to an even bigger event next year.

The Travis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run Medal Winners
The Travis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run Medal Winners

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