By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – Angela Snell, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cemetery, was feted as this year’s Spirit of Shrewsbury grand marshal at a dinner Sept. 14, at the Italian American Victory Club in Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury Fire Captain Sean Lawlor was the emcee.
Notables in attendance included State Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), Selectmen Jim Kane, John Lebeaux, Moe DePalo, Moira Miller and Beth Casavant and Town Manager Kevin Mizikar. Past grand marshals Martha Gach and Art Dobson were also present.
Lawlor kicked off the program with a list of Snell’s impressive community service which includes volunteering for Girl and Boy Scouts and serving as a member of the Memorial Day Parade Committee, Lake Quinsigamond Watershed Association, Lake Quinsigamond Commission and Special Olympics.
Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) presented Snell with a citation from the House of Representatives and offered regards from State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) on his behalf.
“You’ve been so amazing in all that you’ve done and I want you to continue to be, not only for your girls and for other moms like me, but for Girl Scouts and everyone else that you have a direct influence on by seeing all that you do…So please don’t stop, you’re amazing!” Kane said.
Selectmen Chair John Lebeaux spoke on behalf of his colleagues and presented Snell with a proclamation from the board.
“I am so pleased to see so many of my friends and people from work,” Snell said. “This is such an honor from the Spirit of Shrewsbury. I really appreciate it and I was really surprised.”
After receiving congratulations from other speakers, including a crown from the Shrewsbury Sweetheart Pageant, she thanked everyone for their support.
The Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival takes place Sept. 29-30, 2018. For more information, visit www.spiritofshrewsbury.org.