State regulations won’t prevent Stoystown from hosting its annual Memorial Day parade this year.
Concerns arose last month when borough council members received a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation letter about new state road closing regulations. The regulations apply to state Route 281, which is Main Street in Stoystown.
The regulations include a 60-day notification to PennDOT, various forms of insurance, notification to state police and an eight-week application process for parade permits.
The Stoystown Lions Club has assumed responsibility for the liability insurance, which was the biggest concern among town leaders. The borough received a special event permit from PennDOT earlier in the month.
Don Deaner, Lions Club parade chairman, said although the application process was time consuming, PennDOT representatives were helpful.
“I’ve been helping with the parade more that 40 years and I’ve never had to do this before,” he said.
PennDOT project manager Jim Hughes said the changes in the permitting process were the result of the consolidation of two different permit forms.
Hughes said there are two state road closing forms. One is for smaller events, such as parades. The other is for larger events, such as filming for a movie.
Municipalities didn’t have to fill out the larger event form, but now the forms have been combined for consistency in the permit application process, Hughes said in an earlier interview. All applications are reviewed at the state office in Hollidaysburg.
Deaner became involved with the parade through his father, who also helped to organized it.
“Stoystown people are proud of the parade. It’s the one day that the town stands out in the county. The town looks forward to it. People clean their houses and manicure their lawns,” Deaner said.
The Robert P. Hite Post 257 of the American Legion will be participating in the parade. Rick Koontz, post commander, said he looks forward to the parade every year. Koontz has been an active member of the Pennsylvania National Guard for 36 years.
“I enjoy the history that goes along with the parade,” Koontz said. “It’s a nice parade and it’s good to see people out there.”
He said the American Legion will lead the parade and place a wreath at a temporary memorial in the center of town.
The Stoystown Memorial Day Parade will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 27 on Main Street in Stoystown. Lineup will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The keynote speaker is Capt. Glenn Lintz of the U.S. Navy. He is a native of Boswell and a graduate of North Star High School.