Hemmert named parade grand marshal

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Jim Hemmert is being honored as the Grand Marshal of the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade. Hemmert is being honored for his many years of service to the city of Piqua.

Hemmert retired from Fifth Third Bank in 2006 and works part-time at Jamieson and Yannucci Funeral Home and Edison State Community College. He also serves as the chair of the Piqua Crime Stoppers organization and has served on the Board for American Red Cross, Piqua United Way and Mainstreet Piqua.

Hemmert founded and chaired the Mainstreet Piqua Moonlight Stride and Ride and was instrumental in the creation of the Groovy Gourd Bike tour in 2013.

A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, he and his wife, Linda, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The downtown Piqua Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and the theme for the annual community celebration is “Twelve Days of Christmas.” The parade is a part of the Christmas Experiences in Piqua weekend which includes Christmas on the Green on Friday, Dec. 2, and the Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 3.

The downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is sponsored by McVety Realty, Barclay’s Men’s-Women’s Clothier and Mark Reedy’s Thrivent Financial.

To allow everyone to more fully enjoy the parade, and to ensure better safety for both the participants and the viewers, there will be no parking in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of North Main Street from 1:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

For more information about the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355.

For the Daily Call