PIQUA — As Mayor Lucy Fess’s time as a commissioner and mayor nears its end, Fess has been named the Grand Marshal of the Downtown Piqua Christmas Parade.
“It was very humbling for them to ask me,” said Fess, who has never been the Grand Marshal of the Christmas parade before now. “I really just didn’t know what to say.”
Fess said that she felt like there were others she should have been thanking.
“I’ve learned so much,” Fess said.
Fess is being honored for her many years of service to the city of Piqua as mayor and city commissioner, which began in January 1992.
“January 1992 is when I first took office as commissioner and mayor,” Fess said. Fess noted that prior to serving the community as commissioner and mayor, she was a frequent volunteer for the schools and the hospital. “This was kind of an evolving thing that I went into city government,” Fess said.
Between now and January 1992, Fess took a break from serving in office to work as the economic development director in Piqua six years.
“And then I came back and I’ve been on for eight years, and I’ve served as mayor for six of those eight years,” Fess said.
Her continued commitment to Piqua has been inspired by the community itself.
“Piqua’s my hometown, and I love the city,” Fess said. “The people have been wonderful and supportive.”
Fess particularly enjoyed when she was able to be the bridge between the residents of Piqua and the city of Piqua, helping people find solutions to their problems.
“It’s a very, very rewarding feeling, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely,” Fess said. “I hope that they’ll feel that we’ve been able to make strides to make Piqua an even better place to live and work and even play now … I hope that when my terms of office are looked upon that people will feel that I’m a positive addition to city government.”
Fess will be retiring at the end of the year, with Kathryn “Kazy” Hinds taking the reins.
“I think Kazy will do a great job representing the city,” Fess said. “She’s got the energy and enthusiasm to be that point person in the city.”
“I really have been fortunate. I’ve worked with some wonderful people,” Fess said, who has worked with three different city managers. “They’ve been great to work with, and I’ve learned so much from them.”
In addition to them, Fess also noted that she has worked with a “great team,” saying that she was thankful for them and will miss them.
The downtown Piqua Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. in downtown Piqua and the theme for the annual community celebration is “Let Sleigh Bells Ring.”
The Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is a part of the Christmas Experiences in Piqua weekend, which includes Christmas on the Green on Friday night, Dec. 4, and the Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 5. 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. 5. For more information about the downtown Piqua Holiday Parade call Mainstreet Piqua at (937) 773-9355.
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