Marion town employees were treated to a free lunch on Friday when they were invited to Bicentennial Park for a cookout. The event was hosted by the Marion Recreation Department and the Marion Board of Selectmen, with members of the Recreation Department flipping burgers at the grill. The employee event started at 12:00 pm and ended at 2:00 pm. The event was meant to have happened on Thursday, but rain postponed it.
“We do this to show our appreciation,” Donna Hemphill said. Employees sat at picnic tables under white tent canopies and enjoyed hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, chips, and cold water and soda.
“This is great that they are doing this for town employees,” Carol Brown said. “It’s nice to get a thank you.”
Jody Dickerson came up with the idea and worked with fellow Selectmen Steve Cushing and John Henry, as well as Town Administrator Paul Dawson.
On Thursday, another cookout was held for the members of the town boards. Board members from the Council on Aging, Conservation Commission, Cultural Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Selectmen, Board of Health, Marion School Committee, Alternative Energy, Recreation Board, Pathways Committee, Cemetery Commission, Elizabeth Taber Library, as well as representatives from the Upper Cape Vocational Technical Board were all invited.
“We want to thank everyone who volunteers to come out, often in the evening, away from their families at the dinner hour, to serve on committees in our town,” Dawson said. “We appreciate their service.”
By Joan Hartnett-Barry