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1/21/15 Highlights of this week's edition...

Hundreds honor MLK in Beacon parade

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) Seven-year-old Rocio Whatley, from Highland Falls, was with her mother and grandfather.
She said she came because she wanted to march in the parade with her grandfather. Rocio held a sign that read: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.”

King, said the second grader, “wanted to not have the white and black people separated… for everyone to share.”
Kate Miller, Rocio’s mother, said “I hope that she sees how far we’ve come in history and for her to know her roots.”

The singing parade was the idea of late folk singer and local resident Pete Seeger. Seeger died a week after last year’s parade was held.

Parade organizer Bonnie Champion remarked, “It’s great to see a mix of young, old, different religions and nationalities. It’s exactly what he wanted.”

Rev. King would have been 86 years old on Jan 15. King was assassinated in April of 1968 in Tennessee at the age of 39.

Songs that were sung by those in the parade were “Oh, Wallace,” “If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus,” “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round,” “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “Ain’t Scared of Your Jail,” “Everybody Says Freedom,” “Down By the Riverside” and “Woke Up this Morning.”

Beacon resident Carolyn Bennett remarked, “It’s great – this is what makes this city so unique – the diversity of this small city.”

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Forget-U-Cancer's Festival of Frost to benefit local nonprofit

Forget-U-Cancer Foundation was founded by Beaconite Melissa A. DePaolo before her death from breast cancer in 2012 at the age of 38. The Foundation will hold its first annual Festival of Frost benefit carnival at Memorial Park.

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment 

Winter fun with a health-related focus will take place at Memorial Park this weekend as Beacon-based Forget-U-Cancer Foundation holds its first annual Festival of Frost. The carnival takes place rain or shine on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
"Inspiration for this event is to bring awareness and education about cervical cancer and prevention of it," said the Forget-U-Cancer director, Kristen Owens. "While this type of cancer affects women, many studies indicate it is caused by the HPV virus. So it's important that men and young adolescents need to be educated as well to see how it is transmitted and linked to other types of cancer, such as throat cancer. Also, we'll have a booth offering information and education for folks to register as a blood marrow donor. This can save a cancer patient’s life!"

Games, music and dance for adults and children are main attractions as well as an Obstacle Race. Local in-kind contributors making Festival of Frost possible include live performances by The Costelllo's, DJ Claudio Gomez, Beams Entertainment providing Queen Elsa and Olaf from Frozen, Zumba with Maritza, Rod Perpetua's Obstacle Course in partnership with Strength Karate of Beacon and tents by Glenham Party Tents. Also, Lori's Foods, Mountaintops/Bank Square Coffee, Virgo's Sip & Soul beer tent and Muscle Maker Grill.

Forget-U-Cancer was founded by Beaconite Melissa A. DePaolo, who died of breast cancer in 2012 at the age of 38. With a coalition of tireless family and community members she started up several high profile awareness-boosting events such as Stiletto Stampede, Mattress Race and the Main Street Pink Lightbulb Campaign.
"It's wonderful that we keep doing these things to keep on what Melissa wanted,” said Sharon DePaolo, of Beacon, speaking on behalf of the family. "We're so happy that we can continue our daughter's legacy. It will always live on."

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Jan 21-27, 2015 issue:

  • Photojournalist brings 'Braving Ebola' exhibit to Beacon.

Daniel Berehulak addresses the audience at the opening reception of his "Braving Ebola" photo exhibit.


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