Remembering Ray H. Lawson

In Memory of Ray H. Lawson By Deborah Larsen Most children watching the Rochester Christmas Parade keep their eyes peeled for the last unit in line—that’s Santa Claus, after all. As a child, I was equally fascinated with the first unit in the parade. Right there at front and center, just after the slow-rolling police cruiser, in every year for what seemed like decades, was Ray Lawson. Proudly wearing his crisp American Legion uniform, his white-gloved hands firmly holding the staff of the … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade Celebrates Six Decades of Joy on December 4, 2011

Rochester – In recognition of the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade’s diamond jubilee, the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that the theme for the 2011 parade will be Six Decades of Christmas Joy. Since 1951, the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade has been delighting residents of all ages as dignitaries, bands, non-profit groups, children’s groups and local businesses join in bringing the holiday spirit to downtown Rochester. Starting as a small community event, the … [Read more...]

Russ and Kathy Shelton named Grand Marshals of 2011 Rochester Christmas Parade

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that Russ and Kathy Shelton will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 60th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade.  Chosen by the parade committee from community members' nominations, Russ Shelton was surprised by the designation.  Shelton said it was a great honor to be recognized by the community.  "This is as good as it gets" he said when informed of his designation.  Russell M. Shelton is president and CEO of Shelton Buick GMC, … [Read more...]