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Assisted living residents get their own parade

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Residents and workers in the Lakeview Assisted Living and Memory Care home enjoy a parade Tuesday afternoon. Parade participants included family members, friends, local businesses, Gladstone Public Safety, Patriot Guard riders and others. See more photos on page 5A.

GLADSTONE — Residents in the Lakeview Assisted Living and Memory Care home in Gladstone received a special treat this week — a parade in their honor. Families, friends, local businesses, Gladstone Public Safety, Patriot Guard riders, and others drove vehicles around the round-about in front of the building where the majority of residents were sitting outside as spectators.

“I coordinated with families and local businesses, just to spread cheer to our residents, and give them something to look forward to, something exciting to do,” said Office Administrator Courtney Wiltzius.

There are 54 residents living in Lakeview and approximately 40 were able to be outside during the parade that started at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Reflections Band played music in the background while the parade slowly drove by.

“There were about 100 vehicles involved today,” said Wiltzius. “There was a steady stream through the parking lot for half an hour.”

Wiltzius said everyone she approached was willing to help, and the planning of the parade came together easily. Some vehicles in the parade were decorated to enter into a competition.

“Water’s Edge Chiropractic, Main Street Pizza, the Gladstone Dairy Flo, Brampton Bike and Ski, and the Dewdrop Family Restaurant all donated prizes for the decorated cars,” said Wiltzius.

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