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April 11, 2013

First Monday volunteers receive city council recognition

By BRIAN SMITH

A number of volunteers were honored for the work they do in Weatherford during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Parks and Recreation Director Danielle Felts honored her First Monday committee, a group of volunteers that has worked together for the last five years to bring the popular event back to its heyday. The group has been “committed to all aspects of the weekend” according to Felts.

For their dedication to the cause, a bench and plaque will be placed in front of the new Event Center building, Felts told the crowd. Committee member Woody Stovall said First Monday is a “vital” part of the city and he is glad to be a part of bringing it back.

“The last two months we’ve had the biggest crowds I’ve ever seen, so it’s been good,” Stovall said.

Stovall thanked Felts, First Monday Coordinator Karen King, and Main Street Coordinator Kim Thieme for their work. Committee members said First Monday is a part of the city’s heritage.

Don Johnson said he has been coming to the event since his parents brought him in the 1950s. He said everyone that comes to the event, be it the first time or multiple times, enjoys it.

City Manager Jerry Blaisdell said the committee has had the utmost in patience waiting for the council to get the event going again.

“We were telling them ‘it’s coming, it’s coming’, so all this success is owed to you,” Blaisdell said.

In a related item, the council approved a proclamation honoring national volunteer week April 21-27. Mayor Dennis Hooks said more than 50 Weatherford residents serve on the city’s boards and commissions and he thanked them for their work in making the city a better place to be.

In other activity during the 55-minute meeting:

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