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Jaycees plan ‘Labor Day Celebration’

Photo Provided A previous fireworks display in Lock Haven is shown above.

LOCK HAVEN — There won’t be a Labor Day Regatta this year, but the Lock Haven Area Jaycees will have a “celebration” on Labor Day weekend.

With the boat races canceled and continued concerns over COVID-19, the Jaycees have been discussing options for Labor Day weekend, its biggest fundraising event of the year, by far.

After conversations with officials from the City of Lock Haven, vendors, and WSQV/WBPZ and Bear Country 99.9, the Jaycees have come up with an alternative.

–The “Labor Day Celebration” will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6.

–Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6 to keep up the long-standing tradition of doing fireworks. As the Jaycees continue to work to help the community and with funds draining fast, they do ask for donations/sponsorships from the public, businesses and organizations to help pay for the fireworks.

–All of the food vendors from last year will be back this year. Water Street will be closed from Jay to Henderson streets.

— There will be entertainment provided on the Lock Haven Floating Stage both days. Details are currently being worked out and will be announced soon.

— There will be no arts and crafts area or carnival rides due to health and safety guidelines.

— There will be portable toilets provided by the Jaycees. They will follow the cleaning and safety protocols as directed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

–The Jaycees will also provide a dining area with picnic tables in Canal Park with cleaning and sanitizing procedures mandated by the commonwealth.

The Jaycees ask the public to please follow the commonwealth’s guidelines.

They realize this is more than two months away, but the planning actually normally starts in January each year.

The guidelines may change between now and then. The Jaycees can only encourage the public to follow the various government and health experts at all levels to continue to have decreased people exposed and infected. As the commonwealth has and may still change guidelines, the Jaycees will continue to follow any changes.

The Lock Haven Area Jaycees were chartered on March 3, 1971 and have served the greater Lock Haven community since through the generous support of the community. This year was especially taxing on the Jaycees and the entire world. They say they will always step up and help the community when needed and are thankful they still been able to do that in this dire time.

On July 1, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order requiring, “that masks are worn whenever anyone leaves home.”

Members of the general public don’t need a surgical mask — we need those for our health care workers and first responders. Instead, they are encouraged to wear homemade fabric or cloth masks.

Homemade masks limit the spread of infectious droplets in the air by containing coughs and sneezes. When a homemade mask can’t be acquired a scarf or bandana can be utilized. Learn more about when to wear a homemade mask and how to wear one.

By implementing community use of these homemade fabric or cloth masks, everyone will have a higher degree of protection from this virus.”

Last thoughts from the Jaycees:

This is all dependent upon you, our community. If we stay “green,” we can do this. This is all contingent on us staying “green.” We are counting on you.

Wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance.

We have laid all of the groundwork. It is up to you to make it happen.

Remember, the Commonwealth “mandates” all people wear a mask when in any business and in any social gathering of more than 250 people. We’re in this together.

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