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Chicopee Colleen C O R O N AT I O N B A L L



Congratulations To The 2017 Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee & The New Colleen and Her Court

Marvin Kathleen, Richard, Thomas & Carly Michael , Lili, Persephone, Maxwell & Samuel Bailey & Tootsie

Arnold Craven

2 0 1 7 PA R A D E C O M M I T T E E P R E S I D E N T Good evening and welcome to the 2017 Chicopee Colleen Coronation Ball. As president of the Chicopee St. Patrick's Parade Committee this year, I wish to express my sincerest gratitude for your being here with us tonight. We are here to celebrate the crowning of this year's Colleen and her Court, but also to celebrate all the young women who have the poise, courage, enthusiasm, and talent to participate in this event. All of these ladies will leave here tonight as winners. It is our hope that the events leading up to and including tonight will live in their memories as positive experiences that will last a lifetime for them. I wish to express my gratitude to our Committee Members who have spent countless hours dedicated to making Chicopee shine on Parade Day as we march down the streets of Holyoke. Many don't realize how much work is done in such a short period of time to accomplish everything for that day. I want to thank my fellow officers of the committee: Dayle Morissette, Vice President; Kathy Sliwa, Treasurer; and Michelle Liswell, Secretary; as well as our Board of Directors for all the guidance and support this year. We are very thankful to have such fantastic sponsors that support us financially in all the events that we put on, particularly this Coronation Ball. Please look through this program and see all the ads listed. It is our hope that you will support them back for your business needs. To this year's distinguished award winners, congratulations and thank you for all that you have done and hopefully will continue to do in the future in support of our committee. You are so deserving! Lastly, to all the families and friends here tonight in support of the young ladies on stage, thank you for touching their lives and encouraging them to be all they can be and to shoot for their dreams! Arnold Craven President 2017 Chicopee St. Patrick's Parade Committee





Top Row, Left to Right: Parade Marshal Kathleen Ryan-Balakier, President Arnold Craven; Bottom Row: Atkinson Award Recipient David White, and Woods Award Recipient John Beaulieu.

Top Row, Left to Right: Vice President Dayle Morissette, Secretary Michelle Liswell, Treasurer Kathy Sliwa; Seated: President Arnold "Butch" Craven

Kathleen A. Ryan-Balakier 2 0 1 7 PA R A D E M A R S H A L

Kathleen A. Ryan-Balakier has been named Parade Marshal, and will lead the Chicopee contingent in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 19, 2017. A 30+ year city resident, Ryan-Balakier has been an active member of the parade committee since 2009, serving on many of its committees, most notably coordinating the annual Contestant’s Tea event. A retired elementary school teacher, Ryan-Balakier is currently President of Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization of woman educators. She is a member NSTA (National Science Teachers’ Association) and the MTA (MA Teacher’s Association). In addition to her volunteer work with various groups, she is a communicant of St. Stanislaus Basilica, where she serves as Eucharistic Minister. She enjoys reading and traveling (especially to Ireland!) and spending time with family and friends, many of whom will accompany her as she marches through the streets of Holyoke on parade day. Ryan-Balakier is a native of Springfield, the oldest of five children of the late Dick and Maggie Ryan. She has been married to George Balakier (also an active parade committee member) for over 30 years, and her daughter, Meghan, represented Chicopee on the Colleen’s Court in 2008. When informed that she had been chosen as 2017 Marshal, Ryan-Balakier was stunned, and most appreciative: “The honor of being chosen as Parade Marshal, representing our City of Chicopee in the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, is a humbling experience that tugs at my heartstrings with pride. I am full of excitement and gratitude at the opportunity to lead the Chicopee contingent through the streets of Holyoke on March 19th. I will make our city proud!”

Exclusive Car Service, Inc., owned by David White 2 0 1 7 AT K I N S O N AWA R D R E C I P I E N T

The Atkinson Award was created to honor the late George and Buddy Atkinson, who were founding members of the committee, and is given each year to a person (or business) that is not a committee member, but has supported its functions and events. This year’s recipient is Exclusive Car Service, Inc., owned by David White. White and his wife Carol live in South Hadley and have three children and seven grandchildren. In 2006, he established Exclusive Car Service, which is headquartered at 460 Race Street in Holyoke. The company operates limos, sedans, SUVs, vans, party and mini-buses within the New York City – Boston – Albany triangle, specializing in weddings, proms, airport and cruise transfer, and all special occasions. Licensed by the states of MA and CT, as well as US Department of Transportation, it is proud of having its own in-house staff and a wide range of diverse clientele. The company has also been a generous supporter of the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee. Colleen Contest Coordinator Brenda Guiel fondly acknowledged that Exclusive has provided transportation to the Colleen and Court to various events and on parade day for 10 years. “Their expertise, professionalism, and attention to detail has made our young ladies feel like royalty, and we are so thankful to David and Exclusive Car Service for their dedication and continued service to our committee.“ The sentiment is apparently mutual, as White affirmed: “Our company, staff, and I enjoy working with the Parade Committee and other similar organizations supporting our youth and our future. I wish them all the best of luck.”

Best Wishes and Congratulations to the Chicopee Parade Committee and Chicopee’s Colleens

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John Raymond Beaulieu 2 0 1 7 W O O D S AWA R D R E C I P I E N T

John Raymond Beaulieu has received the Jack Woods Award. Named after one of the committee’s founding members, it recognizes an individual who has actively served ten or more years. In addition to being its 2016 and 2009 president, Beaulieu has dedicated much of his time to ensuring the continued success of the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. He is also active in the Holyoke Parade Committee and its Road Race Committee. A dedicated member of the community for many years, Beaulieu has served as youth director for the Knights of Columbus Council 4044, President of the Chicopee Comp Friends of Football Booster Club, member of the Pioneer Valley USO and Westover Galaxy Council, member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4044 and the Bishop Joseph F. McGuire Assembly 4th Degree. In 2013, when he was Operations Manager at Interstate Towing, he received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), in recognition of the company’s support of employees who continue to serve in the military. Beaulieu also received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation in 2015. Beaulieu is employed by the City of Chicopee as Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard Kos. He resides in Chicopee with his wife, Patty, also a parade committee member. He has three children: Miranda, Shane and Ryan; and one beautiful granddaughter, Everly. He was humbled and honored when informed that he had received the Woods Award, and looks forward to the privilege of marching alongside its namesake, Jack Woods, in the 2017 parade. “When you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen” he said, reflecting on the committee’s many achievements over the years.

A very special thank you to our friend

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Parade Committee Scholarships

The Chicopee Parade Committee is proud of its commitment to award generous scholarships to our contestants each year.

The Chicopee Parade Committee is proud of its commitment to award generous scholarships to our contestants each year. The following scholarships were awarded in 2016: The following

Health New England Health & Wellness Scholarships Sara Dymek scholarships were awarded in 2013: Natalia Kaczor

William and Ruth Corridan Scholarship Andrea Coleman - Parade Committee Scholarship Stephanie Lopes Ashley Dion - Parade Committee Scholarship Interstate Towing Scholarship Taylor Berube - Health New England Scholarship Amanda LaBonte Emily Simpson - Interstate Towing Scholarship Parade Committee Scholarship in Memory of Stephen Waldron Olivia Korell Chicopee - Shuback Scholarship Taylor Boisjolie Alyson Sliwa - Corridan Scholarship Chicopee Parade Committee Scholarship in Memory of William J. Hurley Laura Gibb - Parade Committee Scholarship Briana O’Connell Chicopee Parade Committee Scholarship in Memory of Peter Graham Lynn O’Shea Rodowicz Family Scholarship, in memory of Leo O’Brien Mia Facchini

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In Memory of James & Joyce Garrity ● Edward J. Dupuis James Hannifan ● Marcus Marcelle ● Yvonne Dupuis The blessing of St. Patrick be with us all the way, When we battle with the world, when we toil and when we play. The Courage of St. Patrick be warm in every heart, And the strength of him inspire us to play the nobler part. The teaching of St. Patrick be bright in every mind, And in his golden story, true gladness may we find. May the memory of St. Patrick like a beacon’s shining light, Be with us in the morning, in the noon and in the night. Nihil Obstat: Josephus A. Carroll, Censor Theol. Deput. 13a Maii, 1957 Imprimi Potest: + Ioannes Carolus, Archiep. Dublinene, Hibernise Primus



To a wonderful friend, and hard working committee member, may a song fill your heart every step of the way as your committee follows you on St. Patrick’s Day!


2017 Woods Award Honoree

Congratulations, David White & the Exclusive Car Service team! 2017 Atkinson Award Recipient

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Irish Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. The Hurley Family offers our sincere Congratulations to the 2017 Chicopee Colleen and Court.

To the Chicopee Parade Committee: Thanks for all you do! Congratulations to our 2017 Colleen, her Court, Parade Marshal Kathy Ryan-Balakier and all of the award winners!

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We Salute Our Past Colleens 2016 Kyleigh Morin

2000 Toni Ferreira

1984 Mary Duval

2015 Shannon McAndrew

1999 Darlene Darcy

1983 Debbie Jamrok

2014 Kristen Hubert

1998 Jordan Boesh

1982 Maureen O’Boyle

2013 McKenzie Vershon

1997 Brianna Kane

1981 Pamela Schot

2012 Erin MacDonald

1996 Maura Culloo

1980 Joni Streit

2011 Amber Legare

1995 Tara Hamre

1979 Virginia Kapinos

2010 Tanya Hryn

1994 Eva Szulc

1978 Denise Lampron

2009 Kristy LaPlante

1993 Michelle Carvalho

1977 Linda Tuzzor

2008 Jennifer Welsh

1992 Angelica Gorman

1976 Kathleen O’Donnell

2007 Maura MacDonald

1991 Michelle Pelland

1975 Elizabeth Lacoste

2006 Rachel Feyre

1990 Shannon Holt

1974 Patty Rosenbalm

2005 Kara Aberdale

1989 Wendy Tolpa

1973 Susan Menard

2004 Julie Wightman

1988 Erica Banas

1972 Angela Ondrick

2003 Megan Hill

1987 Martha Potyrala

1971 Denise Laflamme

2002 Jennifer Kuc

1986 Melissa Ann Holt

1970 Kathleen Wytryck

2001 Amanda Foisy

1985 Corina Cutter

1958 Judith Buckley

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The Committee also teams wisheswho to extend special note of this thanks to Elin Gaynor,Thank Ball Chair, as well as their workedaso hard to make evening a success. you also to the Brendastaff Guiel, Contestant Coordinator, and Lisa Smith, Contest Chair, as well as their teams of the Castle of Knights, to the high school students who are filming the event, and to the who worked so hard to make this evening a success. Thank you also to the staff of the Castle committee members and volunteers who - at this very moment - are working to prepare our of Knights, to the for high school who areAdditionally, filming the aevent, to the memcontestants their timestudents in the spotlight. specialand thank you committee to our judges, who have bers and volunteers who at this very moment are working to prepare our contestants for the most difficult task for tonight’s contest. their time in the spotlight. Additionally, a special thank you to our judges, who have the most difficult for of tonight’s contest. At task the end this evening, we will welcome our incoming Colleen. The Committee is very grateful to our 2016 Colleen, Kyleigh Morin, for representing the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Committee so ably

At the throughout end of this the evening we will welcome our incoming Colleen. The Committee is very year. We thank her and the young ladies who served in the Court this year: Kaylee grateful to our 2013 Colleen, McKenzie Vershon, for representing the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Krajewsji, Lauren Foley, Anna Kot and Ella Dion. We would be remiss if we did not also thank their Committee so ably throughout the year. We thank her and the young ladies who served in the families who supported them throughout the year. Court this year: Taylor Berube, Laura Gibb, Kari Ribadeneyra, and Ashley Sanocki. We wouldWe be remiss if enjoy we didtonight’s not alsoColleen thank their hope you Ball. parents and families who supported them throughout the year. Thank you,

We hope enjoy St. tonight’s Colleen Theyou Chicopee Patrick’s Parade Ball. Committee Thank you, The Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Members

2017 Chicopee Colleen Contestants O R D E R O F P R E S E N TAT I O N 1. Erica Saletnik 2. Emma Laughlin 3. Sarah Champigny 4. Emily Byrnes 5. Samantha Kielbania 6. Skye Sullivano 7. Hannah Chapdelaine 8. Ashley Rouleau 9. Jocelyn DeFranco 10. Lauren Brill 11. Amanda LaBonte 12. Kelsey Kreminec 13. Allison Lepine BRIEF INTERMISSION 14. 15. Shelby Ouimette 16. Anastasia Sereda 17. Lauren Jones 18. Julia Szura 19. Mikaela Montemagni 20. Rebecca Duffy 21. Finn Murray 22. Rachel Beaudoin 23. Briana Cote

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Program Welcome Remarks

9 Announcements and Introductions

9 Presentation of Contestants

9 Brief Intermission

9 Presentation of Contestants Continues

9 Introduction of the 2017 Honorees

9 Introduction of the 2017 Chicopee Parade Marshal

9 Legislative Proclamations

9 Irish dance presentation by Claddagh School of Irish Dance

9 Announcement of Five Finalists

9 Crowning of Colleen and Court

COHOSTS MaryLynn Ostrowski, PhD | Judith Corridan Danek

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Arnold Craven CONTESTANT COORDINATOR Ms. Brenda Guiel TABULATOR Ms. Malissa Naylor JUDGES’ LIASON Ms. Laurie Kivel PANEL OF JUDGES Maureen Sullivan Benjamin Craft Brian Houle Caron Hobin

COLLEEN ESCORTS Daniel Pepin, Chicopee Comprehensive High School | Christopher Sliwa, Chicopee High School Oscar Smith, Chicopee Comprehensive High School | Nick Amo, Chicopee High School Zachary Dubreuil, Chicopee Comprehensive High School


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day you with good Taste” State Senator“Always DonservingHumason

Congratulations to the 2017 Colleen and Her Court “May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam. And may you find sweet peace of mind, wherever you may roam.”

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The John Boyle O’Reilly Club Congratulations to the Chicopee Colleen and Court and Award Winners!

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Congratulations and may the sun shine brightly on all of you! From Ronnie King and Rebecca Before

Awards and Prizes THE COLLEEN’S GIFTS Crystal Tiara Presentation Bouquet Courtesy of Jen Fields Travel Voucher towards a Trip for Two to Ireland or Scholarship Courtesy of Proximo Travel Large Engraved Revere Bowl Provided by Mayor Richard Kos Gemstone Necklace Courtesy of Furnari Jewelers Official 16x20 Color Portrait and 8x10 Color Picture of Colleen and Court Courtesy of Live, Laugh Photograph Studios

THE COLLEEN’S COURT GIFTS Engraved Revere Bowl Provided by Mayor Richard Kos Irish Theme Fine Jewelry Courtesy of Furnari Jewelers Official 16x20 Color Portrait and 5x7 Color Picture of Colleen and Court Courtesy of Live, Laugh, Photograph Studios The Colleen and Court are provided with their gorgeous ball gowns courtesy of Bridal Corner. Tuxedos for the escorts are provided courtesy of Ron’s Formals. Each Contestant will receive a memento to remember this special gift courtesy of the Parade Committee.

SCHOLARSHIPS All Contestants are eligible to apply for the Parade Committee Scholarships provided by: Health New England, Inc. Interstate Towing, Inc. William and Ruth Corridan Scholarship Fund Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Rodowicz Family Scholarship, in memory of Leo O’Brien

Congratulations to our 2017 Chicopee Parade Marshal, Kathy Ryan-Balakier! Irish eyes are smiling on you today as you lead the City of Chicopee through the streets of Holyoke. We are so proud of you and honored to march with you on parade day! Slรกinte! Love, George and Meghan

The Chicopee St. Patrick's Parade Committee would like to thank

Your Catholic Tour Company

for generously donating a travel voucher for the 2017 Chicopee Colleen to use towards her trip for two to Ireland or a scholarship to use towards her education. Thank you for making this the prize of a lifetime!

Entrusting all your trips to the Maternal Care of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Best Wishes to the Chicopee Parade Committee and award winners!

We would like to salute and thank all of the Chicopee firefighters who serve as local heroes and are always there WHEN WE NEED THEM

In Memory of James F. Waldron and Stephen E. Waldron “The Consummate Irish Gentlemen” From their Loving Family

Best Wishes

Your Catholic Tour Company

Sandi Rodrigue General Manager







Entrusting all your trips to the Maternal Care of the Blessed Virgin Mary






Congratulations to the 2017 Chicopee Colleen and Court

Joey Furnari Enfield Mall 90 Elms Street Enfield, CT 860-741-6877

Tony Furnari 1189 Memorial Drive Chicopee, MA 413-593-6506

Knowing you loved this time of year so much…

George “Buddy” Atkinson, Jr.

George Atkinson, Sr.

We will always remember you with much love and laughter!

Pat and Al Atkinson - Sirois Deb and George Green Judy Green

Billy Stetson,

Congratulations to the 2017 Parade Committee, Congratulations onAward a successful Parade and Seasonthefrom friendsand at The Vann Group. Recipients, newyour Colleen Court!

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All of us are so proud of ALL of your accomplishments!! You have grown in leaps and bounds and have so much potential, We can't wait to see what the future brings. Best of luck tonight!


Mom, Dad, Meghan, Jeff, Marissa, Nicki, Madelina, Joey and baby Ella xoxoxo

Sincere thanks to Face to Nails for making this year’s Colleen Contestant Irish Tea special by generously donating a gift certificate as raffle a prize. 600 Springfield st. Chicopee, M.A. 01013


on another successful St. Patrick’s Parade Season and Colleen Coronation Ball! Best wishes to the 2017 Colleen and Court! From the Knights of Columbus Council 4044 Charity Clown Unit



PEACH CATERING For a peach of a deal

BREAKFASTS • CATERED BUFFETS • SIT DOWN DINNERS • HORS D’OEUVRES PLAN YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH US! Monica Stetson 482 Springfield Street, Chicopee Peach Catering is operated out of the Rumbleseat

PEACHCATERINGMA.COM 413.364.1988 The Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee would like to thank Monica Stetson and Peach Catering for producing wonderful catered meals throughout Parade Season

Congratulations, Arnie! -------From your friends at Benton Real Estate Company

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With Sincere Appreciation to the Chicopee Electric Light Department The Parade Committee and the float Team are grateful for the exceptional support provided by our friends at CELD.

Thanks for Keeping the Lights on!

Best Wishes to the Parade Committee and the 2017 Colleen & Court


and the Corridan Family Brian Q. Corridan 2013 Holyoke Grand Marshal 1994 Parade Marshal Kathryn Eileen Corridan 2006 Springfield Colleen John F. Corridan Jr. 1981 Parade Marshal In Memoriam Eileen M. Kelly 1965 Colleen's Court Maura K. Culloo 1996 Colleen CORRIDAN & CO., Stock and Bond Brokerage Offered through Ohanesian / Lecours, Inc. Member: FINRA/SIPC 521 Grattan Street Chicopee, Massachusetts 01020

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Colleen and Her Court!

U From Jerry and Marilyn Roy Councilor at Large

Knights of Columbus Fairview Council, No. 4044

Congratulations on a successful Parade Season! From your friends at Council 4044

Grand Knight Norman Fleury Chaplain Father Joseph Benicewicz Deputy Grand Knight Thomas Charette


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 COLLEEN AND HER COURT from the Castle of Knights Board of Directors and Staff

Castle of Knights Meeting and Banquet House The Castle of Knights is a full service Banquet and Meeting House providing wonderful food and exceptional service. We offer complete banquet service and expert catering and can comfortably seat up to eight hundred guests. Our professional staff provides assistance with every detail, assuring your event is all that you expect, from your first planning visit to the event itself. Whether celebrating a wedding, 50th Anniversary, class reunion or fundraiser, The Castle of Knights is pleased to host your important social occasion. Convenient location • Professional Service • Ample Free Parking Audio/Visual Equipment • High speed internet

1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 1-413-552-2000 or 1-866-66-CASTLE

Keeping the Irish Arts and Culture Alive Our programs and events offer education and entertainment, while fostering an appreciation of Irish culture, language and heritage, so that all people will have the opportunity to appreciate its rich legacy. We have completed the move to our new home, which will enable us to establish a new place in which to gather. 429 Morgan Road West Springfield, MA 01089 413-333-4951 Find us on Facebook and YouTube.

Visit our website to learn more about the move to our new home in West Springfield and our future plans.

Become a Patron Today Support quality programs that promote and preserve the Irish arts. This is a time of great opportunity, progress and growth for the ICC. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Donate online, or give us a call!

End of Summer Tour of Ireland • September 2–12, 2017 • Visit our website to learn more.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Parade Committee and Award Winners! COMPLIMENTS OF ATTY. SUSAN CONLON PHILLIPS 2011 CHICOPEE PARADE MARSHAL

Congratulations on a great parade season, Arnie!


Shirley, Vic & Katrina

Wish the Colleen, Her Court & Families A Wonderful St. Patrick’s Parade Day

Thanks to the Chicopee St. Patrick's Parade Committee for all of their hard work and dedication! BEST WISHES TO THE NEXT COLLEEN AND COURT!!

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Congratulations to the 2017 Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee & The New Colleen and Her Court

Timothy J. Gearin Jr. DMD Family Dentistry

And Staff Tim, Becky, Carol, Kayla and their Families 5 McCarthy Ave., Chicopee, MA 01020


Congratulations to Arnold Craven On a successful Parade Season Your support of community fundraising and charitable events is amazing! Thank you for your heartfelt commitment to your family, your friends and your community. Sincerely,

Friends of Butch

Butch Craven -

Thank you for being our fearless leader!

Best Wishes

and Congratulations on a Great Parade Season!

from your friends at the Holyoke Parade Committee! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Parade on Sunday, March 19!


Parade Day 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Colleen Coronation Ball 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Colleen and Court Events 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

Compliments of the Doyle Family In Memory of

James ‘Jim’ E. Doyle, 1999 Parade Marshal Denise Doyle Nowak, 2014 Parade Marshal


Denise Doyle Nowak

(413) 534-3386 -

- Chicopee, MA 01020

For your years of dedicated service to our committee! It will be an honor to march behind you on Parade Day!


The Rumbleseat Bar and Grille is proud to support the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee!

Bill Stetson, Proprietor 482 Springfield Street, Chicopee We are Really Proud of our boss Billy, President of the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Have a great From Your popular Bartenders, Join us March 18th Amy, for ourseason! wildly Jackee, Jay, Chief, Mace, Robin, Allison, Leanne, Mel, Monica, Hodgie annual Road Race DayLauren, Event and Bus Trip!


Congratulations to Chicopee’s first “Future Colleen”!

Billy Stetson, Proprietor • 482 Springfield Street, Chicopee We are so proud of you! 413-592-9025 • Love, Mom, Dad, memiere, pepiere and Yoyo

Thank you to the Chicopee Parade Committee and good luck to this year’s contestants!

is proud to sponsor the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee!

Elder Council No. 69 Knights Of Columbus


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Congratulations to Bobby Liswell on a well- deserved honor from your friends at the Elder Council 69 Home Association


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2017 Chicopee Colleen Coronation Ball Program Book  

Our beautiful program book from the 2017 Chicopee Colleen Contest and Coronation Ball which was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

2017 Chicopee Colleen Coronation Ball Program Book  

Our beautiful program book from the 2017 Chicopee Colleen Contest and Coronation Ball which was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017.