Watching the parade on the Fourth of July, it struck me how much that event demonstrates two things: 1) how many small, local businesses there are, and 2) how much the town depends on volunteers for vital services like fire and rescue and for the things that add value to life, like the Cambridge Arts Council and Cambridge Area Rotary (which coordinated everything from the parade to the Fun Fair that followed), and to organizations and businesses that prepare our children to contribute when their time comes, such as the Boy Scouts and the various day cares and preschools.

This year’s grand marshals, Melody and Art Tobin, are excellent examples of individuals who give much to many organizations.

Whoever had the idea that it would add to the parade if all cars were parked elsewhere was onto something. It was lovely to have so many unobstructed places to view the parade from.


One of the places vehicles could park was the area between the two silos. Over the past few weeks, a committee has requested ideas for what to do to enhance that space. According to a recent posting by Peter Ingvolstad, the top vote getters were: 81 for a gazebo or picnic pavilion, 64 for a garden. Space for activities and additional art or sculptures came in virtually tied for third, with 44 and 43 votes respectively. Stay tuned for next steps.


The Boy Scouts, who were responsible for some delicious pulled pork at the Fun Fair, are also recruiting members, both male and female, age 11-18 for the troop and 13-20 for the venture crew. They’d also appreciate some adult leaders.

Anyone interested can email Upcoming activities include summer camp, a canoe trip to Burton Island, hiking a section of the Long Trail, and several out-of-state adventures.


July 14 is the deadline for artists to submit traditional landscapes in two-dimensional media to the Bryan Memorial Gallery’s flagship exhibition, “Land and Light and Water and Air.” This is an online jury competition. All exhibiting artists must become current members of the gallery. Information at


The monthly community lunch will be held Wednesday, July 17, at the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This month’s lunch is a hamburger and hot dog barbecue with all the fixings. There will be outdoor games and seating indoors and out, as weather permits. This free event is open to all the community. Donations are always accepted. The sponsors are the Cambridge Recreation Board and community volunteers. If you have questions, please email


On a final note, as “free” objects turn up more and more often on state and town roadsides, Town Clerk Mark Schilling recently alerted us all to the fact that leaving items in such locations counts as littering and is a violation of state law, subject to a fine and community service.

That does it for me. Until next week, I’ll see you around town.

— Katherine Quimby Johnson, 644-8233,

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