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Memorial Day parade rescued by volunteers

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There will be a Memorial Day parade in Bath after all, after volunteers rescued the canceled parade

The city's traditional parade was canceled after the local American Legion Post, which sponsors the parade, had to use thousands of dollars to pay a court fine for illegal gambling. The Bath post admitted it had been allowing people to win money on video poker machines at the Legion Hall, which is against state law.

The Assistant District Attorney said the practice had been going on for a number of years. Several weeks ago, the group agreed to pay roughly $18,000 in fines, taking away the money that would have been used to put on the parade.

The parade was saved Tuesday afternoon when Dan Eosco and Shawn McKenna, who organize the Bath Heritage Days parade each year, volunteered to pull together a parade for Memorial Day.

Eosco said an anonymous donor also stepped forward to provide the money. Bath City Manager Bill Giroux said the police, fire and rescue departments will take part in the parade as usual. Eosco said the parade will start lining up 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's church, and then head for downtown beginning at 10:30.

A lawyer for the American Legion post said the members are "embarrassed" by the gambling conviction. Attorney Richard Regan said new leaders of the post have started developing plans for "more appropriate" ways to raise money. He said all the money that was raised through gambling was used for Legion activities, including support of many community groups and projects, including the parade.


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