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  • Mulberry celebrates alumni and honorees

  • The community of Mulberry celebrated its heritage and heroes Friday evening during the community’s Orange and Black in the park event.

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    The community of Mulberry celebrated its heritage and heroes Friday evening during the community’s Orange and Black in the park event.

    Orange and Black days are the time of the annual reunion for alumni of Mulberry High School, but are not restricted to just those who graduated from that particular institution, which was shut down in the early 1970s. Instead, as a way to keep the heritage alive, community members who are alumni of Northeast High School or Girard High School also are considered honorary alumni.

    The community turned out, with many members wearing orange Tiger T-shirts featuring class years.

    Joan Hamilton said it is the school reunion weekend and this is the 84th or 85th such event.

    “Next year, we’re going to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first graduating class,” she said.

    While the weekend features plenty of family fun, Hamilton said for many graduates the most important part is the opportunity to catch up.

    “Mostly we just hang around and talk old times,” she said.

    The weekend’s events continue with the mini tractor pull at 1 p.m. today, the alumni banquet this evening at 6:30, and a ceremony 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery. 

    During Friday evening’s festivities, a parade ran through the middle of town, which was fully decked out in black and orange.

    Randy Jones, the 2013 Kansas Mayor of the Year, threw candy as he was driven to the grandstand, and then announced the remainder of the parade, which included Grand Marshal Warren “Bugs” Jones, who was a prisoner of war during World War II and was honored for his service at his 75th high school reunion.

    Additionally, Hope and Luke Cole were recognized as local heroes for seeing smoke at a neighbor’s home and alerting him to the fire, saving his life.

    “His neighbors saw the smoke and went over and woke him up,” Jones said, adding that the two young members of the community are heroes.

    Page 2 of 2 - Both were offered the chance to give a speech and simply said, “Thank you.”

    “I talked to these two and they said they didn’t really do anything that anyone else wouldn’t have done,” Jones said, as the community applauded them.
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