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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Johnson, Albion parades canceled for Fourth


The Johnson Fourth of July Parade has been canceled.

For the first time since the impromptu event began with a group of Druffel siblings in 1967, there will be no parade – which has grown to attract thousands of spectators to the route from the Grange Hall past a row of houses to the old Johnson-Union Warehouse.

“For health reasons, it's just not a safe thing to be responsible for,” said Kathy Wolf, one of the original siblings.

Family members talked with Johnson residents and Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers in April about cancellation. A decision was made to wait until June, in ca...

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