Super Seniors

SUPER SENIORS: Sheral and Pat Simon were honored on Sunday for their years of dedicated service in the Remus community. In addition to be named this year’s “Super Seniors,” the pair also were the grand marshals in the 2012 Remus Heritage Days parade. (Pioneer photos/Jonathan Eppley)

Pat and Sheral Simons honored during annual Remus Heritage Days Festival

REMUS — For their years of dedicated service the Remus community, Pat and Sheral Simon were honored as the 2012 “Super Seniors” during the annual Remus Heritage Days Festival.

The couple, married for 40 years, were recognized by family and friends during a ceremony on Sunday at the Wheatland Township Hall. They also were grand marshals in Saturday’s parade.

“We appreciate this. I was born and raised here and it’s quite an honor,” Pat said of the award that has been presented to community supporters since 1986.

Pat, a retired barber, was involved in the formation the annual festival which is now in its 35th year. He also has belonged to many organizations throughout the years, including the Lions Club, Little League baseball and the Wheatland Township Fire Department.

Sheral was a teacher for 25 years and for 13 years was known by many as the “Hugging Hostess” at Maxfield’s Inn. She also announcer at the Heritage Days parade for 15 years.

“Over the years, they have done a lot of things. It’s time to honor them,” said Elsie Crowley, who organized Sunday’s award presentation. “This is for all the years of service they’ve given to the community. … They love Remus and this is our chance to show them that Remus loves them back.”

The Simons held back tears as family and friends told stories about their lives and their dedication to the community.

“This is really nice; you feel the community has singled you out because of the hard work you’ve done for the community,” Sheral said.

This year’s Heritage Days focused on promoting and sharing things that have made the community and festival strong. Events during the annual weekend festival included crafts, vendors, tractor pulls, a car show, a parade, fireworks, a 5K run, live music and food.

HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT: Larry McArthur throws a horseshoe during a tournament on Sunday at the 35th annual Remus Heritage Days Festival.

Sunday’s events continued with a garden tractor pull and softball and horseshoe tournaments. There also was music played by DJ Jim Stableton under the pavilion at Wheatland Park.

Pat is proud of what the annual festival has grown into since its inception. He hopes it continues to be a community-uniting event for years to come.

“With the way the economy is nowadays, it’s hard for people to get out. It’s nice to have a local festival for the community to celebrate,” he said. “There’s a satisfaction that we have something in the community to recognize the people of our community.”

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Jonathan Eppley is news editor for the Pioneer. He designs and copy edits the Pioneer daily, and manages staff in the evening. Eppley joined the Pioneer staff in 2010. He can be reached at (231) 592-8357 or at jeppley@pioneergroup.com.

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