Fourth of July festivities culminate with crowning of citizen of the year
Fireworks, food and fun brought many families out to the annual Basehor Independence Day parade and celebration coordinated by Basehor PRIDE Tuesday evening.
"We had a big crowd and had a lot of fun," said George Smith, PRIDE president.
Mayor Chris Garcia, city council member Terry Thomas and planning commission member John Flower took the plunge as dunk tank volunteers to help raise money for the fireworks display. The Basehor Chamber of Commerce also named Mary Ann Mogle Citizen of the Year and awarded her a plaque at the celebration.
Mogle has been city clerk since November 1984 and said she did not know her past assistant city clerk Pat Massingill and her current assistant city clerk Carole Dickey nominated her for the award until after she received it.
"It made me feel good because usually they don't like bosses," Mogle said laughing. "I feel like I've won the Oscar."
Mogle is a certified municipal clerk and is working on earning certification as a Master Municipal Clerk. She has two children, Ryan and Brandy. Mogle has been involved with Basehor Dairy Days, Basehor PRIDE, the Basehor Community Library and was a 4-H leader with her late husband Bill for about eight years.
Dickey said she nominated Mogle for the award because of her community involvement and dedication to the city.
"Anything that's out there, she's the first one to volunteer," Dickey said. "The biggest thing is the customer service to the citizens. She'll drop anything to help them out. She goes above and beyond as far as the city."