03/23/2012 - Delhi resident Wilbur "Bill" Oles has been chosen to be grand marshal of the second annual Delhi St. Patrick's Day Parade, scheduled for March 24 in Delhi.
Oles, a lifelong Delhi resident who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, says he is looking forward to the event. "I think it's great. I feel it's a real pleasure just to be asked to do it," he said. "It sounds like a lot of fun, and that's what it's supposed to be."
Oles is well known throughout the area as a former Delaware County clerk and village of Delhi trustee. He is also a former head of the College Association at Delhi Inc. and retired as general manager of Lake Delaware Farms. He remains a member of the board of trustees of Lake Delaware Boys Camp and is an active member of the West Branch Aquatic Center. "I like to keep busy if I can," he said.
Speaking at his home last week, Oles said he and his wife, Betty, enjoy their activities and family, which includes "four great kids," 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "I've been truly blessed," he said. "Betty and I have had a great life."
Oles will lead the parade, which includes the Schenectady Pipe Band, the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band, the Hobart Fire Department Pipes & Drums, the Roaming Railroad, area fire departments, floats, SUNY Delhi students, local community groups and more.
A recent addition to the parade is the Damhsa Beatha Irish dancers of Laurens, who will march in the parade and perform in front of the reviewing stand across from the Courthouse Square.
The parade will form on Depot Street and step off at noon, proceeding up Main Street to Bridge Street. Pipe bands will perform on the Courthouse Square after the parade, weather permitting, and the Roaming Railroad will give free rides to children.