Ermert to retire from picnic preparations
The Chamber of Commerce and the city will miss Rick Ermert as he steps away from some of his duties to take a slower pace and to enjoy time with his family. This is Ermert’s 19th year to prepare Wynn Park for the Corning Fourth of July Homecoming Picnic. He was picnic chairman in 2000 and then took over the role. When he first took over picnic duties, Edwin Ahrent and Bob Cochran were still involved in the picnic and Ermert said he just followed in behind them for years. He finally ended up with all of the picnic preparation duties. “I’ve always enjoyed working with people, keeping the park up, and working with the workers at the park,” he said. He commends the work and hours in the hot sun that Mark King and Terry Simpson have done painting the park booths and stage. Ermert said they got more work done than has been completed in past years and painted things that hadn’t been painted in a long time.
As for his role in picnic preparations he admitted, “I will definitely miss it. That’s what I’ve been doing. It’s been a big part of my life, but it’s time to kind of slow down on a few things. I turned 60 and I just want to slow down on a few things; the boards I’ve been on and the park. Ermert is not retiring from his work at the Ermert Funeral home. “I really don’t want to retire. I do not. I want to work. I don’t want to sit at home. It’s not me.”
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