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COLOMA SENIORS CELEBRATED… Excited friends and family members shared signs supporting their 2020 graduates in the Coloma Graduation Parade held Friday night May 29, the original night for graduation; however it was changed due to the Governor’s Executive Order. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)

A GRADUATION TO REMEMBER… Hartford High’s Class of 2020 became the 137th graduating class of Hartford Public Schools last Friday night, May 29, the first among Tri-City schools, via a virtual online ceremony followed by a Senior Send-Off cavalcade ending at the school for a fireworks show to commemorate the event. Seventy shells, one representing each member of the class, shot skyward leading to the grand finale (see photo below). Nothing could stop these unflappable seniors of 2020 from enjoying their special moment in time; not even when a building collapsed the day before along their planned route. The event drew high praise from students, parents and townsfolk alike. Rest assured the unique circumstances of the Class of 2020 will make for many stories to tell at their class reunions yet to come. (TCR photos by Jon Bisnett)

COLOMA ROYALTY TAKES PART IN A DIFFERENT PARADE… Due to social distancing requirement laid out by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, for the nation’s health crisis, the Annual Glad-Peach Festival which would normally be held in August and hosted by the local royalty, was canceled. Miss Coloma Lilly Trapp (top) and Mr. Coloma Ian Ishmael (bottom) were able to participate in a different Coloma community parade Friday night for the Class of 2020 graduates. The traditional graduation ceremony originally scheduled for May 29 also had to be re-arranged to accommodate social distancing guidelines and will be held in a drive-in style arrangement at the school on Friday, June 12. (TCR photos by Annette Christie)