Leonard and Sally Thoreson, Glen Arbor’s 4th of July Parade marshals


From staff reports

The accolades keep coming for 90-year-old Leonard Thoreson, a descendent of the first white settlers at Port Oneida’s Thoreson Farm. Last August, he was honored at the Port Oneida Fair and given a ride in the tractor he had donated to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore three years prior, as National Park officials and volunteers sang an early “Happy Birthday” to him.

Four years ago, when Thoreson retired from his custodial duties at the Glen Arbor Township Hall — on the same day Pope Benedict retired — the township staff threw him a small party and gifted him a snow blower with a red bow.

This Independence Day, Leonard and his wife Sally (Salome) will be the honorary parade marshals in Glen Arbor’s Fourth of July Parade. Come cheer them on. The parade starts at Glen Haven around noon and winds down M-109 and M-22 through the heart of town.