Small towns are built on tradition, and for the first time in over 50 years, a beloved tradition returned here Saturday morning

HARDWICK — Small towns are built on tradition, and for the first time in over 50 years, a beloved tradition returned here Saturday morning. A restored Celebration Bell rang out at 10:30 a.m., kicking off the beginning of the annual Memorial Day parade, celebrating the success of a community coming together to renew the tradition and honoring the memory of Finn Rooney, who began the effort to restore the bell. Rooney’s mother Tara Reese and his brother Lyle Rooney had the honors of the first official bell ringers in recognition of Finn and what he meant in serving to launch the bell initiative. At age 17, Finn tragically took his own life in January 2020.

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