Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Nov. 27, 2000

Lenora Kubasch grand marshal for Winter Festival parade

By Ryan Gueningsman

This year's Winsted Winter Festival parade grand marshal is Lenora Kubasch.

The parade will be Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Although Lenora was not born in Winsted, she has been very active in preparing for the town's future growth and prosperity.

Lenora, along with her husband, Gordon, and their family, have owned and operated Kubasch Excavating since 1966. The business was started in 1936, and became incorporated in 1996.

Lenora and Gordon were married in 1957. They have two sons, Kendell and Aaron, and now, also have four grandchildren. The family is very important to their business' growth.

In the past, Lenora served as an EMT (emergency medical technician) for 10 years and then, went on to drive a non-emergency medical van.

She has also served on the Winsted Civic and Commerce board of directors, the Winsted Centennial parade committee, and a group called Businesses Helping Businesses. Kubasch has also been involved with the Red Cross Blood Bank as both a worker and a donor.

In addition, Lenora participates in a program called SAIL. The program gives relief to caregivers for the elderly and mentally challenged. The caregivers receive some time off while SAIL members take over for a few hours.

As an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Winsted, Lenora has volunteered many hours at Sunday school and at the church's annual Vacation Bible School. She also was involved with the founding of release time, which is a Christian religion class for students.

On the Winsted Winter Festival, Lenora said, "I think that it is a real plus for the community. It really brings people together. Everyone always does a great job on the floats, it's just a great effort on everyone's behalf."

"One of my favorite memories," continued Lenora, "is a few years ago when it was almost 75 degrees below zero (wind chill) and everyone was watching the parade from their cars. I remember watching the choir and thinking 'How can anyone sing when it is this cold out here?"

Lenora is looking forward to her experience as grand marshal and wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.

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