PRESIDENT CLINTON'S VISIT
The former President Bill Clinton ate a meal of Tony’s Screamers, pizza and pierogies with U.S. Rep. Tim Holden, D-17, state Reps. Neal Goodman, D-123, and Tim Seip, D-125. The former President Bill Clinton emerged from the home of Charles A. Marquardt, Girardville Borough Council president. Former President Bill Clinton stepped onto the streets of Girardville into the large parade crowds with many with beers in hand and began a 2¼-hour march through the pact borough streets. Parade and public officials estimate 30,000 people flocked to the annual Girardville parade. (That is double the parade’s normal crowd every year). Bill Clinton continually thanked the crowd for supporting his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, presidential candidate and New York senator. Clinton received an introduction by Holden, Clinton addressed the crowd in front of St. Joseph church. He gave a few brief remarks to the thousands of parade spectators on the Main Street of Girardville. Bill Clinton was the seventh president in recorded history to visit Schuylkill County. The last one was Richard M. Nixon visited Garfield Square in Pottsville during 1968. Bill Clinton continued to marched in the parade throughout the entire route. Clinton he made multiple stops visiting with well-wishers along the side of the road. At the end of the parade route, Bill Clinton waved to the crowd and returned back into the Suburban and headed off to a “Hillary Clinton for President” rally at Lycoming College, Williamsport.