Aitkin residents, Richard and RoxAnne Bouley, have been chosen as this year’s Garrison Play Days grand marshals.
The Bouleys began their involvement in Garrison in 1984 when they joined the Garrison Commercial Club (GCC) when they were leasing the Pine Lake Store, north of Garrison on Highway 169. Richard later became president of the GCC in 1987 and continued in leadership there until 2011. He also drove and maintained the trail groomer for GCC for many years.
For 35 years they owned Aksarben Gardens on Tame Fish Lake. And from 1988 to 2007, the couple owned Garrison Service Center. The service center was sold to Mille Lacs Health System and now serves as their clinic.
Richard is now retired from work in vehicle and aircraft mechanic, and RoxAnne has worked at the Aitkin Independent Age for 19 years and is currently the sales manager.
When asked what they love most about the community, Richard responded, “We just got along with everybody, and it (GCC) was kind of a go after it group. We always had fun.” He added that it was often very cold, and in order to draw people into the town during the winter months, they would put on various events. “There was a good group about 12 to 15 people who were the core and kept it going and moving. If you needed help, there was always someone available to get things done.”
“The GCC had a very strong presence in the area during all four seasons when we were involved, RoxAnne added.
Though the Bouleys are not actively involved with the club, they still have a presence in the community but spend more of their free time taking long drives on the weekends, discovering roads they have never been down.