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Nov 16, 2011 11:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Pitcher Tapped As Next Grand Marshal In Westhampton Beach

Nov 16, 2011 11:53 AM

There’s a new marshal in town—grand marshal, that is.

W. Michael Pitcher of Westhampton Beach has been selected to lead the village’s 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set for Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Mr. Pitcher, a founding member of East End Hospice and former editor of The Southampton Press Western Edition, said his friend Tim Laube, the president of the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, surprised him with the news.

Mr. Laube told Mr. Pitcher that he needed help with a project; the men met on Sunday, November 13, at Kerrigan’s Pub on Main Street in Westhampton Beach where Mr. Pitcher was told he’d been selected as the parade’s 46th grand marshal; there were two grand marshals one year.

“He completely sandbagged me,” Mr. Pitcher said, laughing.

Mr. Pitcher, 60, was born in East Norwich, New York, and has two children: Quinn, 18, and Casey, 16. After graduating from Oyster Bay High School, Mr. Pitcher attended Williams College in Massachusetts and later moved to the East End. He is the legislative aide/press liaison for County Legislator William Lindsay, the presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature.

In addition to being a founding member of East End Hospice, Mr. Pitcher has served as chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors since 1992. He also volunteers at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

“We have a long line of collecting grand marshals who personify community service,” Mr. Laube said. “Michael absolutely fits the bill.”

Of his new post, Mr. Pitcher said, “I’m honored.”

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