Uniformed men will be featured

in the photos.

RUMFORD – A race car driver, a couple of medical technicians, a firefighter and a forester. These are but a few of the men who stepped forward to become a part of the River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Uniformed Men of the River Valley 2004 calendar.

Not all of them volunteered themselves. Some were volunteered by their wives, significant others, or relatives.

But the pictures came in.

Tammi Lyons, executive secretary for the chamber, doesn’t want to reveal names just yet. But many occupations and virtually every town in the 10-town region will be represented.

There’s also a former politician, a sailor, a couple of truckers, and a few more that have not yet been identified.

Each will be featured for one month. Others, perhaps to include a police officer, a lawyer and other working men in the River Valley, will decorate the cover of the 8-by-11-inch black and white calendar in a collage format.

Lyons said this is the first time the chamber has used a calendar as a fund-raiser. No one is in the buff. All portray one of the many occupations in the 10-town region.

The price for the calendars will be low, said Lyons, so that more people will buy a copy. Besides the monthly portraits, the calendar itself will list special events that take place in the River Valley towns. It goes on sale during the July 4th festivities. About 500 will be initially printed by a local printer. More will be printed as needed.

Right now, appointments are being set up with each man for the photograph that will appear on the calendar.

The RVCC Fund-raising Committee had first thought of featuring men in uniforms in the truest sense of the word. But Lyons said the more they thought about it, the more they realized that a lawyer is wearing his uniform when he wears a suit and tie, and a doctor when he wears his scrubs.

If the Uniformed Men of the River Valley calendar is a success, then a future year may feature Uniformed Women of the River Valley.

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