“You’re talking to a person who was born and brought up here,” she said.
The town of Wilbraham is celebrating it’s 250th anniversary, and for Patti, who happens to be a lifelong resident, the celebration is a special one, and almost two years in the making.
“It’s the kickoff for the whole celebration of the year, and it’s a great honor for me because this is MY town, my town that I grew up in,” said Diotalevi.
Patti, along with her co-chairman, Kevin Moriarty, and the members of the 250th anniversary committee, worked to put together a year-long celebration for the town, with events starting today and running into tonight.
“I’m looking forward to tonight, we’ve worked hard for tonight,” she said.
And this happens to be somewhat of a family tradition for her, saying, “Back in 1963, for the bicentennial, my Mom and Dad were part of this committee to put on the bicentennial, and I guess I wanted to fill their shoes somehow and give them an honor of me being a part of this. And that is why I joined.”
Patti believes that the people and the commaraderie of the community is something very hard to find anywhere else.
“I think if you were born and brought up here, its one thing, but if you were a family that moved here with children, I think if you talk to more people then you would come to the conclusion that Wilbraham is a great town. I am 72 years old, I’ve been here all my life, and I have never had any discrepency for what this town stands for,” Patti said.