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Fireworks in the Park plans moving along

June 15, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT - Plans for Fireworks in the Park at Byron Memorial Park on July 4 are well under way, according to Councilman Jeff Cline.

At Monday's town council meeting, he said $5,000 has been collected to pay for the event and he thinks about $1,000 more is likely.

He said he hopes the entire cost, about $7,800, can be covered through donations.

Beginning at 7:45 p.m. with opening remarks by Councilman Nelson F. Deal, the evening will continue with the invocation by Pastor Bobby Robinson of Calvary Temple, an honor guard from AMVETS Post 10 in Hagerstown and the singing of the national anthem by Shannon Draper.

The Williamsport Community Band will perform at 8 p.m. under the direction of Susie Kunkle. Fireworks are to begin at 9:15 p.m.

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The levels of participation for donations are patriot, $5,000; platinum, $2,000; gold, $1,000; silver, $500; bronze, $250 and citizen donor, $25-$249.

Donations to date include Conococheague Little League, $1,000; Roger Fairbourn Real Estate, $1,000; Don and Jone Bowman, $1,000; Red Barron Furniture & Carpet, $500; Maury Werth, a Rotary member, $500; Tony's Pizza, $100; Woodmen of the World, $200 and 1,000 hand-held flags; Knode Enterprises/Harry Knode, $100; Joan Bowers, $100; Mayor James G. McCleaf II, $60; Eyler's Garage/Ronnie Eyler, $100; Bonnie J. Errico, town clerk/treasurer, $25; Ron Shifler, town auditor, $25; Buck & Elaine Cline, $25; Mike Cline and family, $25; Wayne Dixon, $250; and Jeff Cline's mom and dad, Elaine and Harry Cline, $100.

Cline estimated $2,000 more would be needed to pay for the fireworks.

Vendors and locations include: Pavilion 1- Denny Hoover, Blue Band - steamers and drinks; Pavilion 2 - Williamsport Junior Fire Department - snowballs, popcorn and cotton candy; and Dean Burkett, magic tricks and balloons.

Organizers encourage those who attend to bring lawn chairs and to arrive early.

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