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Thursday, June 27, 2013, 9:33 a.m.

For the past several years, volunteers of the Cat Committee have worked to reduce the number of stray cats wandering Mt. Pleasant Borough.

To raise much needed funds, Cat Committee volunteers will again man the TNT Fireworks stand, located in the lower parking area of Wal-Mart in Summit Ridge Plaza.

“We usually do really well there,” Cat Committee board member Cynthia Stevenson said. “Last year was a bit of a challenge because of the storms that we had, but we always raise money through the sales.”

The group traps, spays and neuters the captured cats, and then re-introduces them back into the community.

Partial proceeds from the fireworks sales will go to the group to continue their work in the borough.

“The money that we raise will enable us to do more cats and kittens,” Cat Committee board member Dawn Hall said. “Last year sales were weaker than the other years, but we normally do very well.”

The tented booth will offer a large array of fireworks.

“All of the fireworks that we sell are legal in Pennsylvania,” Stevenson said.

The tent will open at 7 p.m. on June 27 and operate until 5 p.m. July 6.

The tent will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

“The money that we raise through the firework sales will help us cover the next year,” Cat Committee Secretary Sue Rudnik said.

The committee works year round in the borough, trying to keep the cat population do a minimum.

“We spend around $1,000 a month on the cats,” Stevenson said. “So you can see that we need to continually fundraise.”

In addition to the sales, there will also be raffles and chances to win firework packages.

Cash and credit and debit cards will be accepted.

No personal checks will be accepted.

“Sometimes these types of tents have a tendency to intimidate people,” Stevenson said. “We invite everyone to stop in, walk around and see what we have.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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