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Connellsville announces plans for July 3 fireworks display

| Sunday, June 23, 2013, 6:12 p.m.
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Somerset Trust Company, new to Connellsville, made a generous donation to the fireworks display that will be presented by the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce on July 3. From left are Chamber Secretary Tony Grasso; Joseph G. Klocek, branch manager, Somerset Trust Company, Connellsville Branch, located inside Wal-Mart; Chamber President Dennis Martin; and Chamber Vice President Leah Bierer.

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce will hold an Independence Day celebration on July 3 with fun for the whole family and a giant fireworks display.

“Buck Newell, the owner of Keystone Fireworks in Dunbar, has kept the July 3 date for the chamber for quite a few years now, and we appreciate it. Our longtime office manager, June Newill, had asked him to do that. June is gone now, but the date still stands. The downtown celebration and the fireworks will both be bigger than last year,” said Bill Fiesta, chamber immediate past president.

“This is a wonderful community event. There will be a nice variety of vendors and activities for the children, so we hope that we have a good turnout from the community,” said Michael Edwards, chamber board member.

The chamber will sell hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, floats, fried dough and drinks.

Seth The Balloon Dude will create balloon creations for kids, and a face painter will also be at the event. Children's activities will be provided by Echo Child Development and other child care agencies.

A vendor selling glow necklaces will donate all proceeds to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Domino's Pizza will have a booth. Coordinated 360 will provide music.

“The chamber is so excited to be hosting the 10th annual fireworks. We are proud to announce Somerset Trust Company as our gold sponsor for the event this year donating $3,000 toward the fireworks display. What a great addition Somerset Trust Company will be to the Connellsville business community,” said Leah Bierer, chamber vice president.

The chamber will hold all festivities before the fireworks on Arch Street, in front of City Hall. There will be food booths, children's activities, informational booths and live entertainment, Bierer said.

“This will prove to be a great family event for Connellsville,” Bierer said.

“This will be my first July 3 celebration with the chamber, and I'm excited to see how it all turns out. We are expecting a spectacular fireworks display with all of the generous monetary donations this year,” said Ronn Hall, chamber office manager.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call the chamber office at 724-628-5500.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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