Friday, June 3, 2011

Chardonites open wallets for bigger boom

Dave Jevnikar, one of the organizers of the Chardon Area Fireworks show, reports that donations are "streaming in" since a story ran this week on the front page about dwindling funds.

However, he reports that there's more to be done if upcoming shows are to be as good as past years.

"We have about $6,000 in hand at present," he said. "That will go to this year’s show, so who knows about next year. The problem is, without any, or only a little, carry-over, you can’t really commit as you would like to. In the past, we had a carry-over that provided some level of comfort. That may not happen this year, if there is any at all, and, thus, there isn’t any way to know about next year."

This year's show is July 2 on the high school grounds.

Jevnikar noted that he and Ed Babcock weren't alone in founding the event in the early 1990s. Jim Heighway also helped to launch the tradition.

"Jim made a considerable contribution to the event while he was involved," he said.

-- Betsy Scott,


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