- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

June 27, 2014

Donors enable July 4 fireworks

GROVE CITY — The Star-Spangled Banner will wave and fireworks will light the sky on the Fourth of July in Grove City after all.

Borough councilwoman Mary Kay Mattocks announced to council Monday that three individuals are donating money to ensure that the annual celebration will continue this year.

"What's really exciting is the people who stepped up in this town and gave the money to make this happen," Mattocks said.

Council had cut the celebration - among other items - to keep from eliminating a policeman's position in this year's budget, which would have affected junior officer Max Wittlinger, who ended up leaving the force for a position in Butler shortly thereafter.

"I worried a lot about (not having the Fourth) and made a lot of calls," Mattocks said.

Eventually, she called Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce director Beth Black for help - and Black agreed that the show must go on.

"Whatever tricks she pulled out of her hat worked," Mattocks said, and found the donors "within a couple of hours."

The individuals donated a total of $6,000 for the Fourth celebration; the budget used to be $9,000, she noted.

The fireworks display won't be "exactly" what viewers have seen in the past "but it will be the only place in Mercer County that will have fireworks on the Fourth of July," Mattocks said.

They will be deployed from Grove City College's lacrosse field on Pinchalong Road, which will also enable the fireworks to be larger, higher "and fancier," she added.

The Harrisville Community Band will play patriotic songs on GCC's football field. "The pyrotech who will be the head of this guaranteed me that the people on the football field will be able to see the fireworks from the football field. It will be better seen around Grove City, even, because they'll be higher in the sky," Mattocks said.

She also noted that she is working with Grow Grove City - which facilitates revitalization in town - with the borough's trick-or-treat and Halloween parade festivities, which has needed civic help after the borough stopped hosting them in the last couple of years.

The Fall Fest will continue on the second Saturday of October, Mattocks said.

Published June 18, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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