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WHITE TOWNSHIP: Fireworks show set for Halloween

by on October 10, 2013 11:00 AM

The White Township supervisors approved a request Wednesday night for a fireworks show the evening of Oct. 31 at Mack Park.

The event will be hosted by the Northern Cambria fireworks company Starfire Corp. in conjunction with the Indiana Lions Club. The display will be free and open to the public.

In the two days preceding the event, Starfire and Indiana University of Pennsylvania will collaborate on a fireworks safety video.

Those activities are private, according to supervisor Jerry Boucher, who provided additional details after the meeting was adjourned.

He said the Starfire show will probably be the biggest fireworks display the area has seen.

“It’s going to be a big deal,” he said.

Boucher said he expects between 6,000 and 10,000 people to attend.

With a week to prepare, according to Boucher, the Lions Club created a community festival — Indiana Lions Funfest — which will showcase the pyrotechnic show. While the fireworks will begin around 8 or 8:30 p.m., a number of family-friendly activities at Mack Park will precede the event.

Among them are a car show with registration between 3 and 6 p.m., treats for kids, refreshments for all attendees and even Boucher himself spinning oldies tunes as the Funfest DJ.

Starfire, he said, is renting out Mack Park. All the costs to involved charitable organizations, such as the Lions Club, are covered. Others participating include IUP, United Way of Indiana County, Indiana Regional Medical Center and several area churches.

Byron Stauffer, executive director of the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, withdrew a request to the township seeking approval for a guiderail on Louise Drive.

Because the road and the business park that it leads to are private, approval from the township wasn’t needed, officials told Stauffer, who presented the plans with Kevin Evans of Stiffler McGraw, a Hollidaysburg-based engineering firm. Stauffer told officials at the meeting that in the long term, those at his organization may ask township officials if they would take over maintenance.

The supervisors voted to fill a code enforcement/planner position at the township, hiring Josh Krug, who will start this month. He will have a probationary period of 90 days, according to officials. His salary wasn’t provided during the meeting. The Gazette was directed to file an open records request for the information.

Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for the Indiana Gazette. Among her assignments are coverage of the Apollo-Ridge School and Penns Manor Area school districts and also White Township.
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