Toronto discusses fireworks celebration

TORONTO – The city’s fireworks celebration was discussed during Monday’s City Council meeting.

R.J. Stewart, chairman of the city’s Fourth of July Committee, and John Geddis, mayor, both said the city is getting ready for this year’s spectacle, with the pre-fireworks show at the Toronto High School football field slated to begin at 7:45 p.m. on July 5 with a performance by the Tri-State Community Band. Activities continue with Ron Retzer and the 1170 Band scheduled for 9 p.m. and the fireworks scheduled for 10 p.m., according to Stewart.

“Donations (for the show) are coming in,” said Stewart.

“We need people to stand up (and contribute),” said Geddis, adding letters soliciting funds for the show already have been sent. “We have (more than) $6,000 right now in donations so far.

“It’s the best show in the valley, and we are praying for good weather,” continued the mayor.

“Our theme for this year is Blast from the Past, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the (Toronto) fireworks,” Stewart added.

Donations, including checks, should be made payable to the Toronto Fourth of July Committee and mailed to P.O. Box 295, Toronto, OH 43964.

For information, call (740) 632-1926.

In other matters:

There will be no collection of out-of-town or commercial tires, and Toronto residents can place tires out for pickup by city crews during cleanup week May 12-16, according to City Police Chief Randy Henry. There will be no dropoff point for tires this year except at city residences, he added.

The city’s annual Easter egg hunt for Toronto-area children is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Living War Memorial Park near the shelterhouse.

Fourth Ward Councilman John Watts, chairman of the cable committee, told council members Jefferson County Cable Co. added two new stations to its roster, including the Big 10 Network and the Fox Sports Network.

Council passed a resolution of sympathy marking the death of former city fire Capt. David Cottrell. There will be a public memorial service set for 11 a.m. May 24 at the city fire station.

Council members also announced the finance and service committees would meet April 29 in council chambers with times yet to be set.