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Auburn, Bainbridge to Hold Combined Fourth of July Celebration, Fireworks
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Kenston High School will be the scene of a combined Auburn-Bainbridge Independence Day celebration, complete with fireworks display, on Sunday, July 6

Kenston High School will be the scene of a combined Auburn-Bainbridge Independence Day celebration, complete with a fireworks display, on Sunday, July 6.

“Bainbridge has invited us to join in as a community project,” Auburn Township Trustee Mike Troyan said during the May 19 trustees meeting.

Troyan said Bainbridge usually holds its township-wide Fourth of July celebration at River Road Park, but this year had to change plans because a neighboring developer was planning to build on land he previously had allowed the township to use for parking for the event.

The trustee  said he had been invited to a recent Kenston Schools Board of Education meeting, at which the school board approved Bainbridge’s request to shift the Independence Day celebration to the school campus.

Auburn and Bainbridge comprise the Kenston school district, so Bainbridge invited Auburn to share the celebration and split the estimated $16,000 cost.

He said he had made it clear to Bainbridge officials that Auburn’s participation would be contingent on Kenston school board approval, which it received.

“Our (share) would be about $5, 500,” Troyan said, which would include the cost of the fireworks and entertainment such as a band and bouncy house, as well as lighting and porta-potties.

“So we’re looking for donations,” Troyan said. “They want local businesses to buy advertising space, which they can then use as a tax write-off.”

He said that letters already have gone out to adjacent property owners informing them of the event.

Auburn Trustee P.J. Cavanagh said he wanted copies of all receipts and expenses, so Auburn could learn about how such a large event is planned.

“The whole process is what I’m interested in,” Cavanagh said. “This township’s going to have its bicentennial in 2017 and it would be good to have that information.”

Troyan said the event, officially called the Auburn-Bainbridge Community Fireworks, will include food vendors and many family activities. It will be planned and run by a committee that includes two Auburn residents, if needed.

Trustees unanimously approved an appropriation of $5,500 for the township’s share of the event, with the understanding it will be reimbursed from expected donations.

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