To the Editor:

We hope you were among the thousands of people who came out July 5 and enjoyed the New Milford fireworks celebration.

The Village Green was the place to be as the opening ceremony kicked off with Curtis Thompson singing our national anthem.

As folks enjoyed the New Milford Lions Club carnival on Young's Field, the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford constructed a delicious birthday cake to our nation and Higher & Higher entertained everyone on the Green.

The finale of brilliant fireworks topped off this wonderful night of community celebration.

The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who supported the July 5 downtown events to celebrate America's birthday.

Special thanks to fire marshal Karen Facey, assistant fire marshal Brian Ohmen, and members of the Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 volunteer fire department who were on site all day long watching over the fireworks display.

We'd also like to send out a special thank you to All American Waste for providing us with garbage toters to help us keep the green beautiful during this and all our other community events.

The fireworks are organized by the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce, and paid for by donations from businesses, organizations, individuals and the chamber.

We are extremely grateful for the donations and support from everyone who helped give the community of New Milford a spectacular fireworks experience this year.

Thank you to Action Computer Services, Affordable Automotive, AMEICO, Bank Street Investments, Candlewood Animal Hospital, Candlewood Valley Country Club, Christine Mrozinski, CMS Management Services, Dawn R. Parker, CPA, & Associates and Donald Ross.

Also, Edward and Denise Kushmerek, GeronNursing & Respite Care, Housatonic Valley Insurance Agency, Keith and Ellen Bickford, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Law Office of Cecilia Buck-Taylor, Lennie's Flower Shop and M.B. Martin Electric.

Marandola Fuel Service, Maureen Aumiller, Moots, Pellegrini, Arnold & Gronbach, Nadine Strossen and Eli Noam, New Milford Lions Club, Rotary Club of Greater New Milford, Noel Castle, Nordica Toys, O&G Industries, Inc., Roger Sherman Chapter of the DAR, Wayne Locke and the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford.

If you enjoyed this event and would like to support it financially, we are still taking donations to cover costs for this year.

Every dollar given helps support this spectacular community event. Checks can be made payable and sent to GNMCC, 11 Railroad Street, New Milford, CT 06776. Please note "fireworks" on the memo line.

The GNMCC is busy preparing for many exciting events for the New Milford downtown area.

Village Fair Days will be held July 25-26,

A Taste of New Milford is scheduled Sept. 10, the Harvest Festival is planned Oct. 12 and the tree lighting/Festival of Lights will take place Nov. 29.

For details, visit the Chamber website at www.newmilford-chamber.com.

Bob Hanna

Chairman

Fireworks Committee

Denise Del Mastro

Executive Director

Greater New Milford

Chamber of Commerce