To the Editor:

We hope you were among the thousands of people who came out Friday, July 3 to enjoy the New Milford fireworks celebration.

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

As folks enjoyed the New Milford Lions Club crnival on Young’s Field, te Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford constructed a delicious birthday cake 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 3 downtown events to celebrate America’s birthday.

Special thanks to fire marshal Karen Facey and the members of the Gaylordsville 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 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 New Milford Lions Club, Paul Hulton, Law Office of Cecilia Buck-Taylor, Christine Mrozinski, Michele Shackelford and Norman Adler, Nordica Toys, Donald Ross, Grant and Jacqui Smith, Paul Barrett and family, Wayne Locke, Housatonic Valley Insurance Agency and Everlasting Cosmetics.

Also, Salsa of New Milford, Werner Well & Pump Service, Vernon Schaefer, Ameico, Candlewood Animal Hospital, M.B. Martin Electric, Tricia Gregory, Joseph Owens and Kathleen Mooney, Joe’s Salon, The Cookhouse, Robert and Loretta Kretchko, CMS Management Services and Play.

Also, Mullen Family Dentistry, Len Kriegsman, Gene Raynor, O & G Industries, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford, New Milford Commission on the Arts and everyone who contributed to our donation bucket.

In order to put together the fireworks display and community celebration, we need to raise about $10,000 every year. We ask you consider helping us with this substantial financial undertaking.

If you enjoyed the fireworks and would like to support it financially, we are still taking donations. Every dollar donated will help.

Because of the generosity of you, our townspeople and businesses, we can keep this spectacular community event alive. 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 New Milford community events.

Village Fair Days will be held July 24-25.

A Taste of New Milford is scheduled Sept. 9.

The Harvest Festival is planned Oct. 4.

The Tree Lighting/Festival of Lights will take place Nov. 28.

The hands-on train display will run from Dec. 19 through Dec. 27 (closed Christmas Day).

For details on all our upcoming events, visit the Chamber website at www.newmilford

Denise Del Mastro

Executive Director

New Milford