Lewiston Tops owner Anthony DiMino is shown presenting a check to Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch. The funds will go toward Fourth of July fireworks on Saturday night.
“In these troubled times, and this troubled year, we need something to be positive,” DiMino said. “Actually, as soon as I found out that they were going to cancel them because they have budget restraints, I called her right away. Within the first two days of that announcement, I called her and said, ‘We're paying for the fireworks.’
“And it was kind of delayed because we had to figure out what's happening (with reopening), and I'm just so glad that we're actually going to have it. It's going to be at least some sort of positivity for 2020.”
This donation, Welch said, “It means a lot.” She also thanked “generous” Jerry Williams, who was camera shy. The two men split the cost for this year’s Independence Day celebration.
“People are looking forward to it,” Welch said.
The mayor noted fireworks will be shot higher in the air, so people can watch them from various locations in the village – even from some homes. She stressed social distancing is a must, onlookers will be required to wear a mask when around other people, and, ideally, individuals will stay inside their cars for the presentation.
Local first responders will be out and about, monitoring and reminding residents to abide by coronavirus safety protocols.
Welch asked everyone to obey the rules.
Fireworks will take to the sky after the sun sets for the evening.
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