Many made fireworks possible


To the editor:

Before any more time passes, I wanted to write to publicly thank the businesses and individuals who provided the funding for Sidney’s July Fourth fireworks display this year. Many within the community undoubtedly remain unaware that when the Great Recession of 2008 forced the city of Sidney to reduce our workforce by 54 employees, City Council made the decision that the July Fourth fireworks could no longer be funded.

When Wilson Memorial Hospital’s CEO Tom Boecker learned of council’s decision, he spoke to the Hospital Board. The hospital stepped forward and “saved” the fireworks for the community with the caveat that the following year, additional sponsors would be recruited. The hospital continues to be a major sponsor of the fireworks.

This year, Wilson Care was joined by Aerial Sponsors Buckeye Ford, Cargill and Emerson Climate Technologies. Missile Sponsorship this year was provided by American Legion Post 217. Sparkler Sponsors included Realty 2000 and S&S Hospitality Management. Other sponsors included Dr. and Mrs. Robert Miller.

If you see Tom Shoemaker or Doug Steinke of S&S Hospitality Management, Tim Gleason or any of his associates at Realty 2000, Commander James Muhlenkamp and the veterans at American Legion Post 217, Tom Sheehan at Emerson, Mark Fox at Cargill, Jerry McName at Buckeye Ford, or Mark Dooley at Wilson Memorial — please thank them for their generosity.

Sidney continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family in no small part because of the community spirit that prevails. That spirit is inspired by those who pitch in to make good things happen.

Mike Barhorst, Mayor

City of Sidney