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Marion

Fireworks shows go begging

He is not sure exactly how long Marion has had a Fourth of July fireworks display, but Jonathan “Jody” Dickerson remembers watching them when he was a child growing up in town. And the 50-year-old is now leading the charge to make sure a repeat of last year — when the event was canceled due to lack of funds — will not happen again.

Dickerson, director of the Marion Recreation Department, said the roughly $50,000 for the fireworks display and police, fire, harbormaster, and cleanup crew does not cost the town anything. The display is paid for solely through donations, and so far this year about $23,000 has been raised.

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