2009-07-30 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks for help with fireworks

You gave us $9,000 and we blew it up! What makes this event successful is the support of the people of Jamestown. The Rocket ’hogs are very thankful to everyone who mailed in a check, or donated anonymously, but we are also thankful to everyone who put time and effort into this venture.

On behalf of the Rocket ’hogs, thank you to the Town Council for allowing this amazing tradition to continue, to Town Clerk Arlene Petit and Deputy Kim Turcone for their guidance with paperwork and the inner workings of town government, Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, Jeff McDonough of the Jamestown Press for excellent press coverage. Speaking of press coverage, thank you to the Walrus for keeping his tradition of drumming up support and informing us about everything fireworks. Thank you to the island businesses that were collection sites: McQuade’s Market, Jamestown Wine and Spirits, Grapes and Gourmet, and Jamestown Hardware.

While these people are not “hogs,” they are actually more integral to making this event happen: Thanks to Chief Tom Tighe, and the entire police department for excellent event management. Extra special thanks to the men and women of the Fire Department under the command of Chief Jim Bry- er, particularly Asst. Chief Howie Tighe, who was on site providing expert guidance. Let’s not forget JEMS for their first aid relief.

Thanks also go to the folks at Public Works and their boss, Steve Goslee, and of course, thanks also to Bill Paiva and his people in Parks and Recreation — Andrew Rushton continues his role as an honorary ‘hog! As with last year, the fireworks could not have happened without Andrew, so if you see him in town, please thank him in person. Thanks again, Andrew!

We are the Rocket ‘hogs, and if you keep sending us your money, we’ll keep blowing it up! See you next July!
Gregg Charest
Bob Bailey
Kerry Sheehan

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