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Updated: 07/11/2014 09:22:52AM

Fireworks to light night sky Friday

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Fireworks will light up the sky at 9 o’clock Friday night as Lake Placid celebrates the Fourth of July.

The fireworks show has been sponsored annually by the Lake Placid Jaycees for almost 40 years. “It’s a tradition we enjoy continuing,” said Jaycees spokesman Kim Miller. “We work all year to raise money for the fireworks and the community always comes together for us.”

The Jaycees have once again contracted with Starflight Pyrotechnics from Sebring for the $11,000 fireworks show that is expected to last 20-25 minutes. “They do a great job for us,” Miller said, “and we get to keep our money right here in Highlands County. How’s that for a win-win?”

The best viewing for the fireworks show will be from the boat ramp and playground side of Lake June Park, at the north end of Tangerine Avenue. Other good viewing spots are across the lake at H.L. Bishop Park or almost anywhere with a clear view of the night sky over the eastern end of Lake June-In-Winter.

The Lake Placid Police Department is doing its part to help residents and visitors enjoy the fireworks show. A ban on roadside parking on Tangerine Avenue will be lifted for the fireworks show. Police Chief James Fansler said the public will be asked to avoid parking in a few specific areas, but roadside parking will be allowed in most places.

Miller said a recent barbecue chicken dinner served from Stuart Park in uptown Lake Placid brought in a much-needed stash of cash toward the fireworks expense. But, she said, donations are still asked and can be mailed to Lake Placid Jaycees Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 2490, Lake Placid, FL 33852.

VFW Post 3380

plans 3-day bash

Lake Placid VFW Post 3380 has scheduled three days of barbecue, music and games for a Fourth of July celebration at the post home at 1224 County Road 621. The public is invited to join in the fun from 1-9 p.m. each day.

Events will kick off on Friday with an old-fashion Independence Day barbebcue of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato and macaroni salad, baked beans, desserts andwatermelon. Serving lines will open at 5:30 p.m. Music will be by D.J. Ben of Lake Placid.

Saturday’s schedule will open with Bingo at 1 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. with pulled pork sandwiches and french fries. Frank E will provide music for listening and dancing.

Sunday will see sausages, hot dogs, hamburger and summer salad served all day. Poker games will be featured at 1 p.m. and a cake walk will be at 5 p.m. Just 30 minutes later, D.J. Ben will again spin records.

“Come on over and join us for this celebration,” a spokesman said. “Bring your family and neighbors. Independence Day is what all men and women in uniform sacrificed their time for. God bless America.”

Trash collection schedule

Residents and businesses in the Town of Lake Placid will not see garbage collection times change due to the Fourth of July holiday. The town collection days are Tuesday and Thursday. That will not change this week.

Those living outside the town limits and relying on Progress for trash collection will see a change. Collections normally made in Friday will, this week, be handled Saturday.