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CFFA keeping a tradition alive in town



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At this year’s fireworks display Charlton Fire Fighters Association secretary/treasurer Terri Gough, bottom left, poses with her daughter, Talisha, and mom, Wilma, at what has become a multi-generational event. (click for larger version)
September 11, 2012
CHARLTON — Each year a concert and fireworks display help to kick off Old Home Day with a bang, but just a few years ago the tradition almost stopped.

For decades the Saturday evening event, which has become one of the most celebrated and anticipated parts of the town's Labor Day weekend festivities, was sponsored by the Charlton Lions Club in conjunction with the Charlton Fire Fighters Association. A few years ago when the Lion's Club determined they could no longer help foot the bill and the town went without the celebration, things just weren't the same.

"The fireworks and concert is something that's been in town since I can remember. The year we didn't have it – it wasn't well received. They really are an integral part of the weekend," said Charlton Fire Captain and President of the Charlton Fire Fighters Association Ed Knopf. "We wanted to figure out how to keep them for the community."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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