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Albion is happy to celebrate on July 5

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 July 2014 at 12:05 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Albion community was treated to a fireworks show as well as free food and games on Saturday night thanks to the Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church in Basom.

Albion firefighter Carmen Quatro (top) watched the fireworks while standing on top of a fire truck at Bullard Park.

Fred Piano, another Albion firefighter, also watched the fireworks from the top of the fire truck.

The fireworks brought out young families to Bullard Park. The Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church paid for the fireworks show for the third straight year on July 5.

Before the fireworks show, Pastor Bobby Dean from Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church shared a message with the crowd. Dean is also pastor of High Point Community Church in Corfu, a sister church of Tonawanda Indian. The churches would like to start a new congregation in Albion. The two churches had about 30 volunteers in Albion today and they served about 1,000 free hamburgers before the fireworks.

A man leans on his bike while watching the fireworks at Bullard Park.

Matt Dean, Bobby Dean’s son and a worship leader for the church, sings with the praise band. Dean said Tonawanda Indian would like to have a church soon in Albion. The service might be on Saturday evenings. “We’re just waiting for God to work things out,” Dean said.

Bullard Park drew a crowd Saturday night for the fireworks show.

Mike Dean sang and played the guitar in the praise band. His father is pastor of Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church in Basom and High Point Community Church in Corfu.

The fireworks finale was explosive and lit up the sky.