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Fireworks return to Albion on July 5

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Church will also provide music and free food at Bullard

File photo by Tom Rivers – A couple snuggles on a slide at Bullard Park while fireworks go off last July 5. Northpoint Community Church, which is looking to start a new church in Albion, will have food, music and fireworks at Bullard Park from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

ALBION – A church will pay for a fireworks show, serve free food and provide live music on Saturday at Bullard Park.

This will be the third straight year the Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church in Basom is treating the Albion community to a July 5 bash at Bullard Park. The church is looking to start a new church, Northpoint Community Church, in Albion.

“We’re just here to help the community come together,” said Robert Dean, pastor of the Tonawanda church.

The church is “very close” to opening in Albion, Dean said. Tonawanda also helped start a church in Corfu, the High Point Community Church. The churches are affiliated with the Southern Baptists.

A group from Mississippi was in Albion about a week ago leading block parties in parks and neighborhoods, and also performing “acts of kindness,” Dean said. They cleaned up yards, worked with Community Action and fixed stairs for elderly residents.

Tonawanda Indian has felt connected to Albion going back two decades, Dean said. Some of the congregation’s members have been from Albion.

The church will be serving hamburgers, cotton candy and performing music from its praise band. Dean said the group welcomes volunteers and contributions to help with the big event on Saturday which runs from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Albion village officials have tried to spread the word about the event. Residents the past two years have said they were impressed by the activities and fireworks show, but many didn’t know it was going on.

The village has a sign by Bullard, informing motorists of the fireworks show on Saturday. The village also has taken out ads to promote the event and other activities this summer in Albion.