Jul 062012
 

BYRON PAIGE (second from left) and other volunteers in a fireworks booth at the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard, near Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Fire Station 45. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 –

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

   Business was off, but the crew at this Southport fireworks booth was optimistic on Tuesday.

  “We’re down this year,” reported Byron Paige. “TNT (the fireworks wholesaler) said it’s because the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday. Tomorrow will be just crazy, and maybe people will come tonight after they get off work.”

  Paige was part of a coalition that came together to successfully win one of eight permits to sell “safe and sane” fireworks in town for the holiday. Working together were Our Lady of Grace School and Church and the Knights of Columbus — three Catholic-oriented groups.

  Around town were seven other fireworks booths staffed by other West Sacramento nonprofits and churches.

  How much money will the week-long sales effort draw for the three charities?

  “I’m hoping $3,000 each — that would be sweet,” said Paige.

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke