Fireworks will light the skies in Johnstown to celebrate Independence Day, thanks to sponsor Tech International, 200 E. Coshocton St.

Fireworks will light the skies in Johnstown to celebrate Independence Day, thanks to sponsor Tech International, 200 E. Coshocton St.

Johnstown Village Council eliminated its usual $2,500 donation to the American Legion Post 254 for fireworks in an effort to help balance the 2016 budget.

Tech International's Mike Murray said he learned about the Johnstown budget issue from village manager/planner Jim Lenner.

"We are involved in a few different organizations, so we have opportunity to talk to some of the key community leaders," Murray said. "During the conversation, Jim explained that the recent departure of Thirty-One Gifts left a deficit in the budget, and the village had to make some tough choices to cut some items in order to move towards a balanced budget."

Johnstown's American Legion Post 254 has managed and sponsored the community fireworks for years, with some financial support from the village.

"Without the village support, the full financial burden would fall to the American Legion," Murray said. "When we heard about this, we felt compelled to step in and add our financial support to minimize the burden on the American Legion and ensure that the Johnstown (community) was able to celebrate our nation's birthday with a fireworks display."

Murray said Tech has a long history of lending support to various needs in Johnstown and the surrounding area.

"We are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work," he said. "We are grateful for the support the Johnstown community has given us and look forward to a great Fourth of July celebration."

Post 254 Commander Rick Petersen said he learned of Tech's sponsorship Feb. 12.

"They will commit the entire amount the city is short," Petersen said. "Thanks to Tech International for the generous donation of $2,500 to the American Legion Post 254 for the community fireworks display."

Lenner said Tech International always has been a proud supporter of the Johnstown community, and it continues with its contribution toward the Fourth of July fireworks.

"It is businesses like Tech International that make our community a special place to live and work," he said. "They are wiling to step up when needed, and it doesn't go unnoticed by Village Council."

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