This is How We Can Bring Fireworks Back to New Carlisle

Summers in New Carlisle used to be the greatest. The smell of fresh-cut grass and charcoal grills filled the air. Neighbors gathered on each other’s patios to chat about work, kids, the Reds, and a world that seemed so much smaller and more familiar back then.

And then, early in July, we all sat outside or gathered up at the ballpark to watch our local firefighters set off a brilliant fireworks display that left kids in awe and grown-ups appreciating all that we have as residents of the greatest country God ever gave the earth.

What I wouldn’t give to see this over New Carlisle again.

But several years ago New Carlisle cut the fireworks display. Our folks flocked to neighboring communities — Tipp City, Troy, Huber Heights, Fairborn, among others — to celebrate our independence from the tyranny of the bastard Brits more than 200 years ago. But this year Tipp City has decided to halt their fireworks display as well.

I got to thinking about how great it would be for New Carlisle to have fireworks again. Our town does such a wonderful job with the New Year’s Eve ball drop and the Heritage of Flight Festival, I trust that we could once again put on a tremendous fireworks show.

That brings us to the question that looms over everything in our great little city: How are we going to pay for it? Heritage of Flight Festival committee member April Lowrey said that the cost of the most recent fireworks display was $6,000. Main & Lake — with an assist from the members of the popular Facebook group “You Know You’re From New Carlisle If…” — has some ideas on where the money can be found.

Local businesses donate a portion of sales

This option benefits the community in a number of ways. First, it generates funds needed to buy the fireworks. Second, it drives interest in our local businesses and inspires people to buy local, which in turn supports our neighbors and the city itself. Perhaps we can issue fliers or online ads mentioning the businesses who participate as sponsors in order to drive more customers to their locations.

Direct donations from citizens

Every time I log onto Facebook I’m swamped with requests for donations for a plethora of causes. Some are deserving: a family has lost a loved one, someone is battling a debilitating disease. Others are total nonsense: a smart-aleck teenager wants people to pay for his reckless driving violation, a grown man wants folks to pay for him to get plastic surgery so he can look exactly like Alf.

But one thing is certain: if people want something, they will pay for it. And I think a lot of people want fireworks in New Carlisle again. So we can have people donate directly at the city building.

Cash in hand is always a great way to raise money.

Resell drugs confiscated in local busts

Do you ever wonder what happens to all those drugs that are taken away from criminals as our police clean up the streets? They usually sit in evidence rooms for months or even years. What if we sold them to prescription drug manufacturers to be repackaged and sent to hospitals? Thousands of dollars could be made. Plus we could make sure these drugs don’t fall into the hands of addicts who would abuse them on the street. Instead they would fall into the hands of trusted and honorable doctors who would never, ever contribute to the opioid and amphetamine epidemics sweeping our region by prescribing unnecessary medications.

If our new Sheriff keeps up the good work, there will be rooms just like this from New Carlisle busts alone.

New Carlisle Pool party and cookout

Our pool is revitalized, thanks to the hard work of a select crew of employees and volunteers. What if we used the pool to host an open invitation pool party and cookout? People could pay for tickets that entitle them to swimming and food, with the profits going to the fireworks fund. This would not only help raise money, but it would show people how great the pool is in case they haven’t been there in recent years. Our city budget allots somewhere between $60,000-$80,000 for the running of the pool for a period of just over three months this summer, but I don’t think we can afford to take a couple thousand dollars from that fund.

Breed stray dogs and sell puppies

Stray dogs have been a consistent problem in town for years. But what if we turned a problem into a solution? We could hire a dog breeder to select strays and breed puppies for sale. With the wide variety of breeds loose in New Carlisle we could become a destination for designer puppies of nearly any mixed breed imaginable. Designer dogs can sell for thousands to wealthy buyers looking for a unique pup. The abandoned Belle Manor building would make a great location to host the operation, and it would solve the problem of another prominent vacant building in town.

What other ideas do you have to fund fireworks in New Carlisle? Let us know in the comments!



3 thoughts on “This is How We Can Bring Fireworks Back to New Carlisle

  1. Well hells bells in stead of paying city folks thusands of $$$ i would be more then happy to let people come to me backyard and i could set off some fire poppers for way cheaper!!!! if every body gave me a couple bucks i could run off to me secret fire popper spot (hint it is in trot wood and buy some bangers!! i also have 6 shot guns and a few pistol shooters and people can bring they own guns and we can pop rounds off in the sky so long as we do not aim at people it is all legal!!!

    • Do you really want your tax money go to a 20-minute fireworks display? If this can be done by donations of businesses do people understand the businesses are hit up by other orgs for projects? Even the Heritage Day festival they are hit up for donations. But the festival is not funded by tax money. When the fireworks are going off the businesses are closed. No real advantage to increase business. How about the $10,000 going to better parks that can supply picnics and family activities. This is a better long-term solution. People need to look at the forts they are building around the yard so their neighbors will not know what they are doing. So do you really think a 20-minute fireworks display will solve the distrust people have for their neighbors?

  2. Are you kidding me? Please tell me you’re being satirical!! Resell drugs that drug dealers have mixed and put God knows what in them? And breed stray dogs??? Yeah, like there aren’t thousands of animals in shelters every, single day. Let’s create more. Shelters and rescues are over flowing because people won’t spay/neuter their pets. And in this disposable society, throw them away when they tire of them.

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