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      Oak Harbor needs funds for 4th of July fireworks show

      With fireworks costs continually on the rise and the current economic situation causing a decline in donations, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is now raising funds for its annual Independence Day Celebration.

      According to the chamber's executive director, the cost of fireworks has increased 5 percent each year. In order to keep the quality show that the community has come to expect, the chamber is selling patriotic stars for $1, $5 or $10 at local businesses during the month of June, which will be displayed at the business location.

      Purchasers can write their name on the star to show their support. All funds collected will go towards the 2013 fireworks show. In addition, anyone who purchases a $10 star will have their name entered into a drawing for VIP seating during the fireworks.

      On June 28, the chamber will draw five winners to receive four VIP seats each. Community members can also make direct donations to the chamber office at 161 W. Water Street, Oak Harbor, OH 43449. Any questions may be directed to (419)-898-0479.