Submitted by Lisa Kilsdonk
The past few summers have provided the residents of Baker with more than enough “exciting” weather events. Nearly a year ago, on the evening of July 1, 2018, a microburst hit downtown Baker demolishing the Youth Center’s fireworks stand.
The Youth Center’s staff salvaged most of the fireworks, and finished out the fireworks season. The fireworks stand, however, was hauled to the dump. Since the proceeds from each year’s fireworks sales go towards sending local kids to camp each summer along with other youth-related projects, the Youth Center staff knew that replacing the stand was important, but it wouldn’t be cheap.
Time passed and school started with no fireworks stand solution. It was then that Alan Breitzman of Boomhower Construction approached the Youth Center’s director, Joe Epley. Breitzman not only offered his condolences regarding the damage done by the summer’s microburst, but also offered his skills which just happened to be in the field of construction.
“He told me that he wanted to do something nice for the youth that utilize the Youth Center,” Epley stated, “and when he was able to enlist other businesses to both build and donate a new fireworks stand in time for the 2019 season, I was overwhelmed by his generosity.”
The building was delivered to the parking lot of the Youth Center in early June 2019.
“The students and staff are so appreciative to all who worked together to make this possible,” Epley said.
The Youth Center staff and students would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to each of the following businesses who contributed to the fireworks stand project: Boomhower Construction, Choice Construction, Griffith Excavating, Wyrick Construction, B & B Septic, Griffith Steel, Baker Metal, Direct Electric, J & M Lumber, D & M Solutions and Mitchell’s Crane and Trucking.