To the Editor:
If you were one of the thousands of spectators at the recent July 4 celebration in Rolesville, you witnessed a spectacular fireworks show.
Hats off once again to Jenny Rowe and the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce volunteers for putting together another great evening of fun and festivities.
The fireworks are perhaps the best show in the area and once again the skies lit up Rolesville for about 20 minutes and certainly gave the thousands of event-goers a worth-while wait.
However, on a negative note, there are three things disturbing to me.
The first is the lack of people who gave a donation. Volunteers were standing at the ends of the entrances to the ball field parking lot, where the vendors were set up, asking for donations.
Yes, many people dropped some money in the donation buckets, but there were many others who dodged away from making a donation.
Fireworks are expensive and each individual should donate at least one dollar and a family perhaps $5. It should not even be a choice whether or not to make a donation.
There were also hundreds of people lined up along both sides of U.S. 401 and Rogers Road and even at the turn of Burlington Mills Road.
I would suggest volunteers walk around and ask for donations. The chamber could double, maybe even triple, their profit.
After giving a donation, an individual could be marked with a stamp so they would not be approached again.
Secondly, when I drove through Rolesville the next morning, I could not believe all of the trash along U.S. 401, left in business parking lots and on the grass and along the curbside.
In addition, I witnessed Jenny Rowe as the only one cleaning up the debris along the road. Parents of a local Boy Scout Troop cleaned up the main park area, but away from that, there was a lot of scattered trash.
Jenny even told me she disposed of a dirty diaper along the curb of the road leading from the Village of Rolesville. That is disgusting.
I don’t think trash cans were placed outside of the park. However, just leaving your trash made it an ugly scene the day after.
Two boys ended up helping Jenny pick up the left trash and my husband and I cleaned out the trashcans for her.
Where were the volunteers or some chamber members to lend Jenny a helping hand?
The July 4 celebration is run solely on sponsorships and donations. Let’s help the Rolesville chamber continue to put on a great fireworks show by giving a donation, cleaning up our trash and volunteering our time to help Jenny clean up.