Dear Neighbors:
Plans are in the works for the 21th annual “Fourth of July” fireworks program.  Details are as follows:

When:        Saturday, July 6,  2002 @ 9:30 p.m.
Where:        South End of Billy Goat Island
Rain Date:    Sunday, July 7, 2002 (See note below)

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, the lake community continues to enjoy a great evening of fireworks and family fun.  Last year was a record year for contributions (see attached Financial Statement), as a result of your generosity we are able to put on a $18,500 show.
We again are asking for a $30 per family contribution, many of you are more generous than that and it really helps. My reserve fund is a little better (see financial statement). Approximately 1400 letters go out and approximately 600 families sent a contribution in 2001 (see contributors list enclosed).  Also, please send your email address if applicable, so we can begin a process where we can communicate without paper and stamps. Email to: Linda Mixon at  HYPERLINK mailto:lindamixon@cherokeemetals.com lindamixon@cherokeemetals.com

Pyrotecnico is again our show producer.  Because of the growth of the show and the large shells included please stay back at least 900 feet from the shooting site and out from under falling embers as this is an obvious fire hazard.

Rain Delay:  Our “rain policy” is as follows:  If it is raining at 9:30pm on Saturday “shoot night,” then we will delay the show 30 minutes and reevaluate our chances of shooting.  We will then and only then make the decision to shoot or postpone the show until Sunday night.  An announcement to postpone will come by bullhorn from the crew on the island after consulting with me. There is no reasonable way to contact all of you by phone.  Storms can blow through quickly.  If it is raining you will have to use your best judgement as to whether to come out so you can hear an announcement to postpone.  Let’s pray for perfect weather and not have to worry about rain!

We are still accident free for the past 20 years!  I would like to ask all of you to treat the lake as NO WAKE ZONE to and from the show.  Also, please make sure running lights, life preservers, and fire extinguishers are there and in good order – let’s be safe!

SPECIAL THANKS to Pat Thompson of Shoreline Construction Company for the use of his barge to transport the truckload of shells and equipment safe and dry to and from Billy Goat Island.  THANKS PAT!
ALSO, MY THANKS to Wildcat Volunteer Fire Department for helping with safety and logistics; Cynthia Whitney and Mason Whitney with Whitney Realty, The Mountain Patrol, and the Georgia Power Company for their much appreciated help with this event.

Best Wishes for a Great Summer!!!

Hal J. Rhoad
Make checks payable to: Lake Burton Fireworks.  Please use the enclosed self-addressed envelope with all contributions and mail by July 1st   ,2002 (in order to ensure proper listing on the contributor’s list). Also, please write on your check how you prefer your name to be listed on the contributor’s list.  If you have any questions, please contact Hal Rhoad or Linda Mixon at 770-449-1444, x207 and x254 respectively.  Our address is Lake Burton Fireworks c/o Cherokee Metals Company, 4648 South Old Peachtree Rd. Norcross, GA 30071. E Mail is