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Happy birthday to U.S. on July 4

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

The 4th of July has come and gone. Brazil and Clay County residents are all the richer for celebrating the birthday of the United States of America.

A Carbon resident is $10,000 richer for winning the Rotary raffle. Tootie Rossock was present when Rotary President Sam Glover drew her name from the drum Monday night.

Tootie made her way to Rotary Headquarters at Forest Park while her daughters, Jessica and Jamee, squealed with delight.

Also present was one of her grandsons, Michael Hutcheson, who didn't seem to know what to make of it all.

Rossock has another grandson, Zackary Clinger, who was not present when his grandma's name was drawn.

Rossock's fiance, Kevin Nield, was by her side when she was congratulated by Brazil Rotarians.

Rossock doesn't know how she will spend the money, but is glad to be the winner. She is expected to receive a check for the $10,000 today.

Rossock bought the winning ticket on July 4. She did not say how many tickets she purchased.

The 2005 celebration began June 25 and was capped off by a stunning fireworks display with what was believed to be the greatest and longest grand finale in Brazil's history.

Mark Adamson and his crew spent all day Monday setting up the tubes and filling them with the shells that flew about 300 feet before exploding in the air.

The shells were fired from a field behind Forest Park Elementary School and north of the Forest Park Golf Course.

The fireworks were accompanied by music featuring the hits of 100 years of Rotary on WSDM-FM.

The show began early when radar showed a band of showers heading toward Brazil and rain was reported in Terre Haute.

If the show had not begun early and rain started to fall, the entire fireworks show would have been lost.

One of the highlights of every Fourth of July in Brazil is the patriotic concert presented by the Brazil Concert Band directed by Matt Huber.

This year, the Sunday night concert featured "The Star-Spangled Banner" in an arrangement by Jack Stamp followed by the overture "The Fourth of July" by John Cacavas.

From the pen of John Philip Sousa fans heard "The Liberty Bell," "Who's Who in Navy Blue," "Hail to the Spirit of Liberty" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Veterans of all wars were honored with "Armed Forces Salute" arranged by Lowden.

New to the Brazil Concert Band was "Star Spangled Salute," a medley of George M. Cohan classics, arranged by Barnes especially for the U.S. Army Field Band.

A traditional medley for band, "Columbia"" by Barnard and "Chicago" by Ebb/Ricketts with its "Cell Block Tango," "Roxie," "We Both Reached for the Gun" and "All That Jazz" was heard.

Also, the audience was treated to "God Bless America," "America," "The Chimes of Liberty" and "America, the Beautiful."

Proceeds from the 4th of July Celebration fund many causes supported by Rotary. Most of the money stays in the community.

America's birthday was, of course, a national celebration.

Millions of people gazed skyward from waterfront spots and rooftops throughout New York City for a Fourth of July fireworks show billed as the nation's largest.

The 30-minute display, sponsored by Macy's, featured 35,000 shells launched from several barges Monday night. In honor of the city's pending bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, the display included symbolic gold, silver and bronze waterfalls and red apples representing the Big Apple. New York will find out on Wednesday whether it will host the Olympics. The show also featured a tribute to U.S. armed forces.

"Absolutely fantastic," was how tourist Karen Price, 39, of Best, Holland, described the event.

This year marked the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and patriotic observances filled the day across the country.

In Philadelphia, singer Elton John smiled approvingly as a group of youngsters from the First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy sang a rendition of his song, "Philadelphia Freedom."

Later, John, joined by Patti LaBelle, Bryan Adams and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, performed before thousands crowding the Benjamin Franklin Parkway -- for the second time in three days. The concert was held in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the same place as Saturday's Live 8 concert.

The day held special meaning for 80 men, women and children from 36 countries who were sworn in Monday as citizens at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia.

"This is a great day for me to be an American citizen," said Darya Salih Askari, originally from Iraq. "This is a great country."

Far from loved ones, troops serving in Iraq marked the holiday as best they could. At Al Asad Air Base, Marine Cpl. Traben Pleasant, 24, of Long Beach, Calif., quaffed a nonalcoholic beer and thought of


"This is my third July Fourth in Iraq," Pleasant said. "I miss my family and friends. At home, I'd be barbecuing on the beach with my girlfriend."

In Boston, state police said an estimated 500,000 revelers dashed to the banks of the Charles River to get prime viewing spots for the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks show.

"It's nerve-racking until you get your tarp down," said Sarah Broughton, 31, of Somerville, Mass., who nailed down a front-row spot by getting in line at 10:30 p.m. Sunday to wait for the gates to open Monday morning.

Molly Sheedy, 55, and her husband had driven to Boston from Albany, N.Y., undaunted by this summer's high gasoline prices and expensive hotels.

"There's no better place to be," Sheedy said as she took in the city's historic sites dressed in flag-print apparel.

While the Fourth of July means picnics and family cookouts for many people, the tradition at New York's oceanside Coney Island is competitive gluttony.

For the fifth straight year, 144-pound Takeru Kobayashi won the Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating contest. Kobayashi, 27, of Nagano, Japan, gobbled 49 dogs in 12 minutes.

The runner-up was 105-pound Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., who set an American record by downing 37 hot dogs in the same 12 minutes. "My stomach doesn't hurt but my jaw is tired," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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