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We are proud to announce that Bixler Pyrotechnics has been selected to do a show at the Pyrotechnic Guild International annual convention held in Butler, PA later this year. This is a great honor as only a few select companies are asked to do a main display. Pyrotechnic companies chosen for this honor are known for their excellent scripting, unique use of product and are considered to be among the most accomplished pyrotechnic companies in the region.

We will be vending t-shirts with our new logo on at Ashland's show.  Please stop by our stand and pick one up!  Prices will be $15 per shirt

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Girardville Parade to see our float.  We introduced our new logo!

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The following article appeared on the July 4, 2010 cover of the Pottsville Republician

Pink fireworks honor fallen Ringtown bicyclist

ASHLAND - The skies over the borough Saturday night were filled with bursts of red, white and pink.

The 15th annual Thunder Over Ashland, sponsored by American Hose Company No. 1, honored the memory of 19-year-old John Anczarski. The Ringtown bicyclist was struck by a car June 21 while pedaling cross-country to raise awareness for breast cancer and funding for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation. He died June 22 from injuries he suffered in the crash.

Anczarski's "Pink Pedal" teammates - Travis Brown, 20, Ty Bereskie, 20, and Nicholas Gober, 21, all of Ashland - were given the opportunity to set off a special fireworks display to honor their friend.

Blasts of pink and white streaks of light, which looked like ribbons, rocketed skyward during the tribute. Fireworks that looked like waterfalls followed.

"They almost look like tears," said Mike Bixler, owner of Bixler Pyrotechnics, Ashland, who ran the show.

About 1,000 people watched the display from inside Ashland Memorial Field, according to Ashland Mayor Dennis Kane.

"I thought it was tremendous," said Brown's father, Dave. "These were four good kids doing a good thing. It's sad it had to end the way it did."

Anczarski's family was also present - his parents, John and Joyce, and his two brothers, Jamie Alexander, 16, and Jayden Michael, 12, all of Ringtown.

"It's a nice tribute to John. I really, really miss him," Joyce Anczarski said.

Anczarski was struck by a vehicle about 1 p.m. Mountain time June 21 in New Laguna, N.M., on the Laguna Pueblo, an Indian reservation about 45 miles west of Albuquerque.

He died June 22 from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the University of New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

On Thursday, Anczarski was laid to rest in the German Protestant Cemetery, Mahanoy City.

At the fireworks event Saturday, friends from the area gathered to honor Anczarski and support The Pink Pedal in numerous ways.

A group of elementary school teachers from North Schuylkill, including Jamie Smith, Lavelle, and Jen Kraft, Frackville, set up a tent where they raised funds for "The John Anczarski Memorial Scholarship Fund" and The Pink Pedal.

They sold rubber ducks, pink glow necklaces, pink bead necklaces, pink glow bracelets and pink ribbon tattoos and used spray paint to add pink highlights to hairdos.

Smith said she and the teachers will also set up a stand in the parking lot of Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, on Thursday for the Frackville fireworks.

Kane plunked down a dollar for one of the group's pink ribbon tattoos.

Kane, who is also a deputy with the Schuylkill County Sheriff's Department, said when John Anczarski was a student at North Schuylkill Jr./Sr. High School, he was a six-year member of the Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania D.A.R.E. Program advisory board.

"I knew him well. John was a truly wonderful kid," Kane said.

The following newscast appeared on July 4, 2010, WNEP Newswatch 16 featuring Thunder Over Ashland


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The following article appeared on WBRE's website on July 3, 2010

Schuylkill County Holiday Event Honors Fallen Teen

ASHLAND, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY - Some people are celebrating more than just the 4th of July weekend in Schuylkill County.

They're also celebrating the life of a young man who's gone too soon. He was killed in a fundraising bike ride and on Saturday night -- many gathered to raise money in his name.

The sights and sounds are similar to other 4th of July celebrations at Memorial Stadium in Ashland -- with one special exception. People were also there this holiday to honor the life of 19-year old John Anczarski. The Ringtown teenager was killed last month when he was struck by a car in New Mexico during a cross-country fund-raising bike ride for breast cancer research. Three other members of the bike team "Pink Pedal" aborted the journey amid the tragedy.

"We've supported them in the past, we're supporting them now in their time of need and we'll continue to support them in the future in whatever way we can," said Jen Kraft. She's among the North Schuylkill School District staff on hand at the stadium to raise funds for two important causes -- Pink Pedal and higher learning. Both were so important to John.

"We're selling pink glow necklaces, pink beaded necklaces, pink ribbon tattoos and putting pink streaks in people's hair. And all of the money raised will go to the Pink Pedal boys so that they can finish their journey... and the John Anczarski Scholarship Fund," said Ms. Kraft.

Even people who didn't know John personally became involved in the fund-raiser. "He has brought the community together kind of like any other tragedy like 9/11," said Mike Bixler.

The owner of Bixler Pyrotechnics lined up a pink and white fireworks celebration to cap off the night. He, like so many, wanted to support a noble cause for a noble young man gone too soon. "Usually when something like that happens people just all pull together and they see what's important in life and Ringtown, Ashland... everybody has done that."

John Anczarski's fellow members of "Pink Pedal" were given the honor of pushing the button to set-off Saturday night's fireworks display to honor their fallen friend.


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