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Colton readies for Thursday’s “River of Lights”

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COLTON - Residents surrounding Higley Flow will once again get a jump on the Independence Day celebration with a light display Thursday night.

The “River of Lights” event will take place at 9:30 p.m. Thursday surrounding Higley Flow.

“This tradition of lighting flares in preparation of our nation’s independence celebration continues,” the Higley Flow Association’s monthly newsletter reads. “What a wonderful way to show support and honor our servicemen - past and present.”

The event started approximately in 2000, according to association officials.

“I’m the one who got it started. It really is a good event and is very enlightening,” Jean Pethic said. “You put (the flares) in front of your house. Everybody light them at 9:30 and some people light them again at 10.”

Flares are sold for $2 each for association members and $2.50 for non-members.

Those interested in purchasing flares for Thursday night may call association member Sandy Snyder at 262-2433.

“The Higley Association sponsors the event but anyone surrounding the flow takes part in it. ... Some people go out in their boats and some stay on their land to do the lighting,” Ms. Snyder said. “I would dare say that the river is about 90 percent lit up each year. ... We encourage all to participate.”

The Higley Flow Association was formed in 1951 and currently has approximately 350 members.

“It is very unique and it also brings about a spirit around the whole river. It continues the next day with a small parade down at the river,” Ms. Snyder said.

“It’s really a beautiful thing to see on a nice, warm summer night. We do have good participation and there are other events that the Higley Flow Association puts together throughout the year as well,” association secretary Robin St. Andrews added.

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