Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

Yes, I realize that using a hashtag as the headline for this week’s column is potentially annoying, but I can explain. You see, the Muscatine Center for Social Action, for the fifth year in a row, is operating a fireworks tent located in the Hy-Vee parking lot (2400 2nd Avenue, off Highway 61). This is the only fireworks tent or stand in the area that you can #PurchaseWithAPurpose.

You see, a portion of every sale is donated back to MCSA and their efforts here in Muscatine. This includes supporting their domestic violence shelter, a place that I care deeply about. This annual fundraiser has proven to be a great way to generate funds to ensure MCSA is able to remain a strong asset for the Muscatine community.

I also realize that there are folks that would consider themselves to be anti-fireworks and I totally respect that. You could always inquire about volunteering at the MCSA fireworks tent even if you’re personally not a fan of fireworks.

If anything, I should insert a disclaimer to encourage everyone that will use fireworks to be extremely safe but also smart about it. For instance, don’t light fireworks off in the middle of the street. I’d also recommend having a water source nearby to fully extinguish previously used fireworks. At our house, we tend to keep it low-key since our kids are still young. We’ll certainly go through a lot of sparklers!

My hope would be for those of us that will be purchasing fireworks over the next few weeks that you would consider doing so at the MCSA tent. A few weeks back, I was on the road to the Lake of the Ozarks to DJ a wedding, and I didn’t realize that as soon as you cross the Iowa-Missouri border there are a ton of fireworks stores. One, in particular, was a giant building, and I cannot even imagine how many fireworks were housed inside. Oh and let the record state that I did not purchase any fireworks while in Missouri because I’m going to #PurchaseWithAPurpose–see what I did there and brought it back to the hashtag!

Without jinxing it, this summer has been off to a pretty “normal” start, if I do say so myself. The Muscatine Aquatic Center is open, and my three kids couldn’t be happier to have it. We’ve also made frequent trips to Deep Lakes Park to the beach and water area. The only thing my kids don’t like there is when the, “baby fish bite” as they put it. We’ve also certainly enjoyed some hot days thus far, and I have to imagine my arch-nemesis, humidity, is right around the corner. I personally have been working on drinking more water to help combat that and I’m happy to report that 100 ounces seem to be the amount I need to stay hydrated.

Here’s to a great rest of the summer. It is hard to believe that we’re almost done with the month of June and headed towards July. Enjoy yourselves, and please stop by the MCSA Fireworks tent!

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