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Independence Day Activities Are Planned In Area Communities

Waterville gets a jump start on Wednesday evening with entertainment and concessions. Fireworks are scheduled for dusk at Lipton ball field.

Marysville starts the fourth with a family fun run/walk/ride on the Blue River Rail Trail beginning at 9.  Pre-register at Marysville Health and Fitness, with on-site registration also available. The city will offer free swimming at the pool. Historic reenactor Nolan Sump will relive a German immigrant’s life, and Paul Kessinger will sing Thursday at 3:30 at the Koester House. Kansas singer/songwriter Ann Zimmerman will entertain at 5:30 at the Koester Block Park, and the chamber will serve homemade pie and ice cream.  Fireworks are planned at 9:45 at Lakeview Sports Complex.

Coed sand volleyball is planned in Washington Thursday, hosted by the Washington County High cheerleaders at 9, Knights of Columbus will host a free fishing contest at the city dam from 9-11, plus free swimming at the city pool 1-5. Washington Chamber of Commerce will offer concessions, and host a raffle, presenting fireworks at the ball diamond north of the rodeo arena Thursday evening around 10.

Centralia kicks off the fourth with a 5k run/walk at 8 am, free swimming at the city pool at 1, games in the park from 3-6, a parade at 7 with the theme flags, freedom and fireworks. Fireworks will be featured at Centralia Lake at dusk.

Blue rapids firemen will host a barbecue Thursday beginning at 5 at the Community Center, a duck race begins at 8, with fireworks at dusk at the Marshall County Fairgrounds.

Washington residents can discharge and purchase fireworks inside city limits through July 5th. New regulations enacted last October allow fireworks, which had previously been banned within city limits.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.