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by Sue Ann Rybak

Chestnut Hill’s 97th July 4th Celebration was held last Thursday at the Water Tower sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club.

This year’s events included a bike, wagon and float parade, pony rides, face painting, a moon bounce, and a petting zoo that included “Percy,” an 11-month-old baby camel, and “Little Bit,” a Coati Mundi.

No matter what your age, there was something for everyone.

John Cassidy, who is part comedian and part magician, performed a magic show that features a 6-foot red balloon that he climbs into to perform a card trick. Cassidy has performed at the White House and holds the Guinness World Record for balloon sculpting. Nine-year-old Owen Bols, of Oreland, didn’t stand a chance of beating him in a contest to see who could blow up the most balloons. He did teach Cassidy a few tricks of his own.

Members of Chapter 590, Vietnam Veterans of America, also showed up with a “Huey” helicopter at the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club, 118 East Hartwell Lane. For some it was a chance to see a piece of history, but for others it was a reminder of the many young men – like Charles Buckley – who died fighting in the Vietnam War.