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High temperatures were the norm last week, seeming to impact early sales of fireworks for Riverbank non-profit groups looking to earn money to support their ongoing programs. Top photo, in the RHS Bruins Booster Club booth at the Galaxy Theatre complex, volunteers had stocked their booth with fireworks and were at the ready to sell, but customers were scarce, most likely due to the heat. At side, the Phantom Fireworks Booth in the Crossroads Shopping Center presented by the Central Valley Community Resources (CVCR) group led by CEO Darlene Barber Martinez, was busy selling the holiday fireworks to raise funds for a variety of community projects. With a slow start for holiday sales, most of the groups were hoping sales picked up as the actual July 4 holiday arrived.

News Photos By Ric McGinnis and Virginia Still