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Laurel Parties On Post Fourth of July

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Laurel's fireworks display Thursday apparently didn't dampen the town's partying mood.

"I can go all day, and all night!" proclaimed Lorretta McGartin, as she attended one of the two parties in town Friday evening. She went to "Rock The Block", which is the town's weekly summer party, in the town square.

"I love it. The music. I love the music. I love dancing," said McGartin. She, along with her friends, was dancing to 60s song "Twist n' Shout" in the Town Square. Dozens of other people were present to soak up the festivities.

"You can actually have kids around. So it makes it a lot easier for parents and families to come down, because they don't have to find babysitters," said Annie Seaman with the Laurel Jaycees organization. The Laurel Jaycees were hosting a fundraiser at Rock The Block for Relay for Life.

Just a couple of blocks east of the town square, Bryan Weis organized another street party.

"This is the fourth annual street party. It's a benefit for the Laurel Legion team, and the Police Reserves, the Fire Department," said Bryan. He said these organizations are among the town's most in need.

"Police reserves, they're an unfunded organization, so whatever donations they get, it's all they have," said Bryan.

The band on stage was playing "867-5309/Jenny", a song by Tommy Tutones that topped the charts in the early 1980s. The song has reached some notoriety in later years, as the eponymous phone number is disconnected in a majority of U.S. Area codes. In Montana, the number is disconnected.

Regardless of the music, people at both parties said it is important to at least show up and show support, so that the community can remain vibrant.

"You have to support the community, because if you don't support the community, the community dies," said Vicki Wilson, who was at the street party.

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