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Celebration, mourning at Jumpin’ Jack’s

Longtime worker dies in fire on eve of fireworks show

Fireworks at Jumpin' Jacks in Scotia on Friday, June 27, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Fireworks at Jumpin' Jacks in Scotia on Friday, June 27, 2014.
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In the middle of a village gathered in celebration, Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In workers mourned while celebrating one of their own. Jill Vanselow took Thursday night off from serving ice cream at Jumpin’ Jack’s because she wanted to be well rested for the Scotia drive-in’s annual pre-Fourth of July fireworks display on Friday. It’s the Scotia landmark’s biggest day of the year. In many ways, at least for the workers, it was one of the saddest. ...

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June 28, 2014
2:19 a.m.

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Thank you for folding the tribute given Ms. Vanselow by her Jumpin' Jack's colleagues into your coverage of the fireworks.

You can find more fireworks photos, taken from Cucumber Alley in the Stockade, at

June 29, 2014
5:40 p.m.

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My condolences to all at JJ's -
It would be nice to see a photo of Ms. Vanselow, I hope one will be posted.