Warren council defuses holiday firearms controversy

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holidayfest-fedblues-richThe Warren Town Council disarmed a holiday controversy Tuesday night, when they voted 4-0 to allow the Federal Blues militia to continue firing their muskets during the Warren Holiday Festival, which this year starts Friday night.

Councilor Joseph DePasquale could not attend. But the other councilors agreed to let the Blues fire their weapons “as they deem appropriate,” council president Chris Stanley said.

The move comes in response to concerns from some parents that the Blues’ long tradition of firing during the festival was scaring their young children. Among those who brought the issue forward was Jen Lial, the spouse of councilor Scott Lial.

Holiday festival organizer Marilyn Mathison said before Tuesday’s meeting that she has spoken to Federal Blues members in past years about their firing, and came to an agreement with them last year that they would only fire their weapons a few times — on Main and Water Street during the march, but not at the Warren Town Hall portico.

The Federal Blues’ Ed Hebert did not return a telephone call on the issue left earlier this week.

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