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Craley Community Celebration To Support Fire Company July 11, 2018

On Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, the Craley Community Fire Company, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Wrightsville, will host the Craley Community Celebration featuring a book sale, a chicken barbecue and other food, children's activities, and a craft and yard sale. The public is invited to attend.

Thousands of used books will be available to purchase at the book sale, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 20 inside the fire hall and will reopen at 8 a.m. on July 21 and continue throughout the day. Organizer Robert Kline noted that the book sale will replace the one normally held at Craley Days, which historically took place in August. Craley Days is being replaced this year with the community celebration.

Donations of quality used books are still being accepted and may be dropped off in front of the fire hall. Additionally, individuals interested in renting a space for the craft or yard sale for a set fee may contact Kline at 717-891-2303.

Subs and pretzel sandwiches will be available to purchase on July 20. A bake sale will take place on July 21, with the chicken barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until sold out. Additional food available on July 21 will include breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, soft pretzels, homemade ice cream, and more.

Children may enjoy playing in a bounce house and watching presentations by Marty's Miraculous Flea Circus, a children's act with fleas performing circus-inspired tricks.

All proceeds from the two-day celebration will support the Craley Community Fire Company. "I think people don't always understand how fortunate they are to have a volunteer fire company, and the best thing you can do is to support them," remarked member Betsy Shaw.

Craley Community Fire Company, a 100-percent volunteer fire company located in Lower Windsor Township, has been serving the local area since 1914. Individuals with questions about the community celebration may contact Kline at 717-891-2303 or


Lions Club Presents Donations July 5, 2018


Giving Back To The Community July 3, 2018

LCFCA Seeks Volunteers With Recruitment Campaign

Jared Artus began volunteering as a junior firefighter simply because he had always loved helping people - and he loved fire trucks, too. He is now the deputy fire chief at Fivepointville Fire Company and has 24 years - and counting - of experience as a volunteer firefighter. "You have a great opportunity to make a huge difference in someone's life, especially since 99 percent of the people are in their worst nightmare when you get there," Artus said.

While Fivepointville has a decent amount of volunteers, Artus said that like many other fire companies, its numbers have slowly dwindled. Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association (LCFCA) Recruitment and Retention Committee spokesman Duane Hagelgans said that while some stations do very well, most are struggling to have and maintain enough members to provide adequate service. "Some municipalities are seeing a need and must pay for firefighters; (however), there are many municipalities in Lancaster County that can survive and provide adequate protection with volunteers, if we have enough members of our communities willing to make the sacrifice to help their neighbors," Hagelgans stated.

Earlier this year, several Lancaster County volunteer firefighters and rescuers shared their experiences in on-camera interviews for videos as part of an ongoing countywide recruitment effort led by the LCFCA to draw in volunteers for the county's 67 volunteer fire companies and search-and-rescue squads. The videos may be viewed by searching for "Lancaster County Volunteer Recruitment" at

Hagelgans said that the LCFCA has seen an uptick in volunteer inquiries since the videos were released but is still well below the number of volunteers needed. The campaign has also included advertisements on the internet and television and at movie theaters, with radio ads coming soon.

"If we can find people to give a little, we can all work together for the safety of our communities," said Hagelgans, adding that individuals should not feel like they are signing up for a lifetime commitment either - just a few years will make a difference. Plus, Hagelgans emphasized that not all volunteers run into burning buildings. Willing individuals are needed to help with administrative functions, to serve as fire police to direct traffic, and to assist with exterior firefighting work. No special skillset is required, as training will be provided.

For Lisa Breneman, who volunteers with Fire Department Mount Joy, it was seeing her father volunteer that sparked an interest in her. "Initially, I had approached it to just become a driver only and help them get out during daytime calls," explained Breneman. That soon grew into an interest to do more than drive, as Breneman said she wanted to learn how to run in and assist those who were injured, and help extinguish the fires. That interest eventually led into a career for Breneman, who now works full-time as a fire investigator while continuing to volunteer locally.

"It's rewarding to help people in the community, to see that sense of relief in their eyes when you arrive on the scene, and try to calm the situation at hand," shared Breneman. Providing fire prevention training at schools and watching the children's excitement is another part of volunteering that Breneman loves.

"You feel a sense of purpose when helping to serve the community, and I'd love to see more young people volunteer," Breneman said. Most fire companies offer junior membership opportunities for students age 16 and older.

Artus and Breneman both praised the camaraderie at their respective fire stations. "The fire service is a camaraderie and a brother and sisterhood," Hagelgans remarked. "We are a family, and we will be your family."

To learn more or sign up to volunteer, readers may visit


In Celebration Of Tomatoes June 27, 2018

Annual Festival To Take Place In Washington Boro

A tradition spanning six decades will continue when the Washington Boro Tomato Festival takes place on Saturdays, July 14 and 21. The event will be held at the Washington Boro Park, which is located at the intersection of Penn Street (Route 999) and Water Street (Route 441). On both nights, food will be available beginning at 4 p.m., and the fun will run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Country band Borderline will perform on July 14, and Stu Huggens and the Black Hats will play at the festival on July 21. Event co-chair Dick Schock noted that the latter band's repertoire contains a mix of country, oldies, and a little bit of everything else. He expressed the hope that the variety of music would appeal to a broader segment of the population. Schock continues to be on the lookout for quality bands that fit within the event's budget.

"I would love to get a bluegrass group in here," he remarked.

Affordability is important, as the Tomato Festival is the only fundraiser held by the support group of Blue Rock Fire Rescue. While the fire department is funded by Manor Township and Millersville borough, the support group occasionally assists with purchasing additional equipment, and it hosts an annual banquet for volunteers. Recently, the support group provided money for the acquisition of a new squad vehicle that transports volunteers and water rescue gear and pulls a trailer with a boat when the watercraft is needed.

At the festival, the support group will profit from games and the sale of food. Games will include a dime pitch and stands where competitors may win candy, cakes, fruit baskets, and goldfish.

"The kids like that," support group vice president Brenda Miller said of the goldfish stand. She did not indicate whether parents like it.

The food options will include hot dogs and sauerkraut, burgers, beef barbecue, sausage sandwiches, and soft-serve ice cream. Chicken corn soup will be available for takeout as well as for eating at the event. Customers may bring their own containers if they wish. A vendor will sell fries and funnel cakes.

The tomato sandwiches and BLTs made with locally grown produce are the highlight of the festival.

"People wait in line (for a long time); it's amazing," Miller commented. "They do that because they look forward to it."

Folks may purchase locally grown tomatoes and fruit from stands at the festival. Event T-shirts will also be for sale.

The festival will offer opportunities to win a 55-inch television, a kayak, an electronic tablet, and 10 $100 prizes. Folks may enter the drawings on both nights, and the winners will be selected in a drawing on July 21. Winners do not need to be present for the drawing.

The support group welcomes volunteers to help with facilitating the festival. It will take approximately 150 people to set up, run, and tear down the event. Anyone who is interested in volunteering may call Schock at 717-951-6411 or festival co-chair Carl Miller at 717-684-4184.

Additionally, folks are invited to join Blue Rock Fire Rescue. Volunteers are needed to serve in administration, as fire police, with fire fighting, or in special operations: water rescue, brush fires, and collapse team. Interested individuals are welcome to attend a monthly meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Station 5, 26 E. Charlotte St., Millersville, or they may download applications at


Fire Company Sets Breakfast June 27, 2018

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, located at 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, July 8, from 8 to 11 a.m. Separate fees have been set for adults and for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 may eat for free.

Breakfast will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, and biscuits. Available beverages will be coffee, tea, milk, orange juice/drink, and chocolate milk.

The event will support the fire company.


Fire Company Plans Book Sale June 26, 2018

Craley Community Fire Company, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley, will accept books to be sold at its book sale on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21. Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, July 10. A yard and craft sale will also take place on July 21.

Gently used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs can be dropped off at the fire hall or by calling Hollie at 717-246-8735, Bob at 717-244-5237, or Sara at 717-858-3593. No magazines or encyclopedias will be accepted.

Inside and outside spaces are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Readers may call Bob at the previously mentioned number to rent a space. Proceeds will benefit the fire company.


Fire Company To Hold Sale June 20, 2018

Craley Community Fire Company will hold a book sale on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, and a yard and craft sale on July 21.

Donations of gently used books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs to be sold at the book sale will be accepted at the Craley Fire Hall, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley, through Tuesday, July 10. Magazines and encyclopedias will not be accepted. Proceeds of the book sale will benefit the fire company. For more information, readers may call Hollie at 717-246-8735, Bob at 717-244-5237, or Sara at 717-858-3593.

Indoor and outdoor spaces for the yard and craft sale are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available by calling 717-244-5237.


Vendors Sought For Craft Show June 19, 2018

Garden Spot Fire and Rescue will hold a craft show at the station, 339 E. Main St., New Holland, on Saturday, Nov. 3. Vendors are needed.

To reserve a space, call Lynn at 717-355-0161.


Refton Fire Company Sets Auction June 14, 2018

Refton Fire Company, 99 Church St., Refton, will hold its 22nd annual Fire Company Auction on Friday, June 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as on Saturday, June 23, starting at 8 a.m.

Featured on both days will be flowers, crafts, and boxed lots. The selection on June 23 will also include tools, farm equipment, antiques, and furniture. Homemade food and ice cream will also be for sale on June 23.

All profits from the sale will support the fire company by assisting with monthly bills, utilities, equipment, and more. For more information, readers may visit the fire company's Facebook page.


Church Honors Police, Fire Departments June 7, 2018


Mastersonville Fire Company Plans Fundraiser June 7, 2018

The Mastersonville Fire Company is tentatively set to move into its new building at 2121 Meadow View Road, Manheim, at the end of June, according to president Matt Shenk. Construction for the project began on May 6, 2017, and although weather caused a few setbacks to the original timeline for the project, Matt said the process has otherwise gone smoothly.

"Our need to build was desperate. We really outgrew the last station," stated volunteer firefighter Lori Shenk. The new 12,586-square-foot building will feature six bays, office and storage space, energy-saving lighting, and an underground water cistern. "For the first time we'll be able to get all of our equipment under one roof," noted Matt.

An open house for the public will likely take place in the fall once the builder has completed a few more minor things inside, Matt said. Details will be announced at that time.

The former location at 2166 Meadow View Road, Manheim, will be sold at public auction on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. The firehouse - which is on a 1.33-acre parcel of land - will be auctioned off first, followed by kitchen equipment and miscellaneous fire station supplies.

Community support for the entire endeavor has been generous, and Lori said that the fire company is extremely grateful for that. Mastersonville Fire Company is 100 percent volunteer and primarily serves 23 square miles in Rapho and Mount Joy townships. Total membership is at approximately 100, with around 25 active members.

When the Mastersonville Fire Company held a fundraiser at Mount Hope Estate& Winery for the first time, around 500 people attended. "Everybody that came said that they enjoyed it. We didn't get any negative feedback, so we decided to do it again this year," said Lori.

The community is invited to attend the second annual fundraiser for the Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Company from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in the Barn & Barrel area on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim. Admission is free for the family-friendly event, which will feature live music, children's games, giveaways and door prizes, food, a beverage release, and more.

Steel drum player and vocalist Raymond Charles, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, will perform live music.

A variety of beverages and food, including fried chicken and southern side dishes, will be available to purchase. Proceeds from food sales will benefit the fire company.

Children can meet Captain Rude the Pirate, take a look at fire apparatus and equipment, and learn about fire prevention and safety. Treasure maps will be given out to children to complete pirate-themed activities at eight "Ports of Call" before turning in the completed map to receive a prize. "There's not a lot of structure to it so it fits all different ages," noted organizer and volunteer firefighter Shana Montgomery.

Adults may buy tickets for a "Pick of the Bounty" drawing that will feature the following prizes: a handcrafted cutlass forged from 3120 carbon steel, a sterling silver necklace with tri-colored Baltic amber, a long straight-backed blade with scalloped edge and short knuckle guard forged of 4130 carbon steel, and $200 cash.

Additionally, door prize tickets will be drawn every hour beginning at noon, and a themed basket giveaway will begin at 3 p.m.

To cap off the day, an epic water balloon toss will take place - weather permitting - for anyone who would like to participate.

For more details, readers may visit or


Recruitment Campaign Launched June 6, 2018

The Western Chester County Fire Chiefs recently hosted a Day in the Life of a Firefighter training session at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus. The training session event allows volunteer first responders to practice the life-saving skills they will need during a real emergency in a safe, controlled environment. Real-life emergency scenarios, including vehicle rescues, brush fires, building fire and chemical fires, were all caught on camera.

In between emergency calls, volunteers provided testimonials about their experience, which, when set against the dramatic footage captured from the day, helps show the many different and important ways volunteers can help. The testimonial and training footage was combined to create two commercials showcasing the work of volunteer firefighters and emergency responders. The 30-second commercials are set to run in Chester County movie theaters before the start of a film and on as part of the Help Fight Fire volunteer recruitment effort.

The first commercial, titled "Adrenaline," talks about the exciting aspects of being a firefighter. From the rush of staring down flames inside the hallway of a burning building to saving lives and the camaraderie gained from learning and working with a tight-knit crew of other volunteers, the video captures how the important life-saving work of fighting fires can be fun and rewarding.

The second commercial, "Other Ways to Help," shows the other ways volunteers can get involved at their local station besides running into burning buildings, ranging from marketing and advertising to fundraising, fire police and other administrative responsibilities.

Each commercial calls on community members to visit to learn more about the available opportunities. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is encouraged to fill out an inquiry form on the website that will lead to a call from their local fire station. There is no obligation to join, but prospective volunteers will be invited to visit their station and learn how they can help.

The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association oversees 55 volunteer fire departments and companies throughout Chester County. For more information about the Help Fight Fire volunteer recruitment effort, readers may visit


Twin Valley Fire Department Holds "Fire And Smoke" Fundrasier June 6, 2018

Members of the Twin Valley Fire Department (TVFD) recently hosted the second annual Twin Valley Fire and Smoke barbecue competition fundraiser at Friendship Park in Morgantown. The two-day event included a chicken wing cook-off challenge and a barbecue competition, which was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS).

The wing cooking challenge was held on May 18 and was judged by the public. As part of the event, local firefighters, emergency medical service (EMS) workers and police officers prepared their special wing recipes. The wings were served by members of the TVFD.

Twelve teams participated in the competition. "Each (attendee) that purchased wings received a ticket to vote for their favorite wing flavor. They had a chance to sample one of each flavor of the 12 assorted wings that were offered," explained Lori Hornberger, who served on the Twin Valley Fire and Smoke committee along with her husband, Tom, and Bo Gebhardt and Michael Wilson. "The Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS team had the highest vote by the public and was awarded a smoker grill and a trophy."

On May 19, the barbecue competition was held. It was judged by representatives from KCBS, a professional barbecue competition organization. KCBS sanctions approximately 300 barbecue contests across the United States each year.

According to Hornberger, KCBS has developed a set of rules and regulations that govern all official competitions, and judges are required to take a class to become certified.

Prior to judging the Twin Valley contest, which took place in a tent to secure anonymity, the KCBS representatives took an oath to judge the contest fairly. "They have a blind judging process at the events, so none of the judges knows whose samples they are tasting," Hornberger explained. "They receive samples of each type of meat to judge. The criteria are appearance, tenderness and taste. The samples are graded on an official scorecard."

This year's grand champion was Piggin' Whiskey from Flourtown, a professional KCBS competition barbecue team that competes on the East Coast barbecue circuit.

The Kansas City Barbecue Society competitions are characterized by their use of different types of meats, including pork, chicken and beef. Small chips of wood, usually fruitwood or hardwood, are used to infuse smoke flavor to the barbecued meats. "Each team uses different types of wood - sometimes one for each meat. Sometimes they soak the wood in water before using it," said Hornberger. "Some competitors use dry rub - a mixture of spices added to the meats to improve flavor - and many other chefs' secrets for their specialty recipes."

Twin Valley Fire and Smoke also included a backyard competition for amateurs in two categories - chicken and pork ribs. The backyard grand champion was Harco Loco BBQ from Bel Air, Md. The grand champion automatically wins a spot in the professional competition the following year.

"Twin Valley Fire and Smoke had 53 KCBS competitors and six backyard teams that competed," Hornberger reported.

In addition to the competitions, members of the community attended the event to dine on a variety of food items provided by competing teams and others, including pork barbecue and chicken, ribs and brisket. There was also a seafood truck that served a Cajun-style menu.

"We hope to continue the annual KCBS competition, wing challenge and backyard competition for 2019," Hornberger added.

For more information about the event and a complete list of winners, readers may visit


LaBare Receives Scholarship June 6, 2018

Longwood Fire Company has presented its $1,000 Jim McGovern Scholarship award to Torianna LaBare.

To qualify for the scholarship a student must be a Kennett High School senior in good standing. The student must have attended Kennett for at least two years and be a Pennsylvania resident. The winner must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have shown excellence in science or mathematics. An essay of no more than 700 words is required, along with two letters of recommendation.

Longwood gives the award to honor Jim McGovern, a fallen firefighter who represented dedication, friendship, and community service and had a strong understanding of math and the sciences.

LaBare, who is a student at Kennett High School and Technical College High School at Pennock's Bridge, was also recognized as part of WPVI 6 ABC's 2018 Best of the Class.

LaBare plans to attend Delaware Valley University to pursue a four-year, pre-professional degree in animal science with the eventual goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian.

For additional informationa bout Longwood Fire Company, readers may visit


Fire Rescue To Host Car Cruise May 31, 2018

The Garden Spot Fire Rescue will host its 16th annual Car Cruise on the grounds of Garden Spot High School, 669 E. Main St., New Holland, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. The cruise will feature events such as a model car contest, a pizza eating contest, and a muffler rap. The event features a grand prize of either $1,000 off a new car or truck or $500 cash. Trophies will be awarded. Drag races designed for children will be a new activity at this year's event.

There is a participation fee, and door prizes will be given out. For more information, readers may call 717-940-8672.


Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser Posted May 31, 2018

Craley Community Fire Company and East Prospect Lions Club will hold a chicken barbecue fundraiser at the Craley Fire Hall, 73 New Bridgeville Road, Craley, on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 11 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

The cost of a meal will include a half-chicken, a baked potato, applesauce, and a roll. Meals will be available for carryout. However, individuals interested in free delivery within the Lower Windsor Township area may call Don Fake at 717-244-9245 during the week leading up to the event, or they may call the fire hall at 717-244-1999 on the day of the event.

Proceeds will benefit the fire company and the Lions Club.


Fire Company Plans Breakfast May 30, 2018

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, which is located at 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, June 10, from 8 to 11 a.m. Separate fees have been set for adults and for children ages 2 to 12. Children under age 2 may eat for free.

Breakfast will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, and biscuits. Available beverages will be coffee, tea, milk, orange juice/drink, and chocolate milk.

The event will support the fire company.


First Responder Scholarship News May 30, 2018

Scholarship grant applications are currently available from the White Rose Fire Preservation of York for any student taking public safety classes toward a degree or certification in an emergency response field. The applicant must be a first responder either living in York County or working for a York County emergency service. Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded on Friday, Aug. 17, to two first responders.

Both paid and volunteer firefighters working on a degree in fire science, an Arson Detection Certificate, or attending a special seminar are eligible to apply. The course may be at a local community college or an online special course with an accredited organization. Emergency medical technicians can apply for continuing education courses or paramedic certifications.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, July 6. For more information and an application form, readers may contact Chief Glen Jansen at or visit


Girl Scouts Visit Fire Station May 22, 2018


Fire Company To Host Breakfast Buffet May 21, 2018

The Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, June 3, from 7 to 11 a.m.

For more information, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit

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