Volunteer Fire Department news

Over the last three weeks the department has been very busy. They have responded to incidents (structure fires) in Montville, Searsmont and as far away as Monroe. These calls reflect the need for more trained firefighters in most every town. All three of these events were significant structure fires requiring a great deal of assistance from neighboring towns. It is all ways sad to see the destruction fire brings. But the Montville explosion and fire caused the deaths of three men. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

Firefighters Sara Kelemen, Tom Fish and Lee Pellechia are near completion of the Basic Fire School they have been attending. This is a 70-plus-hour school that will wrap up soon in May. Their completion, along with others in the county, will do much to improve their departments. Thank-yous are well due to these three and those from other towns for their commitment.

A reminder to keep those bottles and cans coming to the cage at the Fire Station. Currently the proceeds of this project  are going into the Ladies Auxiliary’s training room fund at the Fire Station. Please, no paper bags and tie the bags. Thank you. We will try to place reusable plastic bags at the cage for anyone to take if needed.

In our next article we will return to providing profiles of our firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary ladies. These are your neighbors who are giving of themselves by being active as firefighters or in other ways that improve our department and town.


Happy birthday to Trey Harford on May 10 and Heidie Hurd on May 16. Wishing you all a very happy birthday

Rose Dudley, hope you are feeling better each and every day. Think of you often and I know you have been very sick. My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend.

Hope you have an awesome and fun Mother’s Day. My son and daughter-in-law Justin and Kyra took my mom and me out to Texas Roadhouse on April 30 for Mother’s Day. What great food and such wonderful and special son and daughter-in-law I have! My great-nephew Drake went with us. We had so much fun and then went to Walmart. Thank you, Justin and Kyra for all the love you give Nana and me every day.

You all have a great week!

Quote of the week

At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got, but what we shared; not our competence, but our character; and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love. — Author Unknown