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Tribes Hill Fire Department celebrates 100 years of community

Monday, June 16, 2014 - Updated: 10:25 AM

By CASEY CROUCHER

casey.croucher@recordernews.com

TRIBES HILL -- The small hamlet brought in nearly 800 people Saturday for the volunteer fire department's 100th anniversary celebration.

"This is a celebration for the community, not just us," Chief Glenn Newkirk said.

Despite the cool, windy weather, and Friday night's flooding, volunteer firefighters set up the venue at the Mohawk Drive department headquarters.

"We were out dealing with the floods [Friday] until about 9:30 at night," Newkirk said, "then we came back here this morning to get everything else set up."

Newkirk said the celebration was a way to get people who don't work in the fire department to appreciate where they live, and to "just have a good time."

Firefighter Don Kruger said he appreciated the sense of community the event brought to the hamlet.

"It's nice that we can manage to do this," Kruger said. "I've been here half my life, and it's nice to have more community than other places around us."

Fire Captain Wesley Jones said he liked the nostalgic feeling the celebration brought him.

"When I was young and growing up there were so many community-wide celebrations," Jones said. "Today feels like that; everyone's getting together, hanging out, talking, it's nice. We need more of this. We're celebrating 100 years of community today."

Residents enjoyed the celebration as much as the firefighters.

Sydney Jones, daughter of the fire captain, and Abigail Douglas said they were having a fun time despite the cool temperatures. The friends decided they would set up their own booth Saturday and charge people for glitter tattoos to help fund money for their family friend, Judy Licciardo, who's suffering from stage 4 salivary gland cancer.

"My dad works at the fire house, so we wanted to come here today to celebrate the fire department, but we also wanted to do something for [Licciardo] as well," Sydney said.

The celebration included several vendors, food, bands, games, bounce houses for children and concluded with free ice cream sundaes and fireworks.

     

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