Fire heavily damaged a home on Green Ln., Little Britain Township, on Wednesday morning, January 29.
A neighbor saw smoke coming from the roof of the home at 50 Green Ln. called the alarm in shortly after 8:30 a.m.
The menu hasn't changed a lot since volunteers served their New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on January 1, 2001. That year, 571 meals were served; last year, the volunteers served 1,514 meals.
But members of the Robert Fulton Fire Company Auxiliary and the community face new challenges every year.
An accidental fire gutted a house in Little Britain Township Saturday afternoon, May 25, leaving a family of three homeless.
The blaze in the 100 block of Nottingham Rd. (Rt. 272) was ignited by a lawn mower that had been used recently, Robert Fulton Fire Chief Phil Smith said.
On Thursday morning, February 28, it took auctioneer Randy Ranck about an hour to sell 20 some loads of hay.
That's about typical, said a member of the Robert Fulton Fire Company's sale committee.
"Hay and straw are scarce because of the wet growing season, so we only had 20 loads," said a member of the fire company's sale committee. "This time of the year, we sometimes get as many as 40 loads."
Robert Fulton Fire Company volunteers went to neighboring Oxford on Saturday, February 2, and brought home a new engine.
New, that is, to them.
The local volunteers bought the 1993 Pierce Lance pumper from Oxford's Union Fire Company. It will replace two of Fulton's current engines, a 1991 and a 1995.
The company is making the change for several reasons, Fire Chief Phil Smith said.
Volunteers helping the Robert Fulton Fire Company's Auxiliary celebrate New Year's Day probably set a new record with their annual pork and sauerkraut dinner.
On January 1, 2019, fire company and auxiliary members assisted by members of neighboring fire companies and community volunteers, served 1,510 meals, said auxiliary president Pat Eller.
That's up from the 2018 number of 1,495 eat-in and takeout meals.
"The food was good and there were no problems," Eller said.
One tradition will celebrate its 19th year on January 1.
That's when the Ladies Auxiliary of the Robert Fulton Fire Company host their annual New Year's pork and sauerkraut dinner.
This year, New Year's Day falls on a Monday.
That should bring more people to the annual Robert Fulton Fire Company Auxiliary's annual pork and sauerkraut dinner.
"It was down last year because it fell on a Sunday," said auxiliary president Pat Eller. That meant members of the Amish community could not attend or volunteer, she said.
Members of Robert Fulton Fire Company's auxiliary have 216 gallons of homemade sauerkraut and more than 1,000 pounds of pork to feed the people who will attend the annual New Year's Day dinner.
On Saturday, March 26, auctioneers sold about 140 head at the Robert Fulton Fire Company horse sale.
This coming Saturday, bidders will be buying farm machinery, bushes and shrubs, hardware, sheds, antiques, and quilts.
Breakfasts have helped pay for the pumpers, rescue truck and tanker.
Banquets provided the money to retire the 20-year fire station mortgage in seven years.
Since January, 2009, the Robert Fulton Fire Company's auxiliary has donated more than $207,000 to the volunteer firefighters.
"Without them, we would be nowhere near where we are today," said fire company president Cliff Holloway. "Thanks to their work, we can provide the level of service we do."
For years, members of the Wakefield Lions Club have stored their equipment in borrowed sheds, barns, and garages across the Southern End.
"The Young family, Ray and Earl, allowed us to keep it on their properties for many years," club member Les Davis said.
Eventually, however, the Lions knew they would have to find another storage space.
Bart Township Fire Co.,
Sept. 1: 3:28 p.m., medical assist, White Oak Rd. at Georgetown Rd., Paradise Township; three volunteers were in service 15 minutes.
Sept. 2: 2:26 p.m., medical assist, Valley Rd., Bart Township; two volunteers were in service one hour and 37 minutes.
Sept. 3: 7:52 p.m., medical assist, Noble Rd., Bart Township; two volunteers were in service 13 minutes.