Bucks for the bri­gade

Ochre Pit Cove group raises funds for North Shore Fire Depart­ment

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from Kingston to Job’s Cove are a lit­tle closer to get­ting some new equip­ment thanks to an evening of en­ter­tain­ment Aug. 26 at the Ochre Pit Cove Stu­dio.

More than a dozen per­form­ers stepped up to the mi­cro­phone at the former United Church to share their tal­ents and raise $3,000 dur­ing the third an­nual fundraiser for the North Shore Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

“ We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the work that has gone into this,” said Fire Chief Roger Gilling­ham. “It has been an amaz­ing night.”

Lisa Porter and Paul Pope or­ga­nized the event, which has be­come an Au­gust high­light on the North Shore.

“ The Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment is an ex­cep­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides an es­sen­tial ser­vice to a big area,” said Pope.

“ This was a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize this con­tri­bu­tion. Peo­ple were very gen­er­ous. They brought cakes and snacks and lots of things for prizes. We had framed art, books, crafts, gift cer­tifi­cates and all sorts of beau­ti­ful gifts.”

CBC’s On The Go host Ted Blades hosted the evening, led by the fire­fight­ers’ own mu­si­cal duo, Roger Pike and Paul Fa­hey, who were later joined by Gilling­ham.

The youngest per­form­ers were soloists Dustin John­son and Kenny Noo­nan.

Broad Cove res­i­dent and town coun­cil­lor Wanda Crocker played some fid­dle tunes with Peg Nor­man on the bodhran.

Crocker said she was par­tic­u­larly happy to come out and sup­port the depart­ment, hav­ing had her own brush with catas­tro­phe ear­lier this year.

“I got a call at four in the morn­ing that a house I own was on fire. I couldn’t be­lieve how fast they came and how ef­fi­ciently they put out the fire with­out de­stroy­ing the whole house. They are the best.”

Brent and Lisa Clark of Fresh­wa­ter sang some Gospel songs.

“ It seems ap­pro­pri­ate,” said Clark, “to be singing Gospel in this build­ing.”

Wildlife bi­ol­o­gist Holly Ho­gan sang, ac­com­pa­nied by her hus­band, writer Michael Crum­mey. Last year, Ho­gan said she was weather-bound on Bac­calieu Is­land, where she stud­ies seabirds.

“I got back just in time,” she said. “I wouldn’t miss it.”

Film­maker and Ochre Pit Cove sum­mer res­i­dent John W. Doyle ( Re­gard­ing Our Fa­ther) did a recita­tion from the reper­toire of his late fa­ther, well-known New­found­land busi­ness­man and folk song col­lec­tor Ger­ald S. Doyle.

Other per­form­ers in­cluded Tommy Oliver, Rus­sell Wanger­sky and Charis Cot­ter and Sue Rose..

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