North Penn Fire Company planning 125th anniversary celebration
The North Penn Volunteer Fire Company is planning to celebrate its 125th anniversary next year.
Four major events for 2013 are in the works, according to George Slater, a lifetime member of the company and a member of its 125th anniversary planning committee.
“It’s quite a milestone,” Slater said. “We want [people] to know we have been around here a long time and that they can depend on us.”
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He said the blazes, which occurred within the four previous days, nearly destroyed the borough’s business district.
The organization — which started with 20 members — incorporated and adopted its current name in late 1929 or early 1930, according to Slater.
Christine Hart, the vice president of North Wales Borough Council and a member of the company’s planning committee, asked for the municipality to support the festivities.
“I’m asking for borough support,” Hart said during an Aug. 14 public meeting. “We as a council and the community need to step up.”
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He said the committee — which has been meeting for a few months — has tentatively proposed hosting a family friendly block party, a 5K run, an antique fire truck/ apparatus show as well as hosting the annual Fifth District Water Battle.
The department has expressed a desire to hold one of these events quarterly in 2013, according to Hart.
The committee will have an idea of the cost of its proposals after its September meeting, according to Slater.
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“We’re looking at selling some standard items, like mugs, hats and T-shirts,” Slater said.
He welcomed contributions from the community.
“If somebody wants to donate money or time, I’m not prepared to turn them down,” Slater said. “I’d like the community to get behind us.”
For more information on the 125th anniversary celebration, visit www.northSHnnfiUH.FoP.
Lifetime member George Slater stands at the North Penn Volunteer Fire Company. The fire company will celebrate its 125th year in 2013.