China candidates announced

by Mary Grow

As of Sept. 12, China Town Clerk Rebecca Hapgood reported there was at least one potential candidate for every position on China’s Nov. 8 local election ballot, with possible contests for at least two positions. For three seats on the board of selectmen, seven people are circulating nomination petitions: Albert Althenn, Wayne Chadwick, James Dow, Raymond Robert and incumbents Joann Austin, Neil Farrington and Robert MacFarland. Chadwick had already returned his signed papers, Hapgood said. There are two people seeking signatures to run for the at-large planning board position, Ralph Howe and incumbent Frank Soares.

Also seeking re-election, without opposition so far, are District 2 planning board member Toni Wall; District 4 planning board member Thomas Miragliuolo; District 2 budget committee member Thomas Rumpf; and District 4 budget committee member Timothy Basham. Linda Howe is circulating papers for the position of budget committee secretary (now held by Althenn) and Valerie Baker for the at-large budget committee seat (now held by Jonathan Vogel).

Dawn Castner seeks nomination to the Regional School Unit #18 board of directors, succeeding Robert Bennett, who has declined to serve again.

For candidates’ names to appear on the Nov. 8 local ballot, signed papers must be returned to the town office by 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Committee-related issues top selectmen’s agenda

by Mary Grow

China selectmen spent most of their Sept. 6 meeting on two committee-related topics, advice on transfer station affairs from the transfer station committee and a broader discussion of overlapping membership between the board of selectmen and town committees.

The latter topic generated heated argument between board Chairman Robert MacFarland and

Selectmen Joann Austin and Irene Belanger. MacFarland took the position that a selectman who serves on a committee should not vote in committee on monetary issues that will be presented to selectmen for their vote. Austin and Belanger saw no problem, as long as no personal benefit was involved.

The Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Committee, on which Austin and Belanger serve, has already recommended that selectmen endorse a $50,000 grant for China Four Seasons Club trail repairs and is likely to recommend future expenditures. Final decisions on TIF spending are made by China voters; the $50,000 request is among a long list that might appear on a November 8 local ballot (see below).

MacFarland said having two selectmen already on record biases the selectboard vote, a situation he considers unethical.

Ronald Breton sided with MacFarland, saying that as a matter of principle he believes selectmen should not serve on committees that report to the selectboard. Breton is a member of no town committee; he does serve on the Regional School Unit #18 subcommittee reviewing the district funding formula, a subcommittee that reports to the RSU #18 board.
Neil Farrington could see both sides of the question. However, he pointed out, the selectmen appoint the town committees, so the time to object to committee nominees was in June when appointments were renewed for the new fiscal year.

In response to a suggestion that the Maine Municipal Association be consulted, Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said he did seek MMA advice after MacFarland requested the agenda item. MMA Director of Legal Services Susan Pilgrim replied that as long as the committees and the selectboard act in advisory capacities and voters make final decisions, there is no conflict or problem. MacFarland’s motion to prohibit selectmen from voting on monetary issues in town committees subordinate to the selectboard was then defeated with only MacFarland and Breton in favor.

MacFarland presented another, unrelated idea at the Aug. 22 selectmen’s meeting: to exempt local haulers bringing in household waste from the transfer station fee charged other commercial haulers. The suggestion was referred to the transfer station committee, which recommended against it with only Belanger opposed.

Belanger has long argued that since householders who use the haulers already support the transfer station with their taxes, charging the haulers a fee is double taxation. She said the other transfer station committee members had no specific reason for their refusal to support the change; they saw no reason to implement it.

After a discussion of ways to increase recycling among residents who use commercial haulers, MacFarland suggested scheduling a workshop with transfer station committee members and Palermo representatives (because beginning in January Palermo residents will use China’s transfer station). No action is likely until after the Nov. 8 local elections.

Transfer station committee member Linda O’Connor asked selectmen to act on a recommended change in the days the transfer station is open. Currently, the facility is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; so whenever it is closed for a

Monday holiday, residents have to wait from Saturday to Wednesday to dispose of trash.
However, there was disagreement over whether the recommended days were Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday or Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Selectmen postponed action until they get a definite answer from the committee, which was scheduled to meet Tuesday morning, Sept. 13.

In response to an earlier query from the selectmen, L’Heureux said Codes Officer Paul Mitnik said relocating and enlarging the free-for-the-taking building, aka the swap shop building, at the transfer station would not exceed allowable phosphorus run-off.

The manager announced two other trash-related issues, the annual household hazardous waste disposal day in Winslow Saturday, Oct. 15, and a drug take-back day at the China transfer station Saturday, Oct. 22. Selectmen unanimously authorized participation in the Winslow event, with a cap of $2,000 to cover charges for China waste. Pre-registration is required; more information will be available on the town web site. L’Heureux added potential Nov. 8 ballot questions to the list he presented Aug. 22 (see the Aug. 25 issue of The Town Line, p. 7). Possible issues include:

• A recommendation for – tentatively – up to $3,800 from TIF funds for a townwide needs assessment, focused on senior citizens, as a follow-up to the recently completed demographic survey.
• Conveying the former portable classroom the town just bought from RSU 18 to the South China Library Association, if the association wants it, probably at the town’s cost.
• Appropriating $100,000 from surplus to the capital reserve account.
Again, discussion was postponed.

The Sept. 6 selectmen’s meeting was preceded by an unattended public hearing on amendments to the appendices to the town’s General Assistance Ordinance. During the meeting, selectmen unanimously approved the changes.
The next regular China selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, Sept. 19.

Vassalboro’s Charlotte Eastman presented with Boston Post Cane

by Jan Clowes, Vassalboro Historical Society President

On Sunday, September 11, the Vassalboro Historical Society resurrected the tradition of presenting the Boston Post Cane to the oldest resident of town. A cane created by Ray Breton and engraved with Vassalboro – Oldest Resident 2016 was presented to 98-year-old Charlotte Eastman, identifying her as Vassalboro’s oldest resident. Mrs. Eastman also received a certificate and a bouquet of flowers.

Vassalboro history did not record the name of the last recipient. The cane disappeared for years until an antique dealer in California purchased it and called to see if someone at the historical society would be interested in it. Betty Taylor purchased the cane from him for $500. Although the actual Boston Post Cane will reside at the museum, a display will be created showing Mrs. Eastman as the virtual owner.

Vassalboro Historical Society

From left to right, Jan Clowes, Vassalboro Historical Society president, and Charlotte Eastman, recipient of Vassalboro’s Boston Post Cane. Photo by George Eastman

Mrs. Eastman moved to Vassalboro shortly after marriage to Albert in 1950. She quickly became an active member of the community. She has been involved in town with the Riverside Study Club, Church Women United, Girl Scouts, and the Vassalboro Food Pantry. These are just a few of her connections. She enjoys camping (and went this summer), has served as church organist, played in the Hallowell Community Band, and is a shorthand pen pal.

Mr. and Mrs. Eastman raised three daughters in Vassalboro: Marie, Martha and Margaret. The family worked, worshipped and played here.

In 1998, Mrs. Eastman took on the role of caregiver, when Mr. Eastman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She also became active in the Alzheimer’s Association. He passed away in 2003, and Mrs. Eastman entered a new chapter in her life, staying active, traveling, and continuing her service to the local community.

Area students earn dean’s list at University of Maine

The following area students have earned dean’s list ranking for the fall 2015 semester at the University of Maine:

Paige Castonguay and Thad Chamberlain, both of Benton; Jack Brannigan, of Chelsea; Aaron Brown and Tiffany Clifford, both of Clinton; Hannah Grover, East Vassalboro; David Austin, Paige Belanger, Nicole Bowen, Josie Champagne, Hannah Chavis, Meaghan Foster, Zachary Hale, Paige Hanson, Samantha King, Alex Leathers, Joseph Leclair, Lindsay Morris, Anthony Sementelli and Lawryn White, all of Fairfield; Samuel Dubois, Kirsha Finemore, Erik Holmsen, Forest LeBlanc, Samantha Mathieu, Emily Pellerin, Benjamin Schaff, Cody Stevens and Allan Walsh, all of Oakland; Emily Deering, Eleanora French, Alyssa Gartley, Alton Hawk, Kaitlyn Hayward, Jade McGuire, Gregory O’Connor, James Poulin, Sarah Poulin, Elena Smith, Brittany White and Katherine Wight, all of South China: Taylor Bailey, Marissa Bovie, Moriah Cloutier, Patrick Meunier, Jeffrey Pulver and Nathaniel Trask, all of Vassalboro; Alexander Danner, Cassandra Dechaine, Grace Gould, Lucas Higgins, William Hoffman, James Lavin, Ryan Lopes, Morgan Pellerin, Nicole Pinnette, Waleed Rahmatullah, James Robe, Mathew Rumsey, Amy Samson, Allison Scully and Todd Serbent, all of Waterville; Chase Drummond, of Weeks Mills; Sarah Allisot, Cady Hockridge and Emma Wilkinson, all of Windsor; Sean Ducker, Ryan Dutil, Brian Ouellette, Karlee Price, Sierra Savage, Rachel Sirois, Gabriel Smith, Aysha Vear and Elizabeth Weiss, all of Winslow; Trevor Diemer, Zoli Kertesz and Briana Littlefield, all of Freedom; Adriana martineau and Ethan Poisonnier, both of Norridgewock; Corrine Anderson, Kirstie Belanger, Ryley Burkhart, Nicoltee Curran, Jaden Dickinson, Cody Dillingham, Elijah Holland, Kaylin Knott, Rhiannon LaPlante, Briann Prentiss, Jillian Redmond and Nicole Sevey, all of Skowhegan; Tamika LaCroix, of Solon; and Joshua Savoy and Bronwyn West, both of Liberty.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute announces spring dean’s list

The following local residents were among 1,292 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2016 semester, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mikayla Bolduc, of Skowhegan, is a member of the class of 2017 majoring in biomedical engineering.

Madison Michaud, of Vassalboro, is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in biomedical engineering.

Julia Pershken, of Albion, is a member of the class of 2017 majoring in civil engineering.

Kennebec Historical Society to present Flatiron building tour

Cynthia Milliken Taylor will be speaking on the historic aspects of the Cony Flatiron Building, which was rededicated on July 28, 2015, the restoration efforts and the adaptive re-use for senior living. Cynthia has an architectural degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and 30 years of experience in redeveloping old and new buildings for seniors in Maine and New Hampshire. With an interest in improving the lives of many older people and an eye for quality design she has developed over 3,500 apartments and completed the financing and renovations of numerous historic buildings including the Inn at City Hall and the Cony Flatiron, in Augusta. Taking a leadership role in creative financing, construction and community building, she has tried to benefit those who live within and those who value their neighborhoods and cities through economic development. Please join us at Cony Flatiron for an historic presentation on the old and the new Cony High School.

The Kennebec Historical Society September Public Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cony Flatiron Senior Residence, located at 110 Cony Street, in Augusta. Please note this is our monthly program and is separate from the program that will be held September 28 at the KHS annual meeting.

Cony High School flatiron building

A renovated hallway in the old Cony High School flatiron building, located near the west side traffic circle, will be the subject of the Kennebec Historical Society’s monthly program.
Contributed photo

Erskine accepts challenge to raise donations for food bank

Erskine Academy, in South China, will compete in WGME 13/Fox 23’s School Spirit Challenge to benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank.  The School Spirit Challenge is a friendly competition among high schools to show school pride and spirit while helping communities address hunger in Maine through a month-long food and fund drive.  Although initiated by the students and faculty of Erskine Academy, the hope is that this will be a larger community cause and effort.  Please join Erskine’s effort by bringing your contribution of any size—financial donations or food—to the school between September 2 and October 28, 2016.  To kick off this event, WGME 13/Fox 23 will be broadcasting live from the Erskine Academy gym on Friday, September 9, from 6 – 8 a.m.  Erskine Academy’s event is the first to be held in the new school year, setting the bar for others.  Please contact the school at 445-2962 for more information.

Erskine Academy third trimester honor roll


High honors: Amelia Bailey, Samantha BeDen, Lilja Bernheim, Jordan Bowie, Mikayla Brochu, Mallory Chamberlain, Caleigh Charle­bois, Sierra Christiansen, Abigail Cooper, Kaitlyn Darveau, Julia Fasano, Anne Gauvin, Mac­kenzie Gayer, Theresa Gervais, Monica Gilbert, Kayla Goggin, Amber Grady, Jessica Grant, Traviana Higgins, Taber Hill, Christina Hodgkins, Kinsey Johnson, Lexi Johnson, Meagan Johnson, Hanna Keene, Olivia Leary, Wynn Libby, Emma McCormac, Annemarie Morse, Merlin Murphy, Kanyapak Ongkabin, Brianna Parisien, Teya Paulin, Anthony Pizzo, Sarah Pleau, Cassandra Ray, Autumn Read, Rachel Read, Sadie Reed, Sidney Rodrigue, Alainie Sawtelle, Lilly Sawtelle, Michaela Sprague, Dayna Tinling Alexander, Malorie Weaver, Julia White and Kyle Zembroski. Honors: Talya Avery, Caleb Barden, Michayla Barrett, Cody Beaudoin, Renee Beaudoin, Christopher Brown, Amber Chesley, Matthew Clary, Alysia Csengery, Denver Cullivan, Ryan Cummings, Trevor Devine, Megan Dunn, Adam Fenderson, Cassandra Goodine, Jens Hansen, Dylan Hickey, Katharine Holzwarth, Trevor Hubbard, Michael Keefer, Cheyenne Kritz, Michelle Lemelin, Sean McGrail, Kayla McKenney, Celina Nadeau, Kendrick Nikornpan, Maxwell Pacholski, Ashley Patten, Luke Peabody, Ryan Pedersen, Django Pignatello, Colbey Plaisted, Tori Poulin, Shyanne Quimby, Reid Rauch, Joshua Reed, Patrick Rodgers, Anthony Sepulvado, Gabriel Solorzano, Madelyn Spencer, Jake Suga, Sara Tibbetts, Samantha Tobey, Raymond Weymouth, Jerold Winslow, Eric Wormell, Tyler Wysocki and Jing Athena Xue.


High Honors: Seth Allen, Erica Basham, Beth Bowring, Andrew Browne, Hannah Burns, Ally Clark Bonsant, Emma Cote, Brandon Coulombe, Tanner Dow, Danessia Ewen, Nathaniel Harrington-Howard, Justin Harris, Abigail Haskell, Hayley Hinds, Katelyn Hustus, Audrey Jordan, Zachary Loubier, Mayann McGrath, Morgan Savage, Elliot Stinchfield, Eleanor Rose Theriault, Rosalie Wilson, Leann Wright, Yang Xi, Jessica Zhang and Justin Zhang. Honors: Taylor Batchelder, Veronica Black, Alexis Bonenfant, Jaime Boudreau, Michael Bourque, Daniel Brown, Kaitlyn Brundage, Makayla Busque, Joshua Buzzell, Julie Buzzell, Sagan Charlebois, Nicholle Clark, Tyler Condon, Terrence Conway, Sydney Cummings, Harley Denning, Benjamin Eason, Cody Elsemore, Ashley Farrington, Ian Ferguson, Phoebe Fleck, Joseph Gay, Gabriel Gervais, Madison Grass, McKenzie Haver, Aubrey Hendsbee, Kaleb Howard, Samuel Jamison, Jordan Jowett, Brandon Keezer, Allison May Kennedy, Jeffrey Kierstead, Miranda-Lee LaRose, Jenna Lully, Hunter Mahon, Tara Markle, Zachary Needham, Harrison Percival, Emily Plourde, Shirlynn Sears, Austin Shaw, Kelsey Stuart, William Sugg IV, Cody Taylor, Nicolas Turcotte, Caitlyn Van Wickler and Marc Walther.


High Honors: Maggie Anderson, Courtney Austin, Mariah Blanchard, Miranda Carey, Harald Christiansen, Kylie Clark, Noelle Cote, Kalib Deschamps, Chelsea Duplessis, Bryanna Emery, Morgan Emond, Hannah Farrington, Shaylee Fisher, Jadelynn Giroux, Angel Hall-Stuart, Hunter Hoague, Abigail Hodgkins, Luke Hodgkins, Nicholas Howes, Kayla Hubbard, Carleigh Ireland, Samantha Jackson, Isabella Johnson, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Megan Lemieux, Rita McCausland, Kassandra Nadeau, Jakob Peavey, Gabriella Pizzo, Kaylee Porter, Leanna Prime, Mercedes Richard, Chantelle Roddy, Haoming Michael Shi, Kaili Shorey, Adam Silvia, Michael Sprague, Emma Stone, Makayla Tobey, Caleb Tyler, Lauren Wood and Olivia Wyman. Honors: Gabe Ashey, Cassidy Baldwin, Noah Bonsant, Victoria Chabot, Madison Choate, Alexander Cleaves, Bailey Cloutier, Kaitlyn Coston, Corvus Crump, Stephen Csengery, Caleb Daggett, Derrick Dyer, Brooke Fongemie, Hunter Gagnon, Madyson Geboskie, Brock Glidden, Jessika Goulet, Spenser Grasse, Elizabeth Green, Jonathan Hickey, Billy Howell III, Robin Jefferson, Bjorn Jorgensen, Rebecca Leavitt, Alexis Lee, Jordan Lewis, Andrew Lyon, Devin Mason, Emma Meader, Hunter Merrill, Harrison Mosher, Christopher Pelletier, Chance Reed, Michaela Roy, Emma Solorzano, Jillian St. Amand, Emma Sullivan, Alexis Tenney, Rebecca Truman, Tyler Walker, Christopher Wight, Martie Young, Morgan Young and Destiny Yvon.


High Honors: Molly Babson, Gavin Blanchard, Lydia Boucher, Jenna Butler, Travis Dow, Marshall Dugal, Rohan Duvvuru, Samuel Falla, Ethan Hammond, Sage Hapgood-Belanger, Samantha Heath, Amber Rose Holmes, Peyton Houghton, Christopher Jamison, Jack Jowett, Kyli Julia, Morgaine Kmen, Olivia Kunesh, Caitlin Labbe, Noah Labbe, Haeden Landry, Milo Lani-Caputo, Paige Leary, Rivers Malcolm, Tara Maltese, Conner Paine, Jacob Praul, Seth Reed, Christina Roy, Conor Skehan, Braden Soule, Briana Strout, Elizabeth Sugg, Willow Throckmorton-Hansford, Mercedes Tibbetts, Megan To, Jack Tobey, Kassidy Wade, Hagen Wallace, Jacob Wright and Alana York. Honors: Brenna Audet, Alex Barney, Mark Barney, Nina Boudreau, William Bourque, Justin Browne, Arthur Carey, Nicholas Cates, Jonathan Condon, ArizonaLee Crooker, Megan Crouse, Mireya Dos Santos, Keara Doughty, Tiffany Doyle, Austin Dunn, Dakota Estes, Cameron Falla, Ethan Furlong, Madeline Geidel, Ashley Gillis, Regina Harmon, Alexis Haskell, Tristan Hawk, Eleanor Hodgkin, Kaleb Hopper, Alicia Hotham, Andrew Jackson, William Jones, Garrett Keezer, Dylan Keller, Robert King, Maverick Lowery, Osiris Marable, Mya Maxim, Noah Miller, Myles Nored, Isaiah Pacholski, William Pfleging, Christian Plante, Nicholas Rancourt, Hannah Reid, Andraya Roque, Hunter Rushing, Caleb Sacks, Seth Savage, Jessie Sepulvado, Krystina Shorey, Katherine Smith, Shayleigh Springer, Shaine Staples Jacob Tibbetts, Madison Toulouse, Caden Turcotte, Trent Wharton, Zachary Williams-Humphrey, Ashlyn Wing and Kendra Wormell.

Vassalboro Days: Saturday, September 10

Free Bus Transportation along Route 32 between the North and East every half hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The school bus will run between the corner of Canal St. in the North, across from the Olde Mill to the old Red School House on China Lake with stops at the Grange, Town Office, St. Bridget’s, and the Olde Mill.

• VBA Ducky Derby and Raffle tickets on sale at their table !
• Craft Fair at the Olde Mill in the North, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Inflatable Slide and Bounce House and Kid’s Activities, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Maine Savings FCU Bean Toss Tent, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Face Painting by Connie, 1 – 3 p.m.
• Double Dam Ducky Derby, noon!
• Antique & Classic Car Show on the lawn of the Town Office, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Vassalboro Library Book & Food Sale & Silent Auction, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Grange. • Historical Society Open Houses, Displays and Fire House Sale in the East near and across from the Grange, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Boy Scout Bottle Drive for Dempsey Challenge-bring returnables!
• Lemieux’s Orchard corn maze, wagon rides, apple picking, noon – 4 p.m., at 210 Priest Hill Rd.
• D.J.Dudley will be at the Olde Mill from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., introducing performers and keeping everyone aware of what is going on!


*1 – 2 p.m., Vassalboro’s own Abbie Watson!
* 2 – 3 p.m., The Talented Limberger Family of Vassalboro!
* 3 p.m., Jocelyn Begin, winner of Winslow’s 4th of July Idol Competition!

• St. Bridget’s Lawn Party and 90th Birthday Party from 2 – 4 p.m. Visit and enjoy a cup of lemonade, look over pictures and dreams for the future of the building. Donations gratefully accepted for these dreams.
• 6 – 9 p.m., Street Dance at the Olde Mill. DJ Dudley spinning the tunes. BYO chairs! Rain or shine! 50/50 raffle to benefit VBA causes.
Food Vendors for Saturday include Laurie’s Lunch Wagon and the Vassalboro Boy Scouts.

Sunday, September 11

• Noon, Mutt Strut sponsored by the Historical Society: bring your leashed, friendly mutt for a pet parade/walk. Meet at the Historical Society Red School House on the Lake.
• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Antique & Classic Car Show on the lawn of the Town Office (only if it rained Saturday!)
• 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Vassalboro Library Buck a Bag Book Sale at Grange
• 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Historical Society Open Houses, Displays and Fire House Sale in the East near and across from the Grange.
• Noon – 4 p.m., Lemieux’s Orchard corn maze, wagon rides, apple picking at 210 Priest Hill Rd.
• 2 p.m., Performance by Kennebec Valley Chordsmen at the Historical Society.
• 4 p.m., Second Wind Band, ‘90s Country Cover Band to perform at the Olde Mill (rain or shine) to benefit the Vassalboro Fuel Fund.

BYO Chairs! What a great way to close out a great weekend!

Fairfield takes ownership of new truck

by Mark Huard

In August 25, 2015, the Fairfield/Benton Emergency Services Department was awarded a federal grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Program through FEMA. The award amount for the department was a total of $725,000. The federal government portion of the grant would total $694,477. The town of Fairfield is required to match 5 percent of the grant and that came to a total of $34,523. The grant was written for the purchase of a Quint Style Ladder Truck.

Fairfield Fire

Fairfield Fire Chief Duane Bickford, left, and Firefighter Travis Leary.
Photo by Mark Huard/ Owner of Central Maine Photography

What is a Quint, you might ask? This is a multi-purpose apparatus that includes a pump, water tank, and also an aerial device. The truck was purchased from and built by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, of Hammond, Louisiana. The truck is a custom six man cab, on a Ferrara built chassis. It is equipped with a 2,000gpm pump, 400 gallon water tank, 77-foot steel ladder, an assortment of ground ladders, saws, and other hand tools.

This ladder truck will provide a great service to the towns of Fairfield and Benton that they have not had before. Also this makes the difficult task of firefighting a little safer and efficient for the department. This will allow the department faster and safer access to upper floors and roofs of buildings. The department responds to a vast area that includes several different occupancy types and sizes of buildings. The department covers around 84 square miles of territory, and responds to around 1,400 emergency calls for service a year. As chimney fire season is slowly creeping upon us this truck will be worth its weight in gold. As we all know trying to climb an aluminum ladder on a roof with two feet of ice and snow is not only difficult but extremely dangerous. This truck will allow the firefighters better access to the roof and possibly to stay off the roof all together. The department will be receiving three solid days of training from Ferrara in early September and also the members will be getting their time driving and pumping. Department policy requires all drivers to have 100 miles of driving on the apparatus, so don’t be surprised to see it driving on the roads.

As always, the department thanks the citizens of Fairfield and Benton in their continued support of the department and approving funding for advancing the department and service we provide.