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PHOTO: China Village Volunteer Fire Department

Front row, left to right, FF Matt Allen (3 yrs.), Capt. Sarah Batteese (25 yrs.), Chief Joel Nelson (7 yrs.), Capt. Kevin Maroon (28 yrs.), FF Misha Littlefield (5 yrs.). Back, FF Scott Adams (45 yrs.), Capt. Bill Rancourt (35 yrs.), Capt. Bob Batteese (39 yrs.), Lt. Kerry Martin (4 yrs.), Chaplain Ron Morrell (39 yrs.). (contributed photo)

On March 21, the China Village Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Appreciation Dinner, honoring the volunteers and their spouses.

China Village VFD working on grant for new pumper

China Village VFD fire chief, Joel Nelson. (photo by Eric W. Austin)

by Mary Grow

After the China select board’s Jan. 17 meeting, town manager Rebecca Hapgood reported that most of their decisions, as assessors and as select board members, involved individual property tax issues. Topics of town-wide importance were a potential new fire engine, on which no action was taken, and a committee appointment.

China Village volunteer fire department chief Joel Nelson told board members his department is working on a grant to help buy a new pumper truck, to replace a 32-year-old one.

Nelson noted that the 2021 town report showed the department’s reserve fund had more than $112,000 as of May 2021. He said the new truck would probably cost more than $550,000, based on a May 2022 quote.

Hapgood said select board members appointed James Hsiang a member of the Transfer Station Committee.

The next regular China select board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m., half an hour earlier than usual for a joint meeting with budget committee.

Four Seasons Club fishing derby big success

China Village Fire Chief Tim Theriault displays the winning entries. (photo by Sandra Isaac)

by Sandra Isaac

The China Four Seasons Club and the China Village Fire Department held the first China Lake fishing derby on March 1, over 18 years since the area’s last fishing derby.

Over 80 people filled the fire department for the final look at the day’s winning catches, which included brown trout, brook trout, togue, large and smallmouth bass, and white perch. China Village Fire Chief Theriault did the official weighing in of the entries. Most of the day’s fish were caught in China Lake. The biggest catch of the day was a largemouth bass weighing over 5 pounds.

Winners in each category. (photo: China Four Seasons Club)

A young participant anxiously awaits the results of his catch. (photo by Sandra Isaac)

A couple of anglers patiently wait for the flag to indicate a catch. (photos by Sandra Isaac)