Water Witch Fire Company honors volunteers at annual banquet [Port Deposit]

The men and women of Water Witch Fire Company gathered for their annual awards banquet on April 20 at the VFW Post 8185, Port Deposit. The banquet was dedicated to Rev. George Hipkins, who has 60 years of service to the company!

Company president Rich Hull presented Rev. Hipkins with a plaque and thanked the local organizations that contributed to the Water Witch Fire Company. On behalf of the EMS Unit, Wayne Tome Sr. announced that the ambulances made 1,088 responses in 2012 and that they maintained the four-minute "out of the chute" time. The EMS Chief's Awards went to Keith Williams and Wayne Tome Jr. Wayne mentioned "dedication, determination and courage" when he announced Karen Mott as the EMS Provider of the Year. Four EMS drivers were also commended: Jim Jones, Reg Curry, Chris Bannon and Steve Clark. Greg Miller, on behalf of the fire service, said there were 331 fire calls in 2012 and his top responder was Robert Caffrey with 219 responses.

Cindy Clark was also commended, and Rookie of the Year awards were given to Matthew Dill and Rickie Dill. Greg could not pick just one member for his Fire Chief Award, so he presented awards to Rich Hull and to Norman Bannon IV. Fire Fighter of the Year went to Robert Caffrey.

Stephanie Gibson, as president of the Ladies Auxiliary, presented ten Life Service Awards and then Eileen Edelin, representing the Harford Cecil Firemen's Association Hall of Fame, announced the selection of Marie Tennis to the Hall of Fame. Lastly, President Stephanie and Ladies Auxiliary Treasurer Charlotte LaFond handed out incentive gifts to the ladies in appreciation of the many hours served last year. At the end of the banquet, Maggie Jackson thanked the crew that responded to her motor vehicle accident last May and then the assemblage viewed a montage of pictures taken throughout 2012, compiled by Brad Snyder.

Louise Land let me know that work has begun on the Post Office wall on South Main Street. It will probably be finished by the end of the month. Check it out.

Speedy recovery to Teresa Bittner, as she took a spill and landed in Union Hospital in Elkton.

John Barr, son of Donna and Dave Barr, celebrated his big day on April 24.

Best wishes to an old friend, Adele Purdie, as she celebrates her birthday on April 26. Terra Fitt Booke will enjoy birthday greetings on April 27.

The Darlington Volunteer Fire Company has scheduled an "Ugly Waitress Spaghetti Dinner" for Saturday, April 27 in the fire hall at 2600 Castleton Road. Plan to enjoy spaghetti from 4 to 7 p.m.

Rolling Hills Ranch has scheduled "A Family Day at the Farm" for Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 410-378-3817. This is always a fun day for area families. There will be food, games, music, and pony rides. Rolling Hills Ranch is on Rock Run Road.

Coming up next month:

• Watch for a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 4, at the Carriage House starting at 3 p.m. Pick up your tickets at BackFin Blues, at 19 S. Main Street.

• Play bingo at the American Legion Post 135 Ladies Auxiliary's All-Day Bingo on Sunday, May 5, at the post home at 300 Cherry Street, Perryville. Doors open at 11 a.m. and early birds begin at 11:45 a.m.

• Plan to attend the Water Witch Fire Company Carnival, at House 2, off Tome Hwy., from Monday, May 6 through Saturday, May 11.

• Buy (or sell) your unwanted treasures at a yard sale sponsored by the Colora Civic Association on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Colora Pharmacy, 2527 Jacob Tome Hwy., Colora. To reserve a space, call April at 410- 658-7605. The 10-by-10-foot spaces can be reserved for $10 each. Bring your own table.

• Get ready to win Longaberger baskets and Vera Bradley bags at Good Shepherd School, 800 Aiken Avenue, Perryville, on Saturday, May 11, at a bingo sponsored by the Bethany's Angels Relay for Life Team. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the games will begin at 7 p.m. Call Anne at 410-378-3338 for information or reservations. The cost is $12 per person and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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