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Montgomery Locals 3.11.2020

By Staff | Mar 10, 2020

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary Bailey Harding (left) and Austin Diehl are members of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company's Junior Firefighters program. The group is for ages 14-17 to begin the necessary training to become adult members of the Fire Company when they are 18. They were collecting funds in fire boots during the MVFC chicken barbecue along Second Street. All funds donated to the Junior Firefighters help pay for their training and equipment. The teens were accompanied by MVFC Lt. Michael Moore.

The Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company held a Cabin Fever Chicken Barbeque last Saturday. The event was a fundraiser to help pay for their new air packs. The dinner was held at the fire station and the new equipment was on display.

The Junior Firefighters were nearby collecting money in firefighter boots, a long tradition in Montgomery. They collect funds to help pay for their training as well as pay for their equipment. The Junior Firefighters program is for ages 14 through 17 to give them a head start on training so they can become full members when they are adults. They can’t participate in all of the necessary training before they are 18 but they can complete several types of training ahead of time and take the last step when they become adult members.

Assistant Chief Brad Feaster said that the Junior Firefighters are open to new members. The Junior Firefighters meet the first and third Tuesday of the month and interested teenagers can stop by the station to pick up an application. The programs allow teens to train to become firefighters, EMTs, and EMRs (Emergency Medical Responder).

The Fire Company is always welcoming volunteers, but not everyone has to be a firefighter or an EMT. They welcome members who contribute in non-emergency roles such as fundraising, truck maintenance, financial operations, administrators, building maintenance, etc. Feaster said there are no minimum time requirements to being a member, people can spend as much time as they want in their role, and for some two hours a week is more than enough. Some roles don’t even require that.

The member meetings are the first and third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Anyone is interested in becoming a member or would like to volunteer in some way, they are welcome to call the fire department for a tour and talk to someone to get more information. The fire company’s non-emergency number is (570) 547-1380.

THOT “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.” Winston Churchill

Happy Sweet 16 to Addison Heasley, who will be celebrating her special day on March 15.

Hometown Hero Banner orders that are placed by April 3 will receive a 15 percent early bird discount.

If you want to stay informed about timely weather warnings that are specific to Montgomery, follow the Montgomery Emergency Management Facebook page. The organization is currently recruiting new volunteers, contact Dennis Gruver at (570) 547-6777.

The Montgomery Lions Club is accepting new members. To join, call Roger McRae at (570) 971-2825.

Montgomery Events

Wednesday, March 11-Toddler Tales will be held at the library for children ages 1-5 from 11-noon. There will be a story, snack, and craft. Preregister at (570) 547-6212 and plan to accompany your child.

Saturday, March 14-The Montgomery Area Historical Society invites the public to an Open House in the Adam Room Museum from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The museum is filled with interesting pieces of the town’s past and is staffed by volunteers who enjoy sharing their knowledge.

Saturday, March 14-The library will have Adult Book Club from 2-3 p.m. If you’re an adult who enjoys reading and discussing books, you are welcome to join.

Tuesday, March 17-A “Thrivenet Ways to Save” workshop will be held at the library at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18-The library will have Toddler Tales from 11-noon.

Thursday, March 19-The Montgomery Water Authority will meet in the Borough Hall at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Friday, March 20-Family Art Night will be held at the library at 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 21-The Clinton Baptist Church will have a free Community Lunch from 12-2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.