STARKSBORO - The Starksboro Fire Department celebrated its Golden Anniversary Oct. 4 and over a 150 community members turned out to pay tribute to the departments members, past and present.
The day started with an ecumenical religious service at the Starksboro Baptist Church. The service included memories of the past 50 years from community members and firemen. The crowd then moved across Route 116 to the front lawn of the Town Office building to formally dedicate a new flagpole. Fire Chief Tom Estey presented specially made shirts to two of the department's charter members, Charlie Thibeault and Leslie Rublee.
The remainder of the festivities took place during an open house and barbeque at the Starksboro Fire Department building. Governor James Douglas was on hand to congratulate the department, and there were short speeches from community members and words from Kristy Oxholm, President of the Vermont State Firefighters Association.