STARKSBORO-The Town of Starksboro is planning a day of celebration on Sunday, Oct. 4, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Starksboro Volunteer Fire Department. The anniversary celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with an Ecumenical service at the Starksboro Baptist Church by Reverend Larry Detweiler who is also the fire department's chaplin.
The Oct. 4 service will be followed by a Flagpole Dedication at the Starksboro Town Offices. From there, the celebrants will drive to the fire station for a 50th anniversary recognition ceremony with comments from Gov. James Douglas and Kristy Oxholm, president of the Vermont State Firefighters Association. An open house and barbeque will immediately follow the program.
The fire department was formed in 1959 by seventeen townsmen as a separate entity from the town government. At their first meeting a collection plate was passed to pay for a luncheon provided by "the ladies" and to seed the finances of the treasury. In the intervening years, the department has grown in size and scope and currently has up-to-date, state of the art equipment and they recently welcomed their first female firefighter to the department. Last year they logged 562 man-hours answering 45 calls. They also logged 511 man-hours in training.
The Starksboro Fire Department and Starksboro town officials welcome community members, and friends from surrounding communities, to join in celebrating the fire departments golden anniversary.