Chilson Volunteer Fire Company celebrates 50 years of service

— The Chilson Volunteer Fire Company 50th anniversary celebration on July 23 attracted a capacity crowd of more than 350 friends and neighbors to enjoy chicken barbecue and a classic fire equipment show.

The day was hot, but a fine breeze and bright, clear skies made it a perfect day for fun in the sun. Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra A. Malaney opened the program by reading a proclamation congratulating Chilson Volunteer Fire Company on 50 years of service to the Chilson community.

After a flag ceremony and a blessing by Fire Company Chaplain Rev. David Hirtle, Dwinal W. Smith, Mary Jo von Tury, and former Chilson Fire Chief Chuck Moore, local musicians entertained the crowd with live music throughout the afternoon.

Exciting raffles featured prizes that included a painting by local artist Britney McCarthy and a quilt by local artisan Cathy Trybendis, as well as home-crafted gift baskets. Classic fire trucks displayed by Dan Halpert of Ticonderoga and by Irwin Borden, representing Westport Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, made history come alive for young and old alike and won a People’s Choice Award and other trophies for their owners.

“Special thanks go to event co-chairs Jim Davis and Margaret Lauman, and all the dozens of other members and volunteers who worked so hard to make our 50th anniversary so special,” said Fire Company Chief Steve Hunsdon. “All in all, it was a very fine day ‘up on Chilson Hill.’ ”

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