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Residents chow down to support fire company

April 05, 2005|by Marie Gilbert/Staff Writer

Don Hovermale has a special affection for the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company.

"About 35 years ago," he said, "I had a fire at my house. This fire company was quick to respond, and I'll always appreciate that."

Hovermale was one of about 280 people who attended the fire company's fund-raising breakfast Saturday morning. The breakfasts are held throughout the year, except for the summer months. All proceeds benefit the fire company.

Attending the breakfasts, Hovermale said, is just one way he can show his appreciation for all the work the fire company does. "This is a group of outstanding people."

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Although he now lives in Hagerstown, Hovermale said he continues to support activities in Maugansville. "This is a close-knit community," he said. "Almost everyone who is here today is here because they love Maugansville."

Joe Goodrich, lieutenant and public information officer with the Maugansville Goodwill Fire Company, said the breakfasts have become popular with the local community.

The big draw is the sausage biscuit with gravy.

"Everyone seems to really like it - from young kids to senior citizens," he said. "We have our own homemade recipe."

Despite Saturday's rain, "we served 110 people in the first hour," Fire Chief Phil Ridenour said. "We've had a great turnout."

Maugansville resident Lois Ewan said she has become a regular at the fire company breakfasts.

Joyce Ridenour of Maugansville said she loves coming to the breakfasts because "I don't have to fix it or do the dishes." Her favorite food on the menu is the sausage biscuit.

"My son Phil fries the sausage, so I know it's good," she said.

Ridenour said she is a member of the fire company's auxiliary. "This fire company means a lot to me."

Samantha Schulman of Williamsport was volunteering at Saturday's breakfast to receive student service learning hours. "I thought it would be a good experience," she said.

This was the first time she had attended the breakfast but said she probably would return. "The biscuit and gravy was very good."

Goodrich said several teenagers who are training as future firefighters gave up their Saturday morning to help at the breakfast. Among them was Michael Kline of Maugansville. A student at North High, he also takes EMT classes and firefighting classes. He was at the fire hall at 6 a.m. cooking hash browns.

"I decided to come out and hang with my friends," he said.

Also helping out was Heather Ridenour of Maugansville. A senior at North High, she has taken EMT, firefighting and rescue tech classes.

"I enjoy helping people," she said. "I guess it runs in the family. My dad is a firefighter, and my uncle is the fire chief."

Goodrich said the fire company is proud of its young people. "They're our future," he said. "We think a lot of them."

During the breakfast, Goodrich took the time to advise people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

"It's that time of the year," he said.

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