Fire company nets supporters

August 09, 2005|by MARIE GILBERT /Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - Barry Attner of Hagerstown didn't need directions to a fundraising crab feed.

He just opened the windows, he said, and followed the aroma.

Attner, 55, was among the hundreds of people who enjoyed a meal of steamed crabs, chicken and corn on the cob, benefiting the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co.

The event was held Saturday evening at the Improved Order of Red Men, Conococheague Tribe 84 pavilion.

Jay Grimes, president of the fire company, said the annual crab feed usually brings in about $2,500.

It is one of several fundraisers conducted during the year to help provide fire protection to citizens in the Williamsport area, Grimes said.

Among those attending the crab feed was Mayor Jim McCleaf, who said he was there, not only to enjoy the good food, but to support the fire company.


"They do an outstanding job," he noted. "Whether it's day or night, if there's a fire, our firefighters are always there."

Annie Kline, 70, of Hagerstown, liked the idea of combining good food with a good cause.

"I love crabs," she said, "but I also love helping other people. And no one deserves our support more than the firemen in this country. They do a selfless job, so I guess this is my small way of saying 'thank you' for the work they do."

Joann Wetzel of Hagerstown, said this is the second year she has attended the crab feed.

"I like crabs," she said, "and you can only get them in such a short season. Plus, this is a good deal. It's much less expensive than having to buy a bushel of crabs."

Wetzel said she also liked the idea that all the work is done for you. "I just have to sit back and enjoy," she smiled. "I like that it's also for a very good cause."

Mary Kendle of Fairplay, who serves on the fire company's fundraising committee, said the crabs are a big draw for most people in the community.

"But, unfortunately, I'm not a crab lover," she said. "My husband Brian is; but I'll be having the chicken and corn."

Eighty-year-old John Sullivan of Frederick, was visiting relatives in the Williamsport area who had purchased tickets for the fundraiser.

"They asked if I wanted to go along," he said, "so here I am. I can't say I've ever turned down steamed crabs."

Sullivan also liked the fact that the crab feed was benefiting the local fire department.

"They sometimes have a thankless job," he said, "and a dangerous one. So many people take for granted that, if there's a fire, the fire company will show up. They don't realize that without financial support, there wouldn't be fire companies."

Williamsport Councilman Jeff Cline agreed.

"I'm here for a little fellowship," he said. "But, most importantly, I'm here to support our fire company. These guys do an incredible job."

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