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Teamwork is alive and well in Maugansville

October 18, 2006|by ALICIA NOTARIANNI

MAUGANSVILLE - Maugansville Ruritan member Kevin Brewer said sometime more than 12 years ago, the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company needed financial assistance to buy breathing apparatuses. The Ruritan Club organized an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed to raise money for the equipment. The spaghetti feed to benefit the fire company has since become a successful biannual event.

The Ruritan Club hosted its fall all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 14, at Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co.

"We've got it down to a science now. We know what to buy, what to do. It's easy for us now," said Brewer, 41, of Maugansville.

Mike Danley, 47, of Hagerstown, a Maugansville Ruritan member who is co-chairman of the fundraiser along with Brewer, said the two dinners bring in between $2,500 and $3,000 annually, all of which goes directly to the fire company.

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"We've developed a really good working relationship with the fire department, and we're just glad to be able to help," Danley said.

Danley and Brewer were quick to point out that it's not just Ruritan members who do all of the work. A number of fire company members offer their services to make the fundraisers go smoothly as well.

Phil Ridenour, the company's fire chief, spent his 46th birthday at the stove boiling pot after pot of spaghetti. Ridenour, a Maugansville resident, said he likes the way the Ruritan and the fire company pull their resources and work hand in hand.

"If we'd get a fire call right now, we would drop things and go, and (the Ruritan members) would keep this running. It's nice that two nonprofit organizations support the community and support one another as well," Ridenour said.

Frank Davis, 49, of Hagerstown, is president of the Maugansville Ruritan.

"You've got to support the fire people," Davis said. "You always hope you're never going to need them, but you need to be sure they have everything they need, and the training they need, when you do."

Marty Lumm, 55, of Hagerstown, the club's secretary, said the spaghetti feed fundraisers typically draw about 300 people.

Xanthy Hoover of Cearfoss said she and her friend Elizabeth Scallion, 37, of Maugansville, like to take their children to the spaghetti feeds while their husbands go bowhunting.

"We always come together, every time they have it. It's just fun. It's a nice little social event, and the spaghetti is good. It's a fun place to come with the kids," Hoover said.

Toni Webb, 51, of Cearfoss, went to the spaghetti feed with her husband, Lee Webb, 43, who is a Maugansville Ruritan member. Toni Webb, president of the Maugansville Elementary School PTA, said supporting the joint efforts of the Ruritan and the fire company is just part of a circle of volunteerism.

"The Ruritan supports the school with almost everything we need, and the fire company is always there to do what they can for the kids. It's all just a big community support system," Webb said.

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