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January 08, 2009|By MELITA WISHARD / 301-790-0079

Maugansville fire company gets grant

Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. has announced that it has been awarded a $10,000 online training grant.

The grant is sponsored by TargetSafety and the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

With the funds, Maugansville will deliver online training to its more than 60 firefighters at no cost to the community.

As a participant in the grant program, Maugansville will receive six months of free access to TargetSafety's online training and records management program. The program includes 15 hours of firefighter training; tools for assigning, tracking and recording all online and instructor-led training; and technologies for documenting inspections, policy reviews and other compliance-related tasks.

Fire company news

Once again this year, members of the fire company gathered at the fire station for a Thanksgiving feast.

About 20 members and their families prepared a full-course meal and spent time socializing during the afternoon.

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Cookie baking and exchange

On Dec. 13, members of Maugansville Fire Co. assembled at the fire station for the first of what could be an annual cookie bake and exchange.

Everyone brought their favorite cookie recipes, ingredients and mixers. About six hours, and three fire calls later, there were an estimated 100 dozen cookies made.

Christmas Angels

This year, the fire company voted to provide a better Christmas for five young people by participating in The Salvation Army's Christmas Angels program.

Members voted to spend $200 out of the soda and candy machine funds and assigned five members the task of purchasing presents for the youngsters.

It was also learned that several of the members took additional angels from the trees and made Christmas a little better as well by buying additional gifts for others.

Yearly wrapup

The Maugansville Fire Co. ended the year with 755 emergency calls and an average firefighter response per call of 11.3.

The month of December was very busy as the company responded to a total of 93 calls. Firefighter of the Month for November was Dave Baer, and T.J. Fair earned Firefighter of the Month for December.

Banquet planned

The fire company will hold its annual awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown. The banquet gives the fire company an opportuity to honor its volunteers for their countless hours of training, fundraising and responding to emergency calls.

Still target shoots

The Washington County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America on Independence Road will start its still target shoots this month. The events will be held the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 7 p.m., starting today. For more information, call 301-582-4118.

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