Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Roanoke's St. Patricks Day Parade is just around the corner. The date is Saturday March 14th. Rumor is of several stations working on shirts so, that would lead you to believe that we're headed for a good turnout. Local 1132 will have our fire engine registered again and we hope everyone will bring their family out to ride / march as a group. We are also considering an after parade gathering at the Union Hall. The plan is for the local to provide free food and beverages as well as some fun activities for the kids. Last year, we had the Engine loaded with our Firefighter's children and hope to see the same this year...the kids had a BLAST. What we're looking for is your input. what we need to know is.. 1.) Are you interested in marching as a group (attire will be station or Union shirt and turn out pants) ? 2.) Will you have children / family with you ? If we can get an idea of how many will attend, we will know if there will be room on the Engine or if we need to make additional plans..ie I can bring a tractor and hay wagon, load some bales of hay to ride on, ask our Women's Aux. if they would decorate the wagon etc. 3.) Will you attend the gathering afterwards, and how many people will be in your group? Again, this will allow us to have an idea of the numbers for food, drinks etc. 4.) What kind of activities would you like to see for the kids? We have suggestions such as Party Pony Rides or using a party planning service such as Dave's Moonwalks (a company that comes out with all the "blow up" games / rides ..ie rock climbing wall, bungee run, velcro wall, etc.). This is our Local giving back to it's members, your input and attendance will make it a success. I hope to see you all there. Please comment here with your response or e-mail them to willie.winesjr@roanokeva.gov Thanks, Capt. Wines

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