Mountaintop Hose Co. No. 1 Sets 75th Anniversary Celebration

The Mountaintop Hose Co. No. 1 will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a Dinner Celebration on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Glen Summit Clubhouse. Tickets are now on sale for the event that will feature a cocktail hour from 5 to 6 pm., dinner by Dante’s Catering at 6 p. m. with a program to follow.

Frank Orloski, Jr. will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. The Hose Company will make presentations to former officers. In addition, many community organizations and individuals will be presented with citations recognizing their long-time support of the fire company. In addition, many community organizations and individuals will be presented with citations recognizing their long-time support of the company.

The cost of the dinner is $45 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 570-715-7755. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve early.

The Mountaintop Hose Company No. 1’s Annual Fund Drive has surpassed its goal of $75,000, with the funds received to date of $80,700.. In anticipation of the anniversary, the fire company considered that the special anniversary presented a unique fundraising opportunity. In evaluating its needs, the fire company determined that the replacement of its 2001 pumper would be prudent.

The new fire truck being built by Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wisconsin, is due for delivery within the next two weeks. The cost of the truck is $478,113. The additional funds received in the 2014 Annual Fund Drive, along with a grant obtained from the F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $25,000, are being applied to the purchase of the new truck, which will greatly reduce the borrowing needed to complete the purchase. The fire company projects that using the proceeds of the fund drive, the F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. grant, the sale proceeds of the truck being replaced, along with its savings, that the money borrowed will be $125,000.

The Hose Company also has completed an exterior renovation of the firehouse building, including a new roof and new roofs on its pavilion shed. The renovations greatly improved the appearance of the facilities. $30,000 of the proceeds from the 2014 Annual Fund Drive paid for the renovations.

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