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Need a fire truck? Fire station fund-raiser set for White Bird this weekend

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The 1963 American LaFrancer Fire Truck will be auctioned at the Oct. 13 White Bird Volunteer Fire Department event.


Contributed photo The 1963 American LaFrancer Fire Truck will be auctioned at the Oct. 13 White Bird Volunteer Fire Department event.



— In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, White Bird will hold a dinner, auction and karaoke contest to help raise funds for its new fire station.

“We got a new-to-us fire truck from McCall earlier this year, and we are really trying to get it under cover before winter,” said fund-raiser organizer and city councilor Barbara Lowe.

The event, sponsored by the White Bird Volunteer Fire Department, is set to take place on Main Street in front of the area where the fire station will be built, and White Bird City Hall, this Saturday, Oct. 13. This starts at 3 and runs to 9 p.m. There will be an auction starting at 3 p.m., with a 1963 American LaFrance Truck, fire hoses and equipment, and office equipment.

“We are auctioning the old truck and also having a cake auction,” Lowe said.

At 4 p.m. the dinner will start with tri-tip donated by the Heckman Ranch, baked loaded potatoes from Parma, and all the condiments donated by Red’s, as well as green salad and garlic bread. Cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple. Beer and wine will also be available (bring ID). The dessert/cake auction will be sponsored by the White Bird Area Recreational District. Music follows with a local guest deejay and a karaoke contest with a $5 entry will round out the evening (50/50 pay out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places).

“The Rebekahs and the area people are all helping out – it’s really an entire community effort,” Lowe said.

She explained about $18,000 has so far been raised, but they hope to have about $30,000 to complete the three or four-day truck area, a side for the QRU and storage area. She said city hall is also being renovated.

“We really need to have a place for our new fire truck, as we don’t want it sitting out all winter,” Lowe emphasized. “And to have everything under a roof and not getting frozen or weathered will be a blessing.”

Fogleman Construction will build the station and Lowe said plans are to officially break ground Nov. 1.

Anyone with auction items to donate or who needs a ticket can call Sandy at city hall at 208-839-2294. Tickets will also be available at the event.



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