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Come To the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival This Weekend!

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Aug 032017
 

Orange Firemen’s Carnival

The Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival opens tonight at 5 p.m.

This is the Department’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so while you’re there take advantage of all the things the OVFD has to offer, including fantastic food at the pavilion and the satellite food tent near the fence. Take a chance on the fire department sponsored games and don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for 11 great prizes!

The 50/50 raffle offers you an opportunity to win half of the accumulated pot (and the fire department will receive the other half) each night – that’s at the raffle tent, too.

Come on out and support your all volunteer Orange fire department this weekend. Have fun, and enjoy some great food.

The Hours are:

Thursday – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday – 5:00 PM to 12 midnight

Saturday – 12 Noon to 12 midnight

Sunday – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Final Day of The Odyssey Greek Festival — Καλές στιγμές

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Sep 072015
 

senior dancers greekIf you’re headed out to the Greek Festival today, here’s what you have to look forward to (noon to 8 p.m.)

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets!

MONDAY, September 7

CC 1:00 p.m. Greek Cooking Demonstration

C 2:00 p.m. Presentation on Greek Orthodoxy

E 2:00 p.m. ODYSSEY Dancers

greek foodE 3:00 p.m. Magic Show: “The Magic of Adam”

CC 3:30 p.m. Greek Cooking Demonstration

E 5:00 p.m. ODYSSEY Dancers

E 5:30- Live Greek Music by 7:30 p.m. “The Hellenic Company”

CC 8:00 p.m. ODYSSEY Raffle Drawing

C—Church Proper

E—Entertainment Area

CC—Community Center (White House)

 

Photos From The Final Day Of The OVFD Carnival

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Aug 032015
 

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

Everywhere you looked someone was taking pictures with their cell phone.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department made out pretty well as far as the weather for their annual fundraising carnival, yet, the crowds still seemed a bit smaller than in past years.

Folks who did come out had a good time, enjoyed the food, rides and fireworks.

It may be some time before we know how the fire department “made out.” Last year they were down by tens of thousands of dollars because it was the first year they couldn’t mail the raffle tickets to every household, but this year, more residents were aware of that situation. But only time will tell, after all the numbers are crunched, if the OVFD is on par with past years’ intake.

Several years ago, you couldn’t even get close to the main raffle tent when the drawing was taking place, but on Sunday there was enough room to sidle right up to the shelf. — a sign of the times? I don’t know.

Here are some photos from Sunday’s final day at the Carnival, including the prize drawing.

Mother Nature Supports The Orange Volunteer Fire Department (so far)

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Aug 022014
 

IMG_6737The busiest day of the annual Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival started off a bit gloomy with steady rainfall around 6:30 a.m. But, just 4.5 hours later, the sun poked through the clouds and everyone was ready to get the show started.

The volunteer firefighters appreciate Mother Nature’s support as this is their major fundraiser of the year.

Proceeds from Fire Department food locations (the pavilion and the satellite tent near the fence on Orange Center Road) as well as the games the firefighters run (Dunk Tank, Speed Ball, High Striker, etc) go to the department to help pay for equipment and training expenses.

Under the main raffle tent, you will find $5 tickets for the big raffle, in which you have a  chance to win one of 10 prizes, including a $5,000 Visa Gift Card! The drawing will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Orange Fairgrounds.

Clear skies ahead!

Clear skies ahead!

Also, listen for announcements for the 50/50 raffle, for a $2 investment you will win half the pot and the fire department gets the other half.

Sometimes, participation is amazing and the winner walks away with a couple of hundred dollars, but if only a few people play you could win only $20 or $30. You must be present to win, and that’s half the fun. I was extremely lucky for the first time EVER on Thursday night, happily winning $51.  — it’s not $200, but it was more than I walked in with and for that, I am ridiculously happy. It helps pay the bills!

We have a Volunteer fire department?

After nearly 20 years of covering news in the town of Orange I am still astounded when I hear someone ask, “We have a volunteer fire department?”

I don’t think anyone writes more stories about the Orange Volunteer Fire Department or the extent of their training to earn certification. Training to enter a burning building. Training to drive a fire truck. In fact our volunteers do not get any money to leave their homes on Christmas eve to fight a chimney fire. No compensation to spend hours on a scorching day putting out a brush fire that’s threatening homes or property. No weekly paycheck to wake up at 3 a.m. to cut a drunk driver out of a rolled over vehicle.

Our volunteer firefighters have real paying jobs that they will leave whenever possible, in the event of an emergency.

With a volunteer fire department you save money on your taxes and you always have highly trained group of men and women ready and willing to do whatever is necessary to keep you, your family and property safe. Fire Chief John Knight hears the calls from Knight’s Equipment Inc., Highway crew chief Donald Foyer works just a few yards away from Station 2 on the Boston Post Road and can have a truck on the road in a minute after being toned out.

It’s not raining out, so head on down to the Orange Fairgrounds and do whatever you can to support the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

If you hear a tone and see these men and women leaving their volunteer posts at the carnival, you know that they are on their way to help someone in need. (it’s happened at least once so far at this year’s carnival), but they will be back. It’s what they do.

Today’s events

Ride wristbands are good today for the matinee 12-5 and evening 5-12

If you didn’t buy advance tickets, there is an At Carnival special of $22.00 for unlimited rides: SATURDAY MATINEE noon to 5 p.m.

There also will be a FREE children’s raffle during the matinee. Children 12 years and younger can register at the main raffle booth to win free prizes.

The fireworks display is tonight at 10:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Orange Police Host Toy and Food Drive Today From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Dec 132012
 

Dec. 13th, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Orange Police Union is getting into the holiday spirit and hosting a toy and food drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Target parking lot, 25 Boston Post Road.

The police will be collecting food, toys and gift cards that will go to local charities and families affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The holidays are joyful for many people but they can be terribly stressful and depressing for a multitude of others.

With storm victims struggling to fix their homes before the frigid weather sets in and jobless, former hardworking people facing the idea of losing their unemployment checks in the New Year, Now, perhaps more than any time in recent years is the most important time to help your fellow man.

When buying toys remember that some of the recipients will be teenagers, so age appropriate items are always appreciated.

Gift cards for grocery and department stores also are desirable.

You can help the Orange Police make this a joyous holiday season for the less fortunate.  You have four days to shop for items to donate.

The Orange Police thank you in advance.

Originally Published on: Dec 9, 2012 @ 10:35 p.m.

Carnival Photos By Cory Ziman: Saturday Matinee

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Aug 042012
 

Lisa Kaplan, Firefighter of the Year, cools down in the dunk tank on Saturday afternoon.

Cory Ziman is back with more photos from this afternoon’s action at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Carnival on the Orange Fairgrounds.

The matinee ends at 5 p.m. and the evening activities go on from 5 to midnight.

Fireworks at 10:45 p.m.

Come on down, the Food is great the volunteers are cheerful, hardworking and ready to help.

This is the MAJOR fund-raiser of the year for your 100% volunteer Fire Department.

The Auxiliary is back with homemade pie. A heaping helping is only $2.