Orange Fire Chief Speechless After Presentation

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Mar 172017

OVFD Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel presents Chief John Knight with a huge donation.

On Thursday evening the Orange Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual meeting at Racebrook Country Club.

Traditionally, the yearly event is when new officers are sworn in, service awards are presented, the Firefighter of the Year is revealed and the Women’s Auxiliary presents the chief with a check.

The Auxiliary raises money for fire equipment in a number of ways throughout the year: selling baked goods, cook books, pies at the Country Fair, hosting the pancake breakfast, pancake dinner and of course, Santa’s Helper.

Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel said thanks to the public’s help, the auxiliary had a very good year. “We’re happy to present you with this check for $13,000 to go toward the purchase of an infrared camera.”

Everyone in the room gasped at her announcement (last year the donation totaled $9,000) and OVFD Chief John Knight was so stunned that he was speechless. Although, once the amount of the donation sunk in, he was able to beautifully express his gratitude.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department depends upon the public’s support in order to provide the community with their excellent service 24/7. Orange residents should keep this in mind when they see an Auxiliary fundraiser announced or when it comes time to purchase raffle tickets for the OVFD Carnival.


Orange Democrats Plan Several Events in September and October

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Sep 102013

Democrat-Donkey_generic_pinback-buttonOrange residents will have several opportunities to meet and support the members of the Orange Democratic slate in the next two months.

First on tap Kim Leventhal Syrop and Jen Alfaro are hosting a campaign fundraising party on Saturday, Sept 21, at 7 p.m. Donation is $50 a head. First Selectman Candidate Ken Lenz said, “We may be announcing a special guest soon.” RSVP to Jennifer at aaa333aaa333@aol.com or Kim at kim.syrop@optonline.net

The Democratic Election Headquarters Opening Reception will take place at 116 Boston Post Rd. (David’s Bridal Plaza) Monday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.

The Annual Reception for the Candidates will take place at Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby, on Sunday, Oct. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.  Invited guests include US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.



For more information contact: Trish Pearson trishpearson281@gmail.com or 203-516-0780.

Orange Ale House: A Great Community Business Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Sep 052013

ale Hose 10th

In 2003, the Orange Ale House began its transformation from a neighborhood bar to become the Orange Ale House Bar & Grille, a family-friendly dining spot during the day and a favorite place in which to have a fundraising event.

Owner Jim Hassenmayer and his sons, Dan and Rob are well known to regular customers and have helped make the Ale House a household name.

The Hassenmayers often can be seen at town wide events, such as the Rotary Lobster Festival where they sponsor the beer tent.

Since he took over the business,  Jim has hosted countless fundraising events, providing the food and a nice clean venue for charities like Jam for Jimi’s Friends, a motorcycle ride for the Milford Literacy Center, raising money for Keith Johnstone, the quadriplegic Bethany firefighter and so much more.

Aside from this, the Ale House also boasts a wonderful menu [https://www.orangealehouse.com/page/21106-Menu] and was one of the first Orange establishments to recognize the versatility and popularity of grilled cheese sandwiches. The lobster grilled cheese is at the top of the list for anyone that has tried it.

Salads, burgers and pizza, using dough from the popular Salerno’s Pizza Restaurant.

Moms and Grandmas love celebrating Mother’s Day with family by having a nice quiet dinner at the Orange Ale House in the remodeled dining room.

If you haven’t gone to the Orange Ale House in a while, afraid that it’s “just a bar.” Think again, stop by, have a seat and enjoy.

Monday to Wed – 3:30PM to 1 AM
Thurs & Sunday – Noon to 1AM
Friday & Saturday – Noon to 2AM

Happy Hour – Mon to Fri 4 – 7PM

The Orange Ale House has a Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/orangealehouse?fref=ts and a web site at https://www.orangealehouse.com/