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Wysox Fire Company Opens Campaign to Fund Completion of New Fire Hall

The Wysox Volunteer Fire Company and Auxiliary are beginning a Capital Campaign to raise money to complete the building of the new fire station and social hall. Ground was broken and construction started on the new building on May 17, 2004. The new building is located on the fire company property on Lake Road in Wysox Township. Construction is expected to be complete in September.

The $1.1 million project is 75 percent covered by the proceeds from the insurance covering the former building, which was destroyed by fire on Feb. 15, 2003. The Wysox Volunteer Fire Company lost the entire social hall complex and Station 1, as well as a storage facility, in the early morning fire. No fire trucks were lost because of the quick response of the firefighters to the blaze.

The goal of the capital campaign is to raise $200,000 over the next three years to help the fire company pay off the construction loans necessary to complete the building project. The Capital Campaign Committee plans to raise $100,000 from donations from the Wysox, Towanda, Asylum Township and Standing Stone Township areas. The balance of the campaign will be raised through the efforts of the Wysox Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and the renting of the new social hall.

The capital campaign will begin with several mailings to businesses and individuals in the service area of the fire company. A brochure which details the funding needs and includes an artist's rendering of the new building will be sent along with a pledge form for ease of response. The committee will also make visits to individuals and businesses in the area for donations or pledges. Members of the Capital Campaign Committee are: Mike Thiem, president of the fire company, Ray Steen, Bud Secules, Tom Elliott, John Sullivan and Joyce Kerrick. The artist's rendering was donated by Edward C. Strosser of the Wysox Township area. He will also be contributing an oil painting of the building for the fire company to use as part of its fundraising efforts.

For more information, please contact Joyce Kerrick at 265-0141.

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