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Kids wanted for firefighter muster fun this Saturday; fundraiser also to include dinner and raffle

MIDDLEBURY — Several area businesses will be teaming up to raise money for some critical first responders in Middlebury this Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of a fundraising tradition that began six years ago in memory of former volunteer firefighter Adam Myers.
The 6th annual Fundraiser for the Middlebury Fire Department and Heavy Rescue will be another weekend-long event made possible by contributions and donations from dozens of organizations and individuals who have donated cash or items to be raffled off to benefit the fire department and heavy rescue. Last year’s fundraiser garnered more than $10,000.
“This is a very special event that the community holds dear to itself on a number of levels,” explained Holmes Jacobs of Two Brothers Tavern, one of the event organizers. “It’s an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate and thank the men and women of Middlebury’s emergency services for risking their lives on our behalf every single day. It’s truly an incredible group of people.”
The following events are planned for Saturday:
•  10 a.m.-noon, Middlebury Fire Department Mini Muster in which children of all ages are encouraged to join members of the NFD on the town green behind St. Stephen’s for fun games, refreshments and a tour of fire engines.
•  6 p.m., friends and family will gather in the Two Brothers Tavern Lounge to celebrate the MFD and Middlebury Heavy Rescue while raffling off more than $2,000 worth of merchandise and gift certificates. Tickets are $2 each or $5 for three and went on sale this past Monday.
•  10 p.m., the progressive bluegrass band Fiddle Witch will perform at Two Brothers.
•  Two Brothers Tavern will donate 10 percent of its total sales from Saturday to the Middlebury Fire Department.
Chief Dave Shaw added that “Middlebury Emergency Services Day is about reaching out to the community and bringing local businesses and citizens together in support of these services, including these two sister organizations, which are too frequently only together during times of tragedy. I encourage the public to come out to the town green to enjoy a few hours with their local emergency responders — kids, bring your bathing suits and prepare to get wet!”
Middlebury Fire Department and Heavy Rescue officials were grateful to premiere sponsors of this fundraiser who had raised more than $7,000 in support of emergency services before the beginning of the week.

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