By Claire Cella
HFD in 2010: First row, from left: Anthony Camillone, Joseph Camillone, Andrew Camillone, Jeff Slauson, Steve Finch, Toby Hubbell, Jerrod Hubbell, Brandon Laughren and Ralph Greenberg. Second row: Dave Riordan, Nathaniel Liddle, Ellen Faut, George Suess, Sharon Suess,In recent weeks, members of the Halcottsville Fire Department Auxiliary, a group of 21 women, have had their hands full preparing for the highly-anticipated, multi-part event that will take place all day on Saturday in Halcottsville.
The most significant celebration will be that of the 100th anniversary of the Halcottsville Fire Department.
Natalie Ormiston, president of the auxiliary, said the women formed a historical committee to research the fire department in preparation for the celebration. The department actually formed 108 years ago, she said, but at first, it was only a loosely associated group of local men. It wasn’t until 1910 that the group was officially organized, naming themselves the Wawaka Hose Company, after Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville.