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NHVFD gears up for annual Marathon Sept. 7 / August 26, 2013
North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department members are gearing up for their annual Marathon – the department’s major fundraiser of the year. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 7 beginning with the invocation by Steve Moore and the singing of the National Anthem by Cecil Hazelwood at 10:45 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. that evening.

“We appreciate your support in the past and we depend on your financial contributions to help with routine day to day operations,” they write in their newsletter to members of their community.

In addition to counting on the department for fire protection, North Halifax has been granted an expanded service area for providing emergency medical services and are able to transport patients to the hospital not only from their area but also into some neighboring areas as well. Their coverage now extends from the Staunton River in Brookneal southward to the 5000 block of L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway which is just five miles north of the Town of Halifax.

It also covers eastward into the Lennig area and westward into Pittsylvania County.

The department has two fully equipped ambulances and there are five full-time emergency medical technicians on duly to provide medical help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department has some 30 volunteer drivers and emergency medical technicians to provide assistance as needed.

Their helipad also allows members of the community to have the availability of immediate emergency care.

As always the Marathon event offers special activities for the children, including a kiddie train, face painting, inflatables and other activities.

There will be live music all day long beginning with The Brown Brothers at 11 a.m. and concluding with Matt Boswell and the Hillbilly Blues Band from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other performers include Bluegrass Five, the Hi Grass Band, the Gospel Gals, the Combined Choirs from Second Baptist Church and soloist Cecil Hazelwood.

There will be a quarter scale tractor pull beginning at 1 p.m. and the “We’ve Got Rhythm” dance academy will perform at 5:30 p.m.

The menu for both dinner and supper includes barbeque pork or fried chicken with slaw, baked beans and a roll, as well as homemade Brunswick stew, hotdogs with all the fixins’ and homemade pies and cakes. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and food service will continue until 7 p.m.

There will be craft vendors and antique cars and trucks ready for inspection.

As always the department will be raffling off a handmade “Double Wedding Ring” quilt made by their quilting ladies.

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