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Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the North Halifax Fire Department dished out delicious homemade pies to a big crowd on Saturday. / September 10, 2018
“I think this was probably the best day we’ve ever had,” said North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ronnie Waller after its annual Marathon under cloudy but mostly dry skies Saturday.

He said when all the Marathon proceeds were totaled Sunday afternoon, the department took in about $53,000, but some expenses have to be paid from that amount.

Charlene Satterfield of Alton was the winner of a handmade quilt which was raffled off by members of the department’s Ladies Auxiliary. The auxiliary sold all 3,000 raffle tickets for the decorative quilt, bringing in $3,000.

In addition to raffle proceeds, the Auxiliary also raked in another $23,500 from the sale of food including homemade desserts.

The prize of a three-wheel ATV raffled off by the department brought another $9,600, and donations by the community brought in another $20,000 plus.

Waller said Mother Nature provided a nice cloud cover for most of the day, although rain fell for part of the afternoon. “I think people were just glad to get out of that oppressive heat we have suffered over the past days,” he said.

The Marathon is the major fund raising event for the North Halifax fire department, with the proceeds going to support the operation for the department — not only fire protection, but also emergency medical services.

Waller extended the department’s thanks to everyone who turned out for the day, as well as to donors and all who participated in making the event such a big success.

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