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Fundraiser brings in $900 for Camp Howe

This year’s ninth annual Goshen Meltdown netted $900 for Camp Howe, a 4-H summer camp, while awarding the winner of the popular event $640. Longtime organizer Robert Labrie, a captain with the Goshen Fire Department, said Doreen Mollison of Goshen came closest to guessing when the ice would melt enough to allow the 69-pound “Meltown block” to fall into the water of the town’s Hammond Pond.

Mollison bet the block would sink at 12:06 p.m. on April 16, 13 minutes before the Meltdown block actually sunk. Meltdown rules state that the winner will be whoever comes closest to the time without going over.

Attached by a rope to a clock in the pond’s gatehouse, the block pulls the plug of the clock out of the wall when it goes beneath the surface, marking the official time the block sinks.

Proceeds from ticket sales are split between the individual who guesses the closest time and a selected charity.

Labrie said 1,374 tickets were sold this year, with an additional $229 in outright donations coming in for Camp Howe.

The funds will be used to create and furnish a “cool-down room” in the camp’s newly built multi-purpose recreation building.

Located in Goshen, Camp Howe provides day, overnight and weekly camping programs for persons of all ages.

— FRAN RYAN

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