Goshen voters eye sale, for $1, of vintage engine
This vintages 1937 Dodge fire truck fire truck was purchased in 1949. The Goshen Firefighters Association hopes to purchase it from the town for $1 so it can take steps to restore it.
Rick Tracy of Intervale Farm in Westhampton sells tomatoes to a customer at the Williamsburg Farmers Market Thursday.
GOSHEN — The town will hold a special Town Meeting Monday to ask residents to approve the sale of a vintage 1937 Dodge fire truck to the Goshen Firefighters Association for $1.
The truck, the Fire Department’s first fire engine, was purchased in 1949. It has been parked in a barn for many years, deteriorating with the passage of time.
Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the association has been trying to raise funds to restore the vehicle for some years now. She said the late Fire Captain Steve Mollison, who died in 2011, had led efforts to solicit donations for the restoration.
“Steve would ask people to donate their redeemable bottles and cans when they came to the transfer, to support the restoration of the truck,” Labrie said. “Right now we have $5,400 and the restoration will cost roughly $20,000.”
Labrie said there may also be grants available to help fund the job.
Fire Captain Bob Labrie said he wants to see the vehicle insured. “That way we will officially own it, and we can get it restored,” Labrie said.
Once restored, the truck will not become part of Goshen’s active fleet of fire trucks.
“It will be a parade truck,” Chief Labrie said. “We want to do this so that we can preserve history.”
The special Town Meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Burgy farmers market holds steady
The Williamsburg Farmers Market is holding its own after three years on the lawn of Meekins Library.
Eight farms participated in this year’s Thursday market, selling fresh produce, meats, eggs, coffee, maple syrup and other maple products, baked goods, flowers and yarn.
“We have a really solid customer base that comes every week,” said Joanna Winkler, a Northampton resident who manages the market. “The challenge, and this is true for all markets, is trying to find new customers.”
Rick Tracy of Intervale Farm in Westhampton said he has been selling at the market for two years.
“It takes a while to get people to support the market, and this one is still relatively young,” Tracy said Thursday, while standing behind his table filled with a colorful assortment of produce.
“I like to bring in a wide range of stuff so that there is something here for everybody,” he said.
The market has just over a month to go until it closes for the season Oct. 23.
Presentation of restored charter
The Chesterfield Select Board is inviting residents to attend an official presentation of the restored town charter Monday in Town Hall.
“When Chesterfield celebrated its 250th anniversary two years ago, we asked our local legislators for a copy of the town charter,” Town Administrator Susan Labrie said (who is also the Goshen Fire Chief.) “When they went to the statehouse to make a copy, the original was in such poor condition, that making a copy was impossible.”
The original charter was written in 1762. Once the restoration was completed, a copy of the charter was made for the town.
The charter presentation will take place at 4 p.m. at the Town Offices at 422 Main Road.