A summer season staple for a lot of Washington County residents is the ice cream social at their native hearth division.
Together with most actions this summer season, ice cream socials are being canceled as a result of COVID-19.
“About all people has one thing as a fundraiser,” stated Mark Wile, Warren Volunteer Hearth chief and president of the Washington County Hearth Chiefs Affiliation. “Nearly everybody has a social which is their most important, or solely, fundraiser for the 12 months.”
Wile stated the hearth chiefs he has spoken to are going with out a fundraiser this 12 months.
“There are a pair speaking about having one thing within the fall,” Wile stated. “So far as Warren goes, we’re going to cancel for the 12 months and take a look at once more subsequent 12 months.”
He has talked to every of the hearth departments about their fundraisers. Thus far, most have canceled, together with Dunham, Little Hocking, Little Muskingum, Newport, Oak Grove, Salem and Warren.
Others haven’t determined but.
“We’re undecided but. June 4, we’ll have a gathering about it,” stated Lowell-Adams Hearth Chief Josh Harris. “We talked to (Washington County Well being Administrator) Roger Coffman about it and we’re ready to listen to.”
Coffman stated he’s persevering with to observe the governor’s suggestions relating to occasions like these.
“They’re ready to see how the restaurant seating seems,” he stated. “And now there are wedding ceremony receptions. They’re ready to ensure we don’t have a surge of circumstances.”
Reno Hearth Chief Dan Ritchey stated their ice cream social is a big fundraiser for his or her station and the choice hasn’t been made but. Their social is scheduled for the fourth Saturday in July.
“It’s just a little completely different with us. We’ve received payroll as a result of we’re staffed 24 hours a day,” he defined. “That’s why we’re holding out till the final minute. We put this cash in our normal fund and it’s used for working bills.”
He stated not holding the fundraisers goes to be tough for the entire hearth departments.
“We most likely make about $25,000 on common, that’s why we’re not desirous to cancel simply but,” he added. “We’re ready to see what (Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine) does. We’ve received a few months.”
Wile stated it could prohibit their finances as properly.
“We’re going to should be extra frugal than we at the moment are,” he defined, noting they’ve had good turnout on the socials the previous few years, so that they have just a little rollover. Warren’s hearth division doesn’t use their cash for working bills. They use the $8,000 from the socials for issues they don’t need to spend taxpayer cash on, comparable to hats or T-shirts.
“It additionally helps us purchase tools, however the levy cash is taxpayer cash,” he stated. “I’m cautious what I spend it on.”
Although they’re usually the biggest, the ice cream socials aren’t the one fundraisers the hearth departments maintain in the course of the 12 months. The pandemic has additionally known as these occasions into query.
The Beverly Volunteer Hearth Division holds pancake breakfasts in the course of the 12 months. One scheduled for final week was canceled, however two upcoming ones are nonetheless undetermined.
“One is July Four and we haven’t decided on it but,” stated hearth chief Phil Lowe. “We additionally maintain one throughout Hearth Prevention Week in October.”
Final 12 months, Devola’s hearth division transitioned its ice cream social right into a fall competition.
“Ours is undetermined,” Chief Harold Newlan stated. “We’re assembly later to see whether or not we will maintain it.”
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Standing of ice cream socials:
• Canceled – Dunham VFD; Little Hocking VFD; Little Muskingum VFD; Newport VFD; Oak Grove VFD; Salem VFD; and Warren VFD.
• Undetermined – Barlow VFD; Fearing VFD; Lowell-Adams VFD; Reno VFD; and Wesley VFD.
• Additionally undetermined – Beverly VFD pancake breakfast on July Four and in mid-October; and fall competition in mid-October for Devola VFD.
Supply: Washington County Hearth Chiefs Affiliation.