Chester Gap: Work detail a huge success

Fire Chief Clint Wines, Zach Fogle, Floyd Lilly and Kirk Feldwymer work on the wall. Photo by Stephanie Crawford.

The Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department’s work detail over this past weekend to replace the retaining wall in front of the station was a huge success. The turnout from the membership was inspiring to see and allowed multiple tasks to be accomplished at the same time.

The project was started at 8 a.m. on Saturday with a break for the night being called at 9 p.m., Members showed up again at 9 Sunday morning to finish. The new wall looks awfully good and should last for many years to come.

The fire department’s president would like to thank those who turned out, starting with Kirk Feldwymer, who it turns out is a neighbor of the station house and plans to come to officially join up. Kirk came out on his own accord to help and with his “beginners luck” was a tremendous help who stuck right in there.

Also, Randy Norman and “Little” Jimmy Williams, who served as “professional consultants” for the project, deserve a special thank you. These gentlemen kept it all pointed in the right direction and are true assets. Also deserving thanks and in no strict order are Fire Chief Clint Wines, Zach Fogle, secretary Stephanie Crawford, Ashley Crawford (who was invaluable as an equipment operator), member-at-large Amanda Crawford, EMS Captain Tabetha Swain, Fire Lt. Brandon Phillips, Dylan Norman, Angie Norman, Floyd Lilly, treasurer Maybelle Gilkey, and Nelson “Buck” Williams, who stopped by to lend some encouragement and tried his own hand at driving in the 20-inch rebar stakes.

While there are a few last touches to be done to the wall over the coming weeks, once the dirt settles, the bulk of the work is completed and everyone involved should be right proud of the job they did.

In the next few weeks the department will be staining the porch and handicap-access ramp out in front of the station house as well as erecting the new flagpole and planting new flowers around the lighted sign in the rear of the building. So once again friends, any and all help would be greatly appreciated. These tasks won’t be nearly as labor-intensive as the wall but they will take some time and effort to complete.

All in all, though, the department’s president reports that everyone had a great time last weekend working together. Two new members were signed up as a result, and as the president said, “You just can’t get it a lot better than that, now can ya?”

Happy birthday, Annabelle

A very special happy birthday wish is in order for Mrs. Annabelle Mahoney, who celebrated her 84th birthday by being the guest of honor at a surprise birthday party this past Saturday. Her family and friends turned out with food and presents to honor her special day and hosted her party in the fire department banquet hall. So happy birthday, Annabelle, and may you have many more to come!