Chester Gap column for Oct. 13

Trunk-or-Treat in the works

Well folks, we made it through another hurricane, thankfully we only got the outer edges here in our area but that was more than enough. Trees down, shingles torn from roofs and debris scattered everywhere, coupled with the fog and then the rain and cold temperatures sure made for a dreary Saturday and Sunday.

Thankfully there was no major flooding and no event-related deaths in our area, but to be fair if the weather ever gets to be a flood issue up here we’ve already got problems long before then. Either way, now it’s nice and sunny with highs in the low 60s — which is perfect fall weather for our area and for the annual Trunk-or-Treat to be hosted at the Chester Gap VFD, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

The big hit from last year, the hayride will again be provided by Chief Todd Brown and James Costello, who supplies the wagon and hay. The department is planning to shut down the access roadway in front of the station during the event hours to ensure a safe area for the children and participants who wish to pass out candy. And, just like last year, department members will be passing out candy themselves and are accepting donations of new prepackaged candy and or prizes.

As for any costume judging or carved and/or decorated pumpkin contest, those possibilities are yet to be decided and set by event coordinator and member-at-large Junior Jenkins. You see, friends, the department is hoping to add a few friendly scares to the hayride and with those members tied up there it takes them away from supervising other events such as the contests.

If you’d like to volunteer to help out (which is the greatest need) in any way or to donate prepackaged candy or prizes, please contact Junior Jenkins at 540-622-4059 as he or his lovely fiancé Amanda would love to hear from you. If you have a few hours to spare please do give them a call, friends. The fire department does a lot for the children in our neighborhood and for us all in general and donating a few hours, heck four tops, to watch kids play games like lucky duck or bobbing for apples or to help judge a costume contest really is not that much to ask. Honestly we ask much much more of them each and every time that a call for a fire or rescue is dispatched, so if you’re able, let’s give a little time back to them and everyone make sure that you come on out and enjoy yourselves and grab a piece of candy. . . . I know that I will!