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ODHFS Central Region February 2022 Newsletter
Sunday, February 13th, 2022

ODHFS Central Region Members;

As usual, my first order of business each month is to correct something I wrote in the previous month's newsletter.

Last month I forgot to welcome two new members who joined us in December, Joe Brice from North Chesterfield and Eric Broughton from Chester. I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events. Also, FYI to Joe & Eric and all members that do not currently own an antique apparatus; there are many ways for you to get "hands on" in our club including:

  • Many of our members that own apparatus (or a fleet in Tommy Herman's case) welcome other members riding along with them to events and/or helping them demonstrate their apparatus while representing ODHFS.
  • Helping out with events in our region such as at: the Pride and Polish event (see below); at our upcoming annual meeting (see below); and at our annual muster in Farmville in October.
  • There are also other ODHFS events in other regions that are listed on our website calendar such as the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Antique Fest that can always use assistance putting the event on.

If you need help in finding someone to offer your services, let me know.

Reminder to those who have not renewed your 2022 dues. Please do so as soon as you can.

Events: The following are events that I know about in the region, close to the region, or ODHFS sponsored events in other regions. As always, the most up to date list of all statewide events is on the ODHFS website calendar. Likewise, if you know of an event that our members would be interested in, send it to both Jack Sullivan and me.

  • March 12 Central Region Meeting and Pride and Polish Workday Keystone Museum, Colonial Heights, 9:30AM - 4:00 PM Yesterday I sent out the information on this event. If you need another copy let me know. The museum will be giving ODHFS a significant price break for the use of their facility during our upcoming annual meeting so the work to polish the 9 antique fire apparatus while telling stories is a direct benefit to our organization. Unfortunately I will not be there as I will be polishing my grandkids toys that day, someplace a lot warmer than in Virginia so Tommy Herman will be leading this event.
  • March 12 Raleigh NC St. Patrick's Day Parade If interested contact George Mills ASAP g.c.mills.iii@earthlink.net
  • April 2 ODHFS Annual Meeting, Keystone Museum, Colonial Heights. More information will be sent out on this event soon including registration information. One thing to be alert to: If you register in advance, your lunch will be provided by ODHFS. If you do not register in advance, it will cost $10 per person to eat.
  • April 29 95th Apple Blossom Festival Antique Festival Winchester. All day. Apparatus judging, parade, and banquet. More information on the ODHFS website calendar or contact Northern Region Director Davind Gantt at racindave@msn.com.
  • May 14 3rd Annual Breakthrough Car Show Pamplin Park, Petersburg. 10AM - 3 PM To register or for more information see www.pamplinpark.org or contact Colin Romanick at aromanick@pamplinpark.org.
  • June 4 Virginia Fire and EMS Memorial Service More information later.
  • June 11 Richmond Region AACA Collector Car Show and Swap Meet St Joseph's Villa, Henrico More information at www.RichmondCarShow.com.
  • September 16,17,18 Field Days of the Past Amelia More information later
  • October 8 ODHFS Annual Muster, Wilck's Lake Park Farmville. More information later but if you desire to stay in the area, I recommend you make your reservations now. With two colleges in Farmville, there is something going on every weekend and the hotels fill up fast.

Last month I touched on ODHFS' desire to have additional people step up to be prepared to run our organization in the future. More specifically and personally I need one or more Central Region Members to contact me to discuss the position of Central Regional Director. Not only do I hope you will consider moving into the Central Region Director position in a year or so, but during this upcoming year I hope you could accompany me at Board of Director meetings (most of these have been on zoom recently) to learn more about the inner workings of our organization and represent me when I am unable to attend due to other commitments. Please consider this and give me a call.

Floyd - FloydPowhatan@gmail.com

804-347-9016 (leave message)

ODHFS Central Region February 2022 Newsletter
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Sunday, April 10th, 2022
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On Sunday 4/10, Tom Herman & Jerry Fisher had the Colonial Heights twin Maxim pumpers on display at Small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights, Va. to honor ODHFS member & Lifetime member of CHVFD, Lloyd Goddard.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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ODHFS Central Region Members;First I want to welcome four new members to ODHFS and our region: Donald Root from Ashland, VAJoel Willis from Palmyra, VAMichael Wade from Ashland, VALawrence Peoples from the southern part of our region in Louisburg, NCI'm sorry I was not able to attend the Annual...
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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ODHFS member Herb Delbridge and his “PURPLE HEART TRUCK” were on display at MISSION BBQ on March 29, 2022 to commemorate the National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Mr. Delbridge created this truck to honor all US War veterans.
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ODHFS Central Region Members;As detailed below, there are two events coming up in the Central Region soon. First the pride/polish/Central Region get together that will be at the Keystone Museum on March 12.
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
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Good afternoon! Spring is right around the corner. It’s time to get the trucks running Check your fluids, especially brakes for any leaks. Check tires, and all of your mechanicals.Truck show season will be here before you know it.
Sunday, February 13th, 2022
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ODHFS Central Region Members;As usual, my first order of business each month is to correct something I wrote in the previous month's newsletter.Last month I forgot to welcome two new members who joined us in December, Joe Brice from North Chesterfield and Eric Broughton from Chester.
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President Tom Herman recently spoke with Mrs. Herbert Delbridge, owners of the “PURPLE HEART” fire truck. We found out that Herb had been ill and was in the hospital, but had no details. Herb suffered a debilitating stroke and not long after, his wife became ill and had a stay in the hos...
Sunday, January 30th, 2022
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long time ODHFS member Rusty Davis. Rusty joined ODHFS 12/1/87. Rusty has been an avid supporter of ODHFS working in various positions and helping many with his expert mechanical knowledge.
Sunday, January 16th, 2022
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As we wind down this holiday season I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year! It seems like we just can’t get a break from this Covid stuff because everyone you talk to either has it, had it or knows someone that has it.
Saturday, January 8th, 2022
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The ODHFS regrets to announce the passing of Northern Region member Bruce Harding, an active and long time member of the ODHFS. The family is working on arrangements now and we will pass along that information as it becomes available.
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ODHFS Central Region Members;Is it Happy New Year or is it Groundhog Day/Year? Last January I was massaging my arm where I had received my first Covid shot thinking the mess would be over soon. This January I just ordered another box of N-95 masks.
Sunday, November 7th, 2021
ODHFS Central Region Members: Despite the threatening weather that kept about 1/2 of the registered vehicles away, we still had a good turnout at the Muster in Farmville on October 9, 2021. While it rained (on me) on the way there and on the way home, other than a very short sprinkle early in the d...
Friday, October 1st, 2021
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President Tom Herman regrets to announce that ODHFS Central region member Jim Hanifer has passed away. Jim had been a member of ODHFS since 2012 and could be seen each July 4th Brandermill parade riding with one of us through the parade.
Monday, August 30th, 2021
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The ODHFS regrets to announce that Northern Region Member James Allison passed away on Wednesday, August 25th. Visitation will be Friday, September 3rd from 3-5pm and 7-9pm at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA.
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