To the Editor:

The volunteer firefighters of Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 of New Milford recently held our annual holiday party for members and their families at our firehouse.

The party, which was attended by more than 125 people, consisted of a pot luck dinner, crafts for the kids, a visit from Santa and a large raffle.

The raffle would not have been possible without the numerous prize donations from many local businesses, ranging from various unique and practical items to gift cards.

We would like to thank the following local merchants for their generous donations:

Bella Jewelers, Hobbytown, Austin's Auto Works, Robert's Auto, Route 7 Deli, Sherwin Williams, Blue Hills Barber Shop, Sugar Hoot and LoStocco Auto Parts.

All Aboard Pizza & Ice Cream, JoJo's Deli, Sidney Frank Importing (Jagermeister), Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Meadowbrook Farms and Carquest.

Italia Mia, John's Best, Lore's Lanes, Ring's End, Royal Buffet, Stop & Shop, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Villarina's Pasta & Fine Foods, West End Power Equipment and Windmill Diner.

Black Swan Fireside Hearth & Home, Body Graffiti Tattoo, Brickhouse Pizza & Restaurant, Delitalia, Fat City, Home Depot and The Cookhouse.

Three Brothers Restaurant, Elite Gymnastics, Candlewood Valley Motors, DeItalia Pizza and Pasta, Fast Eddie's Billiards Cafe, Gary's Rib House, Mystery Ink, Northeast Carpet and Steve's Deli.

The Primitive Home, Phys-Ed Health & Performance, Bank Street Book Nook, Bank Street Coffee House, Joe's Salon, En-Vogue Salon, Lucia Ristorante and the Natural Marketplace.

Paul Morton Jewelers, Salsa, Artemisia Salon, Ruth Chase Flowers, CVS, Oriental House, Executive Cuisine, Lennie's Flower Shop and New Milford Sports Club.

Agriventures Agway, Norbert Mitchell Fuel, Superior Plus Energy, Johana's Restaurant, Nordica, Tasty Waves, H.H. Taylor & Son Hardware, Theo's Downtown Diner and Adrienne's Restaurant.

Candlewood Animal Hospital, Marandola Fuel, River Bistro, S.J. Barrington's, Trading Post, Big Y, ABC Fuel Oil, Bruce Taylor Heavy Equipment Repair, Bull's Bridge Inn and Charter Communications.

I-95/KICKS 105.5 Radio, Stew Leonard's, Northlight Framing, Park Lane Animal Hospital, Personal Touch Car Wash, Rainbows Hair Salon, Tall Order Screen Printing & Embroidery and Dwayne Acton.

Additionally, we would like to thank Primo's Deli for their food donation to complement our pot luck dinner, as well as Levine Automotive, Powerhouse Appliances, Candlewood Valley Motors, Greenhaus, Riordan & Co Accounting, Innovative Dispute Resolution/Law Office of Cecilia Buck-Taylor and ABC Fuel Oil for their monetary contributions to assist in covering expenses related to the festivities.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our brother firefighters of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department for their donation of a live Christmas tree used to decorate the firehouse for the party, as well as Doug Baldwin of Fieldstone Nursery for putting together the large wreath for the front of the firehouse and making beautiful table centerpieces for the evening.

Additional thanks go to the Merryall Union Chapel for its donation of the large spruce tree adorning the firehouse property in the center of town this holiday season.

Thnaks, too, to the Canterbury School grounds crew for creating a wonderful winter scene outside around the tree even without the presence of the white stuff from Mother Nature.

Finally, we need to thank Walter Bayer and his assistant, Timmy, for the special appearance which all of the children enjoyed immensely.

All of the dedicated volunteers and their families truly appreciate all of this generous support to our organization, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013.

We look forward to continuing our strong community relationships with these local merchants and individuals, as well as forming even more new connections in the future.

It is nice to know so many support what we do to protect the community 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.

Thanks again, and be safe.

David R. Golembeski


Holiday committee

Water Witch

Hose Co. No. 2

New Milford