To the Editor:

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

The party was attended by more than 130 people and consisted of a pot-luck dinner, crafts for the kids, a visit from Santa, and a very large raffle, which was the highlight of the evening for many.

The raffle would not have been possible without the numerous prize donations:

The Cookhouse, Bella Jewelers, Phys-Ed Health and Performance, Candlewood Animal Hospital, Barkery Bootique, Bennett Automotive Services, Hobbytown, Del Italia, Windmill Diner, Body Graffiti Tattoo, Theo's Downtown Diner, Sweet Spot, Nordica and New Milford Sports Club.

Route 7 Deli, Edible Arrangements, Brickhouse Pizza & Restaurant, Fat City, Straight Line Bikes and Boards, Ski Haus, Robert's Auto, Shooter's Indoor Pistol Range, Sherwin-Williams and Fajitas & Margaritas.

Classic Liquors, Blue Hills Barber Shop, Jo-Jo's Deli, All Aboard Pizza and Ice Cream, Play, Bank Street Theater, Bank Street Coffee House, Bank Street Book Nook, Natural Marketplace and Sugar Hoot.

En Vogue Salon, Focal Point, Lucia Ristorante, Paul Morton Jewelers, LoStocco Auto Parts, Aldi, Achorn Liquors, Powerhouse Appliances, Stop and Shop and Italia Mia.

Levine Automotive, Ring's End, Carquest, West End Power Equipment, Top Flight Sports Center, Creative Haircutters, Three Brothers Family Restaurant, Royal Buffet, Nails Studio & Spa and Monro Muffler/Brake.

John's Best Pizza and Restaurant, Friendly's, Steve's Deli, Gary's Rib House, the Primitive Home, Northeast Carpet, Agriventures Agway, Candlewood Valley Motors, Mystery Ink and Elite Gymnastics.

DeItalia Pizza and Pasta, Sears, Big Y, River Bistro, Adrienne's Restaurant, Marandola Fuel, Bridge Liquors, Holiday Restaurant, S.J. Barrington, Matteo's Restaurant, Il Colesseo Restaurant and Midway Liquors.

Tall Order Screen Printing and Embroidery, Park Lane Animal Hospital, Petrela Spa and Nails, Gregory James Gallery, H.H. Taylor and Son Hardware and Johana's Restaurant.

Artemisia Salon, West Street Power, CVS, Oriental House, Superior Plus Energy, I-95 / KICKS 105.5 Radio, Stew Leonard, Bull's Bridge Inn, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Walmart, Canvas Tattoo, Personal Touch Car Wash and ABC Fuel Oil.

Home Depot, Charter Communications, Rebecca Christine's Consignment Boutique, Bruce Taylor Heavy Equipment Repair and Dwayne Acton.

Special thanks go to New Milford Printing for copying our donation request letters.

Additionally, we would like to thank Primo's Deli and Adrienne's Restaurant for their food donations to complement our pot-luck dinner, as well as Joe's Salon and Spa, Connecticut Auto Repair Services, Neeltran, V & V Stoves and Spas, New Milford Print Works, Housatonic Valley Firearms, Union Savings Bank, Housatonic Valley Insurance, B & B Mason Supply, Law Office of Cecilia Buck-Taylor and Greenhaus, Riordan & Co. Accounting for monetary contributions.

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

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

The dedicated volunteers and their families truly appreciate all of this generous support. We look forward to continuing our strong community relationships with these local merchants and individuals and forming new connections.

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

Robert Golembeski

Derek Villani

Ronald Newkirk

Holiday Committee

Water Witch

Hose Co. #2

New Milford