To the Editor:

We, the volunteer firefighters of Water Witch Hose Co. #2 in New Milford recently held our annual holiday party for the members and their families at the firehouse.

The party, which was attended by more than 120 people, consisted of a potluck dinner, crafts for the kids, a visit from Santa and a large raffle.

The festivities, particularly the raffle, would not have been possible without the monetary support and 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 and individuals for their generous donations: A Muddy Paw Pet Salon, ABC Fuel Oil, Brian and Flavia Knapp, Bravo NY Pizza, Brickhouse Pizza and Restaurant, Bruce Taylor Heavy Equipment Repair, Bulls Bridge Inn, Candlewood Valley Country Club, Chocolate Nails, Classic Liquors, Cobblestones American Grille, Colosseo Restaurant and Pizza, CVS, Dwayne Acton, Edward Jones Financial, Elite Gymnastics, Fred Aldrich, Full Circle Promos, Goatboy Soaps, Greca Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar, Hobby Hangout and Hometown Liquors.

Thank you also to Housatonic Valley Insurance, Italia Mia, Johana’s Restaurant, Jo-Jo’s Deli, LaNoce’s Gourmet Market, Law Office of Cecilia Buck-Taylor, Lennie’s Flower Shop, Levine Automotive, Marandola Fuel, Midway Liquor, Natural Marketplace, New Milford Lanes, New Posh Nail Spa, Nordica, Nutmeg Olive Oil Company, Park Lane Animal Hospital, Paul Hulton, Petrela Spa and Nails, Rob Webster, Robertson Jewelers, Ruth Chase Flowers, Steve’s Deli, Stew Leonard’s, Tasty Waves, The Abbey Restaurant, The Gift Shop of New Milford, The Iron Rail, The Safari Collection, The Thierfelder Family, Three Brothers Restaurant, Touch of Summer Tanning Salon and Spa, Union Savings Bank, Valley Golf Center and Villarina’s Pasta and Fine Foods.

Additional thanks go out to Jo-Jo’s Deli and Texas Roadhouse of Danbury for their food contributions towards our dinner.

We extend a special thank you to our brother firefighters of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department for their donation of a live Christmas tree that was used to decorate the firehouse for the party, 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 his special appearance - along with Timmy the Elf - 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.

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 that 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

Firefighter and holiday committee chairman

On behalf of all the members of Water Witch

Robert Golembeski, Mark McGuill, Lynette Hanrahan and Gordon Newkirk

Committee members