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Festival committee's gift to help purchase Sharpsburg fire truck

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Tom McGee | The Herald
Members of the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Guyasuta Days Committee after the committee donated $10,000 to the department.

The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department got a boost from another community organization to buy a new fire truck.

The Guyasuta Days Festival Committee donated $10,000 to the department to help with its efforts to buy a truck.

The estimated cost has been about $430,000.

The department announced late last year that it needed to replace a 30-year-old fire truck that required frequent repairs. That led officials to raise taxes by .15 mills, money that is dedicated for the department's truck.

Roxanne Magnelli, head of the Guyasuta Days Festival Committee, said the department and its volunteer members have always been there for the community and now it is time for them to receive help.

“Now they need the assistance of us, of the Sharpsburg community, its residents, its businesses and its various organizations to make this happen,” she said.

Department President Frank Bagnato said the donation was much appreciated.

“We've all been working hard to try to get this thing done. It takes a little bit from everybody,” Bagnato said.

The donation is the latest good fortune for the department. It also received a $10,500 state grant from the Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. The grant money was generated by gaming revenue.

That money will be used for heating, ventilation and an air conditioning unit for the Sharpsburg fire station.

That money could not be put toward the purchase of the truck because it must be spent within a year.

Money from the Guyasuta Days Committee comes from fundraising throughout the year and the annual festival.

This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 4 to 9.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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