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 A Pig Roast to Toast to The Alexandria Fire Department
 By Donna RhoDes
ALEXANDRIA – On Satur- day, Sept. 4th, the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Fighters Associa- tion fired up the grills and, with the assistance of the firefighters and EMTs they support, hosted their 22nd annual AVFFA Wil- liam E. Corliss Memorial Pig Roast at the Alexandria Town Hall.
Fran Butler, the retired chief and now treasurer for AVFFA, said the event is held each year in honor of former Deputy Chief William Corliss, who first came up with the idea of hosting a community pig roast. Corliss served as deputy when Butler was the AVFD chief, and he said that Corliss wanted to do some- thing other than the chicken barbecue dinner fundraisers, which were so prevalent at that time. Thus the annual pig roast began.
The annual Labor Day Week- end dinner was originally held at the fire department on Wash- burn Rd. However, it became so popular that they moved it to the town hall, where better indoor seating and parking were avail- able. The pig roast is one of two major fundraisers sponsored by
the association each year. Money raised from the dinner and their famous winter ice fishing derby on Newfound Lake allow the association to purchase safety equipment for the department that is not included in the town budget. For the 2021 pig roast, though, AVFFA President Laura Plummer said there was one significant change. “Due to the COVID virus and all that’s gone on in the past year, the dinner this year (was) free. We wanted to give back to the community and thought everyone could just use a break, so we didn’t charge for the meal,” said Plummer. However, firemen’s boots were set out for any donations peo- ple wished to make, which were greatly appreciated.
Included on the menu, be- sides the slow-cooked fresh pork, were corn (both on and off the cob), baked beans, squash, po- tato salads, pasta salads, and other side dishes. Rolls, soda, coffee, and water, along with an array of desserts, were also provided. This year’s dinner saw more than 200 people in atten- dance.
Besides contributions of all the side dishes and desserts from
AVFFA members, the two pigs were donated by Shackett’s Mar- ket, and Walkers Farm provided all the corn. Anyone unable to attend the dinner but would still like to make a donation to AVFFA’s support for the fire de-
partment and their community service programs can mail a check to the Alexandria Town Offices, P.O. Box 282, Alexan- dria, N.H. 03222. Please include the notation “AVFFA” on the memo line.
As preparations got underway for Alexandria Volunteer Fire Fighters Association’s annual Labor Day Weekend pig roast, firefighters Paul Sirard, John Jagman, and
Lt. Darren Downing kept a close watch on the fire pit where the main course was being cooked. Photo by Donna Rhodes
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