Bovina Fire Department to mark 60th anniversary
Bovina Center — Bovina Day, and the 60th anniversary of the Bovina Fire Department, will be marked this year by a night and day of events beginning this Friday, July 17 when an old-fashioned melodrama will be presented in the Bovina Town Hall.
The short play, suited to all ages, depicts fictional events of 19th-century Brushland (Bovina’s original name) and was found in a locked trunk in the Bovina Library by current library director Marjorie Miller. Written by an “anonymous lady” of a humorous bent, the play will be presented Friday at both 7 and 9 p.m. and features the talents of Monica Liddle, Julien Richards, Carla and Luke Dougherty, Briana Riera and Kim Riera as well as the News’ own John Bernhardt in the pivotal role of Rev. Doright Huggable with Jan Bray providing essential assistance to the performances at the piano.
Admission for the melodrama is $3 for adults and $1 for children with all proceeds benefiting the Bovina Public Library. Refreshments will also be served. Harlo Bray and Friends will be performing musical numbers prior to the show as well as during intermission.
The following morning, Saturday, July 18, Bovina Day – with its townwide lawn sale and church crafts sale - gets underway with the fire department providing breakfast items to go from 8-10 a.m. at the firehall. The crafts sale is on the church lawn beginning at 9 a.m. The library’s annual book sale also begins at 9 a.m. on the steps of the library on Maple Avenue. The library has many audio books for sale as well as a large amount of new science fiction and quality paperbacks.
The fire department will have an open house from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with games for kids starting at 10 a.m. The Historical Society, which sponsors the townwide lawn sale, will hold their annual lunch beginning at 11 a.m. at Brays near the Bovina Playground until 1 p.m.
The fun continues at noon when The Bovina Dairymen take on Fleischmanns’ Mountain Athletic Club at vintage baseball with a location to be announced. At 4 p.m the Bovina Fire Department’s 60th anniversary parade gets underway with many local families and businesses adding floats to the turnout of red fire trucks and others from all over Delaware County who will be out in tribute to the department’s anniversary. Current officers of the Bovina F.D. are Chief Robert Burgin, 1st Assistant Chief Edward Weber, 2nd Assistant Chief Brian McIntosh, 3rd Assistant Chief Joshua Choquette, Secretary Catherine Hewitt and Treasurer Edward T. Rossley.
The Bovina Center Fire District (not to be confused with the Town of Bovina Fire District) was created in November 1915, which is approximately when Main Street’s original fire department building, now owned and maintained by the Bovina Historical Society, was built. The early fire district had a chief engineer, Alexander R. Myers. The district had two companies, the J.W. Coulter Hose Company with John R. Aitken as Foreman, and the Bovina Center Hook and Ladder Company with James A. Hilson as foreman.
The final events of the day will be the annual town picnic at 6 p.m at the ball field on Maple Avenue, which, if you wish to join, you may with a dish to pass. This tradition grew out of Old Home Day, which began August 30, 1918. At 7 p.m., Bovina Town Historian Ray LaFever will fill in the history of the picnic since 1918 with a lecture near the library.