Better Late Than Never

I know I am extremely late in posting this, BUT I heard it’s snowing out at Pigeon Lake today, so perhaps it’s still somewhat seasonal??

2014 updates/posts will be much more timely….promise!

Our Truck and The South Pigeon Lake  Fire Department volunteers were Given A place of honour  at the 2013 Santa Claus Parade

 

Presented by the Wetaskiwin Firefighters

The 2013 Wetaskiwin Fire Department Santa Claus Parade was again a huge success, full of community spirit.

The South Pigeon Lake  Fire Department volunteers were honoured to host parade marshal Dot Brekke, and lead the parade with our 1947 La France Fire Truck #50 “The Fald Pumper”.

19 years ago Dot Brekke, along with a loyal group of community members spearheaded the need for an annual kickoff to the holiday season, which led to the Gingerbread and Glitter annual holiday season events, and the Santa Clause parade has become an important part of that tradition.

Thank you to the Wetaskiwin Firefighters Social Club for organizing the parade, and to Warren Stark and the rest of the SPLFD volunteers for all their effort decorating the truck. We are looking forward to next year!

Watch and listen as the Fald Pumper brings in the parade marshal, Dot Brekke to lead the 2013  Wetaskiwin FireFighters Santa Claus parade!! Video uploaded by Jeff Hilgartner.

 

All Decked Out For The Holidays

The 2012 Wetaskiwin Santa Parade.

Organized by Wetaskiwin’s Volunteer Fire Fighters.  It takes a lot of work to organize an event such as this, and from everything I’ve heard and read, it sounds like everyone had a lot of fun. Some folks even saying that this was one of the best parades they’ve had! Congrats to all those involved!

I was able to locate a few posted pictures of the truck in the parade!  Two were taken by Ted Gillespie of Wetaskiwin, and one is complements of Allen Patterson of Pigeon Lake.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Wetaskiwin Candy Cane Wonderland Parade

( “The Fald Pumper”) is all decked out for the holidays and will be participating in the 2012 Wetaskiwin Candy Cane Wonderland Parade!

Commencing tonight,  November 16th at 6:30 p.m, the City of Wetaskiwin Firefighters Social Club will be hosting the Wetaskiwin Candy Cane Wonderland Parade, which starts on 53rd Street and ending on 47th  Street. The South Pigeon Lake Firemen’s Association has our 1947 Antique LaFrance all deck out for the holiday event!

For the past 19 years the Wetaskiwin community as come together to host their annual Gingerbread and Glitter event. The proceeds from this event supports 3 very worthwhile local charities; Secret Santa, The
Wetaskiwin Health Foundation and the Food Bank. The Gingerbread and Glitter organizers also make donations to other groups such as Horizons Centre for helping out with the event.

Gingerbread and Glitter organizers will be providing hot chocolate
for the spectators following the parade.

For more information on all the planned activities:

Check out the PipeStone Flyer’s article:  http://www.pipestoneflyer.com/Article.asp?id=2518

For a complete list of the events check out Gingerbread & Glitter

Nov. 16 – 18, 2012

Starting at 2:00 pm - A display of Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Creative Christmas Creations, and Gingerbread Creations plus Kids Korner, Christmas Craft Fair and a variety of other…

For more information visit: www.gingerbreadandglitter.com

 

Have you got your tickets yet?

Tonight is the 2′nd Annual

Pigeon Lake Firemen’s Ball

  • August 18th, 2012
  • Mameo Town Hall
  • Semi Formal.
  • Dinner, Dance, and Silent Auction

All proceeds go to SPLFD. Tickets are only $50. For more information and tickets call (780) 586-2865

Check out the Pipestone Flyers article on last years hugely successful event: http://www.pipestoneflyer.com/Article.asp?id=1205

Water Fight Pictures Captured!

Big “Thank You” to Carmen Sparrow for forwarding her awesome pictures of the annual water fight during the 2012 Ma-Me-O Days parade!

Carmen says, ” We look forward to the family weekend, parade, and especially the waterfight every year!”

Check out these amazing and very fun shots https://splfd1947lafrancefiretruck.wordpress.com/galary/events-activities-gallery/2012-ma-me-o-days/

If you were at the parade and have pictures or stories you would like to share, please get in touch with me, or just leave us a comment below….we would love to hear from you!

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Good Times At Ma-Me-O Beach

A Great Day Indeed!

Another huge success at Ma-Me-O Days, and it all started with the annual Fireman’s Breakfast. What a feast it was!

Yummmm!

This is an annual fundraiser for the South Pigeon Lake Fireman’s Association. It was nice to see such a great turnout.

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On Cooking Duty!

Several members of the SPLRFD were on hand to serve up this years feast. Shown here is Deputy Chief, Fred Gainer and Assistant Chief, Grant Churchill on cooking duty.

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The Greeters

Captain, Bill Moure and Retired Chief, Stu Raven collected the small $5 fee for breakfast and as you can see, they greeted all the patrons with their best smiles!

The Parade

A small but very energetic parade was enjoyed by several hundred people at this years event!

The Fald Pumper

The 1947 LaFrance was one of the parade highlights. Here parade goers get an opportunity to check it out close up.

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Fire Signature Department

Another favorite in this years parade was the antique 1954 Sea Grave fire truck, which is privately owed by Signature Inspection Services of Devon, Alberta.

Lots more pictures to see…

Check out the Gallery: http://splfd1947lafrancefiretruck.wordpress.com/galary/events-activities-gallery/2012-ma-me-o-days/  for more highlights and pictures of the days events. Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera died during the parade, so I missed getting shots of the big water fight. I hope to track some of these pictures down and will post if I can. If you were at the parade and happen to have pictures, please get in touch with me!

Ma-Me-O Days – Saturday, July 28th

Come On Out and Have Some Fun….It’s Ma-Me-O Days!

Look for Truck #50 ( “The Fald Pumper”) at the 2012 Ma-Me-O Days Parade!!!

Warren Stark (original co-owner of the truck) along with several other department volunteers, will be prepping and shining the antique fire truck for its first showing at the annual Ma-Me-O Days parade.  The South Pigeon Lake Fire Department has always been a huge participant at this event, and it all starts with the annual Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, which runs from 8am – 10:30am.

Once everyone has had their fill of breakfast, the crowds then hurry over to grab the prime spots; lining the roadway to take in the MMO Parade that starts at 11am.

There’s always lots to see in the parade, but the main attraction has always been the fire trucks and the traditional water fight. This tradition, has grown every year and has expanded beyond just the firemen. The crowd and property owners along the parade route have joined in the fun over the past few years. Yup, returning crowd members are now prepared, and they come armed with water guns and water balloons. Property owners along the route also get in the action and have their garden hoses out and ready.

It’s a whole day of family fun, but don’t stop there, make sure to take in the annual Family Dance at the Ma-Me-O Beach town-hall, Saturday night.

On Sunday, July 29th you and  your family can also participate, or just go and  enjoy the MMO Days Sandcastle contest.

So come on out and have some fun!!

For more information contact the Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach

Summer Village of MA-ME-O Beach – The Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach is located at the south-east end of Pigeon Lake, on Highway 13A about 1 hour south-west of Edmonton.

 Sorely missed, but not to be forgotten.

This is the first year the truck will be entered into the Ma-Me-O parade and Larry Fald, will be noticeably missed. Larry was an active participant and supporter of Ma-Me-O Days. It was something he looked forward to every year, and he took great pleasure in soaking the crowd and cooking at the pancake breakfast. Larry will indeed be missed, but his memory will not be forgotten.

Support for the restoration project continues. A big “Thank You” to all involved, please take the time to check out the updates on our supporters page, and I also was finally able to get my “Little bit about Warren”, check out that update in the About/History page.

See you all at the parade!!!

Be A Part Of Your Community

Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragic Death of Larry Fald.

Remembering Larry

Remembering the loss of a loved one, a friend, or a neighbour is always a really difficult time. What’s helping me through today is to focus on what I think he would want me to do. Larry gave so much of himself to others. Through a simple wave or smile, to clearing snow for his neighbours, or acting as a volunteer firefighter, Larry always made time for the people in his community.

Over the past year I have tried much harder to focus on giving more than I take. Some days are better than others. Today, I followed my dad’s example, and I completed the volunteer orientation at my local Animal Humane Society. I signed on to volunteer 2 hours a week for the next 6 months. It’s not a lot, but every little bit helps.

Today, I encourage you to look for ways to get involved in your communities. Become a volunteer firefighter, be a mentor at a local kids club, or perhaps just be available to lend a hand to your neighbours.

The volunteer work on the fire truck continues. Throughout the winter some minor mechanical issues have been repaired. A couple of weeks ago Warren mentioned that they had located an original bell for the truck, and they are making plans to order it. I will continue to update this weblog on the fire trucks restoration progress and where and when it will be on display. The fire department volunteers plan on entering the fire truck into several community events throughout 2012.

If you have any questions, comments, stories or pictures you would like to add, please feel free to leave a post or contact me via email.

Best Regards,

Karen (Fald) Peacock

The Battle Lake Ladies Club Donates In Memory of Larry

Fald Truck Donation

by Submission
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Larry Fald passed away on February 11, 2011.  He lived in this community for many years and was also a volunteer fire fighter for the Pigeon Lake Fire Department.  Larry’s dream was to restore a 1947 fire truck which is now being done by his fellow firefighters.  The Battle Lake Ladies group has donated $200.00 in memory of Larry towards the restoration of this truck. The cheque is presented to Warren Stark (Pigeon Lake Fire Department) by Marlene

Flyin’ High at the Fair

Our 1947 La France is in the news…….

Click on the “Newsroom” link for a great article showcasing the ’47 La France.

Lakedell Fair 2011

For more great articles check out the Leduc – Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer http://www.pipestoneflyer.com