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  • Citizens’ Hose celebration continues with open house

  • Citizens' Hose Company continues the celebration of their 125th anniversary this week with an open house at the fire department.

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  • Citizens’ Hose Company of is commemorating their 125th anniversary this year with a bang. Even though the fire departments celebratory parade was cancelled Saturday because of bad weather, the show as they say must go on.
    The celebration continues in Smyrna this week with an open house at the fire department. What was originally was supposed to be in August but was postponed due to Hurricane Irene, the open house is expected to be a fun, family outing for members in the community.
    1. There will be music as the Citizens’ Hose Company band will start the event off with a performance at 10 a.m. in the engine room. Known in the area for their concerts, the band will play a variety of music from traditional marches to patriotic music to show tunes. “I think it’s a great way to start the open house, to get people excited,” said Bob Merrill, band committee chairman.
    2. It’s a chance to get the family out of the house on a fall day. There will be fun activities as well as some awareness throughout the day. Kids will get to participate in fire hydrant mini golf, a crawl low and go box, a 9-1-1 simulator and more. All the while, parents can do blood pressure and diabetic screenings and receive other educational information. Plus, there will be displays on fire safety, smoke alarms and child nutrition.
    3. Along with the activities and displays, there will be a Clayton Police K-9 demonstration, a demonstration with an arson dog from the State Fire Marshal’s Office Arson K-9 Unit, apparatus displays, tours and much more. Don’t have any Citizens’ Hose memorabilia? Merchandise will be available for sale.
    It’s another chance to get the family out of the house for a community-wide event. Plus, it’s a way to learn more about Smyrna’s volunteer firefighters and a chance to show your support.
    “I’m hoping the activities draw a lot of people and they just have a lot of fun with it,” O’Malley said.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.

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