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Massena Rescue Squad holds 40th annual open house, radiothon

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MASSENA — When he woke up and looked out the window Monday morning, Massena Rescue Squad Chief Norm F. Worden didn’t like what he was seeing. The sky was gray and the rain was coming down and, in a few short hours, the rescue squad would be opening its doors for its 40th annual open house and radiothon.

But then the skies brightened and the rain cleared up about an hour before the doors were set to open.

“When it stopped raining, the line went out the doors,” Mr. Worden said.

And that, he said, translated into a successful event.

“It’s going excellent today. This is by far and away looking like the best we’ve had yet,” he said.

Although the rain ended, at least three people got soaking wet — Massena Police Chief Timmy J. Currier, Massena Mayor James F. Hidy and Massena Rescue Squad Rookie of the Year Nate Rogers, all of whom found themselves on the hot seat in a dunking booth run by the squad’s dive team.

Nearby, children were taking part in fun and games, including an ambulance beanbag toss and a ring toss.

“There’s a lot of happy faces at the games,” Mr. Worden said.

Off to the side, BD Entertainment had set up two bounce houses for the youngsters, and visitors also had an opportunity to get a close look at the squad’s ambulances and boat.

Inside, a silent auction featured some big-ticket items, such as four tickets to the New Hampshire International Speedway for a July 14 NASCAR race and four one-day “park hopper passes” for Walt Disney World in Florida.

The Masons were on hand, as they have been annually, with their Child ID program. Mason John Schneider said that, by early afternoon, they had done a child identification kit for 28 youngsters.

And, as it was 40 years ago when the Massena Rescue Squad held its first radiothon, WMSA radio was on hand to broadcast live. Sanford T. Cook manned the broadcast booth on Monday.

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