ODHFS Northern Region Newsletter - February 2021
Sunday, January 31st, 2021

ODHFS Northern Region Newsletter
February 2021

Recent Member News:
No activity has been reported for the month of January.

Apple Blossom News:
We have an event! Saturday May 1st, from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester, VA. This will not be in our usual format. This is a static display only along with
the rodeo and modern apparatus display. Please see the flyer for more details onhow to register and information on the event.

This event is subject to change or cancellation beyond our control!

For those of you who sponsored the dash plaques or trophies for 2020, we will not be using that money for the modified 2021 event. It will now be forwarded to our 2022 event unless you’d like a refund. If so please let me know and will get that out to you. Thanks for your understanding in this.

Help Wanted:
Do you enjoy attending the Apple Blossom event the ODHFS Northern Region does? Do you know this is the premier event for the ODHFS at this time? Do you enjoy seeing all your old friends and telling tales? Do you wish it to continue? We need your HELP! Some of our committee members are aging out and who knows if they’ll be able to help with the 2021 or even the 2022 event. This is your Region and Event! Without your help this event will come to an END!

We are looking for Northern Region members who would like to become part of the ODHFS Northern Region Apple Blossom Committee to help plan and work the event.
We need to start having people in the wings to learn the various tasks to put on Apple Blossom in case something happens to anyone on the Committee. Computer skills are a plus. If you wish to learn more please contact me.

The Northern Region Treasurers 2020 report is available to ODHFS Northern Region members on request.

The Northern Region is working on a display board to help display all our Dash Plaques from the Apple Blossom events we’ve had. We don’t have a full collection and are looking
for a few missing ones. We’re hoping some of you may be willing to donate back one if you have them.

Needed ones are:
1996 Sarah Zane 1840 Hand Pumper
1999 John H. Enders 1965 Mack
2001 Culpeper County VFD 1923 ALF
2002 Sarah Zane 1967 Ford Young
2003 Leesburg VFD 1929 Seagrave
2004 Herndon VFD 1953 GMC/American
2005 North Mountain VFD 1951 Willy’s Brush Truck
2010 Victoria VFD 1965 Chevy/ALF
Unknown Woodstock VFD Hand Pumper
Unknown Orange VFD Seagrave Squad

Annual ODHFS Northern Region Meeting
Due to the likelihood of being unable to have an in person Northern Region Meeting in March 2021, will are currently exploring the possibility of having a ZOOM meeting. We
won’t have our annual lunch or auction, but hope to maybe have a featured speaker or two. We would like your thoughts on this. Please e-mail your response to me at

Do you have access to the ODHFS Webpage? Lots of member only extra information can be accessed by you and also to help record events you attend.
If you’re a member in good standing, contact Jack Sullivan at to be set up for access.

Upcoming Events:
May 1st- Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival “Bring Back the Bloom” Fire Truck Rodeo and Static Display. 10 AM until 3 PM at the Winchester Apple Blossom Mall.
See flyer emailed separately for more details.

Reminder that all events are subject to change beyond our control!

David Gantt
ODHFS Northern Region Director
(703) 973-7117

ODHFS Northern Region Newsletter - February 2021
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Sunday, January 16th, 2022
As we wind down this holiday season I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year! It seems like we just can’t get a break from this Covid stuff because everyone you talk to either has it, had it or knows someone that has it.
Saturday, January 8th, 2022
The ODHFS regrets to announce the passing of Northern Region member Bruce Harding, an active and long time member of the ODHFS. The family is working on arrangements now and we will pass along that information as it becomes available.
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Sunday, November 7th, 2021
ODHFS Central Region Members: Despite the threatening weather that kept about 1/2 of the registered vehicles away, we still had a good turnout at the Muster in Farmville on October 9, 2021. While it rained (on me) on the way there and on the way home, other than a very short sprinkle early in the d...
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Friday, October 1st, 2021
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Saturday, September 18th, 2021
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Monday, August 30th, 2021
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Thursday, July 15th, 2021
ODHFS Eastern Region Newsletter – July 15, 2021Hello folks, Sorry that I have not been posting anything on events in our area. I have been in contact with different groups on their status of events.
Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
Happy Summer! The grandkids and daughter arrive from Hawaii in a week. Our son arrives from Tucson in about 10 days. Life will be good...or at least hectic. First I want to welcome another "long distance" member to our region.
Saturday, July 10th, 2021
The 2021 Summer edition of the IFBA Turnout Magazine has just been released and can be viewed here:
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
Robert J. Rohrback - December 13, 1945 - June 5, 2021Robert J. "Bob" Rohrback, 75, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021. He was born on Thursday, December 13, 1945, to the late Robert L.
ODHFS Central Region Members:The following are events that I know about in or near the region:June 19, 2021 2 PM - 4 PM Fathers Day Car Show Dunlop House Assisted Living, 235 Dunlop Farms BLVD, Colonial Heights.
ODHFS Central Region Members;Spring is finally here and the world is inching back to normal. The number of parades and events our organization normally participates in are starting to increase. I hope to see you out and about soon.First I want to pass my compliments to our Northern Region for the ...
ODHFS Central Region Members;As difficult as it was, I did come home from Hawaii. I'm waiting for my "Longest Distance Traveled Trophy" for attending the Board of Director's Meeting via zoom at 4 AM while I was there.First, welcome to the newest members in the region: Steve Korb...
Recent Member News:We have two more new members to welcome this month. Thomas Owens and Thomas Woodford. Hopefully they can make it out to Apple Blossom this year and get to meet manyof us.Another friendly reminder that a couple of folks may have overlooked, paying their dues for 2021.
Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
The ODHFS regrets to announce that ODHFS Life Member Patrick Aloysius Bahen, 72, of Mechanicsville, Va., died Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Bon Secours Hospice in Richmond, Va. Pat was an early Founding Member of the ODHFS having been involved with the club since day one.
Recent Member News:We have two new members to welcome this month. Kaegan Horvat and Brian Martin.Hopefully they can make it out to Apple Blossom this year and get to meet many of us.A friendly reminder that some folks may have overlooked paying their dues for 2021.Remember our membership year runs f...
ODHFS Central Region Members;Frist, I'm sorry for the delay in my February newsletter but I kept waiting for some new news to pass on to you but until this weekend when I learned about Farmville finally being allowed to have their 150th Anniversary Parade, I had nothing new to report.
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