ODHFS Northern Region Newsletter - March 2021
Sunday, March 28th, 2021

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 from January to December. If you’re not sure if
you’re paid up, just contact me and I can let you know.

Apple Blossom News:
This year our event will be on Saturday May 1st, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., 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 fire truck rodeo and modern apparatus display. All apparatus will be
mixed together.

All registered participants and volunteers will receive a free lunch.
This event is subject to change or cancellation beyond our control!

Apple Blossom Helpers Needed:
We are looking for members who would be willing to help out at Apple Blossom this year.
We need still need a judge or two, several parking and directional helpers, and couple of
people for Safety Officers. Judges will be judging antique and modern apparatus with a
very laid back criteria this year. Just contact me for more info. FREE lunch provided for
all volunteers!

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 of 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.

A big shout out to Pete West who has offered to donate a bunch of the ones we are looking for back to us. Still trying to find a few others though.

Needed ones are:
Year Name Apparatus
1996 Sarah Zane 1840 Hand Pumper
1998 Woodstock VFD Hand Pumper
2000 Orange VFD Seagrave Squad

Also trying to figure out what was featured on the 1997 dash plaque or if there was one that year? Also does anyone know if there were Apple Blossom dash plaques before 1996?
Maybe some of you long time members can help out with information.

Annual ODHFS Northern Region Meeting:
Due to lack of interest, we will not be having a virtual Annual Northern Region Meeting this

ODHFS Webpage and Event Tracker:
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 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Winchester Apple Blossom
Mall. See flyer below for more details and link to register.

• October 9, 2021 10:00 a.m., ODHFS Annual Muster at Wilck’s Lake Park in
Farmville VA. Registration opens in July. As of today, the park is still closed due to
Covid restrictions but with other events opening up throughout the Commonwealth,
it is hoped we will be allowed to have our Muster there as planned so add this to your
calendar. Please note that due to the two universities in the town, hotels in the area
fill up quickly on weekends. Therefore, if you will need lodging, it is recommended
you make the arrangements ASAP. Here is a link that shows the available facilities
in the area: For more information on the
Muster contact Floyd Greene at:

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

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

ODHFS Northern Region Newsletter - March 2021
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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...
Saturday, November 6th, 2021
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Friday, October 1st, 2021
President Tom Herman regrets to announce that ODHFS Central region member Jim Hanifer has passed away. Jim had been a member of ODHFS since 2012 and could be seen each July 4th Brandermill parade riding with one of us through the parade.
Saturday, September 18th, 2021
(VA) 51st annual RRAACA Car Show and Swap Meet Another reminder! Sat. Sep 18th 2021 ALL DAY Richmond, VA - 51st annual RRAACA Car Show and Swap Meet - Richmond Region - St. Joseph's Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227 Hope to see many of you at this upcoming show! The ODHFS...
Monday, August 30th, 2021
The ODHFS regrets to announce that Northern Region Member James Allison passed away on Wednesday, August 25th. Visitation will be Friday, September 3rd from 3-5pm and 7-9pm at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA.
ODHFS Annual Antique Fire MusterSat. Oct 9th 2021 9:00am - 3:00pmMuster Flyer can be downloaded here! The 2021 ODHFS Annual Muster is scheduled for Oct. 9th, 2021 at Wilck's Lake Park, 1623 West Third Street, Farmville, VA FREE Admission - Public Welcome! Open to all antique and in-serv...
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.
Sunday, February 14th, 2021
Unfortunately, The ODHFS has lost another member. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Johnnie Ray Blanton of Loris, South Carolina, born in Georgetown, South Carolina, who passed away on February 4, 2021, at the age of 65, leaving to mourn family and friends.
Good evening all! I hope 2021 is starting out to be a better year for most of you as compared to 2020. As I sit here writing to you all, I am saddened to the fact that more and more events keep getting cancelled for this year.
ODHFS Northern Region NewsletterFebruary 2021Recent 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.
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