Community Building A Dream

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Before Labor Day, the labor on the new fire department substation in Geronimo Estates will be complete.

"We started raising funds almost two years ago and have had a lot of good donations," said Joe Brown, one of the many volunteers in the community helping get the substation built. The best donation was the land -- the Farval Mark family gave the fire district the lot for the construction of the substation.

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With Gila Redi-Mix bringing in the cement to Geronimo Estates, volunteers, directed by Tom Cappola, rolled up their sleeves and pulled on their rubber boots to put down a floor for the new Whispering Pines Fire District substation in the small forest community. Almost $46,000 has been raised by the residents in less than two years for the project.

The Whispering Pines Fire District serves Geronimo Estates, and its chief, Mark Essary was part of the building crew putting down the floor Saturday. Once the floor is in, the walls should go up quickly, followed by the roof.

The two-bay station will be 36x40 feet, with the bay doors opening onto Paint Pony Road in the small community nestled in the forest off the Control Road.

The community is only a few thousand dollars short of its $46,000 goal for the project. Another volunteer, Tom Carlson, said the building will be more than a shell to house two fire department vehicles.

"It will be a community center too," Carlson said.

Another fund-raiser, using two donated America West tickets, will raise another $2,500. The drawing for the airline tickets -- which are for anywhere America West flies -- will be held at a benefit dance at Mazatzal Casino July 31. Only 500 raffle tickets for the drawing were printed and sold for $5 each, a limited number remain, Carlson said. The dance is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and a $5 admission will be charged. There will also be raffles for door prizes and a 50-50 prize.

Tickets are available from Nancy Tones, (928) 474-3088; from Linda Dyer, (928) 474-3552; or from Barbara O'Connor, (928) 476-4077.

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