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Slower calendar sales could mean less funding for two local events

by Chris Daponte

MAPLETON TWP. - Two of this township’s most popular annual events are the Santa Claus Parade through Drayton and the Canada Day fireworks display at the Drayton Fairgrounds.

In addition to the great entertainment they provide, an added bonus for locals is the $0 price tag at both events.

But Mapleton Township Fire Rescue, which organizes both events, may have to once again ask for money from residents and/or businesses if revenue from calendar sales does not pick up.

“We used to go door to door asking for money ... we also asked businesses,” said Fire Chief Rick Richardson. “We just hate doing that.”

To date the department has sold just over 700 of the 1,200 calendars ordered for 2012. At this time last year, sales were well over 900.

“It was so successful last year. I can’t figure it out,” said Richardson.

He acknowledged the department is running out of days to sell the calendars - a problem that is compounded by training commitments and other duties of local firefighters.

Richardson would appreciate any help the department receives with calendar sales. All profits are directed towards the annual parade and fireworks show, with anything left over going to the local food bank.

“It’s a good cause,” said Richardson.

The calendars are $10 each. An extra $15 enters the purchaser into fundraising draws throughout the year. There are two draws every week for $50, two yearly draws for $1,000 and seven daily draws during fire prevention week in the fall for $100.

For more information or to arrange the purchase of a calendar email Richardson at

January 20, 2012


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