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Saltillo VFD annual stew/chili slated Saturday

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Saltillo Volunteer Fire Department will be serving up stew and chili, along with homemade desserts, starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the station, on U.S. Highway 67 east in Saltillo at County Road 3604, infront of Saltillo school.

Community members are invited to stop by for some hearty beef stew, chicken stew or chili — prepared by the seasoned cooks of Saltillo VFD — while fellowshipping with other area residents and supporting the department. Cost for the meal is by donation.

This year, Saltillo VFD has numerous door prizes generously donated by area merchants that will be presented throughout the fundraiser. Some items are more geared toward men, others kids and a few for the ladies too.

Raffle tickets are available for $2 each or six for $10 for chances to win one of three prizes: a Savage rifle with scope donated by Roger Price at Thee Pawn Shop, a $250 pre-paid Visa card and a $250 prepaid MasterCard. That’s potential to win one of three prizes per ticket. The drawing for all three items will be held at about 2 p.m., when things generally being winding down. Tickets are available from any member in advance or at the benefit.

There are even a few items, such as baked goods, that will be auctioned during the stew and chili benefit.

All proceeds from this annual fundraiser go to Saltillo VFD to help with regular operating costs. This year, the funds have been earmarked to help with repairs to Engine 9’s tank, which has a leak that grows progressively worse. Funding will help fix the leak, with any additional funds going toward operating costs. The last two months, Saltillo VFD has been called on more than usual to battle grass and brush fires due to weather conditions on the eastern portion of the county. 

The department currently has three trucks — an engine, an attack truck and a brush truck — which are used for structure, grass, medical and vehicle rescue calls.

Saltillo VFD’s coverage area spans east to the Franklin County line. 

Its northern sector spans to County Road 3542 at County Road 3546 and FM 900 north at FM 69 north, then dips south into Flora at County Road 3535. 

The western border spans from Flora down to County Road 3520 down to 3518. The south border then spans east from the curve at County Road 3521 to County Road 3528, follows County Road 3526, 3528, and 3531 to Interstate 30. 

The southern border then continues along eastbound I-30 to CR 3354, turning south of I-30 along County Road 3385 and 3371, across FM 3105 to CR 3374 and the county line, according to the Ark-Tex Council of Government’s fire districts’ map.




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