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On Centre | Around Penns Valley: Firefighter foodies strap on aprons to raise funds

Get your taste buds ready, Penns Valley residents.

The Miles Township Fire Company, 102 Broad St., Rebersburg, hosts two fundraising events a month that include pizza and shrimp.

Twist is, the volunteer firefighters and those associated with the department hand make the pizzas themselves.

“Yep, I guess we can do it all,” said newly appointed Fire Chief Eric Miller, who replaced his brother Brad Miller last month.

“It’s made from scratch, and we roll it all out and cook it up.”

A pizza night is held the first Friday of each month at the fire hall. The next one will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 9.

The 18-inch pizzas sell for $15 each, or $5 for two slices and a drink.

The monthly shrimp feeds are held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the last Friday of every month.

Costs vary, Miller said.

Miller said the shrimp feeds have been a monthly tradition for more than 15 years, but the pizza nights were started in November to help raise additional money for the fire company.

“We get a good turnout,” he said.

“It’s a nice way to interact with the people we serve and put money raised toward our operating expenses to buy new equipment and more training for the guys.”

About 35 people attend each gathering, helping to raise $400 to $1,000 per event.

The Miles Township Fire Company is an all-volunteer fire and rescue department that has been in operation since 1941.

Other fundraising activities include an annual summer carnival and a gun raffle held in September.