VISTA, N.Y. -- Dozens of hungry people lined up long before the doors opened for the Vista Fire Department's 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, April 16.
"Last year we had 180 people," said Auxiliary member Jeanine (Chip) Haberny, whose husband, Joe, was the head chef. "Joe and I got the idea for the dinner when we traveled upstate and saw so many signs for local firefighters' spaghetti dinners. This is only the second of many, I hope."
Saturday's menu included spaghetti, bread and butter, salad, cake and cookies. The Acme Market, ShopRite and the Horse and Hound contributed products, but the most generous volunteer was the animal who provided the grass-fed beef for the spaghetti sauce. He had been a member of the herd at the Haberny family’s Three Feathers Farm.
Vista's combined firefighting and emergency medical services corps service an area of five square miles. Like Northern Westchester's other strictly volunteer departments, Vista is actively seeking new members. The benefits of joining include tax breaks for homeowners, free gym membership, free access to the town pool and a small retirement package. But most firefighters and EMTs agree that the greatest benefit is the thrill of helping your neighbors.
"What we do is serious," said Fire Chief Jeff Peck. "But we try to have a lot of fun, too."
The VFD will host an Open House & Recruitment Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
Interested firefighters will have a chance to learn more about the community's volunteer emergency facilities, its apparatus and its various services. The event's guest of honor will be Daisy the Arson Dog.