Jefferson FD to mark 90 years Saturday


By David Avitabile

A big celebration is being planned for Saturday for the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Jefferson Fire Department.
1927 was a huge year. Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs for the World Champion Yankees. President Calvin Coolidge decided not to run for re-election, paving the way for the presidency of Herbert Hoover. Charles Lindbergh flew solo over the Atlantic Ocean, and the first “talkie,” the Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, opened in movie theaters.
Numerous fire departments from inside and outside Schoharie County will be sending trucks and personnel to a big parade set for 5pm from the Jefferson Central School to downtown, according to Fire Chief Bill Bivona.
“Many fire departments from miles around will be attending,” Chief Bivona said.
“It should be a big fire department parade.”
Dozens of invitations have been sent out for participants, he added.
“It’s more about the celebration,” said Chief Bivona, who has headed the department for three years.
In addition to the parade, a “country barbecue” will be held at the fire house after the parade.
Pulled pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages, salads, and more will be served.
Along with the food, there will be a concert featuring the Kyle Bourgault Band from Albany in the fire house. There is a charge which covers food and the concert.