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Piping hot chili served to support fire department

ffirefighter Adam Lees was declared the winner. John Brownlee finished second.
Adam Lees was the winner of this year’s chili cookoff. From left, Deputy Fire Chiefs John Brownlee and Kent Lees, cookoff winner Adam Lees, treasurer Lucille Dunn and Fire Chief Brayden Rowley.

MANOR - The Manor & RM 63 Fire Department hosted their second annual chili cookoff Saturday with a good crowd in attendance.

After all the votes were tallied, local firefighter Adam Lees was declared the winner. John Brownlee finished second. Taylor Hoey won the inaugural event last year.

The local fire department is committed to the construction of a 2,160-square foot addition to its building. The existing fire hall was originally built to house three trucks. The Manor Fire Department now has a main pumper truck, a secondary pumper, a tanker, and two wildland units. They are looking to expand their hall to ensure a more efficient process with responding times.

“The cost of this project is estimated to be $215,000,” said Deputy Fire Chief Kent Lees.  “This spring, we are breaking ground, pouring the floor and starting construction.”

Treasurer Lucille Dunn was pleased with the results of Saturday night’s fundraiser.

“We had a good turnout, and from tonight’s sale of chili, refreshments, raffle items and silent auction items, we raised nearly $9,000. The fire department has raised over $90,000 in our quest to fund the fire hall extension.
“Thank-you to all our sponsors who donated many great prizes and to all those who attended. It was a great night.”

The Manor & RM 63 Fire Department also reminds everyone that there are only two weeks remaining in this year’s Chase the Ace fundraiser. A winner of the accumulating funds must be declared by season’s end with the next draw scheduled for March 24. The final draw is to take place March 31.

The large payout will easily exceed $10,000. Dakota Rose was the lucky final winner in 2021, while Tyler Efford won in 2022.

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