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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 2 weeks ago

The Casements Guild welcomes new members

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The Casements Guild recently welcomed new members at its last meeting. 

The new members are: Becky Panknin, Jean Gregory, Nancy Ruscitti, Cindy Ahern, Linda Bradley and Diana Bragg. 

The guild aims to support and promote The Casement's concept as a cultural center, and members often serve as tour guides, engage in fundraising projects, and maintain and staff the gift shop, according to The Casements website. If you're interested in becoming a member, call 676-3216.

New fire trucks

On Sept. 9, the Ormond Beach Fire Department celebrated a push-in ceremony for its two new fire trucks at Fire Station 92.

A push-in ceremony is a fire service tradition where firefighters wet a new vehicle with water, which is a practice that dates back to the late 1800s when fire companies used horse-drawn equipment, according to an email by Fire Chief Richard Sievers. The ceremony pays tribute to when firefighters had to push the carts back into fire houses because horses couldn't back the rigs in. 

Giving back

Food Brings Hope was the recent recipient of a food drive, sponsored by the Innovative Medical Professionals Assisting the Community of Today. 

According to a press release, IMPACT meets monthly to discuss its goal of making a difference in the community by giving back, and to choose a local nonprofit to support. Leighann Greco, community relations director at Benton House of Port Orange, hosted a donation drive-by at Benton House, in collaboration with Trilogy Health Services and Vitas Healthcare. 

To encourage participation, Benton House partnered with Fire House Subs to provide a box lunch to everyone who dropped off donations. These donations were then donated to Food Brings Hope.

FBH Executive Director Judi Winch was "overwhelmed with the generosity of IMPACT’s members."

“IMPACT has grown over the years, and we are thrilled that this allows us to donate to more non-profits such as Food Brings Hope," Greco said.

Student art on display

Last week, the Ormond Memorial Art Museum installed its new pop-up window exhibit at 9 W. Granada Blvd.

The display, which will run through Nov. 1, features 15 pieces created by students of Ms. Christine Colby and Ms. Kasondra Price at Seabreeze High School. The display features art in mediums such as acrylic, colored pencil and mixed-media, according to an OMAM newsletter.

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