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The Telegram
  • Herkimer Now Halloween events draw crowd

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  • When Herkimer Now members planned a trick or treat event on Main Street followed by a party at the Herkimer Fire Station, they weren’t sure what to expect.
    “We didn’t know if we’d have 10 kids or 100,” said Kathy Penree, one of the organizers.
    But costumed children and parents braved the drizzle to visit the businesses and Herkimer Now volunteers offering treats on North Main Street and went on to pack the Herkimer Fire Station, where they enjoyed cider and doughnuts, a costume contest and crowded around for a chance to take home a balloon sword or animal.
    Penree estimated about 100 children went trick or treating at the Main Street stations and more than 150 children plus plenty of adults attended the party. In addition to the trick or treat stations on Main Street, the Herkimer police were on hand, passing out treats from their Humvee.
    The party was a collaboration between Herkimer Now and the Herkimer Firemen’s Benevolent Association, Penree said.
    “I reached out to the Firemen’s Benevolent Association about having the party and they enthusiastically said they’d host it here at the fire station,” she said.
    The firefighters decorated the station and provided refreshments, and Brian Reile, president of the FBA, chose the winners of the costume contest. Mary Ellen Hart, of Herkimer Now, donated prizes for the contest and led the costume parade around the firehouse.
    “It was a great collaboration and we’re looking forward to making it an annual event,” said Penree.
    “It’s nice to get together like this,” said Carey Scanlon, who accompanied some youngsters to the event. “This is awesome.”
    Scott Petucci, of Herkimer Now, said the group just completed its annual Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser, selling 171 dozen doughnuts, and is looking forward to organizing a Holiday Stroll on Dec. 23 on Main Street in the village.

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