Fire company closes hall kitchen
Allen Township Fire Company, which has served countless breakfasts to families Sunday mornings, has shut down its social hall kitchen, surprising many people in the region who looked forward to the touch of Pennsylvania Dutch at the all-you-can-eat events.
The children’s Easter egg hunt, traditionally held Holy Saturday, also has been canceled. And at this time, the Christmas party for children, at which Santa pays an early visit to township children, is in jeopardy.
Fire company President Brenda Koch said, “We are not having the egg hunt for children because the money we made from the breakfasts paid for the egg hunt.”
The shutdown, which many in the township hope is temporary, is based on a dwindling number of volunteers.
There is a glimmer of hope, according to Koch. A committee has been organized to chart the social hall’s future and determine whether breakfasts and other community programs can be resurrected.
The township’s volunteer fire company fire trucks and personnel occupy the lower level of the Howertown Road building.
The social hall, with seating for more than 200, is on the second level. It is open to members Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
The hall can be rented, according to Koch.
Township Fire Chief Dale Hassler, also a township supervisor, acknowledged a committee headed by Koch has been formed to address its future.
The egg hunts for kids date back to the 1960s, if not longer, Koch said.
The popular breakfasts have been a staple for families for years.
The hall has held comedy shows, weddings and other dinner events.