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RENSSELAER FALLS – Do you have an item you are looking to sell? Chances are the Rensselaer Falls Fire and Rescue Squad can auction it off on May 4 at the Rensselaer Falls fire hall, 424 Rensselaer St.

Since the first event in 1996, the annual auction has been a major fundraiser for the department. Money raised from the auction is used to purchase equipment and fund training.

“We are a volunteer organization, therefore we have to pay all of our own expenses,” Karin Blackburn, department secretary, said. “The success of our auction depends on the people and businesses in the surrounding communities that we serve and protect.”

The auction typically raises anywhere from $8,000 to $12,000 for the department, Shelly A. Planty, auction organizer, said.

“That money will go directly towards funding of our new truck,” Mrs. Planty said. “Not to mention, the department has to continually update its equipment each year.”

The department is looking for all kinds of high-end items to sell, including kitchen tables, chairs, quilts, hand-sewn aprons, and canned jellies and jams.

Mrs. Planty said the annual auction always features one-of-a-kind donations from several places, including the Marines, Army and Amish. The items are so unique, the auction draws people from all over, including Canton, Ogdensburg, Morristown, and Gouverneur, Mrs. Planty said.

To donate to the auction, contact Mrs. Planty at 344-7906. Auction organizers will accept almost any item, except clothes and appliances, Ms. Blackburn said.

Bob Kosman, of Kosman Auctions & Realty, Lisbon, is the auctioneer. The auction starts at 9:01 a.m. at the fire hall.

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