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Band returns for final firehouse bazaar

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FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WOLF) -- They performed at the first Mountain Top Hose Company No. 1 bazaar in the 1970s, and tonight, the same band was back for the very last one.

Tom Slick and the Converted Thunderbolt Grease Slappers performed to the delight of hundreds on Saturday night.

Organizers say this band did their first few bazaars, until they got away from bands in the '80s. Now, they're glad to welcome them back.

They say a variety of factors made them decide that this would be the last bazaar.

"The last two months, we've done an enormous amount of work to get it here and it's a very small group of people that do it," says fire company president David Hourigan. "We have some challenges pending with regard to our parking and some small games of chance licensing, making it stricter for the bingo stand. You have to be 18 years old to play it, so we lose all our teenagers."

Hourigan says they lost some revenue from the change in the "small games of chance" rules.

The event usually raises about $35,000 each year to pay for the fire company, and they plan to replace it with a fire tax that would be $30 per year for a home valued at $100,000.

Voters are set to decide on the fire tax in November. The 44th annual bazaar wraps up on Sunday.

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