The annual Clambake was held this year on July 17th at Picards Grove, and was, as usual, well-attended and very successful. About 116 members and guests were in attendance, and a good time was had by all. It was good to see some members who haven't attended for a while, and to see some newer members and their families.


The next A.P.P.F.R.A. meeting will be held on September 15th, 10 a.m. at the Union Hall. Elections will be held at this meeting.
Notice of next year's meetings will be posted when available.

A.P.P.F.A. Convention News

The NYSPFFA annual convention was just held here in Albany, July 11-15, and was a great success. Many of our members were in attendance for several events, and many helped out with driving, tour directing, bartending, and manning tables.

**If anyone is interested in the mugs left over from the 2005 N.Y.S.P.F.F.A. convention, contact me. They are $5.00 plus shipping. Quantities are limited so act soon.

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On August 6th, Department Chaplain Fr. Tollman held a Mass for ill members of both the Department and the Retirees. Many of our members were in attendance, as was Mayor Jennings.

MD Boot Days

August 24th and 25th were the annual "Boot Days" for Muscular Dystrophy. As usual, Brother Terry Brady was once again out on the street collecting, and Brothers Gary Rhatigan, Tom McLaughlin, Jack Holloway, and Ted Wagner were among those helping to count the money. A bit over $17,000.00 was raised this year.

Prescription Coverage Update

In discussion with the President of the State Firefighters and other members of the State board, it was found that the State organization has not done any research on the Federal prescription program. However, they do recommend that because our city coverage is much better than the Federal plan, that members do nothing at this point. NOTE** The attorney has advised us that contact with the City indicates that they plan NO changes to our prescription or health coverage at this time, so the above recommendation stands.


As President Bill Wise was away, Secretary/Treasurer Tom McLaughlin ran the meeting. After the Secretary and Financial reports were read, most of the discussion centered on the Medicare Part D federal Prescription Program. As many received notification from the City regarding this, and the Association attorney, Tom Jordan, will soon be providing us with an opinion, it is recommended that at this point members take no action. More info should be forthcoming before the November 15th enrollment period.
The members present voted unanimously to make a donation for Hurricane Katrina relief to the Salvation Army.
As all positions were unopposed for the Board, it remains the same.
Next year's Clambake is scheduled for Sunday, July 16th, at Picard's.
The next Association meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2006.


Brother Richard Rose passed on on September 20, 2005, after a lengthy battle with cancer, and ex-member Calvin Bates died on September 19, 2005, after a brief illness. Please take a moment to remember these members in your prayers.


The Social Club has a limited number of 2006 Albany Area Entertainment Books, for the low price of $27.00. This is far below any of the other offerings for the books. You can pick one up at the Union Hall, or you can email me for a copy for the price plus shipping. These are on a first-come, first-served basis so try getting them quickly.


To get an early start, money is now being accepted for the Super Bowl pools. As usual, the money can be sent to; I'd like to urge everyone with squares to get your money in early, and please let us know if you aren't interested in keeping your squares.


The Social Club will be holding their annual Christmas Party at the Union Hall on December 15th and 16th, from 12 noon until ? As usual, there will be food, free beer, and free soda provided. All retirees in the area are invited to attend.

** N.Y.S.P.F.F.A. Firefighters Memorial Day

The annual New York State Firefighters Memorial was held on Tuesday, October 11, at the Firefighters Memorial at the Empire State Plaza. Several dignitaries, including the stiff Governor, spoke, and although the threat of inclement weather reduced the crowd a little, it was still a well-attended event, with several retirees involved. This year, ten new names were added to the Memorial Wall. The reception that followed at the Hall had many professional firefighters from around the State dropping by.

Fallen Firefighters Memorial Shirts

The Social Cub has several of the specially designed Memorial T-Shirts left over, and for sale. I will shortly be posting a photo of them. Sizes range from Small to XXXL. They sell for $10 for Small to XL, and $12 for XXL and XXXL, plus shipping. If anyone is interested, please contact me.

On a sad note, I must mention that, although not a member, Retiree Ernest Bonneau recently passed away after a lengthy bout with cancer. I'm sure that those of you who remember Ernie will think of him and his family in your prayers.


Once again, it is my sad duty to inform you that Brother Robert McMullin passed away on Tuesday, November 16th, after a battle with cancer. Several members attended a service for Bob on the 19th. Many of you will remember that besides his lengthy service on the job, Bob was a World War 2 veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor. Bob was a regular attendee at most meetings and Retiree functions. He will be missed.


Brother Ben Labunski is under the weather. I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from any of you. You can contact Ben at;
28 Pleasant Ave.
Snyders Lake, NY 12180, or call at:

**(I am glad to report that Ben is doing well, and has just about recovered.)

***If any of you know of a member who is ill, please contact me.

January Meeting

As very few members attended, Secretary/Treasurer McLaughlin again ran the meeting. There was some discussion on the Medicare Part D issue. As mentioned before, the Bake will be on July 16th at Picards Grove, so mark your calendar.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18th at 10 a.m.


The annual Clambake was held on Sunday, July 16, and as usual, a good time was had by all.


As was held last year, there will be a Mass for ill firefighters on August 2nd, at 5:00 p.m., at St. Catherine of Sienna Church, off New Scotland Avenue. All retirees and their families are invited to attend. Chaplain Fr. Tollman will say Mass, and refreshments will be served after the Mass.

Departed Firefighter and Union Brother

It is with deep regret that I report the sudden death of Firefighter Ted Abriel today at an alarm of fire at 2 Lncoln Square, of an apparent heart attack. When I know a bit more, I'll post here. Our regrets to Ted's family. He will be sorely missed.


Services for Ted Abriel will be held Friday, the 23rd, at the Palace Theater, from 2 to 7 P.M. Members are requested to meet at 5 P.M. I am told that parking will be made available. The funeral will be on Saturday, the 24th, starting at the Palace. Members should meet at 8 A.M. at the Palace. The procession will leave from the Palace at 9 A.M. en route to St. Pius Church on Crumitie Road for a 10 A.M. start, then proceed to St Agnes Cemetary for burial.

Well, we've been up and running for over a year, and hopefully we are getting somewhere. At least for now, everything is quiet, which is not a bad thing.

As I work on the site a bit more, I will create an archive file so new members can read what has already transpired. Be patient, I'm getting there.

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