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Thursday, December 13, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDAbby Grube and Savannah Painter, of New Tripoli, are ready to take home their fastnachts from the Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, annual Fastnachts sale. Copyright - Lou Wheeland PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDAbby Grube and Savannah Painter, of New Tripoli, are ready to take home their fastnachts from the Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, annual Fastnachts sale. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
John and Jackie Ellerman work the cash register at the Good Will Fire Company No. 1 Trexlertown annual fastnacht sale. Copyright - Lou Wheeland John and Jackie Ellerman work the cash register at the Good Will Fire Company No. 1 Trexlertown annual fastnacht sale. Copyright - Lou Wheeland

Fastnacht fever overtakes Good Will Fire Company

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Continuing its long tradition of baking fastnachts for Shrove Tuesday, Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown, had a busy weekend baking, packing and selling more than 3,000 dozen Fastnachts.

As the face of the fire department is changing, and fewer community residents take up the call to volunteer, members now rely on some outside help to fill the gaps.

One volunteer even traveled from Italy to help with the effort Feb. 10.

Giada Martini traveled from Revó, Trentino, Italy, where she is a firefighter with the municipal fire department.

Her cousin, Karen, is the wife of Good Will Fire Co. Fire Marshal Dennis McArdle.

Karen McArdle’s grandfather was the first family member to move to America from Revó in the past century.