Shoreham-Wading River: Megabucks Raffle set for Sept. 17

It was such a pleasure waking this week to cooler temperatures, which  must have been the result of a change in wind direction. Let’s tip our hats to Mother Nature for throwing in a bit of cool along with all this heat and humidity that has been baking us for much too long.

It’s summer and if you are a resident of Shoreham or Wading River, that’s the time that you receive the annual announcement for the Megabucks Raffle from Shoreham Fire Company No. 3, the Rocky Point Fire Department. Passing by their location on Route 25 A will also remind you. “Megabucks” is a drive that will not only give the fire company valuable funds needed to operate the all-volunteer station, but will yield big prizes should you donate and be picked out of the pool of tickets.

This year’s Megabucks Raffle will be Saturday, Sept. 17. You can pick up a ticket at the station itself and you don’t have to be present to win, but there will be a big party on the firehouse grounds when the gates open at 3 p.m. It’s their goal to sell 1,000 tickets and if that happens, first prize will be $25,000, second prize $12,000, third prize $5,000, and fourth $3,000 with 10 more prizes at $1,000 each and 20 at $500 each.

The fire department has a really nice barbecue with all kinds of salads, hot dogs, hamburgers and desserts. Beer is served, so children are not invited to attend. The Hackensack Men and the Trenton Horns are the musical entertainment and the crowd is really friendly. It’s a well-attended event that’s fun and exciting. When the prize is drawn, your ticket is thrown back into the raffle container, so there are literally 34 chances to win. I’ve witnessed multiple winners myself and I’ve been there several times. Make your checks out to Shoreham Fire Company 3, Megabucks Raffle 2011, P.O. Box 987, Shoreham, NY 11786. Good luck and see you at the barbecue Sept. 17!

Happy birthday to my sister, Katherine Barreiro, who will celebrate  Aug. 4. You’ve always been wise and generous with your wisdom and I thank you for guiding me throughout our lives.

Let’s hope Mother Nature keeps pushing the cool button when she decides which way the wind is going to blow. Please support your local fire department, which is at your side within minutes when you really need them. They are all wonderful people and they are volunteering to keep you alive and safe.

If you have any news or announcements you’d like to share, I’m not hard to find. My contact information is above.

Be well, until we meet here again next week.

Ms. Taggart can be reached at [email protected]