By Timothy Cox
MENDON -- A new fund-raising activity is being planned around the town's annual Halloween celebration.
The Mendon-Union Fire Department is hosting a chili supper to help raise money for a new firehouse. Village and township officials have long sought to move the fire department from the aging Main Street facility, but the expense has prevented it from happening in recent years.
The chili supper, being organized by Matt and Kyle Grunden, Matt Altenbach, Fire Chief Dennis Clay and others, is set to run 4-7 p.m. Oct. 30, the same day as trick-or-treat and the annual lion's Club parade and costume judging. Organizers are hoping people out collecting candy or those headed for the parade might stop in and warm themselves with a bowl of spicy chili.
"The parade usually gets a pretty good turnout. I think there are people who have their grandkids in from out of town. It seems like we get quite a few visitors," Matt Grunden said.
Organizers hope the Halloween crowd is hungry. In addition to the chili, other food will be available, including sandwiches, pie, cake and beverages. As for the chili, it's Grunden's special recipe. "It's just something I make up," Grunden said modestly. "My wife told me I'm going to have to cut back on some of the spice."
Sponsors have generously stepped forward to support the new event. Ole Fort IGA is donating the beef for the chili, and Kozy Korner is providing the chicken and noodle soup.
"We're just hoping we can make a little money for the firehouse and turn this into an annual event," Grunden said.