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We’re looking forward to having a new business open in downtown Equality. The building at 546 Highway 9 (on the corner of County Road 307) has new owners, and they have already started to move in.
They have laid down a new gravel driveway, repaired their fence, and along with many other updates, they intend to paint their roof red. With all of the work they still need to do to get set up, they say that their pottery business should be open by early next year.
CJ’s Fishing Hole at 531 Highway 9 (on the corner of County Road 98) in downtown Equality is open Thursday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and get your fishing supplies before visiting your favorite fishing hole. You should visit their Facebook page to see some of their customers’ success stories.
Rodger’s Shrubbery is open again, with Spring plants from Boston ferns to tomato plants for your kitchen garden. Hopefully more veggie plants will be available soon to fill out the garden as the season progresses. Come get your garden started while supplies last.
While I know I put this in every week, we do need our fire department, as it is a great benefit to the community, and it will LOWER your homeowner’s insurance rates. The Equality Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) is dependent upon community involvement just as much as the community is dependent upon the EVFD should you ever find yourself in an emergency and needing assistance.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any of their first and third Monday training meetings, even if only to watch the firefighters do their training. You can visit their Facebook page or the Equality Facebook page for some of the activities from the last training event. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is also welcome and encouraged to attend next month’s “First Saturday” fundraiser on April 1 – WE’RE NOT JOKING!
The Equality Neighborhood Watch meetings are regularly scheduled on the fourth Thursday of every month, making the next meeting March 23.
Tonight, March 17, is “Karaoke Night” at EPAC. Anyone who has any singing talent whatsoever, regardless of their age or skill level, can get up on stage and sing to their hearts content, with the lyrics up on the big-screen TV and the music coming out of speakers in every corner of the building.
This is FREE to whomever wishes to come, and again, while not mandatory, you are invited to bring a dish of shareable food. The EPAC will provide coffee, tea and water to drink. Enjoy a family-friendly evening of fun and food. Did we mention that this is FREE?
On March 24 Michael Saunders will sing and play guitar at the EPAC. Michael is a talented local singer, musician and songwriter. This is also FREE to whomever wishes to come.
On March 31, the fifth Friday of this month, the EPAC will host a very special guest appearance by The Wildwoods; a very, very, VERY talented folk trio out of Lincoln, Nebraska; as stop number 21 of their 35 performances scheduled all across most of the U.S.A. this spring. They are an amazing group and can be found on YouTube, Facebook and at their homepage at www.thewildwoodsband.com.
Like everything else at the EPAC, this is FREE to whomever wishes to come, and you are invited to bring a dish of food.
For all of these aforementioned events, guests are welcome to bring a dish of shareable food, and EPAC will provide coffee, tea and water to drink. Responsible adults may BYOB if they have a designated driver. So come out to the EPAC on Friday evenings to enjoy some good local, and FREE, entertainment!
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