Two Victoria Open Houses

Saturday, October 3rd, was a beautiful day for two Open Houses in Victoria, and since they were being held at the same time, and parking could be an issue, a shuttle bus helped people  navigate between the new Public Works building (above) on Bavaria Road and the Fire Station over on Highway 5.

Ann Mahnke, Victoria Director of Parks and Public Works, and Chuck Almhjeld, Victoria Deputy Public Works Director, provided gifts, greetings, and tours of the new Public Works building.  Also in the photo, Jenny and Doug Niemer, left, of Victoria with their son John and daughter Emma in the wagon with the blond pig tails.  On the right, Chris Gordon of Victoria with son Sully in the stroller and daughter Georgia in the wagon on the left.

One of the best things about the new Public Works Building is a uniformly heated floor for both equipment and employees.  More inside photos are located at www.NewPublicWorksBuilding-2015.

Some of the equipment was parked out back so kids could Touch a Truck.

As you can see, there was even a Bounce Dump Truck for kids.

Attractive landscaping is part of the grounds.

Roger and Michelle Hammers arrived to get their monster Party Pizza ready for Open House visitors.

The pizza was delicious.

Fall colors were starting to appear in some of the many trees planted this year around the new building.

Editor Sue

Probably the favorite event at the annual Victoria Fire Department Open House is a ride around town in the Victoria fire engines.

A second favorite event for kids is Sparky the Fire Dog Bounce House.

Favorite event for adults is having lunch at the Victoria Fire Station, served by wives and girl friends of Victoria firefighters.  We love the hotdogs, sloppy joes, chips, cookies, and lemonade.  Left to right:  Jackie Hesse, Jennifer Servais, Alison Holzerland, Brenda Jurek, Sarah Rivers, and Larissa Makar.

This is the oldest truck in the Victoria Fire Department, the city’s first gas powered truck.

Mayor Tom O’Connor visited the Fire Station with grandchildren Maura, 7, and Ryan, 5.  Said Maura, “My grandpa always talks to people because he’s the mayor.

Victoria Fire Chief Andrew Heger, his wife Jessica, and their niece.

Victoria firefighters (l-r) Chief Andrew Heger, Aaron Jurek, and Craig Peterson.

The Carver County Mounted Posse is often part of Victoria’s activities.