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If you should be near Albion during the Chain O’ Lakes Festival (it's always the first full week of June), don’t forget to drop in on the fish and tenderloin fry at the fire station Wednesday, June 6th. This has been an ongoing annual tradition for many decades, and the proceeds go to equipment and training for the Albion Fire Department.

It’s from 5-7:30 p.m., with a price of $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12, and it’s darned good food for a good cause. I should know, having eaten it almost every year for over three and a half decades. The firehouse is on the east side of town on, not unexpectedly, Fire Station Drive.
Most likely I'll be breading fish earlier in the afternoon, and won't make it to the fish fry itself, which is the way my schedule's worked out the last few years. But while you're there ask someone for a copy of Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights, the Albion Fire Department's history book, which goes for just $9.95. Come on, you know you want to donate that extra nickle. Proceeds for the sale of that book also go to the fire department. If all goes well, this fall I'll start working on another book involving the AFD.

This book. Ten bucks--less as an e-book, but then the cool photos aren't as cool.

Look behind us. That's the fish fry, where Emily and I first introduced Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights.

Donations to the department get us all sorts of stuff, much of which helps keep us alive.

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