by Amy H. Peterson
The Estherville Fire Department will host its annual pancake breakfast March 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., serving pancakes, eggs, sausage and a drink, at the fire station, 27 S. Fifth St. in Estherville.
This year, the breakfast will serve as the launch of a fundraiser from Let's Grow Something, LLC of Estherville. Pam Domek said the Spring Daisy Retractable Plant Hanger took almost a full year to design. Domek has held the patent for the design for three years.
The Spring Daisy hanger allows the user to get on the ladder once. It pulls down to 3 1/2 feet, and locks into place to accommodate the user's comfortable height when watering, fertilizing and dead heading. A unique feature of the hanger is the constant force spring, which pulls the plant back up. The unit includes a pull clip. It is, Domek said, maintenance free.
The hanger will hold a plant in place against wind up to 85 miles per hour. If you aren't a fan of the forest green color, the hanger is paintable, and it has a light feature of blue LED lights to keep the mosquitos away.
Domek said, "We're offering an opportunity to buy these hangers and support the Estherville Fire Department at the same time."
At the pancake breakfast, the hangers will be offered for $44 plus tax, with $20 from each sale going to the Estherville Fire Department. This is compared to $79.99 retail, Domek said.
The sale continues through Memorial Day.
Twenty-seven area businesses display the hanger, including Thrifty's, which lights it up at night.
Chad Myers, president of the Estherville Firefighter's Association, and a volunteer firefighter for the department, said, "This is a great way for people to help us update and equip our firefighters and our equipment."
Myers said people attending the pancake breakfast will have the chance to see the new boom ladder truck and rescue boat.
"The rescue boat has not yet been in service," Myers said. The boat currently needs a motor. The truck needs several components.
The Estherville Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire department with 28 members serving the city of Estherville, rural Emmet County, and in mutual aid with the Wallingford Fire Department. Firefighters Myers, David Walders, Chris Inman, Don Edwards, and Mike Roehler are contacts for more information about this fundraiser.
Let's Grow Something, LLC can be reached at 712-362-4055.