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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Press photos by Paul CmilSandra Zellers and Mike Muller take their bows after receiving the most votes for their chowder at Fossil’s Last Stand’s chowder cook-off April 7. Press photos by Paul CmilSandra Zellers and Mike Muller take their bows after receiving the most votes for their chowder at Fossil’s Last Stand’s chowder cook-off April 7.
Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation and Peaceable Kingdom set up and staff the fundraiser. Dishing out the chowder are Summer Garofalo, Sarah Donnelly and Jeff Scandariato. Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation and Peaceable Kingdom set up and staff the fundraiser. Dishing out the chowder are Summer Garofalo, Sarah Donnelly and Jeff Scandariato.
Sophia Pickering contemplates her vote for the best chowder with a little encouragement from her mom, Devon. Sophia Pickering contemplates her vote for the best chowder with a little encouragement from her mom, Devon.

Fossil’s chowder cook-off is a hit

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Local tavern raises money for animal rescue organizations

Jackie Harford’s tavern, Fossil’s Last Stand, sponsored a benefit for the animal rescue organizations Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation (FURR) and Peaceable Kingdom April 7.

“We do three fundraisers a year. Nancy Green talked to me about fundraising for these organizations five years ago, and we have been doing it ever since,” Harford said.

The chili cook-off, held in November, and the chowder cook-off have the same format. Amateur chefs bring in their prepared recipes, and everyone gets to vote for their favorite creation.

This year, there were four winners. Jason Dietzer and Bob Donnelly tied for third place and honorable mention. Adam Smey won second place, and Mike Muller finished with the top prize.

Those active in the animal rescue effort might remember that Muller also won the chili cook-off.

The chowder and the people who enjoy it come from all over. It’s not like you only had a few choices. There were at least 21 different recipes.

There were five grand-prize drawings along with two dozen gift baskets. The gift baskets were part of a Chinese auction, and the donation jars were filled.

Joann Carty and her daughter Melanie were there. Joann was cited for all her rescue efforts.

“We count on Joann when a call comes in for a rescue. She is always willing to go out,” said Kathy Yialamas, a volunteer with FURR.

Jodi Stoudt got into animal rescue when she met Nancy Green.

“We like the fundraisers we do at Fossil’s,” she said. “They were one of our first corporate sponsors. We always have a good turnout for the event.”