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By DANI BLACKBURN

After years of neglect, the 1951 Ford Simms fire truck owned by the Bowie Fire Department appears to be nothing but a pile of rust.

However, to local firemen, it is a vital part of their department’s history and they hope to raise the funds needed to bring it back to its former glory.

The Bowie City Council approved the purchase of the truck, affectionately referred to as the ’51 pumper by the current crew, on May 7, 1951. It was bought brand new from Chassis in Wichita Falls for $3,070. Simms Firefighting and Equipment Company, a manufacturer based in San Antonio, converted the truck for $6,000.

The pumper was in service for the department for 25 years and later donated to a fire museum, where it was to be restored and exhibited. However, it was by mere chance the department recovered its truck at the brink of it being junked by that museum and it now hopes to raise funds to restore it for special use. Read the full feature on Pumper ’51 in the weekend News.

Pictured: The rusty remains of Pumper ’51. (Photo by Dani Blackburn)

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Pumper ’51 pictured on the right with other vehicles in the fire department fleet back in the 1950s and 1960s. Courtesy photo.

 

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First Music in the Park on June 1

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Enjoy the first Music in the Park free concert at 6 p.m. on June 1 in Pelham Park.
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy this evening of musical fun. Live music will be performed by the Kaitlen Jewitt Band, Dylan Edwards and the Texas Strays Band and the Monty Dawson Band.
Food trucks will be on site. Buy a mug for $10 and receive a free beer.

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Summer Rec returning to Bowie for June

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The City of Bowie is bringing back the summer recreation program for June and the city pool is set to open for splash day on May 28.
Summer rec was cancelled several years ago due to a lack of staff. It is open to children kindergarten through age 15 and will be free of charge.
Summer Rec starts June 3 and will be 8 a.m. to noon during the week days. It will end on June 28. Children should be picked up at the pool by 11:45 a.m. each day.
Activities at the park will include all sorts of ball games, flag football, tennis, relay races, circle games, arts and crafts, music and of course swimming.
Permission forms must be filled out the first day. Participants should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. and do not come for swimming alone.
For the city pool families can enjoy a free splash day from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. New pool hours will be 1-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed on Sunday. Pool admission is $3.
An individual pool pass is $60 for city residents and $70 for non-residents. A family pool pass is $115 for up to three people, $5 for each additional person.
Water aerobics begins June 3 from 6-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday at $2 a person.
Swim lessons will be July 8-12 and July 15-19. Lessons are 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m. Cost is $30 per person ages three and up.

Pictured: Summer Rec fun from a few years back. (Bowie News file photo)

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Kindergarten graduation ceremony entertains big crowd

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Bowie Elementary Principal Kathy Green presented diplomas to the kindergarten graduates during ceremonies in the high school gym Tuesday. See more photos in the weekend Bowie News. (Photos by Barbara Green)
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