Mom 2017

Bring Mom to breakfast at the Spencertown Fre Company on her special day!

– Sunday May 12, 2019 8AM – 11AM – 
KIDS 6 & Under Eat FREE !
Firefighters Love Mom Too!


12-15-2018 BEFO-IFO
(PHOTO: L-R Austerlitz Fire District 2ND Asst Chief Bill Rogers, SFC Firefighter Shaun Williams, SFC Firefighter Tara Williams, Austerlitz Fire District 1ST Asst Chief Robin Howes and Austerlitz Fire District Chief Eric Pilkington)
December 15, 2018 – Tara Williams of the Spencertown Fire Company was one of several people who graduated today, after having completed more than 130 hours of fire training required to be certified as an interior volunteer firefighter,
     Tara, a mother of two who works full time, feels it’s important that whenever possible, people should in some way be involved in helping the community they live in. Supported by her husband Shaun, who has been a member of the Spencertown Fire Co. for several years, Tara felt this is how she can also support the Spencertown/Austerlitz area.
     The fire training is hosted locally by the Columbia County Fire Coordinator’s Office and conducted by instructors certified by New York State. Today’s graduation was held at Columbia Greene Community College. The training, which is done part time over a three month period, involves both academics and field work, which is at times physically challenging. Now completed, she has received training in many areas including, Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations, Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations, National Incident Management System I-700 & I-200, Basic First Aid and CPR, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, Interior Firefighting Operations and much more.
     We congratulate Tara and are proud of her and the other members of the Spencertown Fire Company who take time out of their lives to attend the training to become volunteer firefighters!



Possibly for the first time ever …the Spencertown Fire Company was awarded 2nd Place for Class A – Best Appearing Fire Unit!

With lovely banner carriers, our experienced drum line and color guard, Chief Pilkington leading the members marching, followed by our tanker, pumper and ’32 Seagraves – the SFC finished a very respectable 2nd place in the always competitive top level Class A, at this year’s Columbia County Fair Firefighters Parade.

SFC Parade Chairman Russ “Gus” Gauthier thanked the members and banner girls who helped prepare and march in the parade. He said, “All our hard work paid off and the judges saw the whole package!”

SFC President Al Silvernale said, “They saw us coming all the way from Spencertown!”





August 12, 2018 – A GREAT day for a beef BBQ! The whole SFC crew was on hand for this year’s BBQ and to formally award the $1,500 Fred Oleynek Memorial Scholarship to Kara Prack.

Kara graduated from Chatham High School this June and this fall will be attending Norwich University, (Northfield, VT), majoring in Architecture, with a minor in Construction Management. Proud parents, Jeff and Leah Prack, stood with Kara for the award group photo taken every year with the BBQ crew.

The SFC has awarded $1,000 every year for 36 years, to a college bound high school graduate who lives in our coverage area. This year …our 37th year, we were able to increase the scholarship to $1,500. Proceeds from the BBQ support the annual scholarship.

SFC member and BBQ coordinator, Brian Collin’s, thanked those who attended from the Spencertown community and surrounding area, as well as his wife Lori and the members and volunteers who made the BBQ successful.

Brian also thanked Art “Stewy” Welch, the SFC member responsible for cooking the delicious beef for many years, and who announced his retirement as head beef cooker. Stewy, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has passed on his secrets while training a member apprentice. Stewy said, “I passed on my secret fire company recipes and old school technique, after a vow of secrecy from the new beef cooker!”

Brian Collin’s added, “It takes a village to make a beef BBQ successful, …and we have the best of two worlds, the volunteers who work it, and the people who attend and support us.”




The Spencertown Fire Company is hosting an American Heart Association Basic First Aid training on June 30th at the fire station, beginning at 8AM. The training is given by a certified instructor and is approximately 4 hours long.

This training is offered FREE and participants will receive a 131pc first aid kit at its completion.

The course is limited to 20 participants. Anyone can register however, participant positions will be filled on a “first come first serve basis” with Austerlitz Fire District (Spencertown/Austerlitz/Green River) residents having first preference. Any open positions will then be filled with non-Austerlitz Fire District residents.

Those who complete the course will receive a 2 year American Heart Association Basic First Aid certification.

Registrations must be received no later then June 25th. To register for the training send an email to: with:

Physical Address
Contact Phone Number

The Spencertown Fire Company is able to offer this training free of charge after a long time member of the community passed away in 2017 and bestowed funds to the fire company, in hopes it will be used for emergency medical and community interaction purposes.


Event Chairman Brian Collins reports all smiles & laughs for this years Mother’s Day breakfast this past Sunday, May 13th, at the Spencertown Fire Company!

There were even more breakfast meals served then last year and everyone; the Mom’s, family and the SFC members and friends who cooked and served, were all in a festive mood for Mom’s special day.

Several Mom’s raved over George Wenk’s eggs cooked to order, Jeffrey Prack’s blueberry pancake’s, Lorin Brink’s badder mixing, Eric Pilkington’s sausage and bacon prep, Gary Williams dish cleaning, Russ Gauthier’s unique order taking technique, Dave Page’s quick table cleanup, Bill Roger’s hairdo, Brian Collin’s serving style and Matt Verenazi’s ….well, we know Matt did something when he got there 🙂

Also contributing to the days’ success are the young people who volunteer to help out.

Tammy Page won the 50/50 raffle of $115!

Brian Collins thanked the SFC members and volunteers helping, he added, “We love doing this breakfast for Mom’s Day. We appreciate the support from the community and everyone always seems to have a great time while their here having breakfast!”


This past Saturday, April 14th at the Spencertown firehouse, Master of Ceremonies Daniel “Spud” Howes opened the annual Officer Installation Banquet with a prayer before the dinner that was prepared and served by Simons Catering.

After dinner, Fire Chief Eric Pilkington with assistant Chief’s Robin Howes and Bill Rogers, gave the activity report for 2017. Company president Alan Silvernale then administered the fire officer’s oath of office and presented members with years of service pins.

SFC member Joel Dyslin was honored at this year’s banquet for serving the Spencertown community, the Austerlitz Fire District and the Town of Austerlitz as a Spencertown firefighter for the past 50 years. He is a past company president and has also been active in the EMS First Responder program. Joel has served as a member of the Chatham Rescue Squad and is a past Town Supervisor of the Town of Austerlitz.
Joel attended the banquet with his daughter Sandra Fischer, who is a long time Spencertown Auxiliary member.

After conducting the business at hand, and a comedy routine by MC Howes and Russell “Chig” Gauthier, those in attendance enjoyed entertainment provided by Rich Hallenbeck and “Side Show Willie”.

SFC President Al Silvernale, who himself was honored and presented with a pin for 40 years of service said, “it was a great night and I was able to dance my a.. off”. He then thanked Ed and Deb Walsh for putting the banquet together.


The Spencertown Fire Company announces that it has increased its annual Fred Oleynek Memorial Scholarship from $1,000 to $1,500 beginning in 2018.

Scholarship Committee Chairman Daniel Howes reports that since 1985, the fire company has awarded $1,000 each year to a graduating high school student going on to college.  The scholarship has always been and still is funded by the proceeds from the fire company’s annual Beef BBQ held in August.  However, with a donation bestowed to the fire company from a long time town resident who passed away in 2017, SFC members decided to increase the annual scholarship amount.

Graduating high school students who qualify can find a scholarship information/application packet at their school’s guidance office or by clicking here:  2018 SFC FOM SCHOLARSHIP  .  For additional info or questions about the scholarship contact Committee Chairman Dan Howes 518-392-7615.

Applications must be submitted no later then March 28, 2018.

SFC President Alan Silvernale thanks the people of Spencertown and surrounding area for its support of the fire company.  He said, “The community we serve has always been supportive of our Beef BBQ and of the fire company …and we thank them.”