Buying cookies from those who helped

June 19th, 2015 9:26 am

First Posted: 12/15/2014

Call it paying back or paying it forward, but the decision to attend the Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1 Eighth Annual Cookie Walk on Dec. 13 was a “no brainer” for Malcolm and Ann MacGregor of North Abington Township.

They joined a crowd of fire company supporters to show their gratitude and support for those ready and willing to help “when we need them,” said Malcolm L. MacGregor, Esq., Glenburn Township solicitor. “We could give a little something back to those who helped us find our dog with some sweet treats from the auxiliary that would benefit the fire company.”

The MacGregor family’s beloved dog, Mowgli, a 4-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, wandered from their yard which is secured by invisible fencing on Dec. 1, and with the help of family, local friends, neighbors and even strangers, the pup was found 15 hours later cold, scared and dangerously close to Interstate 81 at the Ivy Industrial Park.

MacGregor said volunteers trudged through bitter cold and snowy fields, swampy areas and backyards to find Mowgli who was sighted, but was scared of “strangers” and “running away.”

“Not one property owner from NAT (North Abington Township) to Waverly to Dalton to SAT (South Abington Township) ever complained about the ‘search parties,’ traipsing through their yards from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.,” MacGregor said. “They came out of their homes and helped, with some leaving a light on or putting out food or treats in hopes of luring Mowgli home.”

Among volunteers who helped were Jess Farrell, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, who shared the organization’s lost dog protocol; and many families, including members of the Dempsey, Byron, Barren, Cole, Capozzi, Kelly, Kane, Haudenshield, Burkey, Houck, Baker, Quinn, Cummings, Kazmierski, Lovecchio, Geoffrey MacGregor and O’Grady families; Kip MacArthur, Susie Sugarman, Paula Placko, Gregg Confer and Mark Bolus; their children’s friends and Abington Heights students Lorran Rodrigues, Quinn Foley, Brandon Ostrowski, Colin Klingman, Spencer and Brooks Houck, Mamie Dempsey and Emma Baker.

MacGregor asked, “So what does a lost dog story with a happy ending have to do with a cookie walk sale for a volunteer fire company you may ask?”

He explained.

“The very best the Abingtons has to offer: community, volunteerism, goodness and neighbors helping neighbors. The members of the Clarks Summit Fire Co. are one-hundred percent volunteers who put their lives on the line each time they are called to an emergency, accident or fire all across our Abington community.”