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Fundraiser Saturday for Lac-Megantic
RUMFORD -- There will be music and dancing from noon to midnight this Saturday as the Rumford Eagles hosts a benefit for the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec and its people.
Eagles' Trustee Ralph Arsenault said that besides the music, there will be a spaghetti supper for $7 from 4-7 p.m., a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. People can pay at the door.
The event will also include a visit from Lac-Megantic Mayor Collette Roy-Laroche sometime between 2-3 p.m.
Starting and closing the day will be music from the Leblanc Family. Also performing will be Original Condition, Watermelon Wine, Shiloh Creek, and the Western Mountain Boys. There will be a cover charge of $5 at the door.
Arsenault said the idea for the effort began a couple of months ago after he visited with a friend, Edgar Carrier, who lives in Woburn, Quebec, which is located nearby to Lac-Megantic. Also helping in this effort are Fred Stone and Donny Leblanc.
During the early hours on July 6, an unattended 72-car Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway train rolled downhill for about seven miles before it derailed and exploded in the downtown area of Lac-Megantic. An estimated 47 people died and at least 30 downtown buildings were destroyed as a result of the derailment and resulting fire from tanker cars filled with crude oil.