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October 24, 2013

Officials mum on scares in store

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A BIT GHOSTLY

The Haunted House proved a bit ghostly one night last year, when weather forecasts predicted Hurricane Sandy would swamp the North Country.

Only 40 or 50 guests turned out, when the norm is more like 300 or 400.

"We survived," Berg said.

But the money they raise — $4 per person — pays for training materials and videos, 911 stickers and other handouts to students they educate about fire prevention.

They are not connected with the Clinton County Firefighters Association, Berg said, which offers fire-prevention education at the Clinton County Fair and other events.

"We (four departments) do it right in the schools with the children," he said.

GO TO EXTREMES

And, Berg admitted, they don't mind frightening folks in order to make that possible.

"A lot of that has to do with the culture of firefighters," he said. "Firefighters love to help people; in fact, they will sometimes go to extremes to help people.

"One form is the Haunted House."

There are other events offering scares as Halloween approaches, and many will try to visit every one, Berg knows.

Can a person ever get too frightened?

Stop by the Firefighters Haunted House, he says (evil chuckle, here), and find out.

Email Suzanne Moore: smoore@pressrepublican.com

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IF YOU DARE TO GO

The Firefighters Haunted House at 102 Sharron Ave., Plattsburgh, is open 6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Oct. 30. Learn more, and potential sites for next year can be offered, at facebook.com/ffhauntedhouse.

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