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- 2016 - Dec 4 - Hanging the Christmas Lights
The Auxiliary and other volunteers decorated the front of the fire hall with lights. The weather was a bit too wet to safely hang the lights from the radio tower in back, but the front of the building should look plenty festive.
- 2016 - Oct 30 - Ann Anderson's 90th Birthday Party
On Sunday, Oct 30, 2016, friends gathered at the Anderson Mill Museum and Garden Club to wish Ann Anderson a Happy 90th Birthday.
- 2016 Pancake Breakfast - 10/22/2016
The Auxiliary held its annual Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale on Saturday, October 22nd. We had great weather and great turnout. Once again, Starbucks donated the coffee and the pancakes and sausage were scrumptious!
- 2016 Oct 4th - National Night Out
The Volente community celebrated National Night Out at the Volente Fire Department on October 4th. Hot dogs, drinks and icre cream were served. The kids had a great time seeing and handling the fire fighting equipment.
- 2015 Dec 9 - Auxiliary Christmas Party
The VFD Auxiliary enjoyed a great holiday party celebrating the year's accomplishments.
- 2015 Dec 7 - VFD Appreciation Dinner
The Volente Fire Department held their annual Appreciation Dinner on 12/17/15, honoring the staff and volunteers that make our fire department great.
- 2015 Dec 5 - Hanging the Christmas Lights
Volunteers got together on Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 to hang the Christmas lights on the Volente Fire Hall. This included raising 6 strands of lights to the top of the antenna mast, forming a giant Christmas Tree. It requires coordination to raise the six light strands together. Our thanks to Walt Thompson for his expertise and help. The volunteers also decorated the front of the building as well as Ole Red, the original VFD fire engine.
- 2015 - Oct 17 - Pancake Breakfast
The Auxiliary served over 150 breakfasts of pancakes & sausage at the annual Pancake Breakfast. Everyone had a great time and we had lots of blood donors at the bloodmobile. Thanks to the firefighters for their help, to Starbucks and HEB and to all our friends in Volente for their support of our Volente Fire Department.
- 2015 Oct 6 - National Night Out
- 2015 April 25 - Fish Fry
The annual Volente Fire Department Fish Fry was held Saturday, April 25th. In addition to the usual great catfish meal, bake sale, raffle, fire department demonstrations and live music, there was a classic car and motorcycle show held across the street during the event.
- 2015 Jan 20th - Taking down Christmas lights
Members of the Auxiliary got together to take down the Christmas lights at VFD. The big part of the project is lowering the six strands of lights from the radio tower that form the giant Christmas tree above the station.
- 2014 Dec 08 - VFD Appreciation Dinner
The annual VFD Appreciation Dinner was held Monday, Dec 8, 2014 for members of VFD, the Auxiliary, ESD 14 and employees and volunteers. Service pins were awarded for years of service, and continual volunteer Al Blunt received a Community Service Award for his many years of service to VFD and the ESD.
- 2014 Dec 03 - Christmas Lights at VFD
Auxiliary members got together the morning of December 3rd to put up the Christmas lights on the fire hall, including the six strands of lights up the radio mast, forming our large Christmas tree.
- 2014 Oct 25th Pancake Breakfast
Turnout was excellent for the 2014 Pancake Breakfast the Volente fire hall. This year early voting was held at the same time, and everyone benefited from a larger than expected turnout.
- 2014 - Oct 07 - National Night Out at VFD
2014 National Night Out was celebrated in Volente on Tuesday, October 7th, at the Volente Fire Hall. Neighbors enjoyed hot dogs, checking out the fire equipment, and getting to know one another. Once again, Chef Al Blunt came all the way from Bullick Hollow to demonstrate his culinary talents.
- 4th of July 2014 at Friendship Park
4th of July at Friendship Park. Photos submitted by Terry Spurlin.
- 2014 - May 18th - Badging Ceremony for volunteer firefighters at Volente FD
These are pictures of the "Badging Ceremony" for the volunteers that took place today. Thought they would appreciate some recognition on the website. Thanks. T Spurlin
- 2014 May 15 - Happy Hour in Friendship Park
I'm uploading some pictures of the Friendship Park Happy Hour. - T. Spurlin
- 2014 April 26th - Volente Fish Fry - Classic Car & Motorcycle Show
Walt Thompson and others organized a classic car & motorcycle show to coincide with the 2014 Volente Fish Fry. There were some great looking vehicles, and even a classic wooden boat.
- 2014 April 26th - Volente Fish Fry - Main Section
The annual Volente Fire Department Fish Fry was held Saturday, April 26th. In addition to the usual great catfish meal, bake sale, raffle, fire department demonstrations and live music, there was a classic car and motorcycle show held across the street during the event.
- 2014 April 12 - Volente Easter Egg Hunt
Here are several photos from the Village of Volente Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic held April 12, 2014. Pictured here are several members of Volente's finest...the Volente Volunteer Fire Department firefighters...along with VOV Council-member and VVFD firefighter Jan Yenawine and VOV City Secretary Joan Jackson and her husband.
- 2013 VFD Auxiliary Christmas Party
The Volente Fire Department Auxiliary held its annual Christmas party at the fire hall on Wednesday, December 11th.
- 2013 Installation of Christmas Lights at VVFD
The Auxiliary and other volunteers decorated the fire hall again this year. Great work! Special thanks to Anne Steichen for taking and uploading the photos.
- 2013 Pancake Breakfast
The VVFD Auxiliary hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 26, 2013.
- 2013 National Night Out
National Night Out was celebrated in Volente on Tuesday, October 1st, at the Volente Fire Hall. Neighbors enjoyed hot dogs, fire department demonstrations, and getting to know one another.
- July 4th Picnic in Volente Park
Here are some pictures of the July 4th picnic in the park - across the street from the fire department.
(photos submitted by Terry Spurlin and Anne Steichen)
- 2013 Annual Fish Fry
The annual Volente Fire Department Fish Fry was held Saturday, April 27th.
- 2012 December Events at VVFD
Photos from the installation of Christmas lights and the VVFD Auxiliary Christmas Party
- 2012 Pancake Breakfast
The VVFD Auxiliary hosted the Pancake Breakfast for the Volente community on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
- 2012 National Night Out
National Night Out was celebrated on Tuesday, October 2nd at the Volente fire hall. The community enjoyed hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts. The VVFD demonstrated equipment and provided safety literature. Al Blunt cooked the hot dogs (we think this is his fourth year in a row as chef). Everyone enjoyed the food and community fellowship.
- 2012 Annual Fish Fry
Saturday April 28th was the date for the annual Volente Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry. Photos and graphics by Terry Spurlin.
- 2011 Auxiliary Christmas Party
The Auxiliary had its December meeting on 12/14 followed by its annual Christmas party. Everyone enjoyed the food, drink and fellowship.
- 2011 VVFD Appreciation Dinner
On December 5, 2011 VVFD showed its appreciation to all its employees, board members and volunteers of all kinds during the annual dinner.
- VVFD 50th Anniversary: Parade & Celebration - BBQ & "Birthday" Cake
Everyone feasted on great BBQ with side dishes, then topped it off with an amazing "fire engine" cake donated by Volente's own Millie Wilson of Angelfood Catering & Chef Service.
- VVFD 50th Anniversary: Parade & Celebration - Parade
The parade contained fire vehicles, sheriff vehicles, speed boats, antique cars, a tractor, horses, mules, wagons and more. We even had a firefighting C-130 do a "fly by" over the fire hall.
- VVFD 50th Anniversary: Parade & Celebration - Main Section
On October 22, 2011 the Volente Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a huge party for all of Volente. There was a parade, dedication of a monument honoring 50 years of service, fire department demonstrations, great BBQ, a wonderful cake in the shape of a fire engine and live music.
- 2011 National Night Out in Volente
Volente celebrated National Night Out on October 4th at the Volente Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteers served up hot dogs with all the fixings and lots of great desserts.
The kids got to watch demonstrations with the fire equipment and got to climb into one of the engines.
- CPR First Aid Training at VVFD
We had 20 people at this CPR/First Aid class on May 26th. Thanks for sending a flyer to generate interest in the 6/11 class. It starts at 9:30 am - 12:00 noon. Jacque Potts, President, VVFD Auxiliary
- Auxiliary "Mini Fish Fry"
On Sunday, May 22, 2011, the Auxiliary started a new tradition - A "mini fish fry" coming after the annual community-wide event. Auxiliary members, volunteers who helped at the Fish Fry, and firefighters came together to eat up any and all left over fish and fries, with potluck side dishes brought by members.
Mike Whiteley, Gary Frame and Mike Vandenaak did an outstanding job of cooking the fish and fries, using the super nice deep fryer donated to the Auxiliary by Flo and Jerry Adams, and affectionately nicknamed "Ol' Flo".
- 2011 Fish Fy
On April 30, 2011 the Volente community came together at the fire hall for the annual Fish Fry, presented by the VVFD Auxiliary.
Thanks to Roger Marcum for providing the photos.
- Feb 13th Volente Farmer's Market & Festival
Sunday, February 13th, 1 pm-6 pm. 40 vendors, 3 live musical acts, a chili-cook-off and a bonfire - all at Volente Beach.
- Volente Farmer's Market & Fall Festival
Upload your photos of this or any other Volente community event to www.volente.phanfare.com/dropbox
- 2010 Pancake Breakfast
The Volente Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday October 23rd. Pancakes, sausage, Starbucks coffee and orange juice were served to more than 210 people.
Once again, the Breakfast was coupled with a successful blood drive, organized by the Auxiliary's own Jacque Potts.
Two other events went on at the same time - early voting at the fire hall and Volente's first Farmer's Market & Fall Festival (see photos of that event on this site).
Thanks to all the extra volunteers who helped the Auxiliary and all our residents who attended.
- 2010 National Night Out
The Volente community celebrated National Night Out on October 5, 2010 at the Volente Volunteer Fire Department.
- Lake Travis Community Coalition - 1st Meeting
The Village of Volente spearheaded the organization of the Lake Travis Community Coaltion. The coalition brings together the villages and towns around Lake Travis with the HOAs and POAs to increase the effectiveness of each. The kick-off meeting was held May 17, 2010 at the Travis County West Service Center.
- 2010 VVFD Fish Fry
April 24, 2010 Fish Fry
- April 14, 2010 VVFD Auxiliary Meeting
At the April 14, 2010 VVFD Auxilary meeting, members enjoyed a catfish dinner prepared on the new Fish Fryer purchased for the Auxiliary by Flo Adams and her son, Gerry. Flo enjoyed the first piece of fish, prepared by Robert Nelson. This year marks the 21st year that Robert has fried fish for the annual Fish Fry, scheduled for Saturday April 24th.
- VNA Annual Meeting April 10, 2010
Volente Neighborhood Association held its annual meeting at the VVFD fire hall on Saturday, April 10, 2010.
VNA President Ken Beck conducted the meeting. Guest speakers included Representative Donna Howard, Travis County Commissioner Karen Huber and TXDOT engineer Mark Jones. Also attending were Representative Stephen Frost and Roland Pena of LCRA.
The meeting was followed by a catered fajita dinner.
Another very successful meeting!
- Snow Day in Volente
On February 23, 2010, it snowed in Volente!
- Strickland Pond
Photos from Strickland family pond on Bullick Hollow Creek. Travis County and City of Austin want to force destruction of the pond and the small dam that creates it.
- PLTA Visits Burnet Wastewater Operation 12/30/2009
On December 30, 2009, PLTA board members Lonnie Moore and Richard Eason visited the City of Burnet wastewater plant. PLTA was shown the facilities by Assistant City Manager David Vaughn, and his employees including Steve Lance and Dwayne Everett. Bob Thonhoff of Thonhoff Engineering was also present.
The existing plant operation was demonstrated and the proposed plant discussed.
- Smokey Bear Sign Installation 2009
December 2009 - Smokey Bear sign installed at Volente VFD by Webelos II Den #8 of Pack 201, North Shore District, Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
- 2009 VVFD Appreciation Dinner
Volente VFD Annual Appreciation Dinner December 14, 2009
- 2009 VVFD Auxiliary Christmas Party
Volente VFD Auxiliary Annual Christmas Party December 9, 2009
- Hamilton Creek, Burnet County 2009-11-25
Photos and measurements taken of Hamilton Creek and its tributaries on behalf of PLTA for presentation to CTGCD.
- Pancake Breakfast 2009
VVFD Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive, October 24, 2009
- 2009 Shoreline Cleanup - Favorite Photos
Just some of our favorites from all the many people who participated in this great event.
- 2009 Shoreline Cleanup - Al Blunt's Photos
Photos taken by Al Blunt during the August-Sept 2009 Lake Travis Shoreline Cleanup event in Volente, Texas
- VVFD Auxiliary Photo Shoot Aug 2009
On August 11, 2009, members of the Volente VFD Auxiliary had their photos taken trying on firefighter gear
- Remembering The Drought
Lake Travis photos taken during the summer of 2009
- 2009 VVFD Fish Fry
Annual Fish Fry held April 25, 2009 at Volente VFD
- VNA Annual Meeting
VNA's annual general membership meeting was held at the VVFD fire hall on April 04, 2009
- VVFD Potluck Dinner Jan. 2009
The Auxiliary hosted a potluck dinner at VVFD on January 30, 2009.
- Auxiliary 2008 Christmas Party
The Auxiliary continued its tradition of celebration during its December 10, 2008 meeting. In fact, after a certain amount of wine and spiked egg nog was enjoyed, the Auxiliary members were admonished for being a bit too boisterous. It seems there was a town hall meeting going on in the next room and they were having trouble hearing the speakers over the Auxiliary members's laughter.
- 2008 VVFD Appreciation Dinner
Each December, the VVFD board hosts an appreciation dinner for our firefighters and EMTs.
- Pancake Breakfast 2008
Saturday, November 15 was the date of the 2008 Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive
- 2008 National Night Out
National Night Out was celebrated October 7, 2008 at VVFD. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks were provided, with neighbors bringing side dishes for pot luck. Everyone enjoyed speaking with their neighbors, the good food and fire department equipment demonstrations.
- Fish Fry 2008
Saturday, April 26th was the date of the 2008 annual VVFD Fish Fry
- 2008 Garage Sale
Another community-wide garage sale was held in Volente on March 29, 2008.
- Auxiliary 2007 Christmas Party
The Auxiliary celebrated the holiday season and another year of helping VVFD at its December 12, 2007 meeting.
- 2007 Installation of Christmas Lights at VVFD
Volunteers gathered on December 05, 2007 to install Christmas lights on the VVFD fire hall and community center.
- Pancake Breakfast 2007
Saturday, October 13th 2007 was the date for the VVFD Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive. This was the first year of the blood drive and it was a definite success.
- KTBC News Video - Volente Fights Water Intake
This video ran on KTBC-TV on September 26, 2007.
- Fish Fry 2007
Saturday, April 28th was the date of the 2007 annual VVFD Fish Fry
- Garage Sale 2007
March 31, 2007 was the date of a community-wide garage sale in Volente. Starbucks coffee and Crispy Creme donuts were served at the fire hall. Some folks brought their items to sell at the fire hall, others sold from their homes with maps provided to buyers at the fire hall and online.
- Pancake Stacking Contest Jan. 2007
On January 13, 2007 the local branch of Capital One (Fm 620) sponsored a Pancake Stacking Contest. Local non-profit organizations each fielded a 2-person stacking team. For Volente, Ruth Blunt and Linda Carter represented Anderson Mill Garden Club and Ernest Garcia and Mike Whitely were the VVFD team. Ruth and Linda won $400 for the Gardeners, Ernest and Mike won $200 for VVFD. A good time was had, and a lot of pancakes were eaten, by all.
- Cub Scout Pack Visits VVFD
On January 9, 2007 a local Cub Scout pack visited VVFD. Both the Scouts and the firefighters had a great time playing with the equipment.
- Auxiliary 2006 Christmas Party
Each year the Auxiliary members enjoy themselves at their December meeting by celebrating another year of helping the fire department.
- VVFD Appreciation Dinner 2006
Each December the VVFD board hosts an appreciation dinner in honor of the firefighters and EMTs who protect us.
- Videos of 45th VVFD Anniversary Celebration
Here are videos taken of the celebration taken by various people and given to us to share.
- VVFD 45th Anniversary Celebration
On October 21, 2006 the Volente Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 45th Anniversary with a huge "birthday party" for all of Volente. There was a parade (Volente's first), fire department demonstrations, great food, a wonderful birthday cake and live music.
Let's do it again for the 50th in 2011!
- Appreciation Party for Walt Thompson
Walt Thompson, longtime Volente resident, stepped in to server as a volunteer (as in not paid) fire chief for Volente VFD. He followed a long line of volunteer chiefs, which includes Jan Yenawine and Roger Shull, among others.
When Walt stepped down from this post in June 2006, the members of the department and the Auxiliary put together a party for Walt to show our appreciation for the many hours he had given to the job.
- 2002 VVFD Appreciation Dinner
I recently found these photos on an old disc in my office - they are from a December 2002 Appreciation Dinner for member of the Volente Fire Department - Lonnie Moore, editor, July 2013
- Flo Adams 1917-2011
Florence Verda Hartog Adams, age 93, of Volente, passed on to be with her loving Savior on June 27, 2011. She was born on December 5, 1917 in St. Louis, Missouri to Robert and Florence (O'Neil) Hartog, who precede her in death. Flo had been a resident of the Volente/Leander area for 53 years. She was retired from the LCRA and was a long time and active member of the Volente Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Flo was the widow of retired Austin Fire Department District Chief Cleburne (Cy) Adams, who passed away on June 27, 2000.
Read the full obituary HERE
Here are some photos of Flo taken during the various Auxiliary events Flo participated in.
- Lois Fryler 1926-2011
Biography (full text HERE)
Lois Mae Fryler born April 3rd, 1926 in Bloomington Illinois to Forrest and Della Green, passed away on June 16th, in the year of our Lord 2011.
She was our very beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Lois is survived by her husband, Louis Fryler, resident of Volente, Texas whom she married on August 18th, 1955 in San Antonio Texas.
Lois participated and volunteered with many projects and organizations during her lifetime. Some of these organizations include being a member of the Volente Volunteer Fire Department where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary as well as an EMT. In addition she was a very treasured member of the Anderson Mill Garden Club participating in the Quilting Club there and often met with several of her friends within the community to play Bridge.
She was always a joy to spend time with bringing such a bright smile to any room she entered. When ever someone would ask her how she was doing, Lois would always grace you with the reply, “I am just PERFECT!,” and perfect was exactly what Lois was, and always will be.
- Mary Peacock 1917-2012
Mary Smith Peacock left this life to meet her maker on Monday, April 9, 2012. She was 94 years young. A property owner in the Volente area of Lake Travis since 1946, she had been a full time resident since 1987.
Read the full obituary online HERE
Mary was a longtime member of the the VVFD Auxiliary and is seen in these photos during some of our events.
- Ole Red
Volente's first fire engine sits in front of the fire hall in tribute to the many volunteers who have served Volente for so many years
- Trip Down Cypress Creek
Photos and comments by Lonnie Moore
- Volente YaYas