Oceanville Volunteer Fire Company does it again with their biannual Baked Ham and Fried Oyster Dinner. On Saturday, November 8th hundreds were greeted by Ladies Auxiliary President Eleanor Denight, her daughter, Jaime Mellon, and her son-in-law Robert Mellon. “Everybody pitches in – from the setup right through the dinner,” Lancaster said. “We try to do a teamwork concept. It’s like we do on actual fire calls: We work as a team. Nobody shines above another person; everybody’s a key player.” And, he said, the company prides itself on doing business locally. “The oysters are from Port Norris,” Lancaster said. “They’re local. Everything is bought local.”
Paul Austin breads the oysters.“We were here the day before breading oysters early on,” Austin said. “There’s a lot of advance work involved.” The coleslaw is homemade, he said. “We prepare the ham in pineapple sauce,” Austin said. “We actually have more volunteers than members. My 14-year-old niece volunteers. Some members have brought younger kids in.” There are 25 auxiliary members who all volunteer as well, according to Denight. The fundraiser was a huge success thanks to all who came out.