Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The barn on Fiegle Road went up in flames on Sept. 11 and the rescue vehicle was destroyed by fire on Mile Strip Road in November, but life goes on at Lakeview Animal Sanctuary.
Construction on a new barn in Pendleton began Tuesday, a rescue truck is on loan from a friend in Medina. Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts of Sanborn are preparing a benefit at Skateland on Saturday.
The girls, who are 10- and 11-years-old, are earning their Girl Scout Bronze Award and collecting donation items the animals are in need of. The troop heard of the adversities befalling Sandi Pfhol and the animals she has rescued so they wanted to do something to help.
“The girls thought of this. They wanted to help her out. She’s had a ruff time,” Co-leader Lisa Capell said. “They worked at Lakeview for a day when they were Brownies. The girls leaned what Sandi does — which is a lot.”
The children fed the animals in the morning and cleaned out the stalls for expectant baby chicks. They brushed the horses and stayed the whole day.
Pfohl also brought Thomas Thaddeus Butterball to a Brownie meeting at the Hope United Methodist Church. “When you have a turkey walking around a Brownie meeting, you never forget it,” Capel said. “They thought it was wonderful.”
To get a Bronze Award, the children have to work 20 hours on a community project.
The skating party is from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. and the admission is $5.50 per person to skate. Brian and Lori Ferraro of Skateland will donate half the proceeds for admission, skate rental and snack bar sales to Lakeview, Capell said. There will be games, giveaways, crafts, bounce houses and live animals.
The Girl Scouts will be collecting used blankets and towels, Dawn Blue dish liquid, guinea pig food, rabbit food, bleach, laundry detergent, scratch feed, horse feed, bird feed, garbage bags and paper towels.
Those who donate will receive a ticket to win some gift certificates or baskets. The girls have had wonderful support from generous area businesses, according to co-leaders Barb Faller and Capell.
”These girls have worked very hard on this project and really want to make it a success to help the animals at Lakeview,” Capell said. “They have been calling people and hanging their posters.”
It’s not pretty on Fiegle Road, but there is progress. Sean Fitzgibbon of Cambria, Dave Hedley of Olcott and James Moore of Newfane are working on construction of the 100-by-32-foot barn for Parco Builder Systems. Paul Perna, a manager of Tops Market in Lockport, is providing some food for the animals.
Pfohl lost her appointment book and gift vouchers which were on the dashboard of the Blazer that burst into flames. The sanctuary takes part in many community activities and requested those who booked activities to give her a call.
The sanctuary will participate in Light Up Lockport on Saturday and Tom Butterball will bin the city to have his picture taken with children — and grownups.
Stevie V’s and Family Video of Lockport and Schimschacks and Franks Marketplace of Sanborn have donated prizes. Several Niagara Falls businesses have kicked in with certificates.DONATING BUSINESSES Stevie V's, Lockport Family Video of Lockport Applebees, Nia. Falls Dr. Gerber, Nia. Falls Chilis, Nia. Falls Four Seasons Cinema, Nia. Falls Violas, Nia. Falls Rapids Bowling, Nia. Falls Sams Club, Nia. Falls Marlis Florist, Nia. Falls Olive Garden, Nia. Falls Schimschacks, Sanborn Franks Marketplace, Sanborn Hoovers, Sanborn Yubbs Rest., Wheatfield Olympia Rest., Wheatfield Contact reporter Bill Wolcott at 439-9222, ext. 6246.