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March 29, 2014

Traveling toilet flushing out funds

Fundraiser used to raise money for a county fire museum

ANDERSON — Two years ago, Pam Stires woke up to a front yard packed with pink flamingos.

This week she woke up to a red toilet with shooting yellow flames in her yard.

“Courtesy of a former neighbor,” Stires said with a laugh. “Isn’t that nice they would think of us?”

Well-known for her prankster tendencies, Stires said the garish and extravagantly decorated toilet showed up in her front yard on Thursday.

“My husband came in from getting the paper and said, 'We just got flushed and we have to pay to get rid of it,'” she said. “I am already planning my revenge.”

The toilet is part of an effort by Skip Ockomon to raise money for the Madison County Firefighters Museum, 830 W. Third Street. The museum plans to eventually showcase the history of the county’s firefighters with exhibits from different fire departments in the area.

Ockomon, an Anderson fireman, said he had originally hoped to raise at least $500 for a dumpster rental, but a domino effect from the toilet fundraiser may allow him to raise more money for the museum’s restoration.

For a small fee, people can have the toilet placed in a friend’s yard or they can purchase insurance to make sure the toilet does not suddenly show up in a front yard.

Businesses can also join in on the fun. The first business that was targeted for a flush was Greek’s Pizzeria, 6317 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., but it was only there for a day or so.

The toilet has already been moved and, if today is your birthday, you might want to check your front yard.

Ockomon said he was going to relocate the toilet in the middle of the night to surprise his next victim on his special day.

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