MAIN PHOTO: Simone Wood of Elmsdale enjoyed her cinnamon bun from Philly’s Country Oven that she had after getting her flu shot with he family at Elmsdale Fire on Nov. 4. (Healey photo)

ELMSDALE: On an early Wednesday in November, Elmsdale Volunteer firefighters and their families were treated to a tasty reward with one condition. They had to have received their flu shots just moments earlier.

Building upon having the department receive its flu shots, Philomena Oakley, owner of Philly’s Country Oven Bakery in Dutch Settlement, was invited over to the department by firefighter Laura Mather.

She thought having Philly and her delicious cinnamon buns on hand would be a perfect treat for those getting their flu shots.

Elmsdale fire chief Kevin Goodman holds a certificate presented to him by Philly Oakley on Nov. 4, while keeping their social distance. (Healey photo)

Philly also had a special presentation to make to Elmsdale Fire Chief Kevin Goodman before the night got busy.

“We started a program last summer where the customers that purchase cinnamon products, I would donate 10 per cent of the sales to a fire station,” said Philly. “The customers would nominate their fire stations and when a fire station reached 50 nominations, they would be the fire station to receive the 10 per cent.”

Two of the children with the Wood family get helped getting their cinnamon buns by Philly Oakley. (Healey photo)

The total donated—as counted afterwards by Elmsdale Fire Chief Kevin Goodman—was $180. Philly brought 35 cinnamon buns with her to the event.

Philly said the communities support has been astounding.

“The support has been wonderful,” she said.

Philly’s Country Oven Bakery, which celebrated it’s second anniversary on Oct. 6, is located at 1021 Hwy 277 Dutch Settlement, just up the road from the elementary school.  Their hours are as follows: Wednesday 9-5; Thursday and Fridays 10-7; Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. They are closed Monday and Tuesdays.

More information on the business can be found on Facebook at: or search for “Philly’s Country Oven.”