The Paonia firehouse was packed for a benefit dinner on Saturday, Dec. 1, for the Grant Arterburn family. Grant was a volunteer fireman with the Paonia Fire District and owner of Grant’s Auto Repair in Paonia. On Nov. 16 he lost his fight against cancer. To help his family, the fire department hosted the dinner, which served more than 300. In addition, a silent auction with an amazing array of items donated by local businesses and individuals was held. All proceeds will go to the family to help defray medical and other expenses. An account to support his four children has also been set up at Paonia North Fork Bank.