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M AI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 112 No. 41

(814) 472-4110 USPS 439-000

Portage, Pa.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Since 1904

Newsstand Price 75¢

36 Pages

Summerhill Twp. to purchase Wilmore’s fire station By Ron Portash of Mainline Newspapers

At the Oct. 3 meeting of the Summerhill Township Board of Supervisors, a sales agreement was approved with Wilmore Borough for the purchase of the former Wilmore Fire Hall that is currently under lease to Summerhill Township. In 2014, Wilmore Borough closed the Wilmore Fire Company due to a number of administrative problems. In 2015, Summerhill Township began leasing the former fire hall to house the municipal office, police department, and meeting room. The five-year lease was for one dollar a year. The Summerhill Township Police Department has patrolled the streets of the borough for a number of years. The sales agreement indicates that the $60,000 cost of the building will be paid through an agreement in which Summerhill Township will provide the borough with police protection at no cost for the next 20 years. The associated fees with the deed transfer will be paid for by the respective munic-

New wheels

Members of the St. Michael Volunteer Fire Company show off their new 2017 Chevrolet utility truck during an open house on Oct. 8. The truck is designed to serve multiple duties, including traffic control, forcible entry calls for emergency medical services, and crew transport. Photo by Ron Portash.

Residents question Croyle supervisors By Ron Portash of Mainline Newspapers

see purchase, page 4a

Portage Twp. debates paving issue By Ron Portash of Mainline Newspapers

Matt Zunich has spoken at the Portage Township Board of Supervisors meetings for a number of months concerning his request for paving on Elwood Drive. At the Oct. 3 meeting, Zunich requested the work be put on the agenda for a vote. Zunich, who said he was authorized to speak on behalf of four or five other residents on Elwood Drive, has repeatedly requested that the township pave the portion between the end of several residential driveways and the roadway. The Elwood Drive area was paved more than a decade ago. According to Zunich, the 3-5 feet between the end of the driveways and the road is township property and the right of way for the street, therefore the local residents are not allowed to pave that connection.


Several members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were on hand to show the Forest Hills Elementary students some of the vehicles the guard uses in its military missions. The National Guard unit provided a cargo truck, HumVee, tanker, and a wrecker for the students to view. Ryan Gradler (left), Josh Shuster, Haley Miller, and Joe Ulery enjoy showing the students the vehicles and how they work. Photo by Ron Portash.

Arthur Gaunt attended the Croyle Township meeting on Oct. 3 to request clarification on the certified notices of ordinance violations he had received concerning alleged junk vehicles and other materials that have accumulated on his property. All three supervisors attempted to explain that the junk vehicles and other items are in violation of several township ordinances. Gaunt said at least one of the vehicles is undergoing restoration. The supervisors advised Gaunt see residents, page 3a

Township signs support letter for rec manager By Ron Portash of Mainline Newspapers

see paving, page 5a

Bake sale finds

Sally Ohning and Jackie Schrift look for good deals at the Trinity United Methodist Church bake and yard sale in Portage on Oct. 7. Photo by Ron Portash.

After months of deliberations, the Portage Township supervisors approved sending a letter of support to Portage Borough for the peer-to-peer study for the feasibility of a recreation manager for Crichton-McCormick Park. The letter of support is conditional in that the township not commit any funding to the study or the recreation manager at this point in time. The township has been hesitant to sign a letter of support. The supervisors attended a Portage Borough council meeting late last year when the original idea of creating a recreation manger was brought forth by borough council. There were a number of issues that caused concern for the township. It was not until an informational meeting was held between borough and township officials that some miscommunications about the matter were cleared up and the township decided to support the grant application. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources peer-to-peer grant would pay for $10,000 of the $11,000 cost of the study. The borough has previously committed the needed $1,000 commitment if the grant is received. The borough is considering to move ahead with the recreation manager position in the see support, page 3a

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