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Firefighter offers winter safety tips to Nanty Glo residents Vol. 97 No. 2

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Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Fire hydrants should be uncovered and not have snow piled against them By Allie Garver

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Since record cold temperatures and snowfall have enveloped the county, Nanty Glo firefighter Bryant Green visited the Jan. 2 borough council meeting to give the residents some tips that will help them and the fire department over the next few months. “To the residents of the borough, that if they do see their

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fire hydrant snowed in, try not to pile snow against the fire hydrants,” said Green. “It’s really important. If they can, try to shovel around them too.” Green said having the fire hydrants available as soon as the engines pull in for a fire helps with the response time. He explained that having the hydrants visible also helps locate them. “[If] an assisting company would be coming in to pick up a

hydrant, they don’t know where they’re all at all the time,” added Green. “We give them like an intersection where they’re at and hopefully they can pick what corner it’s at. But, if they’re snow covered, they’re not going to be able to see it.” Another issue is parking, according to Green. He acknowledged that there is restrictive parking, but that doesn’t always apply to stop

intersections, stop signs, and crosswalks. “We need some room at the intersections,” Green said, “but people are parked right up on the intersection and close to the intersection. It makes a difficult time for our apparatus to make the turn. Even an ambulance making a turn in, it would make it difficult.” Green also requested the borough crew clean out the intersections a little more.

“The intersections really haven’t been cleared out too well, and I’m not blaming them or anything — I know it’s a very difficult job that they have to get the roads plowed and everything,” said Green. He said it’s not just for the fire trucks to safely make the turns, it’s also for everyday traffic. Green said it seems as though the residents have been following the restrictive parking pretty SEE SAFETY, PAGE 4A

By Allie Garver

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The Jan. 3 Vintondale Borough council reorganization meeting brought about a few changes. Newly elected mayor Jesse Colangelo administered the oath of office to Pam Palovich, Jodie Vasilko, Diane Sheesley, Kevin Olsavsky, and Sue Colangelo. Both Pam Palovich and Vasilko served as council members in 2017. Sheesley, Olsavsky, and Sue Colangelo are all newly seated officials. Councilwoman Bonnie Lucas was not present at the meeting. After the swearing-in ceremony, Pam Palovich was voted in as council president, and Sheesley was voted in as vice president. “Are there any other appointments that are necessary for borSEE REORGANIZES, PAGE 3A

Helping hand

Interfaith Community Food Pantry volunteers John Rosiek (left) and Dave Rager accept a donation of 110 items and $55 from Somerset Trust Company Vinco branch manager Kim Hirko, teller Mark Schuster, and teller Kelly Harshaw. The donation was collected from patrons of the bank. Photo by Allie Garver.

BVMA working to fix ‘hit or miss’ problems at Fords Corner

By Allie Garver

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Fun time

Carol Baligush (left) and Joan Barkley wait for lunch and bingo to start at the Jackson Township Senior Center on Jan. 8. Photo by Allie Garver.

Although the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority has closed out the Fords Corner sewer project, there have been some “hit or miss” problems, according to chairman Mike Pisarcik. “We got rags going into the pump, catching around the pump,” said Pisarcik. “We’re talking about putting a small screen setup in our basket strainers. I mean, that’s going to stop it, but it’s going to be more maintenance on our end.” Engineer Richard Wray said what is getting caught in the pump should pass without a problem. “It seems like what it’s doing is, it catches a little bit, then it starts catching until it builds up and it won’t allow the pump to turn,” added Pisarcik.

Rags are building up and not allowing pump to turn Desmond Warzel asked if there is a shredder that can be used in this situation that “will circulate and shred” the rags. Wray referred to such a machine, called a “muffin monster,” but said it will probably cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to purchase one. “It will be a macerator, but you got to run power,” said Wray, noting the additional cost to run the machine each month. While discussing the Fords Corner project, Pisarcik brought up the digging along Plank Road. A homeowner put a grinder pump in and it caused a problem. “What happened was, they

bored that and we found out later it was like 9 foot deep,” said Pisarcik. “They had to go down underneath a culvert. Eventually we found the line.” Pisarcik explained that LB Water installed a backflow preventer for that line, but later received a call from the homeowner saying that he put it in backward. “I know right now, for sure, the shutoff is in wrong,” said Pisarcik. “That’s when I should have picked it up, but I didn’t.” Pisarcik said he had the pumps running and a water line was hit, but no sewage came at the workers, which means the SEE PROBLEMS, PAGE 5A

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