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Vol. 93 No. 6
Nanty Glo, Pa.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
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Nanty Glo Fire Department Officers for 2014 include (front row, from left): Rich Brown, Trustee; Anthony Previte, Treasurer; Jim Campbell, President; Anthony Warynovich III, Vice President; John Toth, Recording Secretary; Matt Szymusiak, Personnel Secretary; (second row): Joe LaMantia Jr., Fire Chief; Greg Schilling Jr., Second Lieutenant; Bill Tobin, Fire Police Captain; Brandon Younkin, Captain; Tom Williamson, First Lieutenant; Joe LaMantia Sr., Chief Engineer; Thomas Gabor, Trustee; and Skip Cook, Auditor. Absent from photo were: Dick Brown, Financial Secretary; Frank Villa, Trustee; Joe Kanich, Trustee; Brian McEvoy, Trustee; Shawn McMullen, Auditor; Bob McEvoy, Auditor; Rich Brown Jr., Deputy Chief; Tom A. Bracken, First Assistant Chief; Bryant Greene, Second Assistant Chief; Bernard Shedlock, Assistant Chief Engineer; Milt Noble, First Lieutenant; and Jay Jacobsen, Second Lieutenant. Photo by Chris Hochrein.
Jackson Township accepts resignation, hears concerns By Evan Novella
for Mainline Newspapers
The Jackson Township board members’ meeting Thursday night, Jan. 30, began with the resignation, via email, of super-
visor Mark Westrick, effective immediately for personal reasons, on Jan. 2, 2014. The Jackson Township Board of Supervisors quickly appointed Eric W. Dreikorn to fill Westrick’s term as supervisor.
Westrick’s resignation came after four years of service to the Township board, from 20102013. A motion was carried to renew the Amfire Mining road bond for a six-month period to continue
n’t know what to do without it, but that’s exactly what members of the Nanty Glo Volunteer Fire Department have had to contend with in recent weeks, as the fire whistle has been taken out of service as a result of the bad weather. “The siren is broken right now,” explained Rich Brown of the NGVFD. “It got frozen during that last cold snap, and the motor needs replaced, so it’s going to be down for a couple of weeks.” While the lack of a siren doesn’t mean that firefighters will miss any calls (as modern departments operating from a pager systems and cell phone connections), that early warning that the siren provided has been missed. Last week, when fire-
fighters were called to action literally every day, they encountered some difficulties on the
Nanty Glo fire siren undergoing repairs By Justin Eger
of Mainline Newspapers
When the fire whistle blows, you know there’s something important happening. Throughout our small towns, the high pitched trill that emanates from the fire station draws plenty of attention. Some of us might turn on the scanner to listen in on the dispatchers, while others might say a quiet prayer for the safety of firefighters and those involved in the accident. If you happen to be traveling on the roads when the whistle blows, it’s also a good reminder to keep an eye out or clear the streets as local volunteers respond to the emergency. We’re all so used to the near constant presence of that fire whistle that we probably would-
Senior Center backed by supportive community By Rachel Vasilko
of Mainline Newspapers
Much unlike the other senior centers located throughout the Mainline area, the Jackson Township Senior Center operates solely on the support of its members and the nearby communities. Rather than receive funding from the state, Jackson Senior Center is assisted by the
township, and pays its bills through membership fees, fundraisers and donations. According to Jackson Township Senior Center president Frank Singel, the cost of a yearly membership to the center is only $10, and it is well worth the investment. The center, which is open four days a week, hosts a number of activities and services for its members, including exercise classes, clubs, games and internet access. Monday mornings at the center are focused on the physical fitness of the members, and two exercise classes are held. SEE COMMUNITY, PAGE 17A
SEE SIREN, PAGE 4A
using 1.32 miles of Pike Road East. Similarly, the municipal building was alive with public comments, which were well taken during the meeting on Thursday night. One voice concerned the well-being of two miles worth of unspecified road within Jackson Township being used by two separate (unnamed) logging companies. The citizen asked the board, should the patch of said road should be damaged in any way, if the township would be “stuck with a huge bill,” trying to fix the aftermath
of the large vehicles traveling back and forth. A motion was made to possibly edit the road bond agreement between the town and the unnamed companies doing the logging, in which the town would reserve judgment on the condition of the road until sometime in late April to early May of this year. “We could place a hold the bill until the inspection of the road is done on a later [warmer] date if the work done on it occurs
SEE CONCERNS, PAGE 6A
On, Jan. 24, the Blacklick Valley PTO hosted its first ever Game Night, where the BVEC Classroom Olympics were held at the Elementary Center. Students participated in games such as Pencil Shuffle, Paper Ball ShotPut, Eraser Toss, Rubber Band Shoot and Back Pack Race. Forty students, along with teachers and staff, participated. Students were divided and a teacher was placed on each team as its captain. The last event was an obstacle course that was set up using various equipment provided by Mr. K, the PE teacher. Students had to run around obstacles, jump hurdles, use a hula-hoop, jump rope, crawl through a ball pit, and balance on a beam. The obstacle course was designed by sixth Grader Richie Campbell, who came early with his mother (PTO member Sharon Campbell) to help set up. Submitted photos.