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Lilly, Cresson discuss merger of local volunteer fire companies Vol. 114 No. 51

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By Rachel Vasilko

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The Cresson Volunteer Fire Company and the Lilly Community Volunteer Fire Company announced this week plans to discuss the possibility of a merger between the two organizations. Letters were sent out to local municipalities informing them of the ongoing talks. While the companies are still in the very early stages of dis-

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cussion, Paul Sklodowski, president of the Lilly Community Volunteer Fire Company, said that he has a good feeling about the possible merger. “It’s exploratory,” Sklodowski said. “We’re just talking, but it’s been going well.” Representatives from the two companies have been engaged in talks for about a month now, said Cresson Volunteer Fire Company president Joe Adams. He said that they are looking to merge into one company, but

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During the regular meeting on Dec. 4, the Lilly Borough Water Authority continued to discuss options for the construction of a back-up water supply in Lilly. Still, little progress has been made, and a final decision has not been reached. Last month, engineer Dan Slagle told the authority that the Pennsylvania Department of

Environmental Protection has denied the construction of a back-up water well in Lilly; however, the existing well could be deepened and a backup pump could be purchased. He said Lilly would also be required to build a meter vault that would connect the borough to Highland Water and Sewer Authority. Lilly Borough had been waiting for the DEP’s decision on whether or not funds from the

Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority (PennVEST) could be used to deepen well #1. Slagle had told members of the authority that he was unsure if the DEP would allow the borough to deepen the well without also building a meter vault. At the Dec. 4 meeting, Slagle said that he believes the DEP will allow just the water well SEE WATER, PAGE 3A

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The Gallitzin Borough Council recognized councilwoman Sylvia Conway for all of her service to the borough in the past 14 years. Mayor Ray Osmolinski presented Conway with a plaque during the regular meeting last Wednesday, Dec. 11. Conway’s plaque read, “In recognition of your 14 years of dedicated service as council person and council president to the citizens of Gallitzin Borough. 2000-2013. We thank you for a job well done.” Conway will no longer serve as member of the council, and her

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Matt Poorman, and his parents Mark and Michele, near one of the Stations of the Cross Poorman had installed on the grounds of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto as his Eagle Scout project. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

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will still maintain two stations, one in each town. “It’s not going to be a takeover,” said Lilly Community Volunteer Fire Company treasurer Ray Guzic. “It’ll be one company with two sub-stations.” “You won’t lose your town fire company,” added Sklodowski. “It’s a way to be efficient and save money.” Both Lilly and Cresson

Water Authority still has concerns about back-up water supply project By Rachel Vasilko

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seat will be filled with a newlyelected official at the reorganization meeting on Jan. 6. In addition, Osmolinski also presented councilwoman Sharon Patterson with a certificate in recognition of her completed term. He, and the rest of council, thanked Patterson for her service as well. Her seat will also be filled at the Jan. 6 meeting. During the meeting, council also heard from Joe Patterson, the organizer of the Light Up a Hero event that took place in October. Patterson presented council with a check for $13,401, which was raised to SEE GALLITZIN, PAGE 5A

Christmas wish

Santa talks to Carmen Padilla of Sankertown about what she’d like for Christmas at Cresson American Legion this past Saturday, Dec. 14. Photo by Katie Hanlon.

Poorman completes Eagle Scout Project By Rachel Vasilko

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Matt Poorman of Loretto recently completed his Eagle Scout project that benefits the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel Parish. Poorman installed outdoor Stations of the Cross on the church grounds. According to Poorman, he worked on his project for a total of about six months, including the proposal phase, the planning phase and the physical work. Throughout his project, Poorman was able to receive help from others, including family members and friends, but it was his job to act as what his father called “project manager.” “When I was coming up with ideas, I was not sure of what I wanted to do,” Poorman said. “Then I heard [the church] was looking to put in outdoor stations.” Poorman said that the maintenance committee at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel had

the desire to install outdoor stations, and he agreed to fulfill the committee’s request. Poorman said he worked closely with the committee, especially with Frank Seymour, in order to make sure that his design was something the church would like. In addition, Poorman said he had been looking for a project that would benefit the Basilica. He had been the youngest witness to promote the canonization of Prince Gallitzin, speaking out about why he should be a saint. “After that, I thought it would be a good addition,” Poorman said. “It connects the church to the chapel house, and it is a good thing to attract people to the chapel house.” Poorman said that he began the physical work in July and finally finished in October. But now the stations are complete and open to everyone. They begin at the top of the path that leads from the shrine to the chapel house. Poorman said SEE POORMAN, PAGE 3A

Gallitzin mayor Ray Osmolinski presents councilwoman Sylvia Conway with a plaque in recognition of her 14 years of service to Gallitzin Borough. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

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