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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 154 No. 12

 USPS 326-480





Cresson, Pa.

(814) 472-4110

Since 1898

Newsstand Price 75¢

24 Pages

Business owner Jerry Moschgat attended the Cresson Borough Council meeting March 9 to discuss a new sign for his business, Mainline Pharmacy. He said he filled out the borough's sign applications, but when he was going through the process with The EADS Group, some questions were raised. Solicitor C.J. Webb said under the borough's ordinance, a business is only allowed to have 200 square feet for a sign. Moschgat currently has existing signage that exceeds that allowance, but his sign was grandfathered in after the ordinance was created. Webb said Moschgat would still be over the permitted square feet allowance for the new sign. The council understands that Moschgat would not be taking down any existing

signage even if he is putting up a new sign. Moschgat explained that his signs can be difficult to find, since the business is on Route 53 and shares the property line with Shop n’ Save and other businesses. He said he sent the council a photo of how the proposed sign would look. “We were told from people that they don’t know where the store is, so it was proposed to us to put a sign on the building so they know where we’re at,” Moschgat said. He explained that they went through a similar problem at his Ebensburg and Davidsville locations. In Davidsville, he went through a variance hearing and was granted the sign. He asked the council if it was possible to get a variance from Cresson Borough. Webb said it would be considered a special exception. He said everyone appreciates the

pharmacy and wants it to succeed, however, the council has received many sign applications, and if the members deviate from the ordinance for one person, they would potentially have to bend the rules for everyone. “We’re trying to and we’re mandated to uniformly enforce the regulations,” Webb said. “And that’s the practical dilemma that every governmental entity has.” If Moschgat were to ask for a variance, he would have to provide some justification as to why he should be treated differently. Webb said it’s challenging to do that, as he has represented other sign companies before for this same problem. Moschgat asked if he had to take down his current sign on Route 53 to put the other sign up. Webb said the current sign

statement issued Feb. 27, Stephen M. Hahn M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs — Food and Drug Administration said: “As I have previously communicated, the FDA has been closely monitoring the supply chain with the expectation that the COVID-19 outbreak would likely impact the medical product supply chain, including potential disruptions to supply or shortages of critical medical products in the US” The majority of today's active ingredients in pharmaceuticals are manufactured in China. Additionally, nearly all over-thecounter medications and a large percentage of medical devices come from Chinese manufacturers. The impact may not be felt in

the area until weeks and months down the road. According to press releases from several pharmaceutical manufacturers, full production in China has resumed and current stockpiles on hand should mitigate any shortage in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The Chinese government shut down factories to contain the spread of the virus, and production went to a standstill. The effect of this is just beginning to be felt in this region. Those factories are slowly beginning to resume production. There is also a reported shortage of truck drivers to get the shipment containers to the port cities in China to be sent here. Imports from China account for nearly 22 percent of

the overall trade to the U.S. Two of the busiest ports in the United States, Los Angeles and Long Beach, have reported a more than 20 percent drop in shipping container volume. Shipping containers carry millions of goods — everything from apples to zippers. U.S. ports have reported an overall drop of 12.6 percent and are significantly lower than the amount of trade that was predicted before the impact of the COVID-19 virus. According to The Maritime Executive Newsletter, a shipping industry publication, several ocean carriers have canceled sailings to and from the Far East.

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COVID-19 Virus slows down more than just people

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As the global economy turns, so does your local store shelves. In the interconnected world that exists today, the COVID-19 virus outbreak began in China in Dec. 2019 is now impacting the United States economy. A check of local stores on Friday, March 13, showed that food and personal items — other than the panic buying of toilet paper and hand sanitizer — were well stocked. By Monday, March 16, local stores were limiting hours and quantities in an attempt to allow customers better access to supplies and to prohibit panic buying

and the stockpiling of foods and paper products. Grocery stores were out of stock for many items as a result of panic buying. Toilet paper and bread were disappearing off shelves faster than they could be delivered. Wal-Mart stores, which are typically open 24 hours a day, are now limiting hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to allow employees to sanitize the store daily and restock shelves. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recommended the closure of non-essential businesses and limited restaurants to takeout and delivery service only. The first to feel the effect of the industry shutdown in China is the pharmaceutical industry. In a

Gallitzin Borough Council updated on legal proceedings against property owners

By Gina Bianucci

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The Gallitzin Borough Council reviewed the status of lawsuits being filed against two properties in the borough during the March 11 meeting. Solicitor Dave Consiglio told the council members that he filed a suit against the Main Street property, and the Main Street property owner asked the board to halt legal proceedings until he finds a demo-

lition company to tear down the building. The owner also wants to know if he could put a dumpster on borough property next to his property for the demolition company. The property owner also asked for the names of some demolition companies. It was explained to the owner that he would have to pay the outstanding water and sewer bills before he could get a demolition permit. The owner did not know he needed a demolition permit and was already trying to schedule a company. The council members agreed they want the building torn down, but the owner would have to go apply for a permit similar to the way the Mitchell Street property

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