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Sanders completes fire training program Vol. 116 No. 15

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Becomes first certified woman in Gallitzin dept. By Rachel Vasilko

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Kimberly Sanders has a lot to be proud of these days. The 18-yearold from Gallitzin recently completed a 120-hour program through the International Fire Service Training Association, and is now a certified firefighter. She is the first woman in the Gallitzin Volunteer Fire Department to receive her state certification in the company’s 110-year history. “I’m pretty proud of myself,” Kimberly said. Kimberly said that she has been a volunteer firefighter in Gallitzin for the past four years, and was really inspired to complete the certification program. She said

that throughout the course of the two-month program, she was trained in basic firefighting skills, hose management, fire control, CPR and first aid, and hazmat. Kimberly added that she was also trained and certified in structure burn and is now able to fight interior flames. She said she will completely finish up the program when she takes the hazmat operations pro-board test on April 14. Her father, Mike Sanders, said that he is proud of Kimberly for her accomplishments. “It’s nice to see Kimberly continuing in the family tradition,” said Mike, adding that he has been a firefighter for 25 years, SEE SANDERS, PAGE 14A

Chamber to hold annual Secret Auction Sunday

Kimberly Sanders (right) poses with her father Mike (left) and brother Mikey in the Gallitzin Fire Hall. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

By Rachel Vasilko

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Cresson Area Chamber of Commerce president Howard Harkins and Secret Auction chairwoman Joyce Knopp show off auction items that are currently on display at First National Bank in Cresson. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

The Easter season is quickly approaching, and with the impending holiday comes the Cresson Area Chamber of Commerce Secret Auction, to be held this Sunday, April 13. The annual auction is a fundraising event for the fall Heritage Days festival, and is held in conjunction with the Cresson Lion’s Club annual Pancake Breakfast. The Pancake Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. for the early birds, and food is served until 1 p.m. for those late sleepers. The auction is held at the same time, so as you eat, you can scope out the wide variety of items available from various businesses and sponsors that contribute to the Auction and Heritage Days each year. While the quality of the items and entertaining nature of the auction remain the same, the Chamber has made some small changes to the way the Auction is conducted. Chamber president Howard Harkins says that the

their games. On Sunday, March 30, a special meeting was held and was attended by both supporters and objectors of the fee. During that meeting, members of the association voted to waive the fee for the City League. Despite the outcome of the meeting, tensions were still high at the Lilly Borough Council meeting on April 2. Ron Davison, coach of the City League team, was present to question mayor Jack Barlick about his statements at the association’s meeting that Sunday. Davison said he was upset by Barlick’s comment that his team

“is a bunch of freeloaders.” “I stand by it,” Barlick said. “If they’re not volunteers, they’re freeloaders.” Davison told Barlick that his team consists of men who work full-time to support their families, stating that Barlick should not say such things if he does not know the team members personally. “I think you owe them an apology, their families an apology, and their fans an apology,” Davison said, adding that it is something Barlick could include in his weekly column, Lilly Lines. Barlick refused to apologize,

changes will make the bidding process quicker and easier. This year, rather than write your name and phone number on each bidding slip, participants will receive a card with an exclusive three-digit number. The number will act as the identification code for each individual, eliminating the amount of writing and speeding up the bidding process. Harkins said the change will also allow the Chamber to more quickly identify the winners of each item after all the bids have been made. “It saves a lot of typing, and makes this go faster,” said Harkins. This year, auction items include gift certificates from many local restaurants including Jethro’s, Dutch Hill Chocolates, Eat ‘N Park, Friendly’s, Allegheny Creamery & Crepes, The Allegro Restaurant, Woody Lodge Winery LLC, R Beer House, Cresson Springs, Penn Gables, Amici’s Restaurant, Everyday Gourmet,

Residents discuss Memorial Field during Lilly Boro meeting By Rachel Vasilko

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Many upset residents crowded into the Lilly Borough building on Wednesday, April 2, to share with the Lilly Borough Council their opinions concerning decisions made by the LillyWashington War Memorial Association about teams’ use of

Memorial Field this season. The association had initially made the decision to charge the Conrad Chiropractic/Lilly American Legion City League baseball team a fee of $1,200 for use of the field this summer, while all other local teams remained free of charge. In a letter-to-the-editor in The Mainliner on March 27, John Hurley, president of the LillyWashington War Memorial Association, explained that the decision to charge the team was “an alternate to the requested donation of time,” adding that the team refused to help with necessary field maintenance for

SEE AUCTION, PAGE 3A

saying that he is upset by the team’s refusal to assist with field maintenance. Lilly resident Robert Monahan was also eager to address council, stating that he is concerned for the future of the War Memorial Association, as well as Memorial Field. He said that if the town continues down this path of division and discord, then it will mean the end of the association and field. “I’m worried about the division and the hatred,” Monahan said. “That’s not good for the town, it’s not good for the kids, and it’s not good for the field SEE FIELD, PAGE 15A

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