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Lilly fire co. awarded FEMA grant Vol. 119 No. 24

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By Joshua Byers

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The Lilly Volunteer Fire Company recently received a grant that will better the service and increase public safety. The fire company was awarded $87,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant, of which the company will have to contribute 5 percent. According to fire chief Ian Daugherty, the company puts in for the grant every year but this is only the second time Lilly has actually received it. The first time Lilly was awarded the grant was in 2010, and with it the company purchased its tanker truck. “You put in for it and you hope,” Daugherty said. Lilly competed against every other fire service in the country that applied, including paid departments, for the national grant. Daugherty said these companies have a leg up on Lilly because they have a higher call volume. Daugherty said Lilly split up its request form into

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hundreds of dollars for various items, being very specific with its requests. Part of the funds will be spent on new hoses and hose appliances, like different connections. The new hose will be more pliable and can be packed wet, Daugherty said. However, the largest portion of the grant will be spent on new hydraulic rescue equipment. This is the first time the company will be able to purchase brand new rescue equipment, Daugherty said. The company is currently using gear it accumulated over time. Daugherty added that the equipment Lilly plans on purchasing is the newest technology, which means it is battery powered. Being able to upgrade the hydraulic equipment also furthers the fire service’s independence. Daugherty explained that though Lilly appreciates assistance from neighboring companies, it’s good for the company to be able to stand on its own. Last year was the first year Lilly put a rescue engine on the streets that was fully stocked with hydraulic equipment. Prior to implementing this vehicle, Lilly had to rely on mutuSEE GRANT, PAGE 4A


Mackenzy, Madisyn, and Jordyn Farabaugh enjoy some strawberry shortcakes at the Cresson Presbyterian Church Strawberry Festival on June 11. Photo by Joshua Byers.

Loretto council discusses water issues, renovations

By Ron Portash

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Fishing fun

United States Air Force veteran Frank Klayko (left) is assisted by Boy Scout Troop 2221 volunteer Brad O’Neill, his son Noah, and Hayden McMullen at the fifth annual Cresson American Legion Veterans Fishing Event on June 10 at the Laurel Run Sportsman’s Dam in Dysart. Photo by Joshua Byers.

Wash. Twp. supervisors assist residents with neighbor concerns

By Joshua Byers

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The public comment section of the June 7 Washington Township supervisors meeting focused on neighbor concerns. The first residents to speak were Doug and Tina Stauski. They reported that they were having problems with their neighbors, ranging from animals to off-road vehicles. “I figured we have to have an ordinance for some of this stuff,” Doug Stauski said. According to him, his neighbors’ chickens and horses are often in his yard creating a mess. Doug Stauski said the chickens

are free range and the horses are fenced in but not adequately, therefore they escape frequently. Additionally, he explained to the board that the neighbors also have various three-wheelers and have built a “little track.” Doug Stauski added that this “track” is about 30 feet from his house. “You can’t go in the house, you hear the noise, you can’t go away from it,” Tina Stauski said. She said it seems like the neighbors race the off-road vehicles up and down the fence line on purpose to cause a disturbance. Both she and her husband agreed that the noise is “terrible.” Chairman Jaime Hartline said he wanted to share some thoughts but that he would ultimately be deferring to the township solicitor, Thomas Swope. Hartline explained that the township’s nuisance ordinance will cover noise to a certain extent. However, there’s an issue. Usually, a calibrated tool to read the noise level is needed, and the

township does not own one. “The ordinance does address it; however, I’m not so sure we have a way to enforce the noise,” Hartline said. As far as the animal issue, Hartline said he believed that would probably be a private matter and the township has no real way to enforce it. Swope asked the Stauskis if they’d contacted the state police, and they responded that they had and were told to come to the township. “I don’t like to say this, but it is not, technically, a public matter. It’s a private matter. I suggest you contact an attorney,” Swope said. He added that if the state police don’t assist the Stauskis, then the pair can visit the district magistrate and file a private criminal complaint. Supervisor Raymond Guzic Jr. addressed the Stauskis, stating that the board understands their concerns with the off-road vehiSEE ASSIST, PAGE 3A

Water issues again dominated the beginning of the Loretto Borough council meeting June 12. The council was notified that the water service would need to be shut off for a short period of time on June 28 due to needed maintenance on two 16-inch water supply line valves. The work is scheduled to begin at midnight and water service to the borough is expected to resume at 2 a.m. The work is being completed at night when water use is low. Although the work is expected to last for two hours, unforeseen circumstances may cause the work time to be extended. The council has received a handful of complaints regarding excessive water bills since the replacement of the new water meters. Council president Ward Prostejovsky stated that the new meters are extremely accurate in recording water flow. The 55-year-old meters that were replaced did not accurately measure water usage from things like slow drips from a faucet or leaky toilet tanks. In addition, Prostejovsky pointed out the current water meter readings are covering about five-and-a-half months of water use instead of the normal three-month billing cycle due to the meter replacement effort. Council members are meeting with a representative of the water SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 3A

H elpin g ha n d

Kenn Hammond, of the Cresson American Legion, assists United States Navy veteran Dave Duke at the fishing event in Dysart on June 10. Photo by Joshua Byers.

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