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Linglestown Gazette: Big weekend for Linglestown firefighters

Friday, June 12, 2009

Big weekend for Linglestown firefighters

CLICK HERE for a Patriot-News article that previews this weekend's volunteer firemen's convention in Linglestown and has a few historical snippets about Linglestown Fire Company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
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SAVE THE DATE ... Linglestown Fire Company is working with and Linglestown Gazette to present a very special night of acoustic guitar music on Friday, June 26 – and, a can of beans or corn will get you in the door. CLICK HERE for details.

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5 Comments:

At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Q said...

Wasn't able to get all the details, but there's a banner at the Eagle welcoming firefighters and something about a block party.

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger Elyse said...

They shut down traffic too. We had to find a new way to get home!

 
At 11:59 PM, Anonymous B said...

Residents were just a tad upset - to put it mildly. The fire department began shutting down all of the entrances to roads on the east side of N. Mountain Road around 1:45.

They shut down N Mountain Road at the church and sent traffic on the back road to Koons park, then had the road to Koons Park shut down at the pool and at Balthaser. There were over 50 cars stuck there since they shut the parking lot off at the south end of Koons park too.

Tried Blue Ribbon - shut down just past Sheetz. Same with Blue Ridge coming in from West Hanover Twp - shut just before you get to Blue Ribbon.

We asked at several of these barricades if we could get through to get to our home, and we were met with sarcastic responses, answers of "it'll be about an hour until we are through", and even someone trying to put up more pylons just behind us as if that was going to stop someone from trying to get to their house!

Talked with Bill Hornung at his store as this was happening and he mentioned he was not aware of all the side roads being shut down and suggested some of the routes in that we had already been turned away. He was aware of N Mountain Road as they had to get special permission to shut it down.

This whole event was one big cluster for the local residents who live in the neighborhood. I can appreciate the jobs the fire departments do, but the planning and communication on this parade route was not thought out clearly.

 
At 11:22 PM, Blogger JDP said...

My home was along the parade route and I did recieve a letter in my mailbox from the Linglestown Fire Company a few weeks prior, letting me know about the event, route, date and times of the shut down. This letter even let me know about the upcomming fire works display on July 5th. I found out the several hundred of these letters went out to every home and business along the parade route. It was also on their new LED sign and in the paper. I think the Fire Company did a fine job of informing the village residents.

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous B said...

I'm glad to hear that, JDP. But unfortunately, the houses on the other side of the parade route must have been missed by those letters because we and our neighbors never received anything like that from anyone. The other mass of cars that were attempting to get into the neighborhood must have missed their letters as well?

I did see the electronic sign display in front of the firehouse with the date of the parade - but it did not give any details of where the route was going nor did it mention anything about road closures that would cut off access to many of the houses east of N. Mountain Rd for almost 2 hours.

Match that with Bill H's comment about not realizing how many roads were to be barricaded and I have to think the planning and communication for this event was not all as great as you think.

They can hold a Memorial Day parade on virtually the same route and not shut down as many roads as well as keep access to the neighborhood from the east. They should have been able to keep some access open to the residents for this event as well.

 

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