By David Lindenmuth
ALTAMONT - The West Mahanoy Township Police Department is currently investigating a report of a skimming device found at an Altamont Gas Station.
The skimming device was allegedly found at the Exxon station at 541 Altamont Boulevard.
Police are asking that anyone who purchased gas at the station on June 18 or 19 and paid at the pump check their credit/debit card statements for any fraudulent purchases, and if any fradulent purchases are discovered, customers are asked to contact West Mahanoy Township Police at 570-462-2360
By David Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS - On Tuesday night, West Mahanoy Township's Supervisors approved a motion to complete several items as part of the application process for a Rural Development grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. If awarded, the grant funding will be used towards the purchase of a 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility for the township police department, replacing its 2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
If approved, the grant will cover $6,800 of the cost of the new vehicle, which is $45,830. The rest of the cost will be covered by a $35,000 loan from First National Bank and a $4,030 contribution from the township.
The steps taken at Tuesday night's meeting included a request for Obligation of Funds, a completion of a Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions, completion of a Community Facilities Gran Agreement and Standard Form 3881, ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payroll Enrollment Form.
In other business, township supervisors:
Initiative is part of PennDOT’s ongoing security improvements
Submitted Press Release
HARRSIBURG, DAUPHIN CTY., - As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products.
PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) cards. Over the last 22 months, PennDOT has worked with MorphoTrust USA on planning, design and deployment of this major new security enhancement initiative. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.
“The update is an important component of PennDOT’s ongoing work to enhance and protect the integrity of the driver license and identification card issuance process,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.
By David Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - Two homes are damaged, and three are displaced after fire broke out in a home on Shenandoah's east side.
Shortly before 5:00pm on Monday afternoon, fire crews were called to 323 East Lloyd Street in the borough for a working structure fire. Crews arrived to find smoke billowing from the structure, reportedly visible as far away as Lost Creek, as well as heavy fire at the rear of the building.
323 East Lloyd has severe damage to the rear of the property, and an adjoining property has extensive smoke and water damage.
The displaced residents are staying with friends, and a State Police Fire Marshal was on scene investigating the cause of the fire.
Also on scene were crews from Mahanoy City EMS and Shenandoah Ambulance, as well as police officers from Shenandoah and West Mahanoy Township.
(Editor's Note: The following article is a letter sent to the email of The Shenandoah Sentinel by Thomas F. O'Neill, a Shenandoah native and teacher at the Suzhou International Foreign Language School, Suzhou, China.)
Every person at some point in their lives need to ask themselves this simple question, “what is my true purpose in life?”
A purposeful life will help you find something more meaningful -- in the things you do for yourself and others. It can also help you achieve what you most want in life - true happiness. People, throughout the world have the same deep desire -- to be happy.
For me happiness is not something that is given to me with each passing day. It is something I try to bring to each passing day. In other words, happiness is not found in the things we want to get from life. But rather happiness is found in the things we give to life.
There is an old Buddhist saying, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
I like to tell my students at the Suzhou International Foreign Language School in Suzhou, China. That there will be times when the burdens of life make us feel as if we are carrying them on our shoulders but without life’s pressures diamonds will never appear.
By David Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - The Columbia Fire Company's sign along PA Route 54 / West Centre Street reads "It's a Boy!", welcoming the borough's first Rescue truck to the company.
Earlier this year, the fire company sold it's 1990 GMC Equipment Carrier, and acquired a 1999 International/E-One Rescue truck, Rescue 741.
The truck was put into service on May 26, making its unmarked debut in the fire truck parade for Englewood's Friendship Fire Company block party.
"It's equipped with two pre-connected rescue tools. It had a portable rescue tool with a portable generator. It has a 6000-Watt light tower. It has four portable 500-Watt lights, and four permanent-mounted 1500-Watt lights, so all-in-all, you've got 14,000 Watts of scene lighting, to light up an area," John Desjardine said in an interview at the fire station on Monday. "It is equipped with airbags, high-angle rescue equipment, and a little basic water rescue equipment. It does have a lot of HAZMAT equipment... It carries a ventilation fan, and three saws. It's going to have a three-bottle cascade system, that will be complete in the near future. It has various tool boxes, and stabilization equipment, also."
According to Desjardine, the truck is Shenandoah's first ever Rescue truck.
"The company was formerly using rescue tools on the Engine, which was basically an Engine that just carried a couple tools and equipment. Now, it's self-sufficient." Desjardine added.