Deadline approaches for Centre County banner program

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS The Centre County Courthouse sits in the heart of Bellefonte with Hometown Hero Banners surrounding.

BELLEFONTE — If you want to see your Hometown Hero honored in Centre County, time is running out.

The deadline for the third installment of the Hometown Hero Banner Program is Thursday, July 31, according to Deb Burger, coordinator of the program, who said there are 30 slots remaining.

“If you’re thinking of honoring your loved one, don’t wait. Get them in,” Burger said.

According to Burger, there were 35 slots open as of Monday night, but five more forms came in early Tuesday, reducing the number of open slots to 30.

“They’re going to be going fast,” Burger said.

All told, the Hometown Hero Banner Program will honor around 200 heroes.

“That will max out about what we are able to do every year,” she said.

The remaining banners will be obtained on a first come, first served basis.

The program is done through Historic Bellefonte, Inc. and pays tribute to those from the area who have or are serving our country in a branch of the military. The program is a partnership between Historic Bellefonte, Inc. the Centre County Veterans Affairs Office and a committee of community volunteers.

Each individual banner is unique and honors a specific service person, including their picture, branch of service, era of service and hometown in Centre County. The program is non-political and non-partisan. It is purely a living memorial to those soldiers from Bellefonte and the Centre region who served our country.

The Hometown Hero Banner Program traditionally is a simple street light banner project that has become a tribute to service men and women. And not just a tribute but an initiative to re-invigorate the community and to remember the common bond we all share and that those who are and who have served our country around the world are our family members, neighbors and friends.

Each Hometown Hero banner includes a different veteran’s photo and honors their sacrifices and contributions. The goal, Burger said, is to continue Hometown Heroes in the coming years so that every veteran and hero is honored.

For more information or to obtain a banner, go to www.visitbellefonte.com.

In other business, the commissioners:

∫ Approved the re-advertisement of the RFP for the design/replacement of the Holt Memorial Library HVAC system. The Holt Memorial Library is located in Philipsburg.

∫ Tabled, for three weeks, a contract for the RFP for Crisis Assessment Services.

∫ Approved a contract with Penoco, Inc., to provide asbestos removal as part of the courthouse renovations project. The contract rate is $500 per day for mobilization, $12 per LF for fiberglass insulation removal and $81 per fitting for pipe fitting/elbow removal.

∫ Approved another contract with Penoco, Inc., to provide asbestos removal as identified on 15 pipefittings and 165 linear feet of steam pipe on the third floor of the courthouse. The project total is $6,891.

The commissioners will meet again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16 at the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.