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County lauds community for response to fire

LOCK HAVEN — “The support from the community was phenomenal,” Clinton County Director of Community Services Andrew Kremser told the Clinton County commissioners at their Monday morning work session.

Kremser was talking about the response from an “incredible list of people who came together to help” at the fire at UPMC Lock Haven Hospital last Thursday and Friday.

“It was just amazing. Everyone got fed. Everyone was safe. We were able to handle all situations,” he said before reading a long list of emergency services, businesses and people who played a role in getting the fire out, evacuating patients, providing food, drink and medical attention to volunteers fighting the blaze in the boiler room that wasn’t declared out for 24 hours.

Commissioner Jeff Snyder said the commissioners reached out to UPMC Lock Haven Hospital president Ron Reynolds offering the county’s support in any way possible.

Meanwhile, work has begun at the hospital to make repairs and get the facility open as soon as possible, according to UPMC spokesman Tyler Wagner.

According to Kremser, the following are among those who responded with individuals who numbered well over 100.

— Clinton County Emergency Services.

— Clinton County fire companies from Lock Haven — Hand-in-Hand Hose Co., Hope Hose Company #2 and Citizens Hose Company #2; Castanea, Warrior Run, Mill Hall, Avis, Chapman Township, Dunnstown, Flemington, Sugar Valley, Beech Creek-Blanchard, Nittany Valley and Woolrich.

— Lycoming County fire companies from Independent Hose and Citizens Hose in Jersey Shore, Woodward Township, Montoursville, Loyalsock. Old Lycoming Township was put on stand-by.

— Centre County fire companies from Howard, Miles Township, Logan Township. Alpha Fire Company was put on stand-by.

— Ambulances from Lock Haven EMS, Goodwill Hose in Flemington, Beech Creek-Blanchard, Jersey Shore EMS, Centre LifeLink EMS from Centre County, Susquehanna Regional EMS from Lycoming County, Amserv EMS from Clearfield County, Warrior Run Area EMS from Union County, Mount Nittany Emergency Medical Services.

— Police from Lock Haven and state police from Lamar, and the Pennsylvania state constable from Clinton County.

Donations of food and water came from Dunkin Donuts; Mark Seely of Pizza Mia; WalMart; McDonald’s; Dominos Pizza, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Subway trays from ER nurses, Ruby Tuesday numerous anonymous citizens who dropped off food and drink.

Donations of manpower, equipment and resources came from Harger Utility, Charles Construction, North Ridge, Serv Pro and Susquehanna Transit.

Also at Monday’s work session, Clinton County Director of Voter Registration/election noted some important dates coming up.

— Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote.

— Oct. 29 is the last day to apply for mail-in and absentee ballots.

She noted that 3,632 mail-in and absentee ballot applications have been received so far. Anyone with questions may call her at 570-893-4019.

Also, Boileau said the county is still in need of poll workers. Anyone desiring to help should call her at 570-893-4019.

The commissioners said Thursday’s voting session will be held at 10 a.m. in the pavilion outside the Piper Building and will also be live-streamed on Facebook. The CARES funding allocations will be announced at that time. Prior to that meeting at 9:30 a.m. the commissioners will be hold the second public hearing on 2020 CDBG funds.

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