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December 8, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — Scalp Level residents happy with life

I’d like to reply to a recent column by George Hancock on Nov. 30 on lighting issues.

First, I’d like to commend Hancock for reporting problem streetlights to Penelec – volunteers are always welcome to help out in anyway they can.

Hancock lamented the fact that the borough is not on Facebook.

Scalp Level Borough is comprised of less than 800 residents, many of whom are retired with no computer or Internet access, and yes, even though Hancock states this is the year 2013, these residents still prefer to sit and read the paper edition of The Tribune-Democrat and enjoy receiving the annual printed borough newsletter.

Hancock states that there is no user-friendly means of contacting elected officials.

Part-time staff keep the office open four days a week and there is an answering machine for anyone who calls when the office is closed, plus residents often call council people and the mayor at their homes and/or approach them in public places.

Borough council meetings are held twice monthly to which residents are invited if they wish to discuss anything pertaining to the borough.

Hancock loves to run – he should consider running for council if he feels he can do a better job than those currently in office.

Bev Hauger

Scalp Level Borough secretary

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