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The Danville News

June 16, 2014

Montour County Commissioners name Rising Sun Antiques latest Pennsylvania Patriot

DANVILLE — The Montour County commissioners have chosen Rising Sun Antiques, of 6 Mill St., as this month’s Pennsylvania Patriot.

Each month, they recognize local businesses that do business in the United States, sell products made in the U.S., and especially those made locally and in Pennsylvania.

They congratulated Rising Sun which is owned by Jeff Pope.

At their meeting last week, the commissioners and area residents were reminded by Danville official Dan Knorr of the railroad project in Riverside which begins Friday.

The work is scheduled to be done beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Monday evening with one-way traffic allowed into Danville but traffic from Danville to Riverside being detoured.

Knorr said drivers should plan for delays.

He also reported an Army Corps of Engineers project involving a flood-damaged concrete retaining wall along Mahoning Creek is scheduled to begin in July and continue through November.

The $1.4 million work will involve one-lane traffic coming into Danville on Route 54 between Montour Street and Route 11, he said.

Knorr wasn’t sure how long that traffic pattern would be in effect.

The commissioners also hired Melinda Dewalt as deputy prothonotary in the courthouse to replace an employee who is leaving. Dewalt began work June 2 and her annual salary is $21,000.

Justin Ramiza was promoted to a caseworker in the children and youth services office.

They accepted the resignation of part-time correctional officer Thomas Betts, retroactive to May 31.

Danville council

During last week’s Danville Borough Council meeting, Mayor Bernie Swank provided correspondence received about Emergency Medical Services Week which she proclaimed May21.

In 2013, emergency medical services in Montour County responded to 6,300 calls for assistance, averaging one call every 90 minutes. The number doesn’t reflect inter-hospital transports, critical care transports, non-emergency transports and other services EMS provides along with responding to 911 calls.

In Montour County, 84 people are certified as EMS providers. There are 16 licensed EMS vehicles with seven of them air medical. They are staffed around-the-clock, 365 days a year by volunteers and paid personnel.

EMS services include emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, pre-hospital registered nurses and physicians.

The first National EMS Week was declared Nov. 3-10, 1974, by President Gerald Ford with the recognition continuing until 1978.

The special week was reinstated in 1982 by the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 1992, the date was changed to the third week of May to separate it from National Fire Prevention Week in October.

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