2019 News Archive
29 December 2019
As the year draws to a close there are lots of updates for the borough website. First, Jim Moore, Gwen Dellett, and Ron Gyure were all reelected to the borough council in this past November elections. There will be a special borough council meeting on January 6th, 2020 to officially appoint the borough government for the new year. The meeting and the agenda are posted on the Events Calendar. Next, the police report and borough council meeting minutes for November were added to the website along with the agenda for the December council meeting. Also, the council passed Resolution 2 of 2019 which designates the West End Ambulance Service as the primary provided for New Florence. There is also the West End Ambulance Informational Flyer listed below that provides more information. Applications for membership to the service can be found at the New Florence Community Library or at the town’s post office. Finally, Resolution 3 of 2019 was passed which deals with the 2020 borough taxes. There will be no tax increase for the year 2020. The 2020 borough budget is also provided. All this information will be added to the appropriate sections of the website over the next few days.
5 December 2019
Emergency Medical Service coverage in New Florence Borough.
In September of 2019, Fayette EMS who was managing the Laurel Valley Ambulance Service notified the municipalities that were covered by Laurel Valley Ambulance Service that Fayette EMS was closing the New Florence Ambulance Station as of January 1st, 2020. Recently an Email was sent to the surrounding EMS providers that the New Florence Ambulance Station located in New Florence would be closing on December 4, 2019; earlier than expected due to a lack of staffing. New Florence Borough along with the other affected municipalities have been collaborating since September to find an EMS provider to put an ambulance service in the New Florence station. Proposals were requested from Citizens Ambulance Service, West End Ambulance Service, Mutual Aid Ambulance Service and Lifestat Ambulance Service.
The group of municipalities worked within a short period of time but were unable to find an EMS Provider to put an ambulance service in the existing station. One of the main reasons why was that it was not financially feasible to provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service due to the low call volume. This is not a local EMS crisis, you may have heard on the news that this is a nationwide crisis.
New Florence Borough has designated the West End Ambulance Service located in Johnstown, PA – Cambria County to provide Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of New Florence. The Borough will continue to work with West End Ambulance Service to improve service and provide the best Emergency Medical Care for the area.
28 November 2019
The website has several new documents. They are the agenda for the November borough council meeting, the minutes for the October meeting and the police report for October. The June meeting minutes are still pending. Additionally, the New Florence Community Development organization has announced their Christmas activity for the holidays. They will be holding an “All Aboard the Polar Express” at the fire hall on December 14th. Please check out the flyer below. Finally, on November 5th there were statewide elections for various offices. Three seats were being voted on for the New Florence Borough Council. Unfortunately, no one went through the process of getting their name onto the voting ballot. There were 136 write-in votes cast. Because they are all write-in’s it will be some time before a comprehensive report is released on voting results. Once they are available, they will be posted to the website.
10 November 2019
The next meeting for the New Florence Area Historical Society (NFAHS) was added to the Event Calendar. Also, the Contact web page was redesigned and more information was added. This will make it easier for individuals to contact the borough.
6 November 2019
NOTICE: The address for the New Florence Borough has changed. It used to be listed as 146 7th Street. The updated physical address is 119 Franklin Street, New Florence, PA 15944-0272. The mailing address is P.O. Box 272, New Florence, PA 15944-0272. Please use this newer information when contacting the borough. Thank you.
1 November 2019
A last minute addition to the calendar is the United Methodist Church is starting a Type II Diabetes or Pre-diabetes support group. This initial meeting is Monday, November 4th, to help get the group going in the community. Please attend if you can, especially if you think it can help you. Please review the flyer on the calendar for more information.
31 October 2019
Two documents were recently added to the web site. They are the September borough council meeting minutes along with the September police report. The June meeting minutes are still not available.
24 October 2019
Three raffle events for the New Florence Community Library were added recently to the calendar. The first is a Holiday Wreathes Raffle being held on November 22nd, 2019. The second is a Cash Raffle on November 23rd, 2019. And the last is a Christmas Cash Raffle being held on the 18th of December 2019. Please look at the specific calendar event for more details or give the library a call at 724-235-2249.
15 October 2019
The agenda for tonight’s borough meeting was just added to the website. Also, here is the information on Halloween activities. It has been added to the Event Calendar. The 2019 Halloween Parade will start at 1 p.m. Participants can gather at the old yellow school building at the lower end of town prior to the start. Trick or Treating will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. following the parade. Have a spooktacular time!
12 October 2019
Several documents were added to the web site this day. They include the August borough council meeting agenda and minutes along with the August police report. The June meeting minutes are not available yet. Finally, a few items were added to the Events Calendar. There will be dumpsters available for New Florence residents on October 26th and 27th from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until full. TV’s will be accepted for a $20 fee. There will be a Sesquicentennial Wrap-up meeting on October 28th. If you have compliments, complaints, or suggestions for the next big event please pass them on to a committee member or attend the meeting. The NF VFD will hold a Rippies Galore, Baskets and More event on November 17th. Halloween activities will be posted once the information can be confirmed. Finally, an image of the keystone marker located at Ligonier and Furnace Lane was added to the Welcome page.
23 September 2019
The agenda for the September borough council meeting was just posted to the website. Also, a vendor/craft show to be held at the playground in October was just added to the Events Calendar. Please check it out.
2 September 2019
Recently several documents were added to the web site. They include the police reports for June and July, the agenda for the July council meeting, and then the minutes for the borough council meeting for July. The June meeting minutes are not available yet. Finally, a few items were added to the Events Calendar.
Don’t’ forget there is less than 30 days until a few deadlines associated with the New Florence Sesquicentennial Celebration that was held on August 17th, 2019. There are still several sesquicentennial opportunities available. You can stop by the New Florence Community Library and order a sesquicentennial yearbook or T-shirt. There is a 30 September deadline to place these orders Also, Doug Hull is still collecting photographs and such for inclusion into the yearbook. Please help him out by submitting items. Please look at the News page and the flyer there to see what he is looking for. Also, ignore the 10 August date on his flyer. He’s extended the deadline. You can also stop by the town library and pick up a squished penny band. There are lots still available and they are a very cool souvenir. Also, many thanks to all who came out and made the day special.
23 August 2019
Thank you to all who came out for the New Florence Sesquicentennial Celebration on August 17th, 2019. While the event is over the memories will last forever. It appears everyone really enjoyed themselves.
There are still several sesquicentennial opportunities available. You can stop by the New Florence Community Library to pick up a squished penny band. There are lots still available. You can also order a sesquicentennial T-shirt or yearbook. The library has the order forms for those also. Please keep in mind there is a deadline of 30 September to place these orders. Also, Doug Hull is still collecting photographs and such for inclusion into the yearbook. Please help him out by submitting items for inclusion. And again, many thanks to all who came out and made the day special.
Here is the information on contacting Doug with yearbook submissions followed by the yearbook order form. Doug has extended the date to 30 September so please ignore the August 10th date on the flyer.
15 August 2019
Well it’s only two days til the sesquicentennial. Are you ready? The day will start with the parade. Here is an updated list for the Sesquicentennial Parade Participants Line-up 1. A lot of great folks are participating. The Grand Marshals for the parade are Grace Morus and Zayva McCachren. Please find more information on these two special ladies by reading the Grand Marshal’s write-up. After the parade there will be the Opening Ceremony. Please check out the agenda below.
To help everyone get around here is a map of where the events will occur. This should help you as you plan your day.
As part of the Sesquicentennial celebration a yearbook is being put together. Further below is the call for photographs and such to put together the yearbook. If you would like to order a yearbook please use this form.
In a previous post the Sesquicentennial committee posted information about the squished pennies acquired as very cool souvenir for the event. Well the pennies are in and will be available Saturday. Check out the information below to find out what’s available.
Finally, it’s going to be a busy day. We are expecting lots of folks to show up for the event. Here is a quick list of tips for the day that can help all of us out. We want everyone to have a wonderful time.
9 August 2019
Below is a map of the parking areas available for the day of the Sesquicentennial Event. The subway will be open all day with a detour at 9th Street to Chestnut Street to 5th Street to cross the Conemaugh River. Please share with your friends.
30 July 2019
Are you ready for a birthday party? The Sesquicentennial Celebration is just around the corner. August 17th is fast approaching. Please check out these updates.
The Sesquicentennial committee acquired a very cool souvenir for the event. As some may recall, during the centennial (yes, 50 years ago so you’re old if you attended) there was a New Florence commemorative coin available. Those of us that have been around a while remember when the Pennsylvania RR had 4 sets of tracks going through town instead of the two sets today. As kids, my siblings and I would squish coins on the tracks. It was something to do. Well the committee has contracted with The Penny Men to have squished pennies as souvenirs for the event. The squished coins will be available with either a wrist band or a small collector’s book. They will be available during the event for $5 each. A big shout out to Todd Gable for doing the artwork for the design. The one image shows how the Penny Men take a drawing to a final squished penny. Also, many thanks to Rick Nesmith for posting images of a centennial coin on the New Florence (PA) Area Historical Society Facebook page. I copied the coin images here so folks could see what they looked like in case you don’t use Facebook. There’s images of the bands and booklet so you see what they look like too. The bands will be in assorted colors. Enjoy.
Next, a huge “THANK YOU” to Lodestar Bus Lines for donating a FREE bus shuttle, and to Chuck Payne for volunteering his time to drive, the day of our event. The shuttle will run all day, 9:00 am – 10:30 pm, from the New Florence VFW to the Library. You can park at the VFW and ride the bus to the fairgrounds for free!
Finally, Doug Hull is putting together a yearbook for the event. Please look at the flyer below for more information.
1 July 2019
The New Florence Lions Club announced their winners for the June money ticket raffle. Mike Betts of New Florence won the $300.00 with the winning number of 370. Stacy Colson of New Florence and Dan Wynn of Derry had the numbers above and below, each winning $100.00. The club will be doing another ticket the same way for August 31, 2019. See a club member to purchase a raffle ticket.
30 June 2019
Today the minutes for the May borough council meeting and the May police report were added to the website. Also, the Sesquicentennial Car Show Participation Flyer was posted. Do you have an old car, truck, or military vehicle? Do you want to join in the parade? Here’s your chance to have some fun. Check out the flyer for more details.
18 June 2019
Recently quite a few events were added to the calendar. The anniversary events for the Somerset Trust Company bank were posted. They are doing something special for the entire week. Next, two events for New Florence’s library in July were added; a book discussion and a magic show for kids. The next sesquicentennial meeting was then included. Finally, the agenda for the borough council meeting for June 18th was published.
31 May 2019
Several documents were added this week to the web site. They include the police reports for March and April, the agenda for the May council meeting, and then the minutes for the normal borough council meetings for March and April, and finally the agenda and minutes for a special borough council meeting that was held on April 22nd. The purpose of this special meeting was to award the contract for the Vine Street drainage project. Additionally, this past week several events were added to the calendar. The first was the yard sale notice. Next was the two days dumpsters will be available for New Florence residents to help with cleanup. Finally, the registration deadline was added for the Squirrel Hill Hunt Clubs annual golf fundraising event. Also, several additions were made to the Sesquicentennial calendar item on August 17th of this year. A flyer for the magician’s act was added. More importantly, the preliminary event schedule for the day was added. Please check it out to see all the fun activities being planned.
10 May 2019
This past week quite a few items were added to the website. Several events were added to the calendar. They are the NF VFD Rippie Bash, the New Florence Memorial Day parade, and the New Florence Community Library book discussion on the French and Indian Raids to name a few. Additionally, the New Florence Sesquicentennial committee put out their T-Shirt Order Form. You can download the form (click on form to open in another window to print) or you can pick up an order form at the library. They also announced a car show will be held during the celebration. Finally, the Borough Council announced changes to when the borough secretary holds office hours at the building. The new hours are Monday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
22 April 2019
A new ordinance has been added to the website. It is Ordinance No. 1 of 2019, STOP SIGNS, ESTABLISHMENT AND PENALTIES. Please take the time to read this document. A lot of stop signs are being added to existing intersections that don’t have any. Please don’t cause an accident by not noticing the new stop signs. Next, a meeting notice for the New Florence Women’s Club was added to the calendar on May 16th. The post includes the Season 2019 activities schedule. Finally, the Squirrel Hill Hunting Club is hosting a fund-raising golf event on July 21st, 2019, at Champion Lakes Golf Course. A signup sheet is posted. The Squirrel Hill Hunting Club is a local club that takes a child with a life-threatening illness on a Lifetime Hunt.
16 April 2019
The agenda for tonight’s borough council meeting was posted. Also, the minutes for the January meeting along with the February police report were added to the website. Additionally, several meetings were added to the calendar.
24 March 2019
The next meetings for the Sesquicentennial and the NFAHS organizations were added to the Events Calendar. Additionally, 5 more reports were uploaded to the website. They were the council meeting agendas for 3-7-19 and 3-19-19 along with the council meeting minutes for 10-16-18, 2-19-19, and 3-7-19.
5 March 2019
A special borough council meeting for the 7th of March was added to the calendar. Also a few reports were uploaded to the website. They were the council meeting agenda for 2-19-19, the council meeting minutes for 12-18-18, and the police summary report for 01-19.
4 March 2019
Today the New Florence VFW was added to the Residents Community Organizations section. Then the NF Library ALICE Training and NF VFW Gun Bash events were added to the calendar. Next, a yearly summary of police activity was added to the Residents Crime & Safety and Government Police Department Sections. Finally, the Sesquicentennial committee has put out a Sesquicentennial Parade Flyer. Click on the link to obtain a copy.
15 February 2019
There were some inquires made to borough council members this past week on how to run for office. That was a great question which led to additions to the website. The Borough Council and Mayor sections under Government were upgraded to show when the current members’ terms expire and how individuals can run for office. The Residents Voting section received the same upgrade showing how to run for office. This year three council seats will be on the ballot. Individuals interested in running for office should check out the various sections soon since the May primary election is fast approaching.
5 February 2019
The Annual Basket Party for the New Florence Community Library was added to the Events Calendar on February 24th. Please see the event for more details.
20 January 2019
Several changes have been made to the website these past few days. In the Residents area sections were added for Crime and Safety and Zoning-Building Permits. In the Government area a section was added for Ordinances which also discusses building numbers. Also in the Government area the Solicitor and Police Department areas were updated. Also, a table was added for 2019 Monthly Meetings under the Borough Council area. Finally, the Quick Links section on the lower right corner of the Welcome page was fixed. Also, on the calendar Sesquicentennial event of August 17th several flyers were added for entertainers who will be attending.
9 January 2019
This past week several areas were updated on the website. All 12 borough council monthly meetings for 2019 were added to the calendar. Several council meeting agendas and minutes were added that were missing. Also, the 2019 final budget for the New Florence borough was added to the Government – Borough Council – Budgets.