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Complaint silences kettle bells at Pa. center

November 21, 2013
Associated Press

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — A business' complaint has silenced the bells that Salvation Army volunteers were ringing while collecting holiday donations at a western Pennsylvania shopping center.

Salvation Army Lt. Andrew Spooner tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) he hoped to meet with officials of the offended business, Entact Environmental Services, on Thursday to craft a solution. In the meantime, Spooner says the bells were being silenced as a courtesy to avoid any conflict.

The environmental cleanup first moved its offices to Unity Plaza along Route 30 in Unity Township about two months ago. Office manager Chelsea Koontz says the small office has two to 15 employees depending on the day, and is usually library-quiet.

She says, "We're not against what they do, it's just the noise."

Spooner is concerned that donations might drop without the attention-getting bells.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,



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