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Youngsville Life

Photo submitted to Times Observer Brokenstraw Valley Fund (BVF) President Rick Brewster, left, presents Garland Volunteer Fire Department President Ron Hodak with a grant check of $1,000 to assist with GVFD’s purchase of vehicle stabilizing cribbing equipment (portion of equipment is shown in pic).

Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department

donation

Brokenstraw Valley Fund (BVF) recently awarded Garland Volunteer Fire Department with a grant check of $1,000 to assist with GVFD’s purchase of vehicle stabilizing cribbing equipment.

Local fire departments and rescue squads provide important technical rescue services to their communities. One arena that is very common to many organizations is motor vehicle disentanglement. Before a vehicle can be removed around a victim, there is a tremendous amount of preparation and logistical work that goes into a successful extrication operation. This stabilization equipment is vital to the entire process.

The Brokenstraw Valley Fund is a philanthropic fund endorsed by the Community Foundation of Warren County to provide grants which will support the arts, education, health, and other community-related activities that will benefit non-profit organizations in the Brokenstraw Valley area.

The BVFund is able to issue grants based upon charitable donations.

Youngsville Borough

updates

Spring clean-up date: The Youngsville Borough “Spring Clean-up” day is being scheduled Saturday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. More details to follow as the date approaches. The borough’s spring clean-up is usually in May but is being moved to end of June.

The Youngsville Borough office continues to be open by phone, email, and through the dropbox to the right of the front doors. Utility payments can continue to be made either by mail or via the dropbox.

Contact the borough at (814) 563-4604 with further questions — Kim Hall, Ext. 4; Jolean Ishman, Ext. 3; Mark Theuret, Ext. 1, and; Lisa Hagberg, Ext. 2.

The borough offices can also be accessed by appointment.

For the latest borough information, visit the Youngsville Borough’s Facebook page.

Public library updates

Opening questions: As of Wednesday, May 13, public libraries that will be in yellow status (such as Youngsville Public Library) have not been told by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries in Harrisburg as to when the library closure order will be lifted. Therefore, for now, all public libraries are still under a “closed indefinitely for on-site services order.”

The Youngsville Library and any other library that is located in a yellow county region can still only offer online services to the public until that closure order is officially lifted by the Department of Education and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Unlike regular/private businesses, public libraries in the state are mandated to follow stricter safety rules regarding quarantining items and staff safety. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes safety and quarantine issues that have to be considered and finalized before libraries will even be allowed to offer pick-up or curbside services. One of the biggest issues is cleaning and quarantining of items. When people read books at home, they are not wearing masks or gloves — this means that library materials can be exposed to coughing, sneezing, and other direct contact from borrowers. Therefore, there are concerns about staff safety while handling returned items and patron safety (making sure that borrowing patrons receive materials that have been properly quarantined and cleaned in accordance with the DOH standards). Libraries will have to follow stricter guidelines (that are in the process of being determined by the PDE, OCL, and DOH) as to how long an item must be held in quarantine before the item should be sanitized. There will no doubt be different “safe quarantine hours” for paperbacks, hardcovers, DVD’s, CD books, etc.

At this point, libraries may soon be given approval for some sort of curbside or pick-up services once the PDE and OCL agree upon their “Framework for Opening Libraries.”

For more information and quick links to e-books, e-audio books, and other e-resources, visit YoungsvilleLibrary.org.

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