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Standard-Speaker from Hazleton, Pennsylvania • Page 21

Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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JkfflEA Standard-Speaker MONDAY, JUNE 20, 1988 Page 21 FT ci A if 'Patch Town Days9 a look at the past 7V A i Eckley Miners' Village Associates held its annual Patch Town Days Exhibit this past weekend at the village. Area ethnic groups displayed many treasures of their heritage and explained the history of the "patch town" residents. Craftspeople revived the crafts commonly found in mining towns that were either necessary for the miners and their families or were evening diversions in the days before television. Among the many demonstrations were, clockwise from top: an old-time baseball game, using 19th century rules and featuring the Eckley Reds versus employees of WKRZ radio station; Ann Thomas, of Hickory Swale Crafts, Moun-tiantop, explains chair caning while the Stephen Foster Singers provide old time entertainment from a porch in the village; seven-year-old Regina Hrin, daughter of Regina Drasher, Drums, receives hands-on experience at washing clothes with a scrub board from, volunteer Helen Wizdo; and Ed Sirkot, McAdoo, demonstrates the fine art of decorating pysanky eggs, which is an old Ukrainian custom. (Photos by Ellen O'Conncll) 4 i A JN, 1 o- 1 Ordinance declares bad alarms a nuisance By JIM DINO Standard-Speaker Staff Writer Property owners with alarms will have to make sure their alarms are working properly or they could cost them money under an ordinance the City of Hazleton is considering.

City Council last Monday approved on first reading an ordinance which would declare malfunctioning alarms a public nuisance if they call out police and fire units for false alarms. Property owners whose alarms malfunction will face fines if the alarms are false alarms. Under the ordinance, any direct-line radio or other electric alarm system that produces false alarms shall constitute a public nuisance if such system activates one false alarm within a 30-day period, more than two in 90 days, more than three within 180 days or more than four in a year. The city's police and fire chiefs will maintain records of false alarms as reported by any police officer or fireman When an alarm system is determined a public nuisance, the police or fire chief shall notify the owner of the business or industry that any future alarms shall result in prosecution. The police or fire chief will notify the owner of any business or industry either by a registered or hand-delivered letter for which a proof of service will be used to show the notification has been made.

After the notification is received, the property owner must file an affidavit with the city indicating the malfunction was due to some known mechanical or other defect with the system, not including improper use. The owner must verify the finding by a statement provided by a competent workman or repairman in the alarm field. The defect and the action to correct the deficiency must be included in the affidavit. After it is filed, the false alarm history concerning the property will be considered void. When false alarms have originated from negligent use or a combination of negligent use and a defective system, the owner must also file an affidavit stating that and what corrective measures have been taken.

After the ordinance is adopted, any property owner wishing to install an alarm system must get permission of the police or fire chief. Any owner of a police, fire or smoke alarm which has a direct connection or audible alarm which calls for police or fire department response will be charged $50 for every false alarm after the second false alarm within a calendar year. Any property owner who violates the ordinance will be subject to a $300 fine for each alarm received after notice is served that the system is faulty. Each false alarm after the notice will constitute a separate offense subject to fines ranging from $50 to $300. Council members indicated they would support the ordinance.

"I think it's a good ordinance, because of the financial condition of the city," said Councilman Joseph Yannuzzi. "With the limited (police and fire) staff we have, we don't want to answer false alarms. We want to be reimbursed for that expense (for police and fire response to false alarms)." Councilman Jacob Ripa who owns a jewelry store in Allentown, said he is familiar with the ordinance from that community. "That law is enforced," Ripa said of Allentown ordinance. "My alarm malfunctioned twice in 30 days, and I was fined $50.

The citation came to the store delivered by police officers from Allentown." The reasoning for the ordinance is we have a limited staff with which to handle the various calls in the city," Ripa continued. "We do have a responsibility to answer the calls. One of the properties on North Church Street had 85 to 90 false alarms in a one-year period, which really taxed our firet department heavily." Councilman Arthur Smith asked if the ordinance covered audible auto alarms. Mayor John Quigley said City Solicitor Elizabeth Dougherty would render a legal opinion to council on that issue. I V- Three weeks of pain ends for 'Wolf The one-year-old mixed breed dog ran away from what was apparently an unhappy home somewhere near Mountain Grove about three weeks ago.

A chain collar that Wolf outgrew had By PAT COLLIER Standard-Speaker Staff Writer Wolf has settled down temporarily after three weeks of wandering around Mountain Grove in pain. receive fines as low as $25. "I've never seen a fine higher than $500," she said. Pat Kapes, of the Hazleton Animal Shelter, said animal law enforcement agencies are understaffed and slow to respond in cases like Wolf's. "There just aren't enough people," she said.

"We've had problems getting the dog enforcement people or the SPCA to respond to our claims, and -ours are legitimate problems." The animal shelter does not have the power to enforce animal cruelty laws, she said. Its primary purpose is to find homes for stray dogs a task Ms. Seiler must now undertake for Wolf. She will take care of the pooch until she can find a suitable home for him, she said. She is tending to Tus wound and plans to have him neutered soon.

"He will make a beautiful pet for someone," she said. "He needs a very good home. animal. "He's doing fine," Ms. Seiler said.

"He's gulping down the food I give him I'm only giving him small portions, because I think he would explode if I gave him as much food as he wants. She was told about the dog -who she named because of his faintly wolf-like features by residents of Mountain Grove and surrounding towns who had seen' him wandering the area. "People knew I would be interested," she said. "One lady from Nuremberg told me she was feeding a dog that was coming back and forth, that had a chain grown into its neck." It took about three weeks before the dog could be lured into a house in Mountain Grove, where Mrs. Seiler picked him up and had his neck tended to.

Since Wolf did not have a license or any identification when he was found, it is unlikely that his owners will be prosecuted for mistreating him. "It's always hard to get anyone punished for something like this anyway," Ms. Seiler said. "The laws really don't work in the animals' favor." She said animal abusers often carved a three-quarter-inch gash in his neck by the time Carol Seiler of Hazleton took him in. "The dog was in so much agony, when I saw him I just cried," Ms.

Seiler said. "He's a beautiful dog, so well behaved. Even though he was in such pain, he was licking my face and being friendly." Local veterinarian Mary Lynn McBride had to surgically remove Wolf's chain, which Ms. Seiler guessed was placed on him when he was small but not replaced when he got larger. "This is something that happens many times," said Ms.

Seiler, who owns Carol's Dog and Cat Grooming in Hazleton. "People take puppies and chain them and don't check to see them growing." She has seen another case in which a dog that had outgrown its chain suffered brain damage. "They used it as a guard dog because it was mean like hell," she said. "I just wish people would care Fortunately, Wolf received treatment in time to avoid any permanent damage. But for his underfed appearance and the ugly wound that rings his neck, he is an otherwise healthy, friendly if OO WfTN Itt.

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