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Hospital lends hand to Highlands Meals on Wheels

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Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison will provide bagged lunches for Highlands Meals on Wheels clients while the organization's kitchen is repaired.

Clients will receive the meals on Wednesday and Friday next week.

“We'll continue to do it for as long as they need us,” said hospital spokeswoman Linda Dalak.

The organization serves about 120 people.

A frozen pipe in the ceiling burst, soaked the insulation and collapsed part of the ceiling in the kitchen area of the Meals on Wheels building, which is connected to the Citizens Hose Fire Hall on Burtner Road in Harrison.

The waterline froze during the cold snap this week. In all, five leaks were found.

It's unclear at this point when the kitchen will be repaired, said Beverly Carnahan, Meals on Wheels co-director.

“It has to dry out before you can do anything,” she said.

Compounding the situation is that plumbers and related repairmen are busy fixing similar problems across the community.

Carnahan said they were lucky that their food was not affected by the water.

Still, it's been tough since the damage was discovered Thursday.

“You have to laugh to keep from crying,” she said. “It's really a terrible blow.”

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or

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