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Cook Township budget ready for review

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 9:58 p.m.

The Cook Township 2013 proposed budget is ready and available at the township office. Supervisor Richard Umbaugh said it will be reviewed for approval at the December meeting.

State Rep. Mike Reese will discuss the rules concerning small games of chance and how those rules affect nonprofit organizations at a meeting 7 p.m. today at the Chestnut Ridge Fire Hall. Small games of chance entail anything done to raise money that can be considered gambling, such as bingo tickets, raffles and cash bashes.

“There are a lot of things that are misunderstood in the law,” said Bob Fry, president of the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. The meeting is open to the public.

Fry told the Cook Township supervisors that the Chestnut Ridge fire company raised more than $9,000 at the October Cash Bash fundraiser for the Skovira family. All of the proceeds were given to the family to cover funeral costs for 22-year-old Ralph Skovira, a volunteer fire fighter who died in a car accident in October.

“We paid the total cost of the funeral plus there was enough money leftover to purchase a headstone,” Fry said. “We had at least another 30 people who came to the cash bash who didn't have tickets, but we just went a head and let them come in. They paid to come in. I know one lady; she won close to $2,000. She won a lot, but she put it all back in.”

In other news:

• Three members of the board of directors for the Cook Township Community Center resigned, including President Todd Simonds. According to Pat Piper, a volunteer at the community center, former director Paul Adams and Faith Lechner offered to fill the positions. Piper said anyone may volunteer for the positions, providing they are a resident of Cook Township.

• Piper also reported that the community center's turkey raffle raised $2,300 and the monthly consignment auction raised $800. Auctions are the first Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. The next auction will be Dec. 7.

• Supervisor Mark McKlveen suggested setting up a set of procedures and by-laws with regard to the community center.

“There are some things we need to discuss as supervisors to keep things moving in a forward direction. I think we need some organizational things such as by-laws and some rules and regulations of operation over there,” he said.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.