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Delmont's newest councilman is used to helping others

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Delmont's newest councilman, Harvey Clinton McCutcheon Jr., might be a little shy — “I'm pretty quiet,” he said, explaining that he isn't used to talking with reporters — but he doesn't shy away from pitching in to make the community a better place.

Council President Jim Bortz said he thinks council voted to appoint McCutcheon last month instead of former PPG research chemist Barry VanGemert because of McCutcheon's familiarity with and service to the area.

“He's been actively involved in the community,” Bortz said. “I think it was a matter of just knowing (him).”

McCutcheon, known by many people in Delmont as “Clint,” has lived in the area for almost 50 years. After retiring from Peoples Natural Gas in 1993, this 75-year-old quickly found other ways to contribute by joining a team of volunteers for The Salvation Army.

McCutcheon is responsible for delivering food from different areas for The Salvation Army, as well as handling the canteen service — providing food and drinks to the fire department — if an emergency call requires extended attention.

On Tuesdays, he makes food deliveries to Salvation Army locations, food pantries and service organizations between Greensburg, Jeanette and Delmont. On Mondays and Thursdays, he picks up pastries and bread that Giant Eagle donates to The Salvation Army's storefront on Freeport Street in Delmont.

McCutcheon was an instrumental team member in helping to build The Salvation Army's warehouse in 1995, along with other volunteers of the Delmont Concerned Citizens, said Walter Bossart, the director of The Salvation Army's Delmont Service Center.

“He's outstanding,” Bossart said. “He's one of our key members.”

Bossart said he invited McCutcheon to volunteer when the new councilman called to find out how to donate some items about 30 years ago. Since then, McCutcheon has made his mark on the organization over the years of his service.

“He's been with me longer than anybody,” Bossart said. “It's a big operation … We couldn't operate without him.”

McCutcheon also is responsible every week for mowing the lawn at Shields Farm, a borough-owned property that hosts Delmont's popular Apple 'n Arts Festival. Clipping the grass of this field is no small task and can take about four hours, Bossart said.

McCutcheon said he hopes to make a difference as a councilman and continue serving the community in a different way. “I thought maybe I could help a little bit,” he said and joked that he “just had a weak moment” when deciding to apply.

Matthew DeFusco is a reporter with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 or mdefusco@tribweb.com.

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