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Council appoints Rose to help make Irwin's Lamp Theatre flower

Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A Plum woman plans to help coordinate all of the volunteer efforts during Irwin's Lamp Theatre rehabilitation project.

Irwin Council appointed Kim Rose, the former assistant manager of the Destinta Theatre in North Versailles, as the volunteer coordinator for the Lamp Theatre rehabilitation project.

Rose, a former Irwin resident who graduated from Norwin High School, said she has fond memories of the Lamp Theatre, which led her to volunteer for the position.

“The Lamp was the place to go for movies when I was younger, and it's a shame it's not open,” she said. “It's part of Irwin's history and I really think it should be open and a viable part of the community.”

Jim Halfhill, the borough's director of public works, said Rose will serve as a liaison between the public and borough during the project. She will be in charge of coordinating monetary or material donations, and schedule volunteers to help build the theater, he said.

“We realized there will be a lot of people who want to come help, and we want that, but we also want to make sure they don't just wander into the building while it's under construction,” Halfhill said. “We want to make sure they are there when we need them, and that we can give them jobs that play up to their strengths.

“That will help us move the project along smoothly, and not have any incidents with volunteers that might slow the process.”

Halfhill, who will do most of the construction work within the theater, said Rose will help reduce confusion, and make sure crews do not have too many volunteers at any given time.

Rose said she plans to keep a list of volunteers, and what they hope to do in the theater. She also plans to work with Halfhill to establish a time line for when different tasks, such as painting, electrical and plumbing work, need completed.

“Once we do that, I will be getting in touch with everyone who wants to volunteer, and give them a general idea of when we'll be ready to have them contribute,” Rose said.

Rose said she hopes to help keep the community excited about the rehabilitation project. It will take a lot of effort from volunteers and the community to bring the Lamp Theatre back to life, she added.

“People should feel a greater commitment and level of excitement, and know this is going to happen, since it's now borough owned,” Rose said. “I hope to see community members viewing the Lamp as an asset, which should make them want to get involved and help.”

Rose said she plans to develop several events to keep the community excited about the project, but declined to discuss her plans further.

“I'm just hoping to get the word out, because we can use as much help as we can,” she said. “Irwin has a lot to offer, and is such a nice place to visit and shop.

“If we can get the Lamp Theatre up and running, that's just one more great thing Irwin will have to offer.”

Anyone interested in contributing to the Lamp Theatre rehabilitation project should contact Rose at 724-864-3100, extension 5.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or

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