Manor Borough holiday parties, T-ball program in jeopardy due to lack of volunteers
By Chris Foreman
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Manor Borough officials continued their plea last week for more residents to volunteer by serving on the recreation board to help plan and staff community events.
Board members canceled the Aug. 9 corn roast because of a lack of volunteers. Officials said the Oct. 19 Halloween party and Dec. 13 holiday party are in jeopardy unless more people are available to pitch in.
Without more help, even the popular T-ball program could be in jeopardy.
“I don't know what will happen with T-ball, and that's a premier program,” Mayor Dave Sturgess said.
Sturgess estimated volunteers can anticipate committing to about 25 hours of time per year.
The biggest chore is buying items for the events, he said.
Except for the T-ball program, all of the events are free.
“Those activities are probably going to go by the wayside unless we get some help pretty quick,” Manager Joe Lapia said.
The rec board has struggled on and off for volunteers since at least the early 2000s. Among the programs canceled in previous years because of a lack of volunteers was the annual spring egg hunt.
Manor Council is changing its leadership again.
Brian Woy resigned last week as council president because of work-related and personal reasons but will remain on the board.
Because only four of the seven council members were at the Aug. 21 meeting, they postponed discussion on designating a new president until the Sept. 4 meeting.
Woy, 34, became president in April after his predecessor, Chuck Konkus, resigned from council. Woy's term on council runs through the end of 2015.
Workers from North Huntingdon Township will mow grass on the borough-owned rights-of-way along Rowe Road, Harding and Oak streets and other areas.
Council voted 4-0 last week to pay North Huntingdon $75 an hour for the cutting, which hasn't been done since 2008. Council capped the work at 20 hours.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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