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2 historic Scottdale items come together

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
A.S.K. Construction employees work on the roof at the Loucks Homestead. Their work was aided by the use of an old 1962 firetruck, once utilized by the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department.
The services of a 1962 fire truck were utilized to aid in restoration work aon the roof at the Loucks Homestead on North Chestnut Street.

The Scottdale Historical Society was receiving calls of concern when a green fire truck was on the front lawn of the historic Loucks Homestead located at 527 North Chestnut St. recently.

It's a simple explanation.

There's no need to fear.

The vintage LaFrance ladder truck, retired from the Scottdale Fire Department has been re-purposed with a new chapter of service: saving roofs and offering a secure measure to access the roof safely.

Stephen Hall, of A.S.K. Construction, worked with Kevin Miller, of K.L. Miller Enterprises, to use the ladder truck for roof work.

One roof at which the truck was put into service was that of the Peter Loucks Estate.

“The Scottdale Historical Society was thrilled to work with A.S.K. Construction on their roof project,” said Tom Zwierzelewski, historical society president. “The society wanted local business to handle our work, and are grateful for the professionalism, work ethic, and care for the historic home.”

The Scottdale Historical Society was being pro-active on maintaining the late 1880's roof at the historic building.

The metal work was in need of painting, attention to the box gutters, and insuring the slate tiles were in shape was the task at hand. Most of the metal work in the valleys and cap rails of the roof were showing wear and tear from years of exposure, along with the many ornate details on the roof. The box gutters were starting to fail.

The society wanted to address these concerns before there were problems.

“Stephen Hall, with A.S.K. Construction, was quick to respond to our request,” Zwierzelewski said. “His enthusiasm for the historic structure and pride in his work was overwhelming.”

The fire truck is a 1962 American LaFrance 100-foot aerial truck, which was originally built in Elmira, New York. Scottdale VFD purchased the truck and used it for a few years before selling it to a private individual in 2009. Miller purchased the truck from this private individual in the fall of 2010.

The truck was originally red. Penn Line Services in Scottdale repainted the truck green and placed the gold leaf on the truck.

Both Hall and Miller have helped the historical society on past projects, but this was one was unique.

“This project allowed us to combine two pieces of Scottdale history,” Hall said. “I thoroughly enjoyed being able to contribute to the preservation of the legendary house. It is nice to see all the work that the members of our community do to preserve the history of my hometown.

Hall said A.S.K. Construction employee Coty Villinger operated the controls of the ladder from below, while Joshua Poole worked from the ladder to complete the project.