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Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Residents and businessmen in Export weren't lending any credence to "a few" homemade placards that were posted on telephone poles and business windows claiming a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is seeking recruits.

Some businesses along Washington Avenue in downtown Export reported finding copies purporting to be from the "Rebel Brigade" branch of the Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan posted on their windows.

Several businessmen contacted yesterday, who refused to divulge their names, said that the placards were removed as soon as they were discovered and the media is giving the incident more attention than it deserves.

The placards claimed the hate group was seeking recruits "to preserve our race" and "a future for our White children."

"There's nothing to it. ... It's just completely idiotic," said Mark Manovich of Master Auto Supply, whose business was not posted.

Mayor Mike Calder described it as a non-issue. He said he has not heard from anyone who received a copy of the posting.

"I don't want to even dignify it with a comment. My comment is, 'No comment,' " he said.

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