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Everson seeking Veterans Memorial Park vandals

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Everson officials are hoping they find the person or people responsible for the recent vandalism in Veterans Memorial Park.

Council President Mike Banaszak said this week he noticed on one occasion since the last meeting that the decorative chain fencing that surrounds the park had been broken.

“I temporarily fixed it, and then they did it again,” Banaszak said. “The spotlights that were accenting the planters were also kicked over and destroyed.”

On a good note, Banaszak said when the park was built in 2008, officials decided to install a surveillance camera.

“We do have the surveillance tapes, so we're going to look at those and get as much information as we can,” he said. “It's one thing to destroy property, but it's a crying shame to have someone with no respect for those from the borough who gave their lives for this country.”

He added that the damage will be repaired and they will move on.

Council members reportedly met on April 2 with a representative from the post office who said it was his job to try and make the Everson Post Office more efficient.

“The plan is that everyone that lives in a quarter-mile radius of the post office will have to pick up their mail at the post office and those outside the quarter-mile radius will get home delivery of their mail,” Banaszak said.

He added that council members expressed their disagreement with this option, saying it would be unfair for one individual to have their mail delivered while their neighbor must pick up their mail every day.

“He said this was standard operating procedure, and he didn't feel as though they would be able to make an exception for Everson,” Banaszak said.

No time frame was given as to when the changes would take effect.

Borough officials hope to put together a plan to host activities at Centennial Park this summer during the lunch program as a way to boost the number of participants.

Last year, the borough agreed to supplement the lunch program because the Southmoreland Food Service Program lost money bringing lunches to Centennial Park.

Banaszak said officials are working on ideas to get more people participating in the lunch program because they don't want to lose it. He said council is willing to commit funds to make up any losses, if that would be the case again this year.

The borough's Memorial Day program is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 27.

Council's May 7 work session has been canceled. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 20.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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