There are changes coming to Apollo this month and next, as the borough office is moving to a new location, its council vice president has resigned just after winning a new term, a new councilwoman has started a little early, and the Christmas parade returns Friday.
Council expects the borough to start moving its offices as early as this week to the corner of Ninth Street and Warren Avenue. The offices will be housed in the former group home known as Adelphoi Village- Leonard C. Miller, according to Ashley Stiffy, an Apollo councilwoman who is the borough’s property and planning chairwoman.
The borough is in the process of purchasing the building for $65,000, according to Stiffy. Council agreed 5-0 to the purchase last week. The borough is losing its office space at its current location, 616 First St., because its lease was not renewed.
At first the borough was interested in moving into the First United Church of Christ, which closed in August.
“The church (donating its building to the borough) was a nice gesture,” Stiffy said. But council and church couldn’t reach an agreement on separating the church from a small home attached to the church, according to Stiffy.
Council replacement sought
The borough also has a new councilwoman, but a month earlier than expected.
Council Vice President Diane Bradshaw resigned last month despite winning another four-year term in the Nov. 5 General Election.
So council appointed Jen Mullins, a resident who won a write-in campaign for a different council seat Nov. 5, to fill Bradshaw’s term through December.
Bradshaw did not return phone calls seeking comment regarding her resignation.
When Mullins takes her own seat on council in January, council will have to replace Bradshaw again. That person will serve for two years, which is when the next municipal election takes place.
Any Apollo resident interested in serving in council starting in January should submit a letter of interest to the borough manager, Deanna Shupe, 616 First St., Apollo, PA 15613 or via email: boroughmanager @apollopa.org.
Mullins, 47, has been a borough resident for 13 years. She has a background in nonprofit social services with a focus on nonprofit management, event promotion and grant writing.
Mullins organized the town’s Halloween’s parade this year and has brought back the Christmas parade.
Christmas parade Friday
The Apollo Christmas Parade and Party will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. The parade route goes from Pennsylvania Avenue to Sixth Avenue, then onto North Second Street and into Apollo Plaza. Santa Claus will hold court there, and there will be live entertainment and other fun.
For Mullins, creating more community events is essential for the future, as is attracting small businesses.
“I see what is happening in Vandergrift and Leechburg with more events and local businesses. And Apollo can definitely step up like those towns,” Mullins said. “We have a clean river, the Roaring Run Trail and we are the ‘Gateway to Armstrong County.”