The COVID-19 pandemic will not stop Santa Claus from visiting Mountain Top this year.
Dorrance Twp. Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will host Christmas Wonderland at the fire department, 402 St. John’s Road, Wapwallopen, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. This will be a drive-thru event with hundreds of lighted winter scenes, Santa’s Workshop, decorations, and music. The auxiliary also will have goodies for children, and a mailbox to drop off letters to Santa. Of course, there will be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visitors are welcome to bring pets as there will be treats for them, also. In addition, there will be drop off boxes for Toys for Tots donations.
While Mountain Top Hose Company No. 1 won’t be holding its Christmas tree sale this year, the fire department will escort Santa Claus through Fairview Twp.
The department’s annual Santa Claus parade will be held Dec. 13 beginning at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at the firehouse and travel throughout the township. Sirens and horns will announce Santa’s approach, but to keep Santa safe and healthy for his Christmas visit, the parade will not stop this year. In case of bad weather, the event will be held Dec. 20. If it is postponed, the department will post a notice on its Facebook page or www.MTHC1.com.
Continuing its long tradition, Wright Twp. Volunteer Fire Department will escort Santa throughout Wright and Rice townships on Sunday, Dec. 20, beginning at approximately 3 p.m. Santa’s route will be published on the department’s website (www.wtvfd.org) and Facebook. The Facebook page will have live updates on his location.
Also on Dec. 20, beginning at 2 p.m., Slocum Twp. Fire and Ambulance will conduct a Santa parade through the township and a drive thru with Santa afterward at the fire station to distribute goodies to children.
The parade will travel down Slocum Road from the fire house, across Schmidt’s Road, up Lily Lake Road towards Blue Ridge Trail, turning right onto Blue Ridge Trail to Slocum Corners and finally turning right onto Slocum Road back to the fire hall.
Fairview prepares to withdraw from COG
Fairview Twp. supervisors will consider an ordinance tomorrow night to withdraw from the Mountain Top Council of Governments (COG) effective Jan. 1, 2022. The COG’s bylaws require a member organization to give 12 months’ notice to withdraw from the organization. Also, on the meeting agenda is the township’s 2021 budget which includes a .6 mill tax increase.
Township officials announced that all state and CDC guidelines for meetings/gatherings will be observed. Masks will be required to be worn by everyone attending the meeting. There will be limited seating availability.
Wright Twp. news
Wright Twp. supervisors accepted the resignation of park maintenance employee Robert Patrick and the resignation of Dan Collins from the recreation board. On the recommendation of supervisor Michael Marshall, supervisors appointed David Thole to the recreation board.
After lengthy discussion, including input from township solicitor Jack Dean, Wright Twp. supervisors decided not to take any action on an agenda item at their November meeting dealing with closing of the township section of Lake Francis road.
Dennison Twp. already closed its section of the road. Dean told supervisors that since there were utility lines at the end of the Wright Twp. portion of the road, the township could not eliminate access by the utility companies.
Pennsylvania Fire Recovery was appointed Wright Township’s third-party billing company for false alarm billing on the recommendation of the fire department.