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Montgomery Locals, Aug. 1, 2018

By Staff | Aug 1, 2018

I can’t remember any time in my life when we received as much rain as we did last week. It was truly astounding ! I’ve heard many people a generation older than me say it was probably the worst rain this town has seen since the 1972 flood. According to the Montgomery Emergency Management Agency, between July 21st and 25th, the borough received 8.18 inches of rain!

Thankfully we didn’t have a repeat of the 1972 flood, but the river crested last Wednesday at 4 p.m. when it hit 19.7 feet. Officially, the flood stage in Montgomery is 20 feet so we narrowly missed having the town get flooded. Sadly, the Little League fields flood at 16 feet and much of it was underwater and the little bridge over Adam’s Creek that connects the carnival grounds and baseball diamonds was closed temporarily. The intersection of Second Street and Broad Street was also hit with a lot of water as well, and water covered the surface of the road on part of Route 54 heading out towards Route 15. It was reported that some of the campers had to be moved but for the most part, Montgomery was very fortunate. Unfortunately, however, the Summer Alive Program in Montgomery Park had to be cancelled the rest of the week.

A huge amount of thanks to the Montgomery Emergency Management Agency for their hard work this past week for keeping all of us informed about the river levels on their Facebook page. The members of the volunteer agency took readings of the river’s depth every hour during the worst stretches of weather! It takes some amazingly kind, heroic, and dedicated people to voluntarily measure the level of a rising river in the middle of the night in torrential rain, and we are blessed to have them watching out for us! If you see Dennis Gruver or any of the members of the Montgomery EMA, please express your appreciation to them!

THOT “Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain

Birthday wishes are sent to Tony Harman, who will be marking another year on August 3rd.

Happy birthday to Gary Yocum, who will be celebrating another trip around the sun on August 3rd.

Happy birthday to Danielle Heasley, who will be celebrating her special day on August 4th.

Hometown Hero Banner orders must be received and paid in full by September 6th. Forms are available at Montgomery Weis Market, the Montgomery Borough Office, and the Clinton Township Office.

The Montgomery Lions Club is accepting new members. For information, please call Roger McRae at (570) 971-2825.

Montgomery Events

Weds. Aug. 1 The Montgomery Area Public Library will hold Toddler Tales from 11-noon. Children ages 1-6 will enjoy a Pet Rocks-themed program. Please preregister and plan to accompany your child.

Fri. Aug. 3 Career Link’s mobile office “Link” will be in front of the library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Link offers career guidance, job matching, workforce training, and employer recruitment services.

Fri. Aug. 3 The library will have a Rock Party at 2 p.m. This is a family program. Please preregister.

Sun. Aug 5 The Oak Grove Community Center will be having a Benefit for Brandon from 8 am-2 pm. There will be an All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8 until noon, and a Chinese auction will begin at 1 pm. All proceeds from the event will be given to Brandon Miller to help with medical expenses.

Mon. Aug 6 to Fri. Aug. 10 St. John’s Lutheran “Brick” Church will have Vacation Bible School for children in grades 1-5 for the coming school year. The nightly program will run 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sat. Aug. 11 The Montgomery Area Historical Society will have the Adam Room open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.