Montgomery Locals 7.1
This week we celebrate Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Ironically, that same day King George III wrote, “Nothing of importance happened today.” Of course it was a while until the news that the colonies in the new world severed their ties with England traveled across the Atlantic.
Nearly two and a half centuries ago on a summer day in Pennsylvania our Founding Fathers set in motion a series of events that sent a mostly agricultural British colony into a grueling war against the most powerful military the world had ever seen. They triumphed, andnot only created a new nation for themselves, but a shining beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
Our Constitution laid the foundation of a free nation. The Constitution and The Bill of Rights have given us freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and many other rights that are easy to take for granted. I am deeply humbled and thankful that every generation since then has had citizens that were willing to step up to offer their lives in the service of preserving that freedom. As Americans we were born into a country that guaranteed its citizens freedoms that are unimaginable to most of the world.
So, my fellow Americans, enjoy the fireworks. Have picnics, watch movies or read books with patriotic themes, and reflect on the wondrous gift of freedom that we have been given. Use that gift well. Happy Independence Day, readers!
THOT- “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” from the Declaration of Independence
Friday, July 3- Montgomery Borough’s annual fireworks will be held at the carnival grounds at dusk. The Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company kitchen opens at 5 p.m. All must practice social distancing.
The Montgomery Area Public Library is in Phase II of reopening. As long as patrons haven’t shown signs of fever or shortness of breath, they may enter the library to browse for materials. Everyone is required to sanitize their hands and put on a mask before entering. Social distancing must be practiced while in the library. Patrons wishing to
use the computers may schedule a 30-minute appointment. Current
hours are 10 am-6 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am-3 pm on Saturday.
The library’s Summer Reading program has been moved to an online
platform as in-person gatherings haven’t resumed yet. If you have
children who would like to participate, please visit the Montgomery Area
Public Library Facebook page to find the links to register. In addition
to the online reading logs they are offering access to Page Turner
Adventures which features lots of book-themed activities and videos for
The Library’s Adult Book Club is welcoming new members. The meetings
are held online until the library is allowed to have in-person
gatherings. The theme for July’s meeting is “True Stories.” Choose an
autobiography, biography, or memoir to read and discuss with the group.
Please join the Adult Book Club Facebook group on the library’s page to
get more information about online meetings.
If you are a Montgomery Borough resident and want to have sticks and
limbs removed from your property, please call the Borough Office at
(570) 547-1671 for a Wednesday pickup. The brush pile is also open on
Wednesdays. Sticks and limbs must be four inches in diameter or less.
Hometown Hero Banner order forms are available by contacting Fae Herb at
email@example.com or (570) 506-9892. Please have them turned in by early
Please follow the Montgomery Emergency Management Agency Facebook page
to stay informed of rising river levels, weather warnings, and emergency
information. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please
contact Dennis Gruver at (570) 547-6777.
Emergency responders and non-emergency support persons are needed to
serve with our local fire companies. To learn more, please call either
the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company at (570) 547-1380 or the Clinton
Township Fire Department at (570) 547-1000.
The Montgomery Lions Club is welcoming new members. If you are
interested in joining please call Roger McRae at (570) 971-2825.