On Centre: Bald Eagle Area | Snow Shoe EMS needs funds for furnace

March 19, 2014 

To stay warm, the Snow Shoe EMS ambulance service needs cold cash.

The company is starting a 2-year fundraising campaign to replace the aging furnace at its building at 492 W. Sycamore Road in Snow Shoe Township.

Company President Jeff Simcisko called the need “dire.”

“The last time we had it repaired we were informed they would not be able to find parts for this furnace due to it being extremely old,” he wrote.

“We are a designated emergency shelter for the (M)ountaintop (through) the American Red Cross; this means we must get our furnace taken care of as soon as possible so we are prepared to handle a shelter if the need arises.”

The company also allows its building to be used for community CPR classes, blood drives and, free of charge, meetings and dinners for other local organizations.

Though the company is seeking new furnace quotes, it only has one so far, for $33,000.

“We’re just looking for any help, anywhere we can get it,” Treasurer Leaone Crock said.

Crock said the company has 25 volunteers and two ambulances, both fully paid for. Funding comes from family and individual memberships, third-party billing, weekly Saturday bingo games at the EMS building and grants when available.

“None of us gets paid a nickel for being here,” Crock said.

According to Simcisko, the company responds to more than 400 calls a year. But it also serves its community in other ways.

In addition to co-hosting a local children’s Christmas party with the Snow Shoe Fire Company, volunteers talk to local elementary schoolchildren about safety and first aid during National EMS Week and help stage Special Olympics competitions, Crock said.

At Bald Eagle Area High School football games, the ambulance service shares stand-by duties with two other local EMS companies.

Now the Snow Shoe volunteers are looking for some assistance in return so they can retire a failing furnace.

“It’s eating us up with repair bills,” Crock said.

Checks made out to the Snow Shoe EMS can be sent to the ambulance service at P.O. Box 271, Snow Shoe, PA 16874.

Fancy fashions available

At BEA, they dress for largesse.

BEA’s student government and junior class are sponsoring the school’s second annual benefit Prom Dress Event on March 29.

Here’s the deal. Donate a prom or semi-formal dress to Room 11 in the school from 10 to 11 a.m., and you’ll receive a coupon to select a free dress of equivalent style.

What’s more, you’ll get first pickings from noon to 1 p.m. before everybody else gets a crack at the racks. Dresses from $5 to $20 will be available until 5 p.m.

Proceeds will support a fund for purchasing odd-sized dresses, formal attire for males, shoes and accessories.

Contact Diane Lucas at 280-8935 after 3:30 p.m., or email her at dlucas@beasd.org, with questions or to arrange donations.

Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email crosenbl@centredaily.com or call 231-4620.

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