Mountain Top on the Move held its Fall Summit Nov. 4 to update the community on advances in emergency services and Internet options.
The group has a new president, Dianne Hopersberger, who as a former police chief brings a strong concern for emergency services to her new position.
About 18 community members attended to hear from John Yeager of Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department, Dave Hourigan of Mountaintop Hose Company #1 and Chris Woolfolk of Mountaintop Ambulance Association, as a well as a representative from Xvergent Networks, a local Internet provider.
The fire and ambulance representatives spoke of ongoing needs for volunteers and funds. Hourigan mentioned that Fairview recently passed a .03 percent emergency services tax that will help to fund Mountaintop Hose Company now that its annual bazaar has been discontinued due to dwindling volunteerism.
But the fire and ambulance representatives also mentioned a positive development: an increase in mutual aid agreements between emergency service providers in local communities. This helps not only with manpower concerns but also with finances because ambulance units can order supplies in bulk and get better prices.
“We communicated to them that anything we can do to help, we will,” Hopersberger said.
Xvergent was invited to the summit because of concerns about Internet speeds especially in Crestwood Industrial Park, Hopersberger said. The Internet provider serves Lackawanna County but is expanding into Luzerne, and Mountain Top on the Move encouraged the company to expand here because of frequent complaints about Internet service, she said. Xvergent currently is able to provide service within about 80 percent of Fairview Township and 10 percent of Wright Township, but expansion is continuing.
New members are encouraged to join Mountain Top on the Move –“especially young families who care about community safety and community betterment,” Hopersberger said, noting the current membership comprises mainly seniors and the group needs new volunteers. Also, any organization or business in Mountain Top is encouraged to contact the group if they identify a need in the community. The group works to pool resources and try to help meet needs.
Meetings are held at 6 p. m. on the third Tuesday of each month at King’s.
The group also holds fundraisers and special events. As a thank you to local emergency service providers, Mountain Top on the Move is hosting a blood drive from 1 to 6 p. m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Wright Township Fire Hall. Donations of cases of bottled water and Gatorade will be accepted for the firefighters. An Xvergent representative will be on hand to inform the community about its Internet packages, and Mountaintop Ambulance Association will distribute emergency cards that attendees can take home for their glove boxes or home refrigerators, where they can list medications and other emergency information for emergency service providers who