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Blue Ridge Summit carnival canceled

January 19, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- The fire department's summer carnival in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., has been canceled for this year, the department's administrator announced Monday.

Instead, the Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Squad will focus on smaller festivals and events, possibly purchasing a portable grill to help raise money at those.

The carnival "has been a tradition that's steadily going down in revenue," said Patrick E. Fleagle, administrator for the fire and rescue squad.

Last year's carnival garnered less than $3,000 for the department, Fleagle told the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors.

The supervisors turned to Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin and questioned what the future holds for his department's carnival.

"There's a good chance we're going to have a carnival. There's a good chance it won't be in the Borough of Waynesboro, but likely Quincy Township," Martin said.

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Rotary Parking Lot, which traditionally serves as home for Waynesboro's carnival, has undergone improvements in recent months. Some borough officials have expressed concerns about carnival booths and games sinking metal supports into the pavement.

The supervisors asked Martin and Fleagle to consider hosting a joint carnival.

Both men presented year-end reports for their fire departments, and each department had fewer fire calls in 2008 than 2007.

Blue Ridge had 272 fire calls in 2008, compared to 326 in 2007. Waynesboro had 634 fire calls in 2008, compared to 660 in 2007.

Waynesboro received a $53,000 grant on Friday to replace the Air Cascade and air compressor that fill tanks worn on firefighters' backs, Martin said. The money also will be used to replace the air system that inflates under vehicles and raises them, he said.

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