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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Ford City’s Historic Candlelight Memorial Service Will Go On, Say Pyle and White
5/5/2016
FORD CITY – Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana) and Sen. Don White (R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana/Westmoreland) today announced that West Penn Energy has offered to fix an unforeseen problem that arose during an upgrade in the re-wiring of electric utility infrastructure of Ford City that has taken place over the past six months

Brad Baillie of the Ford City Lions, the organization that has hosted the Memorial Candelight Service for the past 50-plus years, expressed gratitude for West Penn’s rapid response to the Lions and the citizens of the borough.

“For more than 50 years, the Ford City Lions Club has conducted our Memorial Day service on the Sunday night prior,” Baillie said. “When faced last week with the possibility that we could not darken the park for the Memorial Service, West Penn Power recognized the importance to our town and really stepped up. The Lions Club is very grateful for their deeds.”

White said he is glad the issue was addressed in time for this year’s Memorial Service as people recently began calling, worried it was a tradition that might be lost.

“This was a great project Jeff and I had to pull together very quickly to allow the Memorial Service in the park to continue in the proud tradition as Ford City has come to expect,” White said. “It would be a travesty to allow this unique display of gratitude for our veterans, past and present, to become a thing lost to history – Jeff and I were not going to allow that to happen.”

Ford City Council President Carol Fenyes also expressed the Borough’s thanks to First Energy/West Penn Power. “Our Memorial Candlelight Service is very special to us and part of what makes us who we are. Our Borough Council is very thankful for their responsiveness of a local issue and how quickly they remedied it for us.”

Pyle said he understands that when large projects involving lots of different players such as the re-wiring of the borough are undertaken, small details sometimes get overlooked, but West Penn stepped up when made aware of the issue.

“When the Lions contacted me about this problem, I called West Penn and was really surprised by how ‘on the ball’ they were,” Pyle said. “Due to the recent re-wiring of the entire Borough, complications arose requiring large engineering design changes to the Park's electrical service and West Penn Power made this happen. The Memorial Service will continue in the Park Sunday night as it always has.”

As part of the agreement White and Pyle were able to make with First Energy/West Penn Power, the company will be replacing 21 lights in the Ford Memorial Park three years ahead of their normal replacement date. The new LED lights are expected to reduce the Borough’s electric bill for those lights by 25-30 percent each month. The lights will be installed in time for this year’s Memorial Candlelight Service and will cost the Borough nothing. Rep. Pyle will be donating a 200 amp electrical service box and paying Master Electrician/Ford City resident David Kaczor to handle the wiring. West Penn has made this a priority project and it will be completed in time for Memorial Service.

Pyle said, “when this is all done, the Borough will have, for the first time, the ability to control the lights in the Park for whenever events like this arise. In prior practice, it was necessary to call West Penn Power at great cost ($1,500) each time to perform the needed actions to make the park dark. It’s a win-win for everyone in that the Borough now has independent control of the lights and, at the same time, negated the need for $1,500 every time we do this. First Energy/West Penn Power have really earned their pay today and we’re all very thankful.”

Representative Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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