Hazmat incident causes confusion and speculation in Hegins

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

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Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo  A home at 633 Chestnut Street, Hegins, the former Hegins Manufacturing Company, a garment factory, was the scene of a Hazmat incident Sunday evening that had fire personnel scrambling to determine what the chemical was that was leaking from a 50-gallon drum in the basement of the building. Chestnut Street was closed and neighbors were told to stay indoors, close all windows and don’t run their air-conditioning units.

HEGINS – The 600 block of Chestnut Street in Hegins was in a bit of a frenzy Sunday evening.
Emergency personnel were on the scene of a hazmat incident at 633 Chestnut Street, the site of the former Hegins Manufacturing, now a private residence.
According to fire personnel, they arrived on scene just before 6 p.m. and weren’t sure exactly what they were dealing with.
“The incident involved a 55-gallon drum of some type of chemical which was leaking in the basement of the building,” said Hegins Valley Fire-Rescue Chief Doug Williams, during a phone interview Monday morning. “He said there was a strong odor of ammonia and there was definitely ammonia present in the drum. What exactly the chemical was used for still hasn’t been determined. It could have been some type of floor cleaner from the days of the factory.”

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Migrant housing appeal withdrawn

No decision reached on fire company sign

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

SACRAMENTO – A permit issued to Masser Farms Realty for the construction of a transient housing dormitory style unit for multiple families/persons at 132 Fearnot Road, Sacramento caused one woman to file an appeal, but when she realized she was alone, she decided to withdraw her appeal.
Ruth Herb of Sacramento filed the appeal after Dan Scheib, zoning officer issued a permit for the construction of a 120’x40’ two-unit migrant worker housing facility, which is a permitted accessory use in an agriculturally zoned area.
“I have no problem with Mr. Masser or his business,” said Herb, who didn’t have legal counsel present. “I appreciate all the jobs he provides for the people in our community and am amazed at his success. I appealed this because I have a lot of questions and concerns and I was told that others were also going to appeal it and be here who had questions and concerns.”

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Ronald W. Seiler

Ronald W. Seiler, 55, of Clarks Valley, Tower City, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at the Osteopathic Hospital after a courageous fight against cancer.

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Kermit K. Masser

Kermit K. Masser, 83, of Halifax, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center, Tremont, while surrounded by his loving family.

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