Congressman Lou Barletta visited Mountaintop for the first time Nov. 6, where he connected with township supervisors, listened to concerns of local firefighters, and shared a beer with veterans at the American Legion.
“He represents the people of Mountaintop in the United States Congress,” remarked Gene Haverlak, president of Mountaintop on the Move, of why Barletta’s visit was important. “He is our personal rep. He should know us…I prefer he know us and work to help us improve our community.”
It was Haverlak and Mountaintop on the Move, a volunteer organization that strives for the betterment of the community, that organized Barletta’s visit. The purpose, Haverlak related, was not to request anything of the congressman, but rather to introduce him to the Mountaintop area and its people.
At the Chalet Restaurant, on South Mountain Boulevard, Barletta began his tour by having lunch with local officials. The group of over 30 community leaders included members of Mountaintop on the Move; supervisors from Fairview, Wright, Dorrance, and Slocum townships; representatives of Crestwood School District; Rice and Wright Township police chiefs; State Senator Lisa Baker; and State Representatives Gerald Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski.
The lunch was successful, Haverlak reported, as the congressman got to speak one-on-one with local leaders and “open the lines of communication.” Mountaintop issues they’d like to see addressed include the vitality of the Crestwood Industrial Park and better access to