Laflin Boro Street Sweeping
Laflin Borough will conduct street sweeping services starting Monday, 5/19 and continuing to Thursday, 5/22.
Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the roadway to allow for proper access. Please do not sweep road debris
into piles as it cannot be removed by the sweeping truck unless the material is spread-out along the road edge.
Any questions can be directed to the borough office at 570-654-3323.
Seat Belt Patrol
PennDOT, its Buckle Up PA program, the National Highway Traffic Administration and Laflin Police are partnering on a Border to Border seat-belt enforcement operation as part of a Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 19 – June 8, 2014.
The operation will include 370 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania’s effort to show drivers and passengers that drivers and passengers driving or riding without a seat belt will result in a ticket, no matter the state.
To increase safety on Pennsylvania’s roadways, state and municipal police will conduct Traffic Enforcement Zones, traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols to target nighttime drivers in Luzerne County on May 19th until 10 p.m.
Last year, the Border to Border mobilization saw participation from dozens of law enforcement agencies during a four-hour morning operation. A total of 970 citations were issued for seat belt and child safety seat violations, as well as 735 citations for other traffic infractions.
The effort supplements major enforcement mobilizations in May and June, as well as the Thanksgiving holiday during which PennDOT distributes $1.1 million statewide in federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Corporal Vince Zerblas
The Laflin Fire Department placed in service 2 new pieces of equipment. 152 Fire Command QRS will respond to all medical calls in Laflin when an EMT is on duty / available. It is fully equipped with all medical supplies including AED, Oxygen , Pet Rescue Mask, Burn Kit, Collars, Splints, and more. It is a fully equipped command post for operation at all incidents in the borough. The 152 Special Operations Trailer has 7 electric sump pumps, 1 large gas basement pump, 6500w generator, 500 pounds oil dry, pigs and pads for oil spills, brush fire clothing and brush equipment. It will be used during times of heavy rain to take pumps to all residents in need, also respond to all large scale accidents and spills needing large amount of oil dry and pads.
Reminder from Laflin Police Corporal Vince Zerblas :
When warmer weather arrives the number of walkers in Laflin Borough increases considerably. With the absence of sidewalks throughout the town, Laflin Borough Police Department reminds walkers to stay close to the left side of the roadway, facing traffic. For those who walk after dark, Police stress the importance of wearing some type of reflective clothing, usually a vest or jacket. At the very minimum, light or white clothing might be considered as a second option to increase your visibility to approaching traffic. The safest place to walk is Laflin’s beautiful Lower Park with state of the art walking track. Walk and meet up with your friends and neighbors and enjoy this great area.
The results are in! The Laflin Volunteer Fire Department has soared to a 5 rating from ISO, a fire department rating agency that provides ratings to insurance companies in setting fire insurance rates. There are 2864 fire departments rated in Pennsylvania, the highest percentage are 737 departments with a rating of 9. To put this in perspective of how difficult it is to achieve the highest score of 1, Plains Township was just issued a 4 after many upgrades to their training and equipment and the addition of their new ladder truck, putting them with other cities like Bethlehem, Kingston, Scranton and Erie. Wilkes Barre has the highest local rating at 3, joining just 25 others in Pa with a 3. All of these departments have a 24/7 paid staff. Only 1 Pa department has a 1, and 2 Pa Departments have a 2 rating.
Laflin Fire Chief Marc Malvizzi said: “This is a testament to the hard work of the Laflin Volunteers who strive for excellence with training, equipment and safety. With over 2000 hours of training in the last two years alone, most Pro Board Certified FF1, FF2, and Haz Mat courses, and equipment upgrades of a new QRS/Brush unit in 2011, and a Rescue Pumper in 2012, the LVFD stands ready to serve Laflin and surrounding communities with the best in fire protection”.
Laflin Borough’s Memorial Day Program was held Monday May 27th 2013 . Enjoy the highlights by clicking on the link below.
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Laflin Boroughs Train Station – Late 1800′s
Laflin Breaker – You can see the original borough Building to right of picture – This area is the large empty lot to right across the creek of the former Muddy Moose, across from Casey Kasa – Picture taken from area of hill above Broadway Street
Newspaper Story showing Laflin Resident Mike Oley coming out of one of the many Laflin Mines
Laflins 1931 LaFrance Fire Engine now in a lot in Olyphant Pa , 2013
The same laflin engine giving fire truck rides in the early 1970′s, pictured at the former Yanko’s Picnic Grove at the end of Market Street in Laflin
Parade Day in Laflin – Laflin’s 1st Police Cruiser – Passing the area in front of current fire station approx 1973
Newspaper story on Laflins oldest house and the old long gone Railroad Street in Laflin
Laflins 1951 International Fire Engine during a parade in the early 1970′s
Laflin’s 1969 Zoning Map
Laflin Fire Officers 1977 – Top Row – l-r Andy Shedlock Sr , Tony Colonna Jr, Carlton McGrady
Bottom Row – Chief Bill McHenry, Joe McAndrew, Pat DeCinti, Frank Mudlock Sr
Borough Building dedication 1969
Laflin High School Diploma 1927
Laflin Borough Centennial Invite 1989
Laflin Borough New Library and Borough Buidling 1997
Original Zoning Map 1889