SPRING MILLS — The Penns Valley EMS Service held a book sale fundraiser at its building on March 2. The sale featured about 1,500 books of all types, neatly arranged by category on folding tables.
EMS Board Chairman David Braucht said the books were donated from the collection of the late Mary Brungart of Rebersburg. He said Brungart’s family members brought the books to the EMS station, set them up on tables and cataloged them for the sale. He noted that there are still about 65 boxes of books in Brungart’s collection that were not displayed at this sale, and he hopes to sell them at future sales.
A meeting was held in October of 2017 where EMS chief Jason Brooks explained that the Penns Valley EMS was losing money at a high rate and might have to shut down by mid-2019. Braucht said that since that time, the service has received funding from the municipalities in Penns Valley, as well as individual contributions.
“We are solvent, but we need more funding,” he said.
He recommends funding agreements with the townships and boroughs in Penns Valley as a means for the EMS to continue to provide life-saving service to the area. He noted that a recent membership drive netted about 300 new members, which has helped the service financially. “The valley has responded to the need,” said Braucht.