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Donation helps Cairnbrook to buy Christmas lights

January 28, 2019

The drive to purchase Christmas lights for the Cairnbrook area just received a little help from LCT Energy, said Mike Muha, Shade Township Supervisor.

Muha said a donation of $2,500 was received from the new local company president, Mark Tercek, of Johnstown.

“We reached out to LCT Energy,” said Muha. “We explained that we wanted to purchase the lights from Rileighs in Bethlehem now, while the lights are on sale. If we wait until late summer the cost goes up.”

So far, Muha said they have purchased two lights from the company.

“We have a goal of $6,500. So far we collected $2,000. Now, with the donation from LCT Energy, we have enough to place an order for four or five more lights on sale,” he said.

Tercek said he felt donating toward the lights was something positive for the community and for his company.

“We are part of Shade Township,” he said. “We will be here for the next 15 to 20 years. We are a coal processing plant that will be employing 15 to 20 people full time. That is direct employment at the plant.”

Contractors are working on the Laurel Cleaning Plant, getting it ready for operation, with an opening date set for April of this year, weather permitting. Tercek said they are spending anywhere from $30 to $35 million to get the old plant ready to operate.

“We actually bought the property in 2011. We have two operating deep mines in Jerome and Garett, and another under development located in Donegal,” he said.

The company employs 180 people.

“When Rustic Ridge in Donegal is operating, I feel we will employ 240 to 250 people,” Tercek said.

The rock coal will arrive at the Shade Township plant by truck, explained Tercek.

“The clean coal will go out by truck or by rail, depending on the customer,” he said. Tercek said they are currently putting the rail spur back in to connect to the main line and should be done by July 2019.

When Muha reached out to the Johnstown based company, Tercek said he thought it was a great idea.

“Hopefully by next Christmas we can see the Christmas lights back in Cairnbrook,” Muha said.