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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
September 20, 2018

            Last week, Ray Felix, of Belfor Property Restoration, explained to the Upper Perkiomen School Board that unseasonably warm and humid weather, combined with an aging HVAC system, created the conditions for the formation of mold in the school.

            During the Sept. 13 public meeting, he and Harry Neil, a vice president with 1Source, appeared before the members to detail their cleanup process.

            Before the start of school, as crews from Belfor cleaned up the remnants of the recent fire at Upper Perkiomen High School, they discovered mold in the bottom of the 200 wing. As they continued to search, more was observed, according to Felix.

            "We wondered why is this happening?" said Felix, based in the greater Philadelphia area.

            Districts throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland are dealing with similar issues, according to Felix. He told the board Upper Perkiomen is the seventh district in the last five weeks his company has worked with to eliminate mold.

            "Your school is one of many going through this," Felix said.

            During the meeting, Felix told the members that a visual cleaning and air sampling of the impacted classrooms on the first floor has been cleared. He added that work on the second floor and the gymnasium would continue through the weekend.

            The school reopened on Monday, with a two-hour delay, following a one week closure for mold removal.  

            Students are being encouraged to dress appropriately while the HVAC system is turned off until the work is concluded, according to an email message from Dr. Alexis McGloin, Upper Perkiomen's superintendent, to the school community.

            According to Felix, Belfor has ...



Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent
September 20, 2018

            Stacia Hang is a survivor, and she is on a mission to help children overcome the same type of helpless situations that could have doomed her as she grew into adulthood.

            Hang spoke to Project Live UP's monthly meeting last Monday and frankly told the story of growing up with parents who suffered from substance misuse that eventually cost both of them their lives. Hang related a story of survival and triumph.

            "My message is: there's hope."

            Now an elementary school counselor, parent of two and a community volunteer, the Upper Perk resident told the large crowd that her resiliency was fostered by caring adults at school and in her community who helped her survive being a child of substance abusers.

            Hang cited a quote from author Andrew Solomon as the guiding principle of her life: "Fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph."

            "I guess you could say this is my narrative of triumph," Hang said.

            When Hang was a very young child, the stress of everyday life for her economically-challenged parents wore on them and they sought relief in substances. Her mother began to drink heavily and her father turned to marijuana.

            "I recall driving around with him in his big, blue, beat-up pickup truck, and he would smoke pot and tell me to never, ever try drugs."

            Later, he started on heroin, and the family lost a rental home paid for by ...



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