Potholes, cheerleading and Purple Hearts

In speaking with residents concerning issues that face our community, I understand the frustration many feel with potholes on our region’s roadways. January presented freeze and thaw cycles that created the perfect condition for pothole formation. As water or condensation builds up and freezes on the road’s surface and in the cracks, the top layer of asphalt or pavement loosens and at times breaks free, thereby creating potholes.

Harrison’s DPW crews work diligently to address potholes on our town roadways. Several main thoroughfares, which run through our municipality, are state or county roads. Should a dangerous condition on a state or county road come to our attention, town personnel will send an alert to the appropriate municipal office. I appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we keep our roadways safe and passable.

Please make note of the following February sanitation schedule change: Monday, Feb. 19 is a holiday and town offices will be closed. Garbage and recycling that would normally be collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Garbage and recycling that would normally be collect on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, Feb. 21. There will be no bulk trash pick up on Feb. 21.

At this year’s Memorial Day ceremony, Harrison’s Veterans of Foreign Wars would like to honor past and present residents who have received a Purple Heart. It will be a privilege for our community to recognize our combat veterans who were wounded on the world’s battlefields while serving our country. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart medal and to recognize this distinction is a wonderful way to express our heartfelt thanks for their service. This year’s ceremony will take place on May 28. Please submit names to Kerry Marrano, in the mayor’s office in Town Hall at or 670-3009.

In recognition of the season preceding Lent, I recently joined the seniors as they celebrated Carnival. Those in attendance wore brilliantly colored beads and enjoyed music, lively conversation and a delicious meal. This annual event is an indication that spring is on its way, and although we have had a comparatively mild winter so far, I’m sure that all who attended the celebration are eager for the warmer weather that’s yet to come.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the Harrison High School varsity cheerleading team. The team recently competed at the United States Cheerleading Association National Championships, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and placed 18th in the nation. Congrats to the entire team on a job well done.

In closing, be sure to keep an eye out for announcements and registration dates for our upcoming Harrison spring recreation programs. The spring season will offer several different programs available for children of all ages. For information on scheduled events, please visit our Recreation page at



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