Volunteers Readying Legion Ballroom for Grand Reopening

Volunteers from the Edward H. Ackerman American Legion Post 397 in Hellertown are busy putting the finishing touches on a months-long ballroom restoration project. The Legion’s second-floor ballroom–once a source of pride for the organization, as well as a gathering place for generations of Hellertonians–will reopen later this month after a closure of nearly eight years. Legion Commander Geoff Baer said he and a crew of about eight other men and women have been making repairs and cleaning the large room on Tuesdays and Thursdays for months. Most of the volunteers are retired Legionnaires who are donating their time so the Legion can begin to rent the room out for weddings, parties and events again, and generate needed income from those events. It’s also hoped that the facility will again become a social hub for the community as it was in the past.

Insurance Co. Not on His Side, Says Man Whose Car Was Struck by Pickup

A Hellertown man whose car was badly damaged in an accident on Main Street Saturday night says he’s not getting the help he needs from the insurance company of the man whose pickup truck caused the accident. Roy “Butch” Graser said Monday that his PT Cruiser–which is at Kichline’s garage on Front Street–is likely to be totaled. Graser said he needs a rental car to get to work, but he didn’t have rental coverage as part of his own insurance policy. He said the other driver’s insurer–Nationwide–is refusing to pay for a rental car until the amount of damage to Sagra Bistro is known. After Graser’s car was struck and propelled northeast across Main Street, the pickup truck crashed into the front wall of the restaurant at 620 Main St., which was unoccupied at the time.