McCall office closing
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS John Sverchek, left, of Lehighton, gets assistance from Patricia Heiland, office manager in the Lehighton office of State Representative Keith McCall. McCall's offices will be closed after the work day of Nov. 30. The new state representative, Doyle Heffley, doesn't assume his position until January.
The three Carbon County offices of state Rep. Keith McCall will close for good next Tuesday.
The offices did more than provide access to the 28-year assemblyman.
Patricia Heiland, who has worked in the Lehighton office for the past 20 years, said she provided photo copies and faxes for many people, especially seniors.
The staff in McCall's offices also filled out rent rebate, fuel assistance, and PACE forms for constituents.
They did simple tax returns for senior citizens.
Mostly, they had free notary service.
McCall, a Democrat, opted not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives so he could spend more time with his family.
In the November election, Republican Doyle Heffley of Palmerton was elected to fill his seat in the House.
Heffley will not be sworn-in until January.
It is not known if Heffley will be able to afford to keep all three offices open or if he will have just one office, since he will be a freshman legislator.
"Anything dealing with PennDOT, regular or CDL problems, we handled for the people," said Heiland. "We especially helped senior citizens."
She noted that people came into the office for new birth certificates.
"We even had prisoners call and ask for Keith's help in getting released, but that wasn't something he could do," she laughed. "He worked for the people."
The offices of McCall are located on West Ridge Street in Lansford, in the Lehighton Borough Annex on North Third Street in Lehighton, and on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.
McCall was first elected to the House of Representatives at the age of 22 in 1982.
He succeeded his father, the late Thomas McCall who was stricken on Christmas Eve in 1981 while he was serving as state representative.
In January 2009, he was chosen by his peers to serve as the 136th Speaker of the House on a party-line vote, 104-99.
He was the only resident of Carbon County to ever serve as speaker.