Listings missing from mountain area telephone book
Those residents serviced by the Laurel Highlands Telephone Company in Stahlstown may want to think twice before throwing away their 2002 telephone book.
No listings appear in the 2003 phone book for the Fayette County Courthouse, the Connellsville Area School District or the Connellsville City offices.
In the 2002 phone book, the Fayette County Courthouse numbers were listed on page 452, in the white pages in the Uniontown section under Fayette County Civic or Courthouse.
There are no such listings in the 2003 book.
According to Marilee Pletcher, executive secretary of the Laurel Highlands Telephone Company, the company was not aware of the omission, but added that all white pages in the book (except for the Indian Head, Stahlstown-Donegal and Kecksburg sections) are purchased from Verizon.
“This is disgusting,” said Pletcher. “I don’t understand why these things are omitted.”
Pletcher added that the information has always been in the white pages and that there has never been any information under Uniontown in the blue pages.
“Whatever people want in our blue section or yellow section, they have to call us and tell us to put it in,” she said.
This omission may not just be in the 2003 phone book.
The Laurel Highlands Telephone Company is currently in the process of updating the book for 2004.
“Now I need to find out why it didn’t make the 2003 book and what kind of impact that will have on our 2004 book, which we’re working on now to update,” said Pletcher.
Lee Gierczynski, media relations manager for Verizon, was not aware of the omissions either but said it could be a possibility that Verizon is no longer the carrier for the places that have been omitted.
“This is just speculation, but it could be that the courthouse and these other places don’t have Verizon as their phone carrier any longer,” said Gierczynski. “Maybe they switched to another carrier and that carrier didn’t get the numbers to us in time. I will check into this.”
After two days, Verizon still did not provide information concerning the status of the inquiry.
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