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Vol. 109 No. 24

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Portage, Pa.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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High schools throughout the area recently held their 2013 Commencement Ceremonies, saying ‘Farewell’ to many beloved senior students. Left, Portage Area High School Valedictorian Rachael Harbaugh (left) and Salutatorian Zach Nolan prepare for graduation on Thursday, June 6. Right, Forest Hills High School Salutatorian Shawn Dell (left) and Valedictorian Ethan Gabany await their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 4. Photos by Sarah Wolford. For more pictures of the grads, see page 14A and the Graduation edition included inside.

Moose to hold Family Safety Day Event to be held Saturday, June 15, in Portage

By Sarah Wolford

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Nothing is more important than keeping yourself and your children safe. With warmer months ahead, activities often lead outdoors. Hiking, biking, fishing, are often at the top of the list for family fun. But, many parents may not realize what precautions they should be taking to make sure these outings stay fun and safe for their little ones. It is with this idea in mind that the Portage Moose has organized their first Family Safety Day, to be held this Saturday, June 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

at the Portage Moose Lodge’s hall on Orange Avenue. “My daughter works for the Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center, and she got interested in the cause,” explained Ken Lysinger, of the Portage Moose. Lysinger said the Portage Moose first got involved with the organization when the DVBIC approached them about making a donation. After that, the two groups decided to work together to raise safety awareness. For the event, the Moose has partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, Cambria County

Portage Twp. Supervisors detail plan to deal with water problems Robel Road, Church and Blair Streets among those to see work initiated

By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

With residents’ issues regarding water and drainage a topic of discussion each month, the Portage Township Supervisors took a few moments to detail their plan to resolve several issues during their Wednesday, June 5 meeting. Supervisor Rick Olshavsky said the supervisors had met with their engineer and visited several sites throughout the

township. “We got ideas about correcting the drainage problems,” Olshavsky said. “We reviewed the sites and got [the engineer’s] advice.” For an issue on Blair Street, Olshavsky said the township plans install a French drain along the east berm to run the water to an existing catch basin. Clean stone will be put in and anything that was torn up during construction will be

Trees along Main Street discussed by Portage Borough Council By Sarah Wolford

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Following a request from a business owner to have a tree on the sidewalk in front of his property removed, the Portage Borough Council discussed the aesthetics

FHMA member needed

Ehrenfeld Borough is looking for someone to serve as a borough representative on the Forest Hills Municipal Authority Board. The authority meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Adams Township Municipal Building. Any borough resident who would be interested in serving in this role, and needs more information, should contact either Ken Fetsko at 495-4053 or Judy Resick at 495-9423.

SEE SAFETY DAY, PAGE 6A

of the trees versus their blocking Main Street businesses during their Monday, June 3 meeting. Borough manager Bob Koban told council they had received a letter from Matt Decort, owner of Decort Funeral Home, requesting that the tree on the sidewalk in front of his property, which sits on the intersection of Main Street and Caldwell Avenue, be

removed. This was the second request by Decort to have the tree removed, the first being in 2011. At the time of his first request, the tree had been dead and deemed and eyesore. At that time, council had decided to remove the dead tree and replace it with a new one. However, Decort said he would prefer there be no tree, as he is planning to replace the sidewalk

in front of his property and didn’t want the tree to ruin the sidewalk in the future. Decort was resubmitting his request for the removal of the tree following council’s decision to remove a tree in front of the Olde Keg due to sidewalk work. Portage mayor Bob Fox said he had no problem approving the removal of the tree, as long as the

SEE PROBLEMS, PAGE 7A

approval was contingent upon immediate work on the sidewalk. “We have to approve it with the sidewalk work so that we don’t take the tree out now and the sidewalk isn’t done for four years,” he explained. Councilor Becky Chobany said she hated to see a new, healthy tree be pulled out and thrown SEE TREES, PAGE 11A

Graduates

Dennis Richardson (left), Hayden Fyock, Hannah Blanchetti, Jared Shope, and Spencer Ivock prepare for the 2013 Forest Hills High School Commencement Ceremony, held on Tuesday, June 4, at the War Memorial in Johnstown. For more pictures from both the Forest Hills and Portage Area high school graduations, see page 14A and the Graduation edition included inside. Photo by Sarah Wolford.

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