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Vol. 109 No. 32

USPS 439-000

Portage, Pa.

Firemen’s Convention Parade Saturday, Aug. 3

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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23rd Portage Summerfest kicks off tomorrow

Festival favorites, new events fill out jam-packed schedule

By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

It’s that time of year again! The approach of the second weekend in August means only one thing for the Portage community — the Portage Area Summerfest! This year marks the 23rd annual Portage Area Summerfest, and the festival will definitely not

disappoint attendees. The planning committee has once again kept their “Something for Everyone” mentality, with offerings sure to please both the young and the young at heart. “We have some really cool things this year,” said Duaine Detrick, of the Summerfest committee. This includes new activities, new entertain-


Boro Council changes tune on sewer testing Ordinance for testing when buying, transferring property drafted

By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

Chris Hunter, Bella Hunter, and Lindsey McKenry settle in to take in the sights of the Cambria County Volunteer Firemen’s Convention Parade on Saturday, Aug. 3. Photo by Sarah Wolford.

Miss Pennsylvania 2013 waves to the crowd from an Adams Township fire truck during the firemen’s convention parade. For more photos from the parade, see page 8A. Photo by Sarah Wolford.

Once again, the meeting of the Portage Borough Council needed to be moved from council’s regular meeting chambers to the fire hall due to the large amount of residents that showed up to witness that evening’s proceedings; so many, in fact, that more chairs needed to brought out to accommodate attendees. Residents were still upset over a proposed sewer testing ordinance that would require residents in ward three of the borough to test their lines and fix any problems within 60 days of the planned sewer improvement project. Residents felt that the testing and related work should only be required when selling or transferring a property. After opening bids for their upcoming street paving project,

Portage residents respond to proposed sewer ordinance By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

After taking time to voice their own opinions on the proposed sewer testing ordinance, the cause of much ire, the Portage Borough Council turned the floor over to public comments — of which there were plenty. “How do you know we have an infiltration problem,” one

council turned the attention to public comments. Before handing over the floor, council president Sharon McCarthy took a few moments to address the

resident asked. “Do we really have a problem? Or do you keep adding more properties and overworking the system?” Don Squillario, chairman of the sewer authority, stood to respond. “The [influx and infiltration] is shown down at the plant,” he said, explaining that a large amount of unsold water was unnecessarily being treated SEE RESPOND, PAGE 5A

crowd. After thanking the public for being “professional and calm” during the last meeting, McCarthy offered “a short sumSEE COUNCIL, PAGE 5A

Leading the way

The Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company, which hosted this year’s festivities, leads the way during the Cambria County Volunteer Firemen’s Convention Parade last Saturday. Photo by Sarah Wolford.

Former Portage Township secretary pleads guilty to felony charge By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline newspapers

Former Portage Township secretary Lisa Flynn pleaded guilty in county cour to a felony charge of receiving stolen propertyt last week. Flynn was removed from her position in the township

municipal office last spring after an audit by Wessel and Company revealed that she had embezzled money from the municipality. In May 2012, Flynn was formally charged with forgery, tampering with records, receiving stolen property, and theft by deception. In April of last year, township supervisors had announced that

financial records would be adjusted but didn’t release any detailed information to the public at that time. The township remained tightlipped on the matter, citing ongoing litigation and advisement from their solicitor not to comment on the situation. For months, the township meetings were opened

with a brief word from the supervisors that no comments would be made or questions taken about the situation. Flynn, 47, of Portage, admitted that she had stolen over $10,000 from the township, telling Cambria County Judge Patrick Kiniry that she took the money to help her family deal with financial

issues stemming from her ex-husband’s drug use. While working for the township Flynn had been responsible for issuing checks both for payroll and day-to-day expenses. The audit had revealed that Flynn had forged names on checks and deleted copies from township files. SEE PLEADS, PAGE 4A

Dispatch 08 08 2013