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Portage Area Youth Hockey League edges closer to new rink with inaugural fundraiser Vol. 109 No. 31
Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Through community, business support league scores big By Sarah Wolford
of Mainline Newspapers
Members of the Portage Area Youth Hockey League scored big following one of their first fundraisers held to raise money for a new hockey rink in Crichton McCormick Park. Members of the community turned
out in droves on Sunday, July 21, to support the team by attending a benefit held at the Portage Italian Club. Through the generous support of both the community and the Italian Club, the hockey league has taken one step closer toward their goal.
Building project, natural gas conversion discussed at Forest Hills special meeting
SEE HOCKEY, PAGE 3A
Board asked to consider temporary road for parent drop-off, pick-up By Sean Wechtenhiser for Mainline Newspapers
The Forest Hills School Board
dealt with a variety of issues related to the construction of the new middle / high school, as well as the natural gas pipeline
and elementary conversion during a special meeting on July 24. The meeting began with a presentation by representatives of the Johnstown Building Trades Council. They spoke to the school board about a stabilization agreement. The representatives told the board members that they recently completed a stabilization agreement with Conemaugh Valley School District for their new elementary school. They stated that the agreement would allow them to put local people to work. The
Portage Fire Queen
Brittany DeMatteis, the Portage Fire Queen, took first runner-up at the 92nd annual Cambria County Volunteer Firemen’s Convention Queen’s Contest on Saturday, July 27. DeMatteis was crowned by Miss Pennsylvania 2013. Photo by Sarah Wolford.
A look back at Portage history
SEE PROJECT PAGE 4A
How Crichton McCormick Park and the town centennial helped to shape the Portage Area Summerfest
By Sarah Wolford
of Mainline Newspapers
After a long, contentious battle with Portage Borough, the owner of the former Rex Theater building on Gillespie Avenue begins demolition of the building. See next week’s edition of The Dispatch to learn more about the story of this historic building. Photo by Sarah Wolford.
Today, Crichton McCormick Park is a staple of the Portage community. During the summer months, the park is teeming with residents and town visitors enjoying everything from the Stuart E. Leman Memorial Pool to the Kids Place playground. For many young people, it is hard to imagine Crichton McCormick Park in anything other than its current state. But, the park was a long time in the making,
continually improved over years and years by a dedicated group of community residents, determined to provide the best for their town. Though many say that the site of Crichton McCormick Park was always a recreation area for town residents, the original 14 acres of land wasn’t donated to the town for use as a park until 1921. The land was donated by the heirs of Henry B. McCormick. The McCormick family lived in the Harrisburg area but owned land in the Portage region.
SEE HISTORY, PAGE 5A
Portage Water Authority looks ahead to projects By Sarah Wolford
of Mainline Newspapers
The board of the Portage Area Municipal Water Authority discussed work at its Benscreek plant with authority superintendent Ron Cadwallader during their Thursday, July 11 meeting. Cadwallader told the board that
they were looking at doing some pipe work at the plant, to eliminate what he felt was some unnecessary piping, which would cut down on potential leaks in the system. With a new flow meter planned to be installed at the site, Cadwallader told the board he felt the time to do the work was now. Estimating the cost of the project to be about $5,000, Cadwallader said that the work would be done in-house, with expenses limited to materials like fittings, wiring, conduit, shale, and some others. Board member Tom Hodgkinson asked how much of an emergency SEE WATER, PAGE 8A
Coal truck wrecks on Munster Road
A coal truck overturned on Munster Road in Portage, spilling coal onto Golden’s Farm. Emergency services were contacted at approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Firefighters from Portage, Cresson, and Summerhill were called to the scene. The driver was transported to Conemaugh Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Submitted photo.