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Vol. 116 No. 18

USPS 439-000

Portage, Pa.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Since 1904

Newsstand Price 75¢

(814) 472-4110

36 Pages

Christopher Slebodnick and Lyndsey Castel give their birdhouses a little bit of color. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

Sophia Rodriguez adds the finishing touches to her birdhouse at Portage Elementary School. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

Katelyn Klein and Valon Koss are excited to finally finish their bird houses. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

Justin Santichen and Jared Bunn. These two individuals worked with Erzal to help promote Earth Day. While the older students at the high school were picking up trash throughout the town that afternoon, the Portage first-grade students were hammering away on their birdhouses, putting the final touches on their projects. The students were given five slabs

of wood, two pieces for the roof, two pieces for the walls, and one piece for the base of the birdhouse. With the help of Erzal, Santichen, and Bunn, the students were able to piece together their creations. One by one, the students hammered away, and twisted in the screws. “Putting in the screws are easier than hammering the nails, but it’s fun to work with my hands,” said

first-grade student Sophia Rodriguez. Each of the students worked together to create their birdhouses. If one student was having trouble, then another student offered to help out. “It was a lot of handwork, but we did it,” said Valon Koss, a firstgrade student. By the end of the afternoon, the

Portage Elementary creates their own Earth Day birdhouses By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Hammers, nails, screws, wood, screwdrivers, and some paint were all the supplies the Portage firstgrade class needed to build their birdhouses on Friday, April 25. Sara Erzal’s students had the pleasure of crafting their very own birdhouses thanks to Home Depot workers

students felt a sense of accomplishment as they swirled their brushes in the paint. A mixture of pink, blue, green, red, yellow, and orange covered the birdhouses. The classroom may have been full of noise that afternoon, but the students were eager to finish their projects. With some tapping and a little determination, the students were able to help

FH studies primary colors with Lichtenstein-inspired drawings By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

A few weeks ago, the Forest Hills Middle School art students were studying Andy Warhol, who was American pop artist. Warhol used a variety of colors in his work, and he is most famous for his Cambell Soup can paintings. Much like Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein was also a pop artist during the 1960s. He is most noted for using primary colors, creating a series of panels, much like a comic book. With his use of action words and powerful messages, Lichtenstein created a name for himself throughout the course of his career. One of his most famous works of art is entitled “Wham.” This paining is one of his early examples of

pop art. His painting was featured in the 1962 issue of DC Comics’ “All-American Men of War,” and it depicts a fighter aircraft firing a rocket into an enemy plane with a red and yellow explosion. For the caption, Lichtenstein wrote, “I pressed the fire control... and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky.” Lichtenstein always tried to capture the moment through his use of comics. With this technique in mind, the Forest Hills Middle School students, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Motter, created their own versions of Lichtenstein’s work. Their main focus was to use the colors, red, blue, and yellow to depict themselves. They were also

SEE BIRDHOUSES, PAGE 14A

Surrounding municipalities address sewage situation in Portage By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

During the past few months, there has been a constant debate between the community members and the sewer authority in Portage due to a recent ordinance stating that there will be a new sewage system in place for Ward 3 if the borough gives their consent. At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Apr. 21, Portage Borough opted for option number 2 for Ward 3, meaning they elected to put a parallel sanitary sys-

SEE COLORS, PAGE 11A

tem in place in as many locations as possible. Viewports would be placed at the private property line to allow the sewer authority to examine the flow, and homeowners would only have to pressure test from the viewport to their foundation before connecting to the new system. The old sewer system would

Emma Simpson, Chloe Csikos, Blane Smay, and Tony Zangaglia show off their Lichtenstein-inspired paintings. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

remain intact in most places, but it would only be used to collect storm water after customers are connected to the new system. The borough’s next step is to take their decision back to the sewer authority to work out the final plan, but many surrounding municipalities, along with the EADS Group, agree that this system will not

reduce inflow and infiltration as effectively as pressure testing from the viewport to inside the building. According to the Department of Environmental Protection Domestic Wastewater Facilities Manual, new sewer systems should be designed on the basis of an average daily flow of 100 gallons per person per day. To account for peak flows, this

value is increased to 250 gallons per person per day. Currently, there are approximately 2,110 customers connected to the Portage Area Sewer Authority’s system. Assuming that there are 2.5 people per household, the total peak flow would break down into the followSEE SEWAGE, PAGE 14A


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