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Summerhill moves, rededicates veterans monument newspapers

Vol. 113 No. 24

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Portage, Pa.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

As part of the 125th anniversary celebration of the founding of Summerhill Borough, the veterans monument was relocated to Freedom Park and a dedication ceremony was held to honor those from the borough who have served in the Armed Forces. More than 200 residents, guests, and veterans, including three World War II veterans, filled the park. Veterans organizations from South Fork and St. Michael participated in the event on Saturday, June 10. Guest speakers included state senator Wayne Langerholc, state representative Bryan Barbin, and county commissioners Tom Chernisky and B.J. Smith. The Summerhill Women’s Club purchased the monument in 1961. It was placed on Main Street across from the current

Community leaders take part in the rededication of the Summerhill veterans monument that was moved from Main Street to Freedom Park on June 10. The World War II Roll of Honor that was created in 1943 by the eighth-grade class at Summerhill School was on display by the monument. Cambria County commissioners Tom Chernisky and B.J. Smith, Summerhill mayor Eric Miller, American Legion District 20 commander Doug Reighard, and Legion Post 551 chaplain Jack Smith flank the newly restored Roll of Honor. Photo by Ron Portash.

Portage Township deals with property issues

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The Portage Township supervisors discussed a number of issues with the public at the June 7 meeting. The first issue presented during the public comment portion of the meeting was a residence on the lower portion of Springhill Road with which neighbors have been having issues. There have been repeated complaints filed with the township and code enforcement officer concerning this property’s high grass and garbage in the yard. Once the owner is notified of a complaint, action is taken to correct the matter, but the same issues have been discussed several times at the township meetings. Although the grass has been cut, there are still reports of trash in the yard as well as the deteriorating con-

dition of the structure. The supervisors instructed code enforcement officer Dave Nolan to revisit the matter. The ownership of Ridge Avenue near the Portage Pistol Club was then questioned. That portion of Ridge Avenue has never been used or maintained by the township. The ownership was questioned because it is listed as private ownership on the county’s records. According to township supervisor Richard Olshavsky, streets like that were originally laid out by coal companies for development when the ground was purchased years ago. At the time of purchase, the coal companies would include any possible subdevelopments on the map to save money from having to resurvey and reapply for subdivision permits if they decided

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

“It was a great weekend all around,” exclaimed Summerhill Borough council president Daryl Bodenschatz. The beautiful weather and great attractions brought more than 1,000 people into Summerhill to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the borough’s founding. Beginning on Friday, June 9, Summerhill was filled with residents, former residents, and visitors drawn to the celebration. For many, it was a homecoming to reconnect with old friends and to

catch up with family. Based on the grounds of the borough building and of the fire company next door, the celebration had something for everyone of every age. Friday evening kicked off with food vendors, craft vendors, the start of a weekend-long basket raffle, and music provided by Steve Summerhill of the One Man Band. Three of Hearts took over the musical stage later in the evening. The basket raffle consisted of 65 baskets, all donated by local residents and businesses in the area to help make the celebration a crowning success. Saturday began with the Summerhill Shuffle 5K run/walk following old Route 53 and Tunnel Road. At noon, more than 200 people attended the rededication of the Summerhill veterans monument. Originally, the monument was placed in 1961 across from the borough building by the Summerhill Women’s Club. The

borough building. Freedom Park was created in 1975 in a triangle-shaped property across from the Summerhill ball fields. The park was created with S-shaped sidewalks, a flagpole, and benches. Resident Louis Rosenberger and five high school students turned the empty lot into a beautiful park that has become the focal point of the borough. The name, Freedom Park, came about from a contest. Kelly (McCall) Poborsky won the contest and was given a $25 savings bond for her winning entry. Summerhill mayor Eric Miller opened the ceremony by welcoming the veterans, residents, and guests. Girl Scout Adessa Crowell and Boy Scouts Connor Ray and Wade Crowell led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Borough resident Matt Bodenschatz sang the

South Fork Heritage Days to be held June 15-17

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers


Boy Scout Wade Crowell holds the American flag against the wind during the rededication ceremony of the Summerhill Borough veterans monument on June 10. Photo by Ron Portash.

Summerhill celebration a big success SEE ISSUES, PAGE 3A

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monument was moved to Freedom Park on New Germany Road to be more accessible to the public. State legislators Wayne Langerholc and Bryan Barbin each presented the borough with citations provided by their respective legislative bodies in honor of Summerhill’s 125th anniversary. The Cambria County commissioners presented a proclamation in honor of the borough. South Fork American Legion Post 653 and St. Michael Post 551 provided military rites, a 21-gun salute, and taps at the rededication. Saturday afternoon’s activities included music by KB and Crew. A cornhole tournament was held with more than 20 teams participating. A special wine tasting featured five wineries and music by Jill and Leah Gontkovic. At 9 p.m., a movie played under the stars at the Summerhill ball field, with SEE CELEBRATION, PAGE 5A

South Fork Heritage Days, to be held June 15, 16, and 17, will focus on the community and the history behind the people and places of the borough. This year’s theme is “Cheers to South Fork, where everyone knows your name.” Created in 2011 to celebrate its local heritage, the three-day event has become a reunion of family and friends of past and present. If you live or once lived in the South Fork area or are just looking for some family fun, food, and entertainment, South Fork Heritage Days is the place to be. As its eighth year unfolds, the reputation of good food and fun continues. The festival is centered around the borough’s park and gazebo, the library, the fire hall, and the South Fork stage, which was completed last year.

Enjoying the day


The activities begin Thursday evening, June 15, with a banquet at the First United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Activities continue throughout the evening at the gazebo and the fire hall. South Fork Heritage Days features live music by a number of local and regional bands. The food is provided by local organizations. Haluski, pierogies, halupki, ribs, pulled pork, and ham pot pie, as well as ice cream, root beer floats, gobs, and funnel cakes are just some of the food that will be served at Heritage Days. The local organizations used this as a chance to raise funds through food sales. Stacey Lewis, of the Heritage Days committee, was proud to point out that there are no commercial food vendors. The food is all sold by local organizations. Friday brings an early start, with events beginning at 3 p.m. SEE HERITAGE DAYS, PAGE 3A

The Ritchey family — Abriella (front, left), Isabella; (back) Jamie, and Joe — enjoy the beautiful weather and a fun day at the Summerhill Borough 125th anniversary celebration on June 11. Photo by Ron Portash.

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