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Committee seeks out veterans of Korean War

March 21, 2013

Celebratory dinner will mark 60th anniversary of armistice

By Ian Wissinger

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The local Armed Forces Event Committee, which covers both Cambria and Somerset Counties, is aiming to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice in a special and thankful way. On May 16, at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, the committee hopes to welcome as many Korean War veterans – those who served between the years of 1950 and 1953 in what has since come to be known as “The Forgotten War� – at its annual dinner. “The 60th anniversary of the armistice is a great opportunity for our community in Cambria and Somerset counties to come together and hold an event that will provide both symbolic and real honor to [war] veterans,� said Lowell Shaffer, honorary chairman for the 2013 Armed Forces dinner, who served previously as commander of Post 1 of the Korean Services Veterans Association of Pennsylvania. “We want to provide recognition for these men and women and bring their sacrifice to the fore, so they know that our region has not and will not forget them.� In order to have a successful dinner, however, the event committee is seeking cooperation, asking surviving Korean War veterans to reach out and reserve

seats for themselves and their families. Additionally, the organization welcomes any volunteers who wish to contribute to the event’s overall preparation and set-up. Anyone interested in obtaining more information on the upcoming dinner can contact a committee representative at (814) 533-1781 or via email at ArmedForcesEvent@yahoo.com. Historically, the Korean War pitted the Republic of Korea (also known as South Korea), supported by the United Nations, against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (or North SEE VETERANS, PAGE 6

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Rudolph memorial tourney has another successful year By Mike Wilson

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For years, the Blacklick Valley community has given immense support to the annual Dino Rudolph Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. And the 10th installment, held last weekend at Blacklick Valley Junior-Senior High School, was no exception. A full field of 24 teams participated in the tournament this year, benefiting a scholarship set up in honor of the tour-

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nament’s namesake, Dino Michael Rudolph, who died March 17, 2002. “We had a nice turnout of spectators, and a wonderful turnout of teams,” said Michele Rudolph, Dino’s mother. Rudolph went on to mention her gratitude to everyone who volunteers their time for the tournament, such as the PIAA referees, Blacklick Valley girls’ basketball coach Larry Nairn, concession stand vendors, and many more. “That means a lot to us - to have volunteered time from them, volunteered

The Franklin Street Bridge is seen at the end of the street, and Central Park is to the right. The building on the right is now the site of the U.S. Bank building. Note the dog walking down the middle of Franklin Street. The scene is from a series of photographs from around Cambria County taken in 1896. Visit cambriacountyhistorical.com for more information.

time from a lot of friends and family to keep this going,” said Rudolph, who also extended her thanks to Blacklick Valley School District for the continued use of their venues. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to do it.” This year’s champions were “A Team” – made up of Ted Worthington Jr., Pat Hall, Matt Shaffer and Jordan Stiles. “Excel” – consisting of Joe Nazarak, Dylan Link, Luke Paronish and Que Brandon – placed second.

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“The Dragons” – Clint Goughenour, Caleb Hanlon, Joey Hinton and Dom Viscovi – placed third, their ninthstraight placement in the tournament. The team has played in all but the first tournaments, simply because they didn’t know it existed. Since then, they’ve been loyal supporters of the scholarship. While all participants receive a free Tshirt for their competition, the final three SEE TOURNEY, PAGE 6


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Six-month investigation busts local heroin distribution ring

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Paula Varner

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A joint effort between the Cambria County Drug Task Force, the Carrolltown and Northern Cambria Police Departments and the Attorney General’s office led to the arrest

of three individuals for the illegal distribution of heroin in the Northern Cambria and Carrolltown areas. According to a March 11 press release from the Office of District Attorney Kelly Callihan, “on March 8, search and arrest warrants were served

at a house on the 200 block of Main Street in Carrolltown, by the Cambria County Drug Task Force along with officers from the Carrolltown, Northern Cambria, Patton and Hastings Police Departments. Task Force detectives seized over $3,000 in cash and a street value of

$10,000 worth of heroin, along with two handguns.” Taken into custody during the search were: Deborah Lute, 34, of the 200 block of Main Street in Carrolltown; Ernest Lute, 37, of the 300 block of Trout Road in Northern Cambria; and William Rounsley, 21, of the

1900 block of Mosscreek Road in Northern Cambria. All three were arraigned before District Judge Frederick Creany and lodged in the Cambria County Prison after all failed to post the $50,000 bond.

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Pope Francis the First: A name familiar to Mainline residents

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With the newly named Pope Francis the First offering his inaugural Mass this past Tuesday, much of the world’s focus remains on the Vatican and the 76-year-old Argentinian who was chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church following the almost-unheard-of resignation of his predecessor. There is much that intrigues both the faithful and the rest of the world about the 266th Pope, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, including his selection as the first Jesuit to become Pope, the first Pope to come from the Americas, and even his selection of papal name, chosen in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s a name people along the Mainline are all too familiar with, having played home to the Franciscan Brotherhood named in honor of the Italian saint and a university that shares both his name and his values nestled in the town of Loretto. Though the town was founded by Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, well on his own way to sainthood, it could be argued that St. Francis lies at the heart of our communities. “It is wonderful that the Pope chose this name,� said Father

       

     

 

    

  

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“not so different.� “The founder of the Jesuits was Saint Ignatius of Loyola. They are known as great teachers and intellectual,� Zeis said of his brothers in the faith. “One great Jesuit, Saint Francis Xavier took the name of Francis as well, thus I believe the Pope has given homage to his two favorite Saints, not just one.�

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Planning commission reviews trail feasibility study with public

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Sarah Wolford

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The Portage Area Regional Planning Commission’s mission was two-fold at their recent community workshop, held Monday, March 11 in the Portage Area Elementary School auditorium. The event was held, in-part, to review the organization’s 10-year comprehensive plan, which was detailed in last week’s edition of Mainline Newspapers. The workshop also dealt with a recreation subcommittee feasibility study on a proposed trail project. The proposed Martin Branch Trail would follow the former corridor of the Martin branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, running from Martindale in Portage Township into Portage Borough. Mark Lazzari, an engineer with The EADS Group, assisted the planning commission with the study. “This is a study to see how to get from point A to point B,” explained Lazzari. “This is not a detailed engineering study or an in-depth design. It is a general look at the trail corridor from Johnson Avenue to the other side of Martindale. It will run inbetween Route 164 and Trout Run, along the former right-ofway of the Martin Branch.” He went on to explain that the trail is proposed as a recreation trail, meant to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Lazzari said the trail was not meant to mimic trails like the Ghost Town Trail in Nanty Glo or Rails to Trails trails. “This would be more primitive,” he explained. “Some sections would be more challenging; not nice, clean surfaces. Other sections would be better for leisurely walks.” Construction of the trail is envisioned in three sections. The first section of the trail that is planned for construction would be from a proposed wind energy education center at Martindale to the Puritan acid mine drainage treatment facility 2.5 miles away. The plan includes installing mile markers, historical markers, and other amenities along the trail. Next, the proposal details constructing the trail from the treatment facility to Miller Shaft, for an additional 1.7 miles of trail. Lastly, the trail would connect Miller Shaft to the borough, with a final .45 miles. Lazzari noted that there would be issues with the section of trail connecting Miller Shaft to the borough would most likely be the most difficult section to construct, due to issues with the current lease holder of the property on which the mine refuse piles sit in Miller Shaft. “The highest priority is connecting the trail to the borough,” he said. “But due to issues with the lease holder, that section is phase 3.” Also discussed were two additional sections of trail that could be added on later. One additionally proposed section would link the trail to the campus of the Portage Area School District, with .35 miles of trail. However, Lazzari noted that this section would be difficult to construct, steep, and would have to be established around trails that are already established for motorized uses. The other additional proposed section would link the trail to Crichton McCormick Park, with .60 trail miles. This section would utilize existing sidewalks and crosswalks in the borough. Lazzari said that, as proposed, trail construction would require cooperation with eight landowners; six for trail easements and two land acquisitions. “Four have politely said that they can’t grant

us the easements,” he explained, noting that the trail as proposed would run too close to the owners’ homes, among other reasons. He also pointed out that despite any potential roadblocks, all of the landowners who had been contacted had been “polite and cordial” about the trail process. According to recreational surveys conducted by the subcommittee, about 67 percent of those surveyed were in favor of a walking trail, with a similar percentage in favor of a biking trail. The Martin Branch Trail is proposed to be both - a non-motorized trail for a variety of uses. Lazzari noted that because the proposed trail would run along Trout Run, it would look aesthetically pleasing and give anglers more access to the waterway. However, the creek would need to be crossed five times, which he called “a major impediment.”

The total cost to construct the trail is estimated to be approximately $1.7 million; the bridges alone would cost $992,000. Estimated costs for each phase of trail construction were reported as follows: Phase one (Martindale to Puritan) $428,614; phase 2 (Puritan to Miller Shaft) - $531,909; phase 3 (Miller Shaft to Portage Borough) - $402,570; phase 4 (Miller Shaft to PASD) $303,156; and phase 5 (to Crichton McCormick Park) $77,553. It was noted that these cost estimates did not take into account in-kind service that may be provided. The next step in the trail process would be to establish a trail development advisory committee and appoint members. This committee would then form a nonprofit organization, for example the Friends of the

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for businesses and organizations to donate in-kind service. It was estimated that trail maintenance usually costs about $1,000 per mile. The engineers also said they would need to do further research and investigation on liability for sections proposed to utilize borough sidewalks and crosswalks. The trail’s bridges would also need to be inspected every two years.


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Cresson Area Heritage Days Secret Auction this weekend By Justin Eger

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With the impending arrival of Easter, many in the Cresson area are already preparing for the holiday. Annually, to accompany the holiday, the Cresson Area Chamber of Commerce hosts an entertaining Secret Auction as a fundraiser for the fall Heritage Days celebration. This year, the auction will be held on March 24, just one week before Easter, and once again, the Chamber will be joined by the Cresson Lion’s Club to partner that organization’s annual Pancake Breakfast with the Secret Auction, and if you didn’t pick up your tickets

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yet, shame on you, but don’t worry, tickets are still available. The Pancake Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., with the auction getting underway at the same time. Ergo, as you dine, you can check out the wide variety of items available from the various businesses and sponsors that help contribute to the auction and to Heritage Days each year. Gift certificates for local and regional eateries include Vito’s Restaurant, Route 53 Diner, Cresson Springs, Marzoni’s, Miner’s Restaurant, Amici’s Restaurant, the U.S. Hotel, Fox’s Pizza, Everyday Gourmet, Friendly’s, King’s, P.J.’s Tavern, and more. Additional gift certifi-

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get a choice between a hooded sweatshirt and a golf shirt as another way to say thank you from the Rudolph family. The Dino Michael Rudolph Scholarship provides $1,000 each to two Blacklick Valley graduating students who will further their education at the next level. As of now, the criteria for the scholarship also states that anyone already receiving a scholarship through Blacklick Valley is ineligible, so that everyone gets a chance at financial help for college. “I don’t make them write an essay or anything like that,” Rudolph said. “It’s just two kids that deserve a scholarship, and the schools help us with it.” Perhaps more importantly, the students receiving the scholarships must emit the same qualities for which Dino was known – cooperation, friendship, and service toward others. “We base it on what we learned about Dino after he died,” said Rudolph.

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During the March 8 search, the Drug Task Force and officers found the three defendants at the 235 North Main Street, Carrolltown residence which Deborah rented. They also found five open bags of heroin on a coffee table in the living room and additional bags in a bedroom that Deborah shared with Ernest. An additional bag of heroin was found in the pocket of pajamas Ernest was wearing. Officers also discovered two male children, a nine-year-old who is the son of

cates have been supplied by Lasser’s Shoe Fly / New Balance, Grooming Tails, Thompson’s Clothing, Sehrer Mill and Hardware, Imler’s Poultry, Munster Auto Service, Henry’s Studio, Just for Looks, Edgewood Pet Grooming, Endless Tanning, Wilkinson’s Petroleum, Loretto Service Station, Carmike Theaters, Cresson NAPA, the Franciscan Mission Store, Martin’s Food Markets, Stevie’s Formals, Shop & Save, Ace’s Music, 84 Lumber, Fireside Massage, the Cresson House B&B, and others. Baskets, exceptionally popular last year, will be making a return for 2013, as well. Businesses like

“There were things that we learned about that we didn’t know – things that some of the teachers and principals said about him – how he works with other students and teachers up there. And that’s what we base it on – students that treat people like Dino treated them.” Dino was a star basketball player for the Vikings in high school, playing guard and serving as the team captain his senior year. He also participated in track for Blacklick and skied. But his love for basketball couldn’t be hidden, and was what brought about the 3-on-3 tournament. “That was what Dino loved to do, he loved to play basketball,” said Rudolph. “It’s nice to know that my son’s still remembered. That’s basically what we wanted – to do something to remember him.” The recipients of the scholarship will be announced later in the spring. For more information on Dino, and the scholarship and tournament in his memory, please see visit www.dinorudolph.com.

Ernest and Deborah, and a 15-year-old, a son of Deborah. Each defendant faces felony counts of violation of controlled substance, drug device and cosmetic act and criminal conspiracy. Additionally, Ernest was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and Rounsley with felony possession and a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors. The investigation is ongoing and other arrests are expected according to the DA. Preliminary hearings for the three are set for March 27.

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Veronica Harkins State Farm, the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vale Wood Farms, Tastefully Simple, Dunny’s Pizza, Moreland’s Garage, P.J.’s Tavern, Deluca’s Market, Phoenix Physical Therapy, Hoss’s Restaurant, His & Her Hair Shop, McDonald’s, Admiral Peary Doggy Lodge, Summit Country Club, and Children’s Express, Inc. have all put together Longaberger-style baskets, some with items directly related to their businesses, others that are just filled with goodies. There are also a variety of what can only be termed “specialty items.” Annually, these are some

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Korea), which in turn was supplied by communist China. Since World War II’s end, the two countries have been divided along the 38th parallel. In 1950, the border between the two parties came under fire, and hundreds of thousands of American

of the most unique and entertaining things that go up for auction. Whether you need a will made up (with several local attorneys offering such items), railroad prints from the illustrious Fred Connacher, tickets to a show at Cresson Lake Playhouse, or even cutlery, you’ve simply got to drop by the auction, because you’re never quite sure what you might find up for grabs. Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $5.50 in advance or $6 at the door for adults, with children’s tickets available for $4.50 or $5. For more information, please visit www.cressonarea.com or see a member of either organization.

troops were dispatched to support their southern ally. A granite monument in Washington, D.C. commemorates the United Nations troops who were killed, wounded, captured or left missing after the armistice, including 54,246 KIA Americans, 103,284 wounded, 7,140 captured and 8,177 missing.

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Jackson donates to Little League By Paula Varner

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The Jackson Township Supervisors gathered on Thursday morning, March 14 for a brief meeting that saw only one item on the group’s agenda. A motion was made and passed to make a $1,500 donation to the East Taylor-Jackson Little League. “It’s an annual thing,� commented Jackson Township Manager and Secretary / Treasurer David Hirko. “They are the largest organized recreational activity in our township.� The league utilizes two of the township’s parks. The league’s softball teams play on Leidy Field in Leidy Park and the baseball leagues use the fields inside Mitchell Park. Jackson Township maintains both fields. “The supervisors definitely support them (ETJ Baseball and Softball),� said Hirko. Monies donated to the league by the supervisors are used for the everyday operations of the league according to ETJ LL president Paul Wyrwas. “We couldn’t do what we do if it wasn’t for the donations and the support we receive from our sponsors, Jackson and East Taylor Townships, parents and private individuals,� said Wyrwas. “I’m very proud of our community support.�

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ETJ baseball and softball leagues include ages 5-12 with 50 players competing on its softball teams and 100 youngsters playing baseball. Teams are structured for different development levels including instructional, minor, major and softball. “We are real proud of the amount of teams we have in our league,� Wyrwas said. Each year the league attempts one major improvement to its organization. This year, the league has set its sights on three new scoreboards. To that end, the league is working with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their Pirates Field of Dreams grant. “We are in the process of filling out the grant,� said Wyrwas. Currently, a scoreboard is lacking at Leidy Field. Wyrwas confirmed Leidy Field will get a new scoreboard even if the grant doesn’t materialize. The league hopes, however, with attainment of the grant, to also replace the two scoreboards at Mitchell Field. Wyrwas noted the one scoreboard there was installed in 1988 and is in dire need of replacement. Wyrwas added the opening day for the league will be Saturday, April 27 (weather permitting). Games are scheduled all day and team pictures will be taken. Also new this year, the league has started a Facebook page in addition to its web presence at www.etjbaseball.com.

Nanty Glo Sewer Authority making progress on project By Sarah Wolford

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The board of the Nanty Glo Sewer Authority made quick work of their latest meeting, getting right down to business and succinctly addressing the issues at hand. With the month of March now approaching its close, the Nanty Glo Sewer Authority continues to make progress on their ongoing project to install a sludge press at their sewage treatment plant, as contractors begin nearing the home-stretch of the year-long project. The project looks to install a new sludge press, which will be more efficient for processing the plant’s waste. Both cost-saving and time-saving, the sludge press will effectively eliminate more water from the plant’s waste. By taking more of the liquid out, the authority will then not be paying to haul away water with their waste. The $1.2 million project, being completed by ECS Construction, will erect the sludge press in a separate building on the same property as where the sewage treatment plant sits. At their February meeting, engineers reported that the walls of the building had been put up and that the conveyor and belt press were

expected to arrive in mid-March. Engineers also told board members that the roof of the building will be a flat, rubber roof like that of the control building. As of the March meeting, some of the expected materials had been delivered and installed, however, crews were still waiting on others to be delivered as work on the project continues. It is estimated that the sludge press project will be completed in May, ending the over 12-month process for the authority’s mission to save time and money. Already well on its way, engineers from the firm Stiffler, McGraw, Inc. estimated that the project is approximately 75 percent complete as of the authority’s Wednesday, March 13 meeting. So far, engineers said, the project is running on schedule, although a few small change orders for the project were requested by engineers. In other business, the authority signed the Chapter 94 report for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The report regards municipal wasteload management and assessments of facility operation and performance. All authorities are required to complete the report and turn it in to the DEP by March 31, 2013.

           

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Six common misconceptions about filing taxes When it comes to filing taxes, it might as well be brain surgery. It may not require forceps or retractors, but on the complexity scale, tax law ranks pretty darn high. The U.S. tax code is so dense, the tome could be a deadly weapon in the right hands. Suffice it to say, filing your taxes is confusing, and where confusion leads, misconceptions are sure to follow. To shed some light on common

misconceptions about taxes, we consulted the National Association of Enrolled Agents -a group of federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize exclusively in taxes. Here are six tax myths the association encounters frequently. Myth: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m filing an extension this year, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to pay anything yet. Fact: Tax extensions only extend the time you have left to

file, not the time you have to pay taxes owed. If you owe a certain amount and file an extension, you have until April 15 to pay regardless of the new filing deadline. Otherwise, interest and penalties begin to stack up. Myth: I had a really big loss in the stock market this year, so I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t owe any income taxes. Fact: Deduction of capital losses against ordinary income is limited to $3,000. Also, whether you rein-

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The credit helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to their retirement accounts. Also, the IRS gives eligible taxpayers until April 15 to set up a new individual retirement arrangement or add money to an existing IRA and still get credit on the 2012 return. Last year was to be the final year for the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps offset college costs. But the credit was extended to 2017 and now uses a redesigned Form 8863 to better verify a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eligibility. For the eco-minded, the tax code continues to offer a Plug-in Electric Drive Vehicle Credit. First offered in 2008, it was modified for 2012 to include select two or three-wheeled electric scooters and tri-wheel vehicles. For most of the better-known electric cars, the credit is $7,500. For others the limit is $2,500. Some additional taxes kicked in at the end of the year for higherincome people, and a higher tax bracket for those earning over $400,000 annually. Starting Jan. 1, some taxpayers are subject to a new Additional Medicare Tax of 0.9 percent if their income exceeds $200,000 for singles or heads of households, $125,000 for marrieds filing separately or $250,000 for marrieds filing jointly. An employer must withhold the Additional Medicare Tax from wages it pays to an individual in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Another new tax that began Jan. 1 is the Net Investment Income Tax that imposes a 3.8 percent tax on income derived from bonds, stocks, mutual funds, loans, and other investments; capital gains, dividends from mutual funds, and gains from the sale of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and investment real estate. The tax applies to those who have net investment income plus adjusted gross incomes of $200,000 for singles or heads of households, $125,000 for marrieds filing separately, and $250,000 for marrieds filing jointly. A tax bracket of 39.6 percent has been established for singles with incomes over $400,000, heads of households with incomes over $425,000, marrieds filing separately with incomes over $225,000, and marrieds filing jointly with incomes over $450,000. The tax rate for capital gains and dividends, which was 15 percent in both 2011 and 2012, is at 20 percent as of Jan. 1. While the tax code itself did not

change much in 2012, many of the forms used for filing taxes this season did change, creating a delay in when the IRS started accepting tax returns for processing. It was only March 4 that the IRS announced that it had updated its tax-processing systems to allow all remaining individuals and business taxpayers to file their returns. The IRS had been accepting 2012 returns in phases, starting Jan. 30, while it updated various forms and instructions to comply with late changes made by Congress. Taxpayers whose returns used forms in the process of being updated, such as Form 5695, which governs residential-energy credits, had to wait until March 4 to file. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing that complicated matters is they just came out last week and said all the forms are finally ready,â&#x20AC;? Mira said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That put us a little bit behind the eight ball.â&#x20AC;? (Reach John Chavez at jchavez@theblade.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, shns.com.)

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Project Smile sends 400 care packages to troops overseas

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Justin Eger

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Over the past 11 years, the All Saints Catholic School community has gone out of its way to support Project Smile. What began as a simple pen-pal program between students and soldiers fighting the War on Terror overseas became, somewhere along the line, a full-blown soldier support program that has sent countless packages and prayers to a myriad of military members from this region and beyond. It is the hope of many that next year, the war effort will wind down as promised and soldiers will return home for good, but until then, the support continues as it has last week, when around 400 packages were constructed and sent out to members of the 1-104th Attack Recon Battalion now serving in Afghanistan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had this much go out at one time,â&#x20AC;? explained Project Smile Coordinator Robin Zavada, who teaches at All Saints. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But this is also the most that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been impacted by a deployment, because I think we have 10 or 11 families with members who were called up this time around.â&#x20AC;? It was those local ties (the 1104th ARB is based in Johnstown) that fueled the effort for this Project Smile campaign, which Zavada hopes will be the last large effort made by Project Smile as the war winds down. Having family and friends shipped off to faraway lands encouraged many local businesses and individuals, as well as the All Saints community, to step up in a number of ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything but thank the All Saints families who have supported us endlessly and without question for 11 years,â&#x20AC;? Zavada said, also thanking principal Kathy Maurer and pastor Father Leo Arnone for offering their support to this program. Arnone, who is also a lieutenant with the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserves, explained that, when he was tasked with serving at sea with men and women of the United States military, he was amazed at the way a simple care package, like those shipped out by All Saints last week, could be an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbelievable morale boosterâ&#x20AC;? when those packages are cracked open and shared among their cohorts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of the people who are deployed just want to come home, and they miss those familiar things that we take for granted every day,â&#x20AC;? Arnone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So when they receive a package like this, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s filled with those familiar tastes and products, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tremendous touch of home for them.â&#x20AC;? Arnone added that he was pleased to see the school and the All Saints families so dedicated to this cause and supporting the larger military community. Maurer agreed, and expressed tremendous gratitude to the school community for supporting this effort. Playing a key role in this project for the 1-104th were the Cresson Post Office, who brought in extra personnel and stayed late this past Saturday to process the 400 packages, as well as the staff and management of Best Buy in Johnstown, who offered a number of donations, but also came to the school last week to help students and parents complete the packing. In addition to the numerous individuals who supported Project Smile this and every year, local

businesses and organizations that offered aid or donations included Gallikerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dairy, Cresson Dollar General, Frito Lay, Sheetz, Utz, the Little Red School House, Knights of Columbus St. Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council 4259, Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, Herrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, DeGol Brothers, Mainline Pharmacy, Gardnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Cresson Jr. Girl Scouts #42011, Dunnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza, Women of the Moose Gallitzin, Walmart Distribution in Bedford, McCallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the Cresson Vol. Fire Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wednesday Night Bingo, McAneny Brothers, Loyal Gaming, Inc., Ashville VFW, VFW Post 7377 in Sankertown, the Lilly American legion, American Legion Auxiliary Units 238 of Cresson, 748 of Loretto, and 174 of Gallitzin, Cresson Lions Club, the APT RNs of Altoona Hospital, Midâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candy, Target, Stagers, Veronica Harkins State Farm Insurance, and McGough Market. Donations supporting the event totaled approximately $12,000.

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Gallitzin Police Department to purchase new Interceptor cruiser

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NC Borough Council accepts sealed bids for sale of guns

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municipalityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s police department at its Monday, March 11 regular meeting. Council reviewed 15 sealed bid proposals, awarding the sale of four guns and deciding to readvertise sealed bids for its remaining two. The borough was looking to sell the following guns: Winchester Defender shotgun (serial #L142144), Marlin 9MM Semi Auto rifle with Simmons 3x9x40 scope (serial#13804283), High Standard 12 GA shotgun (serial#3215176), Remington 870 Express (serial#A186841M), Colt AR15 SP1 Rifle (serial#SP47331) and Colt AR15 SP1 Rifle with Bushnell 3x9 scope (SP#576365). After opening and reviewing the bids, the borough received offers for the first five guns, while there were no bids for the two automatic rifles that had minimum bids.

   

   

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Members of the Portage Volunteer Fire Company approached the Portage Township supervisors at their Wednesday, March 6 meeting in regards to the proposed installation of a fire hydrant through a secondary water source. Previously, the PVFC had approached the borough council on the matter. PVFC fire captain Matt McCoy asked the township supervisors if they would be willing to pay some of the cost for the hydrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s installation, which he said would benefit township residents, as well. A site has been staked out for the proposed hydrant, which would be fed by a line through the Highland Water Authority. The site would be positioned on Main Street between North and South Railroad Avenues near the train tracks. When explaining the need for the hydrant from a secondary source, McCoy was quick to laud the services of the Portage Water Authority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Portage Water is great,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have a secondary source instead of calling in a tanker to shuttle water to a scene.â&#x20AC;? He added that one source would back up the other. McCoy explained that the borough had asked the PVFC to also approach the township about splitting costs for the hydrant installation. McCoy said that while the hydrant would be located in Portage Borough, through the use of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s line hose, the hydrant could help fight fires in township areas, as well specifically mentioning Stagers Store, Ray Oil & Gas, and Lemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Machine Co. properties. The cost to install the hydrant is approximately $4,700 and would require a specialized tap, McCoy said. Highland Water waived the installation fee, McCoy explained, and the cost would be for materials. He also noted that residents who live in the area near the new hydrant would also see positive effects like reductions in their homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance. Supervisor Elwood Selepack asked if the fire department planned on using the proposed hydrant to fill their tanker. McCoy said that could be one use and pointed out that most of the time when the department uses the tanker its in the township. Previously, the fire department used sources like the Little Conemaugh River or Trout Run to fill their tanker, however, access is limited and difficult. In the township, the PVFC often turns to a 12-inch main near Stagers or the Cassandra reservoir, when possible. McCoy added that, ultimately, they are looking to cut back on having to call in other departments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not efficient hauling water in from elsewhere.â&#x20AC;? McCoy stressed that the proposed hydrant was just a preventative measure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may never be

Call for anto appt. today in (814)on 472-1248! Borough and township both asked pitch cost

used in 10 years, but if we do use it, it means weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in trouble,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know this source was there.â&#x20AC;? He added that the borough does plan to move forward with the installation of the hydrant, however, the PVFC is looking for some township assistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no suggestion on what you could contribute. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to you. We just wanted to see if the township would help some, because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a probability that we will use it in the township, too. I live in the township; a lot of our guys do.â&#x20AC;? McCoy told supervisors that the $4,700 installation cost is a one-time fee and that the borough would be handling the $6 per month service charge. Selepack asked if the fire department were to have more

hose, would they be able to utilize this source even further into the township. McCoy said yes, and explained that currently the PVFC has over one mile of 3inch hose, internally, which already reaches into the township from the proposed hydrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a residential fire in the township, it will be good to have this extra resource,â&#x20AC;? he added. Supervisors Rick Olshavksy said that the township would have to consult their solicitor before making any kind of decision on the matter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to see what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowed to do legally,â&#x20AC;? he explained, noting that it was nothing against the fire department or what they do, whether it be in the borough or the township. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will talk to our solicitor shortly,â&#x20AC;? he said. A

Julia T. Stossel

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the many mass offerings, donations, acts of kindness, messages of sympathy, and food offerings received from relatives and friends upon the death of our beloved mother and grandmother. Special thanks go to Rev. Monsignor John Sasway, Eileen Sweeney and the Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church Choir, Genevieve Wasil Raymond for the special care given to our mother, Conemaugh Hospice, and the Thomas Cloherty Funeral Home.

Family of Julia T. Stossel

motion was approved to speak with the township solicitor regarding the matter. The super-

visors said they would get in touch with the fire department as soon as they could.

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JETSA signs off on lease of gas, oil By Justin Eger

ALL BRAND NEW 1500 SERIES CHEVY TRUCKS COME WITH 2-YEAR 24K FREE MAINTENANCE

2013 CHEVY SILVERADO X-CAB LT

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As has been the case in many municipalities throughout the region, thoughts of the riches contained in natural gas drilling have not passed by Jackson and East Taylor Townships. Indeed, exploratory interests were presented to members of the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority last week, as an international energy company requested a gas and oil lease for land owned by the authority. Authority Chairman George Berkey explained that Chevron approached JETSA about signing a gas and oil lease for the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land along Benshoff Hill Road. The authority owns three acres in the region, and Chevron provided a five-year lease agreement that will see the authority receive $300 per acre, or $900. Berkey added that the authority may stand to receive more from the company depending on the ownership of the gas and oil rights to the property. Should JETSA be in control of those rights, and gas or oil is found by Chevron, an additional percentage may become available to the authority. Chevron was founded in 1879 as the Pacific Coast Oil Company, but over the ensuring century has become involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry, including exploration, production, and transport of crude oil and natural gas. The company also maintains a focus on future resources, including interests in the production of geothermal energy and research for advanced biofuels. The remainder of the meeting dealt with more local interests, as the board approved its standard selection of meeting minutes and monthly bills. Along with the secretarial information, JETSA received its annual audit, which Berkey reported had â&#x20AC;&#x153;no problems, and no recommendations.â&#x20AC;? Picking up on some issues from last month, the authority SEE JETSA PAGE 17

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COLVER: 2-bedroom apt. $350/mo + security. Includes water/sewage/garbage. 748-7765.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

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Ebensburg, Maple Ave.: Lovely split level home w/3 BR, 2 BA. Attached & detached garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$198,500 Ebensburg, W. Ogle St.: Beautiful brick home, finished 3rd floor. 4 BR, 1 BA. Call for more info. . . .$185,000 Flinton, Churchill Rd.: Once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Heaven. 245 ac., log home, too much to list. Call for more info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$670,000 Fallentimber, Skyline Dr. 1 sty., doublewide w/2 car det. garage, 3 BR, 2 BA . . . . . .$84,900 Patton, Eckenrode Mill Rd.: Lovely 1 sty. home on 3.1 ac., 4 BR, 2 BA. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$199,900 Flinton, Black Bear Dr.: Immaculate, quality built, ranch home in GYR. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 2 car integ. garage . . . . . . . . . .$189,900 Crestwood: Fabulous, all brick, 2 sty home w/4 BR, 4 1/2 BA. Many features! . . . . . . . . . . . . .$350,000 Gallitzin, Tunnel Hill St.: Bi-level home, 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA. Gorgeous newer kitchen! Must see!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$134,900

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St. Benedict area. 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath, vinyl sided home on approx. 4/10 of an acre lot. New 2 car detached garage. Above ground pool. Large rear deck. Priced to sell at $79,900

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2 BR, 1 1/2 bath, brick ranch home on approx. 2 acres. 24x36 detached garage and additional 1 car detached garage. $189,000.

2002 Fleetwood doublewide, 3 BR, 2 full baths & 3 season room addition. 1 car garage & shed on 1 acre of land.

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Beautiful 2 story in move-in condition, new windows & metal roof. Great covered patio area & garden w/pond.

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Beautiful Mountain Residence/Retreat. Located on 1 1/2 acres in a gated community. 2 story, 2-3 BR, 2 1/2 bath home. Open floor plan, cathedral ceilings and loft area. Beautiful oak kitchen with stainless appliances & island. 2 propane stoves with thermostats & rockers. Wrap around porch and decking. Walk-out basement. large 1 car garage & storage shed. All this and more situated near lake, fishing areas, and State Recreational Vehicle Park. This is a must see property!

Call Scott @ 525-2291

472-4761

1207 Second St., #3 Cresson

Harmony S.D.

CRESSON: 1-bedroom, no smoking. All appliances included. Security deposit required. Available April 1st. $475/month, plus utilities. 931-5556.

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Patton, Donnelly Ave.: Ranch home w/new roof, carpet & fresh paint! 3 BR, 1 BA. . . . . . . . $39,900

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

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Great getaway! 2 BR, 1 bath, pavilion w/large covered deck & shed. Central air. Nice lot w/great view.

Call Mona @ 687-4514 or email monac21@windstream.net

Tony Mignogna / 932-1928 Gary Ondecko / 948-4132 Mona Schilling / 687-4514

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Lilly

3 BR, kitchen, dining room, 1.5 bath, enclosed front porch, big 2 car garage. Affordable! $64,900 Call Bev Mandichak @ 886-2961

Glendale Yearound

Really well maintained camper with addon. Fully furnished & includes shed and wood shelter with stream in front of camper. Being sold as is.

Call Janet @ 944-1865 or e-mail janeth214@verizon.net

Glendale Yearound

Fabulous 2001 Keystone Sprinte camper w/full covered deck. Second lot for camping or parking. Gated community. Call Janet @ 944-1865 or e-mail janeth214@verizon.net

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10 X 20 STORAGE BINS, Belsano area. $50 month. 749-9433.

GALLITZIN, MOUNTAIN TOP STORAGE: Vehicles, boats, campers, motorcycles, furniture storage. 330-0150.

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MARYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOME AWAY: Short-term rental. Like a Bed and Breakfast. Fully equipped. Vacationing/visiting the area? Go to homeaway.com enter Cresson, PA for more information. 814-886-5504. MAINLINE CLASSIFIED $6 for the first 10 words 45¢ each additional word Call 814-472-4110

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HOUSES FOR SALE

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PATTON: As is by Owner, 3 Lots, Off-street Parking. Low Taxes. 3 Bedrooms, Living room, Kitchen. 1.5 Bath, Oil Heat. Reduced to $40,000. 814-674-5244.

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP: 2-bedroom, 1 car detached garage, shed. 1/2 Acre. Twin Lakes Road. 814-9342298.

  

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BUILD THIS SPRING! Approx. one acre level lot in Jamestown. Water & sewage. Excellent location. Reduced to $16,000. 886-5233.

GLENDALE YEAROUND: Nice, wooded, level 1/3 acre Mobile home lot with utilities on site. $9500. 814687-4216.

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KITCHEN HELP NEEDED: Apply at Starlite. 948-4809.

LICENSED NAIL TECHNICIAN: Send resume to: Nail Tech, P.O. Box 622, Hastings, PA 16646. LOCAL DRIVERS WANTED: Class A & B, home every night, hospitalization after 90 days, 21+ years of age, 2 years experience. Will train. Ebensburg, PA. 814-472-1007. LOCAL OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC seeking licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. Part-time leading to full-time. Benefits available. Must have good people skills, and be able to multi-task in a fastpaced facility. Previous experience preferred but not required. Please send resume to: PTA Applicant, P.O. Box 303, Patton, PA 16668. NANTY GLO BOROUGH is accepting applications for part-time police officers with the Nanty Glo Borough Police Department. Experience preferred. PA Act 120 training required. Resumes can be mailed or delivered to the Nanty Glo Borough Police Department at 1015 First Street, Suite 2, Nanty Glo, PA 15943 during business hours. EOE.

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PART-TIME BARTENDERS NEEDED: Must be able to work varying shifts. Weekends and Holidays may be required. Send resume to: Bartender, P.O. Box 333, Portage, PA 15946. PART-TIME COUNTER SALES/STOCKER: Evening and weekend hours. Apply within. Dial Beer, 115 Main Street, Portage. PENN CAMBRIA SCHOOL DISTRICT is currently accepting applications for Substitute Food Service Worker and Substitute Aide, may lead to permanent employment. Act 34, 114 and 151 clearance required. Send letter of interest and resume to: PCSD, 201 6th St., Cresson, PA 16630. Applications are available at this address or at www.pcam.org. EOE PEOPLE TO WORK IN GREENHOUSE: Apply in person, Route 580 Highway, Cherry Tree. 743-5020. SALES REPRESENTATIVE needed for a company located in Ebensburg area. Travel out of town to cover multi-state area required approximately half of the time. Prefer some industrial or mining sales experience. Good work conditions. EOE. Send resume to: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sales Representative,â&#x20AC;? P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931. WEST CARROLL TOWNSHIP will be accepting resumes for the position of Secretary/Treasurer. Applicants must be a resident of West Carroll Township for at least one year and be a registered voter. Please forward resume to: West Carroll Township, P.O. Box 374, Elmora, PA., 15737. Resumes will be accepted until April 4, 2013.



        

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COMPUTER SERVICES: Set up, repair, virus removal, etc. Low rates. Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in computer systems. Call 814-659-0716 between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. GOOD HIGH-HEAT/LOW ASH NUT COAL: Clearfield nut $95/ton, delivered; bender nut coal, $210/ton, delivered; Mix nut $100/ton, delivered, all hard coal $210/ton, delivered. 6748169, 341-7435. HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166. PARTIES, WEDDINGS, SEMINARS, SPECIAL EVENTS: Cresson American Legion ballroom. 886-8567. PAULAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HAIR DESIGN: Now offering tanning! 247-8228. R&S CLEANING: Janitorial Service. Strip and wax floors. We haul anything! Even old tires/batteries. Cleanouts! Houses, Apartments, garages, storage bins, $50 to $75. Snow Plowing, Fully insured. PA contract # 080816 330-0150. RESPONSIBLE BABYSITTER in my Cherry Tree home. Monday-Friday for a few hours. Call 814-743-5023, ask for Bethany. Leave a message if no answer.

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Majority commissioners vote to establish Economic Authority Thursday, March 21, 2013

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On Thursday, March 14, the Cambria County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that authorizes the county to take preliminary action in the formation of an Economic Development Authority. President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder, who voted in favor of the measure along with Commissioner Mark Wissinger, explained the reasoning for the entity’s creation, while Commissioner Tom Chernisky, who cast a dissenting nod, raised questions about the authority’s necessity. As discussed at a previous business meeting – and revisited in Lengenfelder’s State of the County address at a Cambria County Farm Bureau meeting two weeks ago – officials are looking to develop a foreign trade zone in Cambria and Somerset Counties, within the next year, so that international businesses and industries can begin importing goods to the area. By definition, a foreign trade zone allows commercial merchandise, whether domestic or foreign, to enjoy the same customs treatment it would if it existed outside the commerce of the country’s borders. Said merchandise is exempt from tariffs, an incentive that reduces costs of U.S.-based operations engaged in international trade. The commissioners’ reasoning behind the push for a foreign trade zone has to do with job creation, something they can all agree on as a top priority. For example, an Argentine wine-making business has already committed to networking with a local bottling and trucking business to build a wine industry within Cambria County, thereby opening up a number of labor and shipping positions. Said wine firm will begin its local venture before foreign trade zone legislation is completed. While the county’s zone application undergoes review by the federal government, the commissioners and other local leaders will seek to invite similar commerce opportunities. Lengenfelder explained that he had met with the Johnstown Airport Authority to discuss the idea of managing the foreign trade zone upon its establishment.

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Marlin 9MM semi-automatic rifle with Simmons 3x9x40 scope in the amount $351. Richard Shovestall was awarded the purchase of the High Standard 12 GA shotgun in the amount of $152.99, while Tim Taranto was the high bidder for the Remington 870 Express with the amount of $160. Bids for the four guns without a minimum bid ranged from $50 to $351. Due to the fact that there were no sealed bids for the automatic rifles, a decision needed to be made on what to do with those firearms. “I’d just as soon destroy them,” said Councilor James Sabella. “I would like to discuss it further.”

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completed a camera-based inspection of a line associated with the Leisure Village Trailer Park along Leidy Lane. The camera that was inserted into the line revealed freshwater infiltration. This forced further investigation on the part of the authority, as the ownership of the line remains in question. Berkey noted that, as the line does not offer service to any homes at the moment, with the accessed lots of the trailer park currently vacant, the authority has the opportunity to simply plug the line and let it sit while a final decision

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However, due to the scope of the project and the amount of control associated with it, the county decided that it would be more advantageous to form a new regulatory body, a choice that was endorsed by the Airport Authority. That brings the story up to present – a March 14 vote on whether the county should form an Economic Development Authority. This authority, like its 30-orso counterparts, would be an entity comprised of voluntary, appointed officials, convening publicly on a scheduled, regular basis. Lengenfelder and Wissinger gave the measure a green light, while Chernisky said “no.” “We need to revisit JARI [Johnstown Area Regional Industries] and the Airport Authority as possible [candidates],” Chernisky suggested, pointing out that preliminary business reports have not yet been received by the county. “I’m for the concept – all three of us want economic development,” he added. “But right now, I don’t think [establishing a new authority] is the right thing to do.” “We’re not ignoring these organizations,” Lengenfelder countered, revealing that he has been in talks with JARI for upwards of two years on the subject. The Johnstown-based entity finally told the president commissioner that it does not have the capacity to oversee foreign trade zone operations. Additionally, Lengenfelder pointed out how an Economic Development Authority could help generate and promote package-deal incentives for prospective businesses. “I’m concerned about another layer of bureaucracy,” interjected Controller Ed Cernic, Jr., who also confronted Lengenfelder over a $75,000 check that had originally been written from the county to the Johnstown Airport Authority, hastily issued in spite of what he considered more pressing financial obligations, which would now have to be voided and reallocated. “This is going to place more demands on [the budget],” he said. Despite objections, with the majority commissioners’ verbal stamp of approval, the seeds for an Economic Development Authority have been sown. County Solicitor Tom Leiden said that the board’s formation will likely take a couple months.

Sabella indicated he did not believe that the borough would receive any sealed bids for the rifles, however, it was noted that the borough secretary did receive an offer of $2,000 for one of the rifles via email. The offer was unable to be accepted due to the fact that it was not submitted as a sealed bid. Council opted to discuss its next action regarding the rifles in executive session, where it was decided to advertise for sealed bids again with a minimum bid set at $1,000 for each gun. Each of the automatic rifles includes one 30-round and two 20-round magazines. For more information on submitting a seal bid for the purchase of one of the remaining rifles, please contact the Northern Cambria Borough Office at (814) 948-8230.

about repairs are made. Berkey also pointed out that, if the owner of the trailer park is responsible for the line, the authority will be asking him to effect repairs to correct the infiltration as soon as possible. The board also approved changes to the authority’s employee’s handbook, as discussed last month. While the previously considered alteration of “smoke-free” to “tobacco-free” was not up for consideration, the board members did finalize adjustments to the employee overtime regulations. Now, any employees working overtime hours will be paid in halfhour increments.

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Northern Cambria resident creates energy efficient solar panel

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It is becoming increasingly important to be environmental conscious. People are pitching in to do their part to protect our planet, from recycling and composting to riding bikes and carpooling. For those serious about protecting the environment, there always seems like there is a little more that we could do. These environmental crusaders are out to change our habits, our behaviors, and even our appliances to help the cause. Northern Cambria resident Joe Kirsch has gone above and beyond what many others would to do his part. As part of his continuing efforts to live a greener lifestyle, Kirsch has built his own solar heater, which he plans to use to help heat his greenhouse and therefore reduce his heating costs. He also pointed out that solar panels such as the one he made can also be used to heat homes just as successfully. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw the idea on the Internet and made some improvements,â&#x20AC;? he explained. The passive, hot air solar heater, made from a wood frame, a single pane of glass, styrofoam insulation and 128 soda cans, stands at 32 inches wide and six feet tall. Kirsch said that each of the soda cans is cut out and glued together to form cylindrical tubes to collect heat. It took two weeks for him to build. A small fan, like one you would find inside a computer, with a low wattage, draws cold air in from

    

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cinated to see how the heat came out of it. I called some of my neighbors over to see how well it was working. It only takes a few minutes to work.â&#x20AC;? He explained that this same type of panel could be used on the sides of houses of garages and sheds to heat the building although this one in particular he plans to use for his greenhouse. Kirsch is an avid gardener, especially loving to grow garlic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I raise over 2,000 bulbs each year,â&#x20AC;? he said. He began his foray into gardening over 30 years ago, when he was just 17 years old and hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to start from scratch with seeds and germinate them,â&#x20AC;? said Kirsch. As for his dabbling in solar energy, which Kirsch referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one little hobbyâ&#x20AC;? of his, he plans to continue trying his hand at creating things. For his next project, he plans to make a solar hot water heater. All of these efforts are just another step toward Kirschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal

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16 Liberty (15-20)

11 Middle Tenn. (28-5)

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16 LIU Brooklyn (20-13)

First Round*

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13 Boise St. (21-10)

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13 La Salle (21-9)

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1 Louisville (29-5)

1 Kansas (29-5)

Mar 21, approx. 6:50PM - TBS

16 N.C. A&T/Liberty 8 Colorado St. (25-8)

Mar 22, approx. 9:50PM - TNT

Kansas City

Lexington

Mar 24

Mar 23

Mar 21, approx. 9:20PM - TBS

16 Western Ky. (20-15) 8 North Carolina (24-10) Mar 22, approx. 7:20PM - TNT

9 Missouri (23-10)

9 Villanova (20-13)

5 Oklahoma St. (24-8)

5 VCU (26-8)

Mar 21, approx. 4:40PM - TNT

12 Oregon (26-8) 4 Saint Louis (27-6)

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San Jose

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Mar 21, approx. 2:45PM - CBS

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4 Michigan (26-7) Mar 21, approx. 7:15PM - CBS

13 New Mexico St. (24-10)

11 Middle Tenn./St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (CA)

12 Akron (26-6)

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13 S. Dakota St. (25-9)

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14 Northwestern St. (23-8)

7 Creighton (27-7)

7 San Diego St. (22-10)

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8 Pittsburgh (24-8)

2 Georgetown (25-6) Mar 22, approx. 6:50 - TBS

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10 Oklahoma (20-11)

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9 Wichita St. (26-8)

9 Temple (23-9)

5 Wisconsin (23-11)

5 UNLV (25-9) Mar 21, approx. 7:27PM - truTV

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March 28 & 30

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DiSepio Institute at SFU introduces SilverSneakers program

Mainline Extra

Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shortage of people reminding us that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to be physically fit. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment television of news media resources, everyone seems to have an opinion on getting fit (or staying fit) will improve your life, and with good reason. Being more physically involved when it comes to your routine is a great way to increase your energy, get some endorphins flowing, and just improve your outlook on the day. But there are plenty of things that can impede a healthy and active lifestyle, especially for seniors. If nothing else, a quick look outside your window will tell you all you need to know about getting out and getting moving in these winter weather months. With all that snow and ice, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to want to strap on a pair of sneakers and talk a walk down the road. Many seniors also choose to down-size their homes, and those residences donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have a lot of room

to get â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good burn,â&#x20AC;? as the fitness gurus sometimes say. As such, a new program offered by the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at St. Francis University is looking to meet the needs of those seniors in the region who might want to become more physically fit, or even more aware of their exercise needs. The SilverSneakers program provides safe and effective exercise for adults age 65 and older to help them reach their health and wellness goals. Adults who have never exercised before or have never been in fitness environments may utilize this safe and effective exercise program to get fit and healthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;SilverSneakers is a fitness program designed for seniors over the age of 65,â&#x20AC;? explained Melinda Krimmel, the Assistant Director of Health Promotion Services and the fitness center of the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at SFU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a program that is run by Healthways, and is one of the leading exercise-related programs available to seniors. This

program offers a safe and effective way for seniors to both get and stay physically fit.â&#x20AC;? SilverSneakers got underway just this week at the DiSepio Institute, offering classes from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays each week. This class, the first in what Krimmel hopes will be a series of classes offered in Loretto. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Muscular Strength and Range Of Movement class, seniors can expect to participate in exercises that will improve their fitness and overall well-being,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This class will include exercises to help increase their range of motion, strength, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular health. We will use a combination of seated and standing exercises, and we will use weights, balls, tubing, and body weight exercises.â&#x20AC;? From there, seniors can step into a more advanced class, Cardio Fit, which focuses more on increasing cardiovascular fitness. In the future, the DiSepio staff hopes to add more classes that are offered by the

Weaver also suggested that the board take a closer look at their established security deposit, explaining that if customers only pay a $175 security deposit, it is not enough to cover their accumulated bills by the time they are shut off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they go three months without paying, they are already over the security deposit. We should try to keep them covered at least by that,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Board member Ed Shea agreed that policies needed a second look, but pointed out that the system should be set up to benefit Long. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the one that deals with it. You know what is easiest for you.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, the board decided to approve the new shut-off policy as suggested by Long and reevaluate the policy later on if need be. The motion was approved 4-0.

Northern Cambria Water Authority establishes new shut-off policy By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

Members of the Northern Cambria Water Authority board agreed to give a new policy regarding water shut-offs a try at their Thursday, March 7 meeting. The decision was made upon advisement from water authority secretary Evelyn Long, who handles shut-off notices for the organization. Long told board members she felt the authority needed a new, more efficient policy and suggested one that would give customers a little longer to pay off their balance but require it to be paid in full and not by partial payments. The authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous policy required shut-off at 90 days delinquent payment. Ten days before the shut-off was to take place, a notice was sent to the customer by certified mail. However, Long noted that there were issues with customers picking up the letter. Then, once they were officially contacted, many customers paid just enough to keep their water service going and set up a payment plan. The new policy would require delinquent customers to pay half of their delinquent bill and go on a payment plan for three months or pay in full within 20 days. The day before the water is to be shutoff, the residenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door would be tagged and the curb would be marked. Long estimated about 50 shutoff notices are sent each month, however, usually only one property is actually shut off and said that a three-month delinquent bill is approximately $250. She noted that many customers who are in danger of shut off will pay some now and agree to pay a little more in two weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we give them a little more time, they may pay in full,â&#x20AC;? she explained. Weaver said that he would be more in favor of shortening the time period even more, say to two months instead of three. However, Long noted that if she is currently sending out 50 shutoff notices, a shorter time period might have her sending 150 notices although, she added, the decision was ultimately up to the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discretion.

SilverSneakers program, Krimmel said, including Yoga Stretch and Cardio Circuit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;YogaStretch is a universal class designed to specifically target balance, range of movement, restorative breathing and mind-body integration improvement,â&#x20AC;? she explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cardio Circuit is a non-impact standing class with alternating intervals designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance.â&#x20AC;? Krimmel feels that seniors who choose to participate in the SilverSneakers offerings will become more aware of their personal health status, peer socialization, health education, improvements in physical and mental health. Meanwhile, the university, and the institute in particular, will be able to educate more individuals in the community on the importance of being physically and mentally well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were interested in offering SilverSneakers to further our mission of promoting health and wellness in our rural surrounding community,â&#x20AC;? she pointed out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through this program, we will broaden our reach into the community in various health and wellness related areas. It offers many benefits to seniors, including access to our fitness center and group exercise classes. Also, we will be offering educational

programs that will be focused on this population, on topics such as nutrition, back education, stress management, fall prevention, and more.â&#x20AC;? Senior citizens who are eligible to participate in SilverSneakers will have access to SilverSneakers group exercise classes and, as Krimmel explained, to the DiSepio Fitness Center. Senior citizens who are interested in participating in the program should contact their health insurance provider to find out if SilverSneakers is a benefit of their insurance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seniors can participate in SilverSneakers at no charge to them if it is a benefit of their health insurance and if they are 65 years of age and older. Some common insurance companies that offer SilverSneakers are Highmark, Geisinger, United Concordia, and Medicare,â&#x20AC;? Krimmel related, adding that for seniors with insurance companies that do not offer the program, the cost is just $10 to join. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To participate, they need to complete the SilverSneakers paperwork, and some individuals may need a physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearance based on their medical conditions to participate.â&#x20AC;? For more information or for any questions, please contact Krimmel at 814-472-2783 or mkrimmel@francis.edu. 0*/  0% #0'(2

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