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January 10, 2013

By Ian Wissinger

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As explored in a recent article about Cambria County’s criminal justice system, local judges and prosecutors’ primary objective is not merely to punish those who have violated the law. True, there are some offenders who have committed egregious acts that mark them as unfit for society and that may result in their incarceration. But ultimately, most individuals who stand before the Court of Common Pleas in Ebensburg are those who have made a judgment error or an uncharacteristic misstep. For this majority, officials including President Judge Timothy Creany and District Attorney Kelly Callihan have sought a means for rehabilitation. On Friday, Jan. 4, Creany and Callihan called a press conference at which they unveiled their latest rehabilitational tool for nonviolent offenders, specifically geared toward our nation’s veterans. The newly instituted veterans court will pursue similar goals adhered to by the county’s day reporting center – treatment and support, as an alternative to incarceration. By taking this route, offenders can remain active and productive members of society, while the county enjoys cost savings (which in

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With so many veterans having returned from active duty overseas in Iraq, and more to return in the coming years as the United States wraps up its mission in Afghanistan, many members of the armed services have, and soon will, be attempting to adjust to civilian life. As they return from the wars and end their enlistment, many vets think about what comes next, and in an economy that isn’t always welcoming, they might decide to take what they’ve learned from the military and apply it to everyday life. As many soldiers and sailors will attest to, when you’re in the military, you make do with what you’ve got on hand. So why not apply that same spirit to everyday life? With a little assistance from a trio of local organizations, the hope is that some will choose to do just that and, instead of waiting to find a job, create one (or more) of their own. Beginning Jan. 23, Saint Francis University’s Small Business Development Center,

    

      

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in partnership with the campus’ Enactus student business leadership organization and veteran support network VetAdvisor, will offer a free five-session workshop to help veterans start their own businesses. The program will be entitled “From War to Entrepreneur.� “Some of the same attributes that these men and women demonstrated that made them good soldiers — a strong work ethic, persistence, discipline, and the ability to communicate and work well with others — are the same attributes needed to start and run your own business,� explained Dr. John Miko, Associate Dean of Business and Chair of Undergraduate Business Programs at Saint Francis University. “Hopefully, this opportunity can provide a pathway for these men and women to continue to contribute to our community after their service to our country.� “I believe the program not only provides veterans an opportunity but also affirmation. The program will facilitate some participants ideas and dreams to succeed while for others, it will serve to affirm to them that they did not leave an opportunity on the table and that starting their own business is not for them,� added SFU Enactus president Cullen Frye. “Owning and operating a business of your own is a rewarding but also taxing process; that some are willing to work for. While for others, getting the realistic perspective that the program provides, will affirm that owning a business is not something they want to direct their efforts to.� “‘From War to Entrepreneur’ offers participating veterans a once-in-a-lifetime type opportunity to breathe life into a viable business opportunity with the professional assistance and leadership of St. Francis University professors and students,�

explained Jennifer Roseman of VetAdvisor. “One of the most noteworthy features is the fact that the St. Francis staff has offered to work with veteran business owners as long as necessary through business start up and beyond.� “I was teaching a class this summer,� Miko said as he described his involvement. “I was speaking to a student after class on one day and he told me that he was a veteran and that the worked for VetAdvisor. I asked him what VetAdvisor did and it sounded like something that our Enactus team could help with. I

set up a meeting with Jennifer to see if they had any needs we could fill and we found that they had a need for entrepreneurship and business planning training. This worked out quite well since we have some expertise in the area via our PA Small Business Development Center on campus.� “VetAdvisor Services and Saint Francis University have a long standing professional relationship,� Roseman added. “As such, we have several St. Francis alumni working on our team. “From War to Entrepreneur� originated as a concept from Dr.

Miko as well as the student members of Enactus. Dr. Miko approached us with the concept and we eagerly agreed. Subsequently, we held collaborative planning meetings to determine scope and overall responsibilities.� “We have a perpetual process of examining our legacy projects and also examining the opportunity for new projects,� Frye said of Enactus’ involvement. “This program was one of five we examined at the beginning of the fall semester. From there Dr. Miko set up a series of meetings SEE WORKSHOPS, PAGE 8


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Despite good financial standing, Carrolltown faces hurdles

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

By Ian Wissinger

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Carrolltown Borough Council began its Monday, Jan. 7 meeting with some auspicious news – based on the financial report and budget summary, the municipality entered into the new year in

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better financial standing than it had in 2012. Despite this announcement, the borough is currently faced with a few issues that could put a serious drain on its general fund,

including a stormwater drainage program on Zolner Street. Borough Manager Lonnie Batdorf said that he had met with state officials and that both parties had recently walked the

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thing up,” Batdorf confirmed. For a brief pause, council was silent. Then, officials began suggesting alternative methods for repairing the street. First, President Tim Spangler asked if the borough could perhaps mend SEE CARROLLTOWN, PAGE 7

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Stewart in his homage “Thank You, Jimmy Stewart!”, which took the stage at Pittsburgh’s Cabaret at Theater Square and the aforementioned Carnegie Hall last month. On

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Back by popular demand, the Cambria County Historical Society has announced a Winter Evening History Talks series for 2013, a continuation of the successful (and also aptly named) Fall History Talks that welcomed historical authors, experts and lecturers from across the Eastern United States. For the third straight year, the winter series will offer a lighter helping of history, though with the same intent of either fostering or instilling love for the subject in the hearts of its audience. The talks begin on Wednesday, Jan. 16, as Chris Collins, a familiar face to the Kimball Conference Center, makes his return from New York’s Carnegie Hall to deliver a dramatic reading of the short story “The Mappist” by Barry Lopez. As has been observed in the past, sessions will be held the third Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m., at the 217 West High Street,

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Blacklick Township supervisors hold reorganization meeting

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It was an evening of appointments and reappointments at the reorganization meeting of the Blacklick Township supervisors, held Monday, Jan. 7. Acting chairman Bill Grant opened the meeting, and after supervisor Joe Sherwood was reappointed chairman of the Board of Supervisors, he took parliamentary control of the meeting. Grant was reappointed vice chairman of the board. Nancy DeBiase was reappointed to the dual position of secretary-treasurer, and her hourly wage for the year was set. Sherwood noted that all township employees were given a two percent raise for 2013. Supervisors also approved the treasurer’s bond in the amount of $50,000. “You can’t get very far on $50,000, Nancy,� Sherwood teased. DeBiase was also appointed as the township’s open records officer. Supervisors voted to retain the services of Attorney Dennis Govachini as solicitor and engineer Richard Wray, of Hegemann and Wray, Cresson, as township engineer. Supervisors voted to appoint Sherwood as roadmaster and Grant as assistant roadmaster. They also set the hourly wages of the township’s roadmaster, assistant roadmaster, operator(s), laborer(s), and operator / mechanic(s), as well as the hourly wage paid to a supervisor who is hired as either a laborer or an operator. In addition, in an emergency, the roadmaster — when a supervisor — was authorized to hire personnel. The motion to give this authorization was made by supervisor Cathy Zanin and seconded by Grant. Sherwood noted that any changes to the township workers’ wage scale went into effect Jan. 1, 2013. For payroll purposes, the township’s work week goes from Saturday through Friday. Supervisors retained John Kuhar as the township’s police chief and set the hourly wages for both the chief and the officers in the department. The supervisors all serve on the Blacklick Township Police Commission. In addition, all supervisors are in charge of the township’s municipal building. The following depositories (for specific fund or funds) were retained by the board: 1st National Bank (general fund checking, highway aid fund, capital reserve fund, recreation construction project, and community park fund) and AmeriServ Financial (streetlight fund). Supervisors set $200 as the limit for purchases made outside a Board of Supervisors’ meeting. The township’s real estate tax was set at 3.3 mills, an amount that, according to Sherwood, is among the lowest in Cambria County and one that hasn’t been raised in more than 20 years. The township’s per capita tax was set at $5, and both the realty transfer tax and earned income tax were set at one-half of one percent. The tax on video game machines was established at $75 and on coin machines at $25. The township’s streetlight charge of $25 remains unchanged from 2012. In addition, the tax collector’s rate per parcel was set at 75 cents, and the Cambria County Tax Bureau was appointed “hearing officer� for the township’s 511 taxes. Supervisors reappointed

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‘Moreau’ film enters post-production By Ian Wissinger

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A young woman sits, blindfolded, on a cabin floor. As she seems to awaken from a daze, a calm, steely voice offers her these chilling instructions: “Outside, 100 yards out past the door, you’ll find a machete. You’ll have three hours before I follow you. Don’t think about coming back here to fight me ... You know better than to waste time. The game has begun. Don’t disappoint me.� The speaker is Moreau, the coldblooded, maniacal and titular character of Poke the Bear Productions first feature-length film, which recently wrapped on filming. As explored in a previous article, the survival thriller is the brainchild of Christopher Cramer, a Northern Cambria native, and Nicholas Lansberry of Patton. A third collaborator, Joanna Haffner, hails from New York City, and also stars in the film as Charlie, the woman mentioned above. In this unique twist on cinema horror, the ambitious filmmakers explore themes of madness, family, and following one’s instinct when faced with a do-or-die ultimatum. This fall, the co-producers, along with their cast and crew, staked out locations in the Cambria County wilderness to achieve their ends. Now, with production completed and the arduous task of post-production underway, the filmmakers took a brief moment to answer questions on the overall experience, the unforeseen challenges faced and the timetable for the release of “Moreau� (as for the latter – Cramer confirmed that “Moreau� will likely take on DVD form this summer – though a trailer, containing the above excerpt, can be viewed online): I know that, at the outset, you had somewhat of a strict timetable when it came to film-

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ing (because of rented equipment, actor availability, etc.). But in a previous interview, you had also mentioned the likelihood of potential snags, delays and difficulties. During the filming process, what came easy for you? What proved more difficult? How did you compensate for unforeseen challenges? Cramer: We did encounter delays in our filming, everything from bad weather to [broken] equip-

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turn, will benefit taxpayers) and a lower rate of recidivism. According to Creany, Cambria has a veteran population of 15.7 percent, a high-end statistic among Pennsylvania counties. Through this veterans court, the county will match eligible participants with treatment programs, staffed by peer mentors who have served in the United States Armed Forces themselves. Some of these would-be mentors attended the conference, as did officials and representatives from the Altoona VA Medical Center and Veterans Community Initiative. The VA hospital will assist the court in arranging programs. Creany and Callihanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement comes on the heels of a months-long study which involved observation of similar program in neighboring counties. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, the president judge took a particular interest in this initiative. Creany will preside as judge over the veterans court,

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while chief deputy district attorney Scott Little will serve as prosecutor and Maribeth Schaffer will fulfill the duties of public defender. The veterans court offers two options, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;tracks,â&#x20AC;? for criminals. One offers a diversionary series of programs designed with first-time offenders in mind. By completing Track A, a veteran can work to have charges against him or her eventually dismissed. Track B, meanwhile, involves entering a guilty plea and working together lessening the resulting sentence. This latter option is geared toward repeat offenders. Offenders will be deemed eligible for the latter program on a case-by-case basis, the district attorney said. The veterans court will aid those who served in American military conflicts from Korea and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq. It will also benefit those currently on active duty. Veteran offenders who commit a high-level felony or serious crime will not be considered for the program, the district attorney noted.

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actors and crew had great personalities! No one complained, no one stopped working, and everyone worked hard because they believed in the project. Haffner: What came easy for us was capturing the absolutely beautiful, picturesque scenery that PA has to offer in the fall. We truly lucked out with weather (I believe it only rained on our day off). Combine fall foliage with a Red camera and it's pretty hard to go wrong. There were a few unforeseen challenges along the way, but nothing that really set us back. Everyone was really flexible and some scenes got switched around, but everything worked out in the end – even if some of us gained a few grey hairs during the process.

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writer, who has included detailed maps in his books. “History buffs often have an interest in cartography or mapmaking,” Huber, who also sits on the society’s Board of Trustees, pointed out. “In this story, the ‘mappist’ appreciates small details and worries that the next generation will not have this appreciation both in the art of mapmaking and in the finer details of life.” Those who enjoy next Wednesday’s performance may also take notice of Indian Artifacts, the subject of Feb. 20’s talk. During this session, Isaac Obsorn will share his knowledge of said artifacts and folklore, while Greg Zaborowski, a park ranger at the Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS, moderates what Huber termed a “Native American show and tell.” The series concludes on March 20 when local artist Lisa Cacicia shares photographs and postcards that she has collected through the years. These items form the basis of Cacicia’s website, Vintage Johnstown (accessible at johnstownhistory.blogspot.com). Added Huber: “The historical society will add some of its photos to this evening’s show and tell.” For those who continue to keep up with the busy Cambria County Historical Society, Huber hinted at future endeavors set to unfold during the summer and fall months. For example, the organization has planned a Town-to-Town Tour of historic sites in Northern Cambria County, scheduled tentatively for May. Likewise, the society plans on reprising its ever-popular Spirit Night in October, this year with a unique “Fabulous Fifties” theme. The Cambria County Historical Society is open every Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Huber announced that the museum will be closing on Feb. 3 for renovations, and reopening on March 4, though these operations will not affect the Winter Evening History Talk scheduled for Feb. 20.

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project was most of our crew volunteered. Locals who always wanted to work on a film set, or simply learn what goes into making a movie. They worked harder than any crew I've worked with, and I would work with them again any day. Haffner: I really enjoyed being a part of both worlds [producing and acting], especially because I could be a messenger between the talent and the crew. All of the actors and crew that we worked with were really wonderful, and by the end, they felt like family. I think if I took anything away from this experience, it's that making movies is not about the individual experience. It's about working together and becoming synchronized. Only when you work as an ensemble will your project be successful.

filming of a movie (i.e., actually using the actors to shoot scenes on location and such) is often the shortest section of production. Post-production is a mammoth task, regardless of the film. It's where the tone, pacing, sound, images and everything else come together to make a finished product. It's up to the editor to keep the great, get rid of the bad, and mold the footage into a polished gem. Technically speaking, “Moreau's” footage takes up 2.7 terabytes of footage, which is around 2700 Gigabytes. It was shot in 4.5K, which means quality-wise, it's on par with IMAX movies. The two hardest parts of the entire editing process will be sifting through all of the footage (which is true of any movie) and having a computer [capable] enough to edit such amazing footage. It's being edited as we speak, though at a slower process than I would like.

Could you shed a little light on what happens after the final take? Post-production seems like a daunting and arduous process. What are / were your responsibilities? Lansberry: What a lot of people don't realize is that the actual

Finally, what is the timetable for the film’s release? It was mentioned that you will release an extended trailer in the meantime, possibly a poster. Do you still

plan on filming additional seasonal “death scenes” for inclusion in the DVD package? Haffner: We are expecting to release a full trailer in April. If everything goes according to plan, “Moreau” should be released this summer. We have a poster in the works, and the additional “death scenes” [a bonus feature for the DVD] are still a work in progress,

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Over the last several months, Gallitzin Borough Council has been aggressively pursuing some resolution with the deteriorating Victoria Theatre in Gallitzin. Though the borough once attempted similar action against the property and its owner, Jeff Sprouse, a decade of further neglect has seemingly made the building a dangerous nuisance for the borough and its residents. Today, as police tape cordons off the building to keep people back from the crumbling structure, it’s no surprise that legal action has been taken against Sprouse and his handling of the Victoria, and on the morning of Jan. 3, the borough acted on a court-issued warrant allowing its representatives access to the building to conduct an examination of its structural integrity. Participating in the investigation of the building were engineer Joe Winslow of Stiffler, McGraw, and Associates, two members of Gallitzin Borough Council, and Gallitzin Borough’s Street Commissioner. Officers with the Gallitzin Borough Police Department were on hand to execute the warrant, while members of the Gallitzin Volunteer Fire Company remained on-hand should an emergency occur within the premises during the course of the evaluation. Though willing and able to enter the building via the locked front doors, participants gained access to the building via an open doorway that led into the basement level of the once-historic brick theater, a door blown open at some point over the summer, and never properly closed by the property owner. The small basement, barely taking up a third of the building’s footprint, offered access to a short, steep stairwell to the main floor. It was here that an idea of the Victoria’s true history began to take shape. Beneath layers of rubble and garbage, many of the original theater seats remain intact along the slightly sloped floor of the auditorium level. However, about halfway to the stage, the floor has given way, with holes down into the basement level, or simply to the ground beneath the building. Ahead, a massive hole

Sixty cents for a movie? The poster is worth saving just for that memory alone.

has been gouged through the silver screen where movie-goers once watched films for 50, 30, or even 20 cents, prices confirmed by the paper tickets that litter the floors and line the shelves of the nearby box office. The velvet curtain draped to either side of the stage, though mostly intact, is dingy and moldy from years of neglect and exposure. Stairs to the stage have all but rotted in half, but enough remained to allow investigators access to at least a portion of the platform where vaudeville acts once performed. Backstage, the intricate system of stage pulleys still hangs from the ceiling, though the stage itself has grown warped and spongy over time, with the majority of the platform now sloping toward the hole in the stage where a trapdoor allowed actors to rise from the ground below. Two doors lead off to dressing rooms, though access to them is hampered by the collapsing stage and the fallen drop curtain that once hung over the uppermost portions of the theater. However, the frame and horn for an Altec sound system

A view from the balcony of the Victoria Theatre in Gallitzin.

still sits comfortably nestled in one corner of the stage, and the company’s motto, “The Voice of the Theatre,” remains predominantly displayed on the side. The Altec system is just one of the many treasures that remain inside the Victoria. Just inside the front doors, an antique candy machine awaits bygone visitors with a sweet tooth, while the box office still retains its hefty steel safe, though opened and rusted after years of exposure, the back door of the office itself open to the elements. Tickets, stubs, and receipts line the shelves, all dated decades previously and bearing the name of former theater manager Jerome Dawson.

In perhaps the sturdiest room left in the Victoria, two classic film projectors still point toward the torn silver screen.

The walls themselves are lined with maroon cloth featuring a feather pattern in gold brocade, and one can imagine the golden threads catching the light from the original fixtures, glass bulbs that bloom like flowers, that still line the walls intermittently. Under one of the seats at the floor, a movie poster from 1952. Crowning the rubble that clutters the center of auditorium, the leaded glass marquee bearing the name of the theater itself, “Victoria.” Though the original stairs behind the box office that led to the balcony are closed off, barricaded by rubble, a second set of stairs used by the staff remain intact along the lefthand side of the building. At the first junction, a door set flush with the wall opens into the theater’s original projection room, with two projectors still mounted to the floor. Though rusted, they look ready to begin running reels for audiences, though only a few strands of film remain in the room itself, a handful of frames revealing a moniker of

The original leaded glass marquee that hung above the theater’s doors.

“Studio Shorts.” Farther up the stairs, the balcony seats remain largely untouched, though still cluttered by garbage and trash seemingly brought in or just left behind by previous owners. Interestingly enough, though, the balcony also housed a crate of old documents detailing some of the financial history of the theater. Deposit slips and checks bearing the name of the First National Bank of Gallitzin offered numbers drawn in neat handwriting, a mere $20.80 noted above the signature of the aforementioned Mr. Dawson, though when one considers the date on the document (1927), the paltry sum becomes a small fortune. Ticket accounts and logbooks date to the same era, and even earlier, with names like Bernadette Gunning and M. Snowheiger (perhaps?) scrawled on the back of the documents. Stairs to a third floor were present, but largely impassable, rotted almost completely away in some places, and completely through in others. Only the engineer chose to climb to that level, and cautioned others against similar effort. A quick glance up the stairs, though, revealed how little of the original roof remains intact, an observation

backed by a noticeably strong breeze blowing down the stairs, carrying with it winter’s bitter chill. Indeed, the results of the weather could be seen and felt in many places throughout the building. Water damage was prominent on many of the exposed timbers, and many of the paper items were frozen through, brittle with age and ice. Antique fire hoses lay frozen in place on walls and floors grown soft from exposure. No one participating in the exploration of the Victoria Theatre chose to comment on the findings, as the building itself remains the subject of ongoing litigation, and while this writer is certainly no engineer, the overall picture of the once majestic Victoria can be summed up quite nicely by one of those many treasures that dot the building. Backstage, propped against one wall, is a tall panel featuring a mural, its paint faded extensively by years and conditions. A closer inspection reveals the mural to be a depiction of the front doors of the Victoria itself, once bright and colorful. But the mural has faded to the point that only a shadow of its former glory remains, much like the building that houses it.

Tickets to any of the Victoria’s many shows still sit on shelves in the box office of the crumbling building. Photos by Justin Eger


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Actors saught to tackle â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rough Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in SFU production

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

With the dreary winter weather outside, this spring might see many of us thinking ahead to summer vacations, trips to the oceanfront or even across the water itself. This spring will also

see the arrival of a new performance from STAR Productions at Saint Francis University, one that might make more than a few of us think twice before heading out to sea. Adapted from the Alfred Hitchcock film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lifeboat,â&#x20AC;? and based on a concept from author

John Steinbeck, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rough Waterâ&#x20AC;? examines the trails and tensions of nine people trapped at sea following the sinking of two ships in naval combat during World War II. While somewhat of a period piece, the play is more about examining the microcosms of humanity that each of the sur-

vivors represent. Locked together on the claustrophobic lifeboat, trapped at sea with little chance of a future beyond the rough waves, the characters find themselves at first hopeful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; good-natured, cooperative, and optimistic about rescue. However, they soon descend into desperation, dehy-

dration, and frustration, and all the while, each characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backstory peels back the skin of race, religion, sex, class, and nationality as the claustrophobia sets in. The show is not an easy one. Indeed, it is a long play that chal-

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Portage Water Authority awarded Griffin grant for improvement project

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Members of the Portage Municipal Water Authority announced at their Jan. 3 meeting that the authority was awarded a grant, which will provide funds for a long inthe-works projects in the Twin Lakes area of Portage Township. Water authority superintendent Ron Cadwallader told the board that he had received the official phone call about the award earlier that same day and that more specific details about the grant would be available some time in the next week. Cadwallader explained that, as of the meeting, they were unsure of the exact amount of the grant being awarded, but a representative from the Department of Environmental Protection would be visiting the water authority office the week of Jan. 7 to go over the details. Cadwallader said the DEP was recommending a 6-inch water line for the Twin Lakes area and that all of the homes there should be able to be reached by the project. However, the DEP will not pay for the installation of fire hydrants in the area, meaning the authority will need to look into alternative ways to fund that proposed portion of the project. Board member Tom Hodgkinson estimated that approximately 20 homes in the Twin Lakes area would

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lenges actors both physically and emotionally. However, it is through those challenges that great drama, and great theater, are made. As such, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rough Waterâ&#x20AC;? will need a number of dedicated actors willing to commit to the various roles for the April performances, roles which include a Germanspeaking captain of a Nazi Uboat, a femme fatale foreign correspondent, and the requisite well-muscled hunk who is politically savvy, but somewhat obsessed with revenge. There is also the elderly rich American capitalist who tries to monopolize everything and everybody, the young Canadian Red Cross Nurse who is not ready to grow-up but is forced to but the reality of the war, the young British equipment geek who wants so desperately to grow up, and even the American hillbilly with a Messianic complex who heats it up with religious fervor (though the actor should be willing and able to either sing and play the washboard, or plays the kazoo or harmonica). In startling contrast, the performance also features a Belgian mother fearfully denying that her child is dead, and a funny guy who under-goes an amputation at sea (actors should note that this role involves bodily physical

Thursday, January 10, 2013

half, should you have done it earlier? I think you always do that, especially after you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win.â&#x20AC;? Shanahanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take is muddled by contradictory details that have emerged from the game in which Griffin originally hurt the knee last month against the Baltimore Ravens. The coach said at the time he was told by orthopedist James Andrews on the Redskins sideline that Griffin was cleared to return to the game, but Andrews told USA Today over the weekend that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to examine the knee during the one play Griffin sat out after the initial injury. Shanahan explained the discrepancy by saying Andrews gave the OK for Griffin to return just by watching the quarterback run without doing an examination. Either way, the various versions of what happened cast more doubt on the protocol the Redskins use to determine whether someone is fit to keep playing. The play-hurt dilemma is a factor every weekend in the NFL. Redskins left guard Kory Lichtensteiger had to leave Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game in the first quarter because he could no longer play on a sprained left ankle that kept him out of practice all week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went out there,â&#x20AC;? Lichtensteiger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, in hindsight, I probably shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have done it.â&#x20AC;? Griffinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s injury and the playoff loss put a damper on the end of one of the best Redskins seasons in two decades. Washington rallied from a 3-6 start to win the NFC East after four straight last-place finishes. Assuming Griffinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knee will again be fully healthy, the future looks brighter than at any time since the Super Bowl era under coach Joe Gibbs in the 1980s and early 1990s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people have really learned around here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re down by seven, people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t packing it in,â&#x20AC;? said safety Reed Doughty, wrapping up his seventh season in Washington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, the way things used to beâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kind of feeling.â&#x20AC;?

discomfort in order to create the one-legged effect). Finally, limited roles exist for a young German sailor who appears in the finale and the Albatross, three masked, non-speaking movement roles who abstract the weather and the sea conditions under the guise of the bird feared by many sailors. As with all STAR Productions performances, no memorized audition selection is required, as actors will be provided with the time to read and prepare. Neither is any previous experience with theater necessary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only the willingness to take the risk and give it a go â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as STAR Productions prides itself on being a learning environment for actors of all shapes, sizes, and levels of experience. Auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rough Waterâ&#x20AC;? are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18, Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20. Auditions will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and all auditions will be held in the studio-basement of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art on the Loretto campus of Saint Francis University. It is not necessary to attend all three audition days â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather, actors should choose whichever of the events is most convenient. If none of the available times suit, alternative appointments can be arranged by calling STAR Productions at (814) 472-3216.


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Fire company asks borough for new hydrant through Highland

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

Representatives from the Portage Volunteer Fire Company approached the Portage Borough Council during councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday, Jan. 7 meeting to discuss a request for a new fire hydrant on Main Street. Matt McCoy, a fire captain with PVFC, explained to council that the fire department wished to have the additional hydrant as a back-up fire fighting source, especially in the case of a largescale fire. It was proposed that the hydrant be put in on Main Street between North and South Railroad Avenues near the sight of the old freight station building. McCoy told council that Highland Water and Sewer has an existing 12-inch water line that runs parallel to the railroad tracks in that area, to which a hydrant could be hooked up for a one time fee of $4,700 plus a monthly service charge of $6.67. There would be no charge for usage. McCoy also said that Highland would waive the labor cost, only leaving the cost of installation and materials.

McCoy said this area was ideal for the additional hydrant because it was adjacent to the area where much of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large-scale buildings are located. If the fire department had a hydrant there, then they would not have to rely on calling in a tanker or pumping water from a source like a creek or a pond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could really use this resource,â&#x20AC;? he explained, saying that one of the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest problems is getting a proper water supply when fighting a fire. Borough manager Bob Koban asked McCoy if there was any way for the proposed hydrant to be hooked to part of the Portage Water system. However, McCoy said that there is no existing Portage line that is a 12-inch line with an endless supply of water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one else touches [the line],â&#x20AC;? said McCoy. Koban also asked approximately how much water the department had used in fighting the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last large-scale fire the former Waldorf Hotel building on Main Street last January. McCoy said estimates were around 600,000 gallons - includ-

ing what was pumped out of Trout Run Creek. However, McCoy was quick to note that accessing Trout Run was difficult, even in good weather. McCoy also noted that within a certain radius of the proposed hydrant, homeowners would see a discount on their fire insurance due to the proximity of a new accredited source. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an area where there are multiple buildings that are three stories and 150 feet long,â&#x20AC;? said McCoy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there are high winds it could take out a whole block,â&#x20AC;? he added, saying that sometimes turning to a source like a creek could take too long or the water system could get maxed out. Having an additional hydrant that comes from a different water source could be a tremendous help. McCoy also noted that the fire department has enough supply hose that the hydrant could be utilized the entire length of Main Street, and it would be a close secondary source for incidents in other nearby areas of town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a crucial resource. It could ultimately aid in saving a life,â&#x20AC;? said

McCoy. Borough council president Sharon McCarthy said that council would take the matter into consideration and discuss it in more detail at their next committee of the whole meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21. McCoy said representatives from the fire company, and possibly Highland Water, would be present at the meeting in case council had any additional questions. Koban also asked McCoy

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Letter offers insight into local history, newspaper practices

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

By Jim Lauffer

of Mainline Newspapers

As spring gave way to summer in 1948, Herman Sedloff had been publishing the Nanty-Glo Journal for 27 years. In 1921, the young Russian emigrĂŠ was working as a typesetter in New York City. He purchased the Nanty Glo Bulletin and moved to the borough with the intent of publishing a newspaper that supported the causes of labor. He renamed the Bulletin and published the first edition of the Nanty-Glo Journal on May 5, 1921. Sedloff continued as publisher of the weekly until he retired in the 1960s. In May of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;48, Sedloff, in need of an advertising professional, purchased a helpwanted advertisement in the New York Times. The text of the ad has been lost to posterity; however, at least one response to Box X8677 Times â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sedloffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advertisement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; survives. Joseph A. Shoreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s onepage, hand-written letter is part of the Herman Sedloff Archives of the Nant-YGlo Tri Area Museum and Historical Society. The letter, nearly 65 years old, offers a glimpse into the past and affords its readers the opportunity to consider the differences between life then and life now. The world then was, in some ways, smaller. When Sedloff needed to hire an advertising representative for his newspaper or newspapers (after establishing the NantyGlo Journal, he acquired the Portage Dispatch and the Cresson-Gallitzin Mainliner, thus forming Mainline Newspapers), he took out the advertisement in the Times â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an act that will, no doubt, surprise contemporary readers. Plus, Sedloff took out a â&#x20AC;&#x153;blindâ&#x20AC;? advertisement. Shoreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salutation simply reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Sirâ&#x20AC;? and the text of his letter does not mention Nanty Glo or its weekly newspaper. In addition, the address on both the envelope and the letter are that of the box at the Times, further protecting Sedloffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anonymity. Shorey wrote his reply to Sedloffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advertisement with a fountain pen, and the cursive text â&#x20AC;&#x201D; complete with inky artifacts left by his nib â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reminds readers that a living, breathing human being lies behind the penned words, a reminder often lost in the pristine typed letters spit forth from a laserjet printer. Shoreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response is refreshingly personal and straightforward. Unlike contemporary job seekers, he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201D; search the Internet looking for just the right cover letter from which to copy and paste buzzwords and canned phrases. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include a resume whose format heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fretted over. He simply read Sedloffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helpwanted notice and replied: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your advertisement is of particular interest to me as it seems to call for the qualifications I have, and because I should like to render service to an advertising weekly.â&#x20AC;? The 27-year-old applicant then lists his qualifications for the advertising job and his previous advertising experience. He is a graduate of City College of New York, having majored in advertising and English. His university studies included three years of â&#x20AC;&#x153;art training in layout, paste-up, etc.â&#x20AC;? For

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The letter sent to Herman Sedloff requesting an interview regarding an advertising position for the Nanty-Glo Journal in 1948. Submitted photo.

those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked in the newspaper business, Shoreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words trigger a â&#x20AC;&#x153;remember whenâ&#x20AC;? moment. Long gone are the days when laying out a newspaper page consisted of cutting out articles, pictures, and advertisements, running them through a hot-wax machine, and then pasting them to a page of proper size. A layout artist was part craftsman and part magician, and an experienced layout person was hard to come by, and often harder to keep. Alas, modern computer programs have made copy-and-paste layout a lost art. In addition to his skills, Shorey touts his four years of on-the-job experience, primarily in advertising and sales promotion, working for New York-based Hanley Studio and Paris & Peart. He describes himself as knowing layout, doing some copy writing, and as being personable and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good telephone solicitor.â&#x20AC;? Shorey reckons that his skills and experience should command a specific salary: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I should consider fifty dollars per wk. to start.â&#x20AC;? Shoreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request for an annual salary of $2,600 should be put into perspective. In 1948, the average annual salary was $3,600, and a wage-earner could buy a car for $1,550 and a house for $13,500. The gasoline for the car cost 26 cents per gallon, and the stamp that Shorey used to mail his response to Sedloffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advertisement cost three cents. The minimum wage was 40 cents per hour, meaning that Shorey believed that his education and experience were worth, based on a 40-hour work week, more than three times the minimum wage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or $1.25 per hour. Shorey closes his letter by saying that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;would be happy to call up you at your convenience for an interview.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no record in the Sedloff papers indicating whether Shorey was ever interviewed for the position in Nanty Glo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or whether the 27-year-old ever left the Big Apple for Blacklick Valley.

Police join Facebook in effort to reach out to community By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

While there are still some folks resistant to the idea of social media uniting us all with pictures of grumpy cats and awkward humans (myself included), there are many who have embraced the offerings of Facebook, Twitter, and their ilk. Naturally, as our culture becomes more accepting of such media and its ability to connect us all, more and more organizations will take to the Internet and use social media sites to reach an audience. Such is certainly the case with several local police departments, which have come together to set up a Facebook page

in the hopes of reaching more members of the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get the community involved and get them informed about what is going on in the area,â&#x20AC;? said Officer Vince Finochio of the Cresson Township Police Department. Finochio, along with officers from three other local departments, set up the Cresson Area Police Departments page on Facebook just a few weeks ago with the intent to encourage public participation. Along with Cresson Township, the Gallitzin Borough and Gallitzin Township police departments are also represented on the Facebook page, while SEE POLICE, PAGE 19

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Carrolltown hires SEO officers, discusses fuel purchase

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

By Ian Wissinger

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In his monthly report, delivered to Carrolltown Borough Council on the evening of Monday, Jan. 7, Borough Manager Lonnie Batdorf recommended the hiring of Jared Bowers and Danielle Kelp, both representatives of the EADS engineering firm, to fill the position of sewage enforcement officer for the municipality. EADS handled these duties in years past, though Carrolltownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current SEO, Scott Rue, had recently announced his retirement. While on the subject, council asked if borough staff or members of the Carrolltown Municipal Authority could fulfill the same duties, since some

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individuals are in possession of Department of Environmental Protection-issued permits. Batdorf responded that these permits do not cover sewage enforcement, and that a separate license is needed. In a motion, council unanimously approved the rehiring of EADS, along with an accompanying fee schedule. The latter item does not pertain to the borough, Batdorf explained; instead, the fee schedule will be used to assess individual properties in violation of sewer codes. Carrolltown Borough allows for on-lot sewage systems, on the premise that property owners have no realistic way of tapping into a sewer main.

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Moving on, Batdorf said that the municipality will need to purchase heating oil in the near future, though Carrolltown has used fewer units than in years past. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need fuel for the backhoe barn and treatment plant,â&#x20AC;? the manager said. Prices will be looked into this week; the borough needs approximately 2,500 gallons,

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Cresson Borough officers intend to participate pending clearance from the borough council. Finochio stressed that social media outlets like Facebook are a great way to share information between the police and the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an emergency, you should still be calling 911, not getting on Facebook,â&#x20AC;? Finochio joked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but this is a way for the public to relay information to the police departments. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a good way to obtain information related to ongoing investigations.â&#x20AC;? Furthermore, Finochio added, the departments can also share information with the public, using the Facebook relay to inform the public and to give out information in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;press releaseâ&#x20AC;? style or format. The Cresson Area Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s page is similar to those used by other law enforcement organizations. Finochio cited recent efforts of the Altoona Police Department to branch out into Facebook as an impetus for designing a similar effort up the mountain. Noting that the Altoona officers have had some success with this new way of sharing information from the police to the public, and vice versa, Finochio hopes that residents in the local area will be willing to try something similar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing success with a lot of other agencies, so we thought weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give it a shot up here,â&#x20AC;? Finochio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re encouraging everyone that uses Facebook to head over to our page and give us some â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;likesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; so we can promote this tool.â&#x20AC;?

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which would run anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000. However, a bulk purchase, namely at a time when oil is at a reasonable rate, would cover the municipality for the remainder of the year, Batdorf said. In closing, council announced that it will soon be seeking a replacement for its head secretary, Pat Regan. Regan has served Carrolltown for a number

of years, and will be stepping down in April. Council President Tim Spangler said he expects to advertise the position in the coming weeks, so that the new hire can become familiar with Reganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duties before the incumbentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final day on the job. Regan said that he would continue to help the borough, as needed, even in retirement.


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