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January 12, 2017

Cambria Township reorganizes

By Calem Illig

for Mainline Newspapers

At the Cambria Township supervisors reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, Tim Bracken was appointed to continue his term as chairman of the board for the year 2017. Also appointed to the board were Jim Melnyk, serving as vicechairman, and Susan Mazenko as secretary and treasurer. Melnyk will also serve as the temporary chairman, and Gary Costlow will serve as the solicitor for the year. Following under federal guidelines, the mileage rate for the year 2017 was set to 53.5 cents per mile. Under Resolution No. 2017-1, AmeriServ Financial, First National Bank, and S&T Bank were named as depositories. Tim Bracken, Jim Melnyk, Robert Shook, and Susan Mazenko will serve as approved signers. Tim Washko was appointed to the township’s vacancy board, Fred Sauger was appointed to the planning commission board until December 2021, and William Smith was appointed to the water authority board until December 2021. Linda Makin was appointed as the tax collector for 511 taxes and Berkheimer Associates was appointed to collect earned income taxes. David Wilson was appointed as the certified public accountant (CPA) for the 2016 annual audit and Susan Mazenko was appointed as the open records officer. Terry

After Christmas party

The Ebensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4963 hosted its third annual “After Christmas, Christmas Party� for kids on Sunday, Jan. 8. The event was coordinated by Patty Mulvehill, Michele Rice, Ella Conigy, Anne Johnston, Carrie Bolden, and Tammy Slebodnick. Photo by Megan Riner.





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CenCam School Board reminds parents to not park in fire lane PAGE 2 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Before the regular monthly meeting of the Central Cambria School Board of Directors each month, president R. Scott Magley asks for committee reports. This gives the board members an opportunity to discuss any items before voting actually occurs. Although Property and Building Committee chairman Don Cessna had nothing to bring up during the committee meeting, Dennis Simmers did want to acknowledge something he noticed recently. At the middle school, a cul-de-sac area was built with the intention of being a drop-off and pick-up area for par-



Shulsky will serve as the zoning and compliance officer. Jack Shaffer, along with CPS Surveys, was appointed as the township’s engineer. ASI, LLC will serve as the township’s alternate engineer. Township engineer Jack Schaeffer noted that the schedule of fees was refined to reduce any extraneous language. The schedule of fees was approved for 2017. The supervisors also appointed Middle Department Inspection Agency (MDIA) to act as the township’s code enforcement for building and inspections. A motion was made to make supervisors and secretaries eligible to attend the State Convention in Hershey in April. The supervisors will authorize payment of the registration fee and transportation expenses to attend the state convention as well as the national convention, county convention, and any other conferences or workshops agreed to by the board. Any township employee who attends these meetings will be compensated by the board at their regular rate during their attendance. The supervisors also require both township officials and employees to submit an account of their expenses to be reimbursed. The supervisors will hold the sole authority in decid-


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ents, it also serves as an access for emergency vehicles in case an accident takes place during school hours or after-school activities. “Just human behavior, we’re starting to slight a little bit with the parking in that area,� said Simmers. He noticed that parents have started to park there to wait for their children, rather than just dropping off and leaving, which can create a problem if an emergency vehicle needs to park there. The area that Simmers brought up has been painted to show that it is a fire lane. Simmers mentioned that approximately two years ago, he did see a Blacklick Valley Ambulance at the school with its lights on. “There were no cars parked in

that turnaround so the ambulance was able to pull in, pick up the patient, and go right back out,� said Simmers. The goal of the school board members, and everyone involved with the school, is safety. Parents are reminded that they should not park in the cul-de-sac area due to the fact that it is a fire lane. Student council members from both the middle school and high school are also invited each month to speak to the school board about what they’ve been doing in class and during activities. At the middle school, the students held a holiday meal project in November where food was collected that created a typical Thanksgiving meal. Once

ing what expenses are to be reimbursed and who is to attend such meetings. A motion was made that any supervisor who has been appointed as a roadmaster may work on a parttime basis. With salary and benefits to be set by the auditors, the roadmaster would work no more than 45 hours per a two-week pay period. Any supervisor of the township is granted permission to work flexible hours and is an employee who is considered an operator/laborer of the township for 2017. Part-time supervisors will not be eligible for compensation time. Tim Bracken will serve as the voting delegate for the state and county conventions, with Jim Melnyk and Robert Shook serving as alternate voting delegates. Under Resolution No. 2017-2, the supervisors will eliminate contributions for the Police Pension Plan for the year. Supervisors Bracken, Melnyk, and Shook will continue to serve on the police commission board. Ebensburg Insurance was also retained as the township’s insurance carrier. Bracken and Melnyk will serve as full-time roadmasters with Shook serving as a part time roadmaster. Gary Makosky was appointed the township’s part-time chief of police. As of Feb. 6, however, Makosky

will move into the position on a fulltime basis. The supervisors approved an extension for the Ebensburg Conemaugh Outpatient Care Center. The plans were tabled at the supervisors’ last meeting, but after receiving a request for an extension, the supervisors granted a 180-day extension for the project. The monthly meeting schedule will follow last year’s schedule as the township supervisors will meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The township supervisors will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

all of the food items were collected, they were donated to people in need. There was also a Christmas shopping day held at the school, which provided people of the community with a chance to purchase gifts from vendors like Scentsy. Part of the proceeds that each vendor made was donated to the Central Cambria Backpack Program. In December, the middle school students were visited by Jason Snyder, an alumnus of the school. He works for Governor Tom Wolf’s administration and spoke to the students about the opioid epidemic that has taken over the area. At the high school, Connor

Gibson told the school board that the freshmen students visited Admiral Peary VocationalTechnical School to see the types of courses offered. A new idea was also implemented at the school for a short time called “Taste to Text.� Students were asked to try food that is not typically served in the cafeteria, and then text their opinion on that food to a designated number. Once the text was sent, the student had the opportunity to win different prizes for their participation. Before Gibson ended his presentation, he thanked the school board for all they do for the students.

Burns elected chairman of Northwest Democratic Delegation

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Coinciding with the start of his fifth term, state representative Frank Burns has ascended to a House Democratic leadership role with his election as chairman of the Northwest Delegation. Burns, who previously served as the delegation’s vice chairman, immediately takes over for the outgoing chairman, state representative Mark Longietti of Mercer

County, who remains a delegation member. “It’s quite an honor to be selected by my delegation peers for this position, as we continue speaking in a strong, unified voice on matters of mutual interest to the region we collectively represent,” Burns said. “Additionally, I believe we can present a united front on legislative issues and

initiatives in some new and exciting ways. The old saying goes, ‘There is strength in numbers,’ and I hope we as the Northwest Delegation can personify that.” Burns said he looks forward to devising strategy and promoting ideas with the rest of the Northwest leadership team: vice chairman Ryan Bizzarro of Erie County, secretary Scott Conklin of Centre County,

and treasurer Pat Harkins of Erie County. Other delegation members are: representatives Bryan Barbin of Cambria County; Flo Fabrizio of Erie County; Michael K. Hanna Sr. of Clinton and Centre counties; Joseph A. Petrarca of Westmoreland, Armstrong, and Indiana counties; and Christopher Sainato of Lawrence County.

Carrolltown works toward snow ordinance, addresses equipment PAGE 4 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

At its regular January meeting, Carrolltown Borough council readdressed the out-of-date snow ordinance that has become more of an issue in recent years. The ordinance is not specific enough nor harsh enough to actually be enforced as it is now. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf encouraged the council to closely read the proposed ordinance drawn up by the borough’s solicitor so they could make the additions or changes the council desires. Council president Marty Passarella said he felt they should reduce the amount of time that residents have to move their vehicle after a storm so the plows can get to the snow before it packs. The rest of council expressed their feelings that having 24 hours to move a car was appropriate in case residents have jobs at odd hours. Council member Mike Platt also said they should add a provision in the sidewalk part about businesses so a

fine can be enforced if they are not appropriately caring for the sidewalks. Batdorf said that is why it is so important to have this ordinance in place, so these issues can be addressed. Council is planning a workshop this month to talk about the ordinance in depth and they hope to pass it at next month’s meeting. Next, council discussed the issues facing the new 2017 truck recently purchased by the borough. The truck in question came with the plow already installed on it, but when workers of the borough tested it, the plow lights were blinking for no reason. The truck was then taken to the garage to find the problem. Batdorf said the plow was apparently wired wrong when it was installed. The plow was then rewired correctly and a modulator box was installed in the cab. Batdorf said now that that issue was fixed, the truck is in good shape, and he feels having the extra plow will help out, especially during icy weather.

Also on equipment, Passarella mentioned that all of the paperwork on the grant for the police vehicle has been completed by Jerry Brant. The borough hopes to obtain this grant to help fund the purchase of a new police vehicle. Passarella said Brant is waiting on a meeting to get final details, but the grant process is moving ahead. Lastly, Platt mentioned that he has been having a problem with water recently and wants to know if the work done on the ball fields could have caused it. He lives below the park and said he has seen a significant increase with water during rains, flooding his yard. He also said his neighbors’ basement flooded as well. Drew Thomas said the terrain was not fundamentally changed by the project, therefore he not think it would be the cause. He also said there is a drain in the dugout that runs parallel 75 feet before emptying out, so that shouldn’t be it either. Thomas did say he would look at the area in question to see if there is evidence of water running down the hill and go from there.

Homewood hosts sleep apnea presentation Pre-business seminar planned A good night’s sleep is something everyone longs for and is necessary for good health. However, for many people, their sleep might be regularly interrupted by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The condition is caused by an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while a person sleeps, causing a decrease in airflow and disruption in a person’s sleep cycle. People with OSA have pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while they sleep. The pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and can occur 30 times or more an hour. This results in tiredness during the day and can lead to many health issues. Homewood at Martinsburg will host “Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disturbances in the Older Adult” on Monday, Jan. 16. The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Bice Memorial Chapel and Givler Cultural Center located on Homewood’s campus. Dr. Timothy A. Lucas from Altoona Lung Specialists will be presenting. There is no cost to attend.

The St. Francis University Small Business Development Center has scheduled a pre-business planning seminar for Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5-8 p.m. at the center. The seminar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business. The seminar is free. Pre-registration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to scheduled date. Interested persons may contact the St. Francis University Small Business Development Center at 814-472-3200 or by email at

Historical society hosts reverse trivia By Megan Riner

of Mainline Newspapers

Look out Cambria County: a new type of trivia is in town. As part of its Third Thursday events, the Cambria County Historical Society will be hosting reverse trivia next Thursday, Jan. 19. Dave Huber said the idea for reverse trivia came from a “fun day” he was involved with at Central Cambria Middle School. He and the librarian hid answers around the library and held a trivia contest for the students at the end. “Reverse trivia is a fun, family-oriented night out (in the middle of winter) and you don’t have to study for it nor do you really need to know about Cambria County or its history,” Huber said. “We literally give you the answers — but can you remember?” Reverse trivia will be played at 7 p.m. the A. W. Buck House, home of the historical society, located 615 N. Center St. in Ebensburg. Past Third Thursday events at the historical society have included the Edgar Allan Poe reading, desserts on the porch, and a genealogy for begin-

ners class, which Huber said saw such a good response that they had to add an extra class time to accommodate everyone who signed up. Although the historical society will be closed during the month of February for reorganization and to update its collections, Third Thursday events will continue in March. Third Wednesdays in the spring will also see the continuation of the history talk series, beginning with another “History Shorts.” Similar to the one held last fall, six different speakers will present 10-minute talks on a variety of Cambria County historical subjects. “The variety of different subjects offers just enough of the topic that people may want to follow up on their own at our museum,” Huber said. The historical society is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Thursdays from 1-8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays. For more information about reverse trivia or the society’s Third Thursday events, contact the Cambria County Historical Society at 814-4726674 or, or visit

Carrolltown Borough discusses building interior renovation

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

Carrolltown Borough council has talked about many different projects it hopes to complete to help correct issues in the borough building and improve functionality, but council feels it is now time to do one renovation that has been discussed for many years: the main office. Council has talked about adding a wall where the existing counter is to increase privacy and safety for the borough workers and information they deal with. Residents will still be able to use the space through windows like those found in a doctor’s office. “I think it is overdue,” said councilman Drew Thomas about the addition of the wall and renovation. The borough would like to see the project include not only the installation of the new wall but also the removal of the current back wall that separates the large open area from the other office area. Council also said it would probably need to install carpet to make the office flooring work well with the current flooring outside of it. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf mentioned that the existing wall is a source of a lot of electrical issues for the office. The renovation would alleviate some of those issues while putting in new wires for

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that area. “Doing the electrical is a big bonus,” said councilman Luke Baker, noting some of the larger issues the borough has had due to that concern in the past. Councilman Ron Gwizdak said he is open to the project but feels they should bid it out to know their options. “I am all for it, but I think we need to bid it apples to apples, so we know what we are looking at,” Gwizdak said. “As far as it goes for the town, I want what is best for the town,” councilman Mike Platt said.

Council agreed that it is not all about savings, as the quality of the work is very important to prevent future issues with the renovation. “I think it needs done,” Gwizdak said. “I don’t think anyone here is saying it doesn’t need done.” Council president Marty Passarella said he will look into two or three different bids in addition to the bids already received and bring them back to council in February. It will be at that meeting that council can make a decision and get the project underway.

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Carrolltown prepares for new year with reorganization PAGE 6 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

Carrolltown Borough addressed its reorganization during the regular meeting on Jan. 3. Toward the end of the meeting, council considered appointments for engineer, solicitor, and other needed positions. Council only appoints members to new positions every two years, and because that was done last year, no action was needed to change the existing positions of their members until 2018. The positions will remain the same, with Marty Passarella as council president, James McCann as council vice president, and Bernetta Julick is the secretary and treasurer. Moving on, council made a

motion to approve McCann, Passarella, and Julick as authorized signers on the borough’s checking account. The motion was approved. Next, council made and passed a motion to adopt Ordinance 276 to set the tax rate for 2017. The approved rate is the same rate as last year with no changes. Council also considered the reappointment of John Snedden to the Carrolltown Municipal Authority as his previous term expired in December 2016. A motion was made and passed to reappoint him for a five-year term. While on the topic of reappointments, the council also reappointed Ed Sholtis to the park maintenance position. Council said they were pleased

Burns begins fifth term State representative, pledges to continue fiscally conservative ways

At a ceremony in Harrisburg last week, state representative Frank Burns was sworn in to represent the 72nd Legislative District for a new two-year term in which he promised to hold fast to conservative fiscal principles. As the House chamber marked the beginning of the 201st legislative session, Burns said he plans to remain a stalwart against higher sales and income taxes, while supporting efforts to end fraud, waste, and abuse in state spending. He also plans to focus highly on economic development, including full redevelopment of the former SCI-Cresson prison property. “I believe my constituents wholeheartedly support my public policy stances,” Burns said. “The people in the 72nd Legislative District know that my priorities are their priorities — and they’ve given me a mandate to continue those battles in the upcoming legislative session.” One of a handful of House Democrats who broke ranks to help end a nine-month budget stalemate in the last legislative session, Burns said he’s encouraged to hear that early proposals for the 2017-18 state spending plan do not seek hikes in the state sales or income tax. “While I philosophically hope budget negotiators can make do with cuts and efficiencies, I will reserve final judgment until I see exactly where these cuts and efficiencies are coming from,” Burns said. “Stay tuned, because I have some of my own ideas on that.” The 72nd Legislative District includes the portion of Cambria County consisting of the townships of Allegheny, Cambria, Chest, Clearfield, Cresson,

Story time

The Ebensburg Public Library is holding story time on Thursday, Jan. 19. There will be a 2 p.m. session and a 6 p.m. session. We will be reading “A Hat for Minerva Louise,” “I Hear a Pickle,” and another story. Come join us for fun stories and a craft. Please stop in the library or call 814472-7957 to register your child.

Croyle, Dean, East Carroll, East Taylor, Elder, Gallitzin, Jackson, Lower Yoder, Middle Taylor, Munster, Portage, Reade, Summerhill, Upper Yoder, Washington and White; and the boroughs of Ashville, Carrolltown, Cassandra, Chest Springs, Cresson, Ebensburg, Gallitzin, Lilly, Loretto, Patton, Portage, Sankertown, Tunnelhill, and Wilmore. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January.

with the work he has done, and he has had four to five years of experience in this position. Karen Cunningham was then appointed as borough clerk at $9 an hour. Council said Cunningham would start this week in this part-time position and they would adjust her hours as needed.

The council then reappointed the sewage enforcement officer, The EADS Group as borough engineer, and Natalie McConnell as the deputy tax collector. Carrolltown Borough meetings will remain every first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the borough office, unless in

the case of a holiday when it will be the following day. Council made and passed a motion to advertise these dates in accordance with the Sunshine Law. The next Carrolltown Borough meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.

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Jackson Twp. supervisors reorganize; board sets meeting dates PAGE 8 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 7:30 a.m., the Jackson Township supervisors met in the municipal building to regroup for the coming year. Their reorganization meeting is essentially the rebuilding of the internal structure of the authorities and councils. Supervisors Bruce Baker, Eric Dreikorn, and John Wallet were present for the meeting. Baker will, once again, serve as the chairman for the supervisors, with Wallet serving as the vice-chairman. Dave Hirko will contin-

ue to work as the township’s secretary and treasurer. The supervisors will also continue to be the roadmasters. Dreikorn made a motion to re-appoint William G. Barbin and the law firm of Gleason, Barbin, and Markovitz as the township’s solicitor. Wallet seconded the motion. Calvin J. Webb and the law firm of Smorto, Persio, Webb, and McGill will represent the zoning hearing board of Jackson Township. Keller Engineers Inc. was reappointed as the engineering firm used in the township. Barry Rouzer and George Burkey will continue their work as vacancy board chairman

and zoning officer, respectively. Baker was reappointed as the regular attending member to the Cambria County Association of Township Officials. Wallet will be the alternate serving member of the same. Somerset Trust Company and AmeriServ were reappointed as the depositories. Officer Phil Vaught will continue to serve as the officer in charge of the Jackson Township Police Department. Dreikorn made a motion to continue using the same meeting times and days for 2017. Meetings will be held, twice a month, on the second Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and the last

Thursday at 6 p.m. There will be two exceptions to the decided meetings days: no meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 a.m., and the Dec. 28 meeting will be moved one week ahead to Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. Under the new business portion of the agenda, Dreikorn made a motion to approve the termination of Matthew Dunkleberger as part-time police officer, effective Dec. 15, 2016. The motion was seconded by Wallet. The motion was opened for public comment, with none made. A roll call vote was taken, with the supervisors voting “yes� unanimously.

vice chairman. Wallet, Dodson, and Hrapchak will continue to serve the board as secretary, treasurer, and assistant secretary/treasurer, respectively. The authority’s engineer is The EADS Group, its solicitor is C.J. Webb, and Wilkinson and Deter will continue to be the certified public accountant representation. Karl Smith, foreman, and Debra Buksa, office secretary, were also reappointed to their positions. The meeting days and times will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., with the exception of the December meeting, which will be held on Dec. 19. All meetings are to be held in the Jackson Water Authority

office. Before ending the meeting, Ditchcreek asked if Mulcahy had anything he wanted to discuss. Mulcahy thanked the board for allowing him to help with its engineering needs. “I’m looking forward to this year and looking forward to getting the SCADA system completed,� said Mulcahy. The FCC License came in for the system and the board is hoping the process of installing it will begin this month. The geographic information system mapping is also entering the final stages of being completed. “What I would like to see during the summer is we got to go over the whole system,

everything we got,� said Ditchcreek. Mulcahy agreed that a complete inventory needs to be done, including the broken water meters, which “really need to be addressed.� “It’s pretty substantial,� said Mulcahy about the broken meters. “That’s playing a major factor in the unaccounted-for water, in my opinion.� Piper suggested getting a third party to fix the broken meters so that Smith can focus on other necessary work that needs to be done. “We got to at least look at it [third party work],� said Piper. “I’m not saying we’re gonna do it. We need to be able to talk about that with some numbers and see what the advantage of doing it is.�

Jackson Water Authority reorganizes, discusses future By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

On Thursday, Jan. 5, Jackson Township Water Authority members Walter Ditchcreek, John Wallet, Robb Piper, and Ray Dodson met at 7 p.m. to take care of their annual reorganization. Engineer Pat Mulcahy, from The EADS Group, was also present. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a short prayer, Ditchcreek recognized that a quorum had been established and the business could be voted on. Wallet made a motion to retain all officers and staff from the 2016 year. Ditchcreek will continue to serve as the chairman of the authority and Piper will keep his position of

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Route 160 bridge replacements to begin

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By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

A public meeting was held on Jan. 5 at the Croyle Township building concerning the replacement of two bridges on State Route 160 that span Laurel Run outside of Sidman. The original plan was to replace these bridges as part of the 2016 project year, but to due to permitting issues the project was pushed back to this coming summer. The work on the bridges on Route 160 (Mill Road) will not involve a road closure, but a temporary roadway is planned to be constructed at the bridge replacement site to allow traffic in both directions to travel around the sites, controlled by a temporary traffic light. The work on the bridges will begin approximately the week of June 25. Both bridges will be constructed nearly simultaneously. The first bridge to be constructed is the Route 160 bridge near the Humbert Road intersection. The second bridge is near the intersection of Route 160 close to Miller Road on the Sidman side and is scheduled to begin shortly after the other bridge work has started. The work on these sites will involve approximately 11 weeks of actual construction work. Engineer studies, conducted earlier in 2014 and 2015, showed that there was heavier traffic than first thought — about 3,000 vehicles a day, so the engineering decision was made that a temporary roadway was the most cost and time efficient. The bridges on Route 160 in Croyle Township were scheduled to begin construction in the spring/summer of 2016, but additional studies for the temporary road sites with the associated Department of Environmental Protection stream permitting was needed. These bridges are only two of the 4,500 structurally deficient bridges in the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) had to find an innovative way to finance, engineer, and build replacements for some of the worst bridges. The state legislature developed Act 88 of 2012, which

authorized public-private transportation projects in Pennsylvania. Known as P3 (public-private partnership), this program allows PennDOT to enter into agreements with the private sector to participate in the financing, delivery, and maintenance of transportationrelated projects. The P3 program has helped the commonwealth begin work to replace 558 bridges throughout the state more quickly, for less money, and lessen the impact to the traveling public. Under the P3 legislation, the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a public-private partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partnership, will have Plenary Walsh finance, design, replace, and then maintain the new bridges for 25 years. Sixtysix of the 67 counties will have 558 bridges replaced under this program in three years, with projects having begun in 2015. PennDOT still oversees, owns, and has jurisdiction on the new bridges and their construction. Plenary Group USA Ltd. and Walsh Investors, LLC will provide financing and long-term management for the project, while the construction work is led by a joint venture team of Walsh Construction

Company and Granite Construction Company. HDR, Inc. will be the team’s lead designer and Walsh Infrastructure Management will provide bridge maintenance over the life of the 25-year contract. Eleven different Pennsylvania-based construction companies have already been subcontracted to do much of the work. The Rapid Bridge Replacement Program is focused on relatively small bridges, many only singlespan, two-lane structures. A host of factors, including age, length, number of lanes, average daily traffic, impact on utilities, and a wide range of potential environmental

impacts, was considered when determining which of the 2,500 qualifying bridges were to be replaced under the program, “The bridges in this project use standardized designs and the ability to prefabricate many of the bridge components off site, which reduces construction time in the field,” according to Andy Dressler, traffic/public information coordinator for the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. According to Dressler, a polyester polymer concrete overlay is used to protect the bridges from “infiltration of de-icing salt” to protect the bridge materials and

reduce maintenance cost. During the first 30 days after the bridge is open, motorists will notice a bump as they drive on and off the bridge. The polyester polymer can only be applied after the concrete is completely cured, which usually takes 28 days. The bridges will be reduced to one lane during the application process, which takes only one day if weather conditions are favorable. For more information on the state’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Program or to keep advised of the tentative construction schedule dates visit

Gongloff wins 400th career game

The Bishop Carroll girls basketball team picked up the perfect birthday gift for their head coach on Wednesday, Jan. 4. By taking a 25-0 lead after the first quarter, the Lady Huskies rolled to a 58-28 victory to give coach Bob Gongloff his 400th career win on his 67th birthday. Gongloff is now 400-142 (.738 winning percentage) in his 20-year career as a head coach that also includes two seasons at Penn Cambria. In his time on Huskie Hill, Gongloff has won two Class A PIAA titles in 2002 and 2003, and finished second in the state in 1996 and 1998. Gongloff has helped guide the Lady Huskies to the Elite Eight nine times in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2016. BC won six District 6 titles in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2016. In his first 15 years at BC, the Huskies compiled a dominating 333-86 record (.795 winning percentage). Gongloff has helped restore the program’s roar by going 40-13 over the last three seasons, including last year’s district title and run to the Elite Eight.

Munster Township receives notice of underground mining PAGE 10 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Joshua Byers

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Under the correspondence section of the Munster Township meeting, the board of supervisors received notice from Rosebud Mining Co. that they would be “conducting underground mining operations.� Secretary Alice Mento said that this was the second notice, but she didn’t remember seeing a first. This is the same mining operation that will begin in Cresson Township, just a short distance from the intersection of routes 22 and 53. Rosebud is currently still working on opening the mine, but the plan is to access the upper Freeport seam, which houses metallurgical and steam coal. According to the letter, which Mento read

aloud, the operation will go on beneath Allegheny, Munster, Cresson, and Washington townships as well as Cresson and Sankertown boroughs in Cambria County. It is not known if a map would be sent to the people whose property would be affected. Mining maps are on record at the Cambria County Courthouse at the recorder of deeds office as well as the Rosebud office and District Mining office. These maps are updated every six months, according to the letter. A copy of the agreement for the Spinner Road bridge project was delivered for the board to review as well. The replacement of the current bridge is set to be done this year. “It’s not to be executed. It’s just for our

review and approval, and then it gets sent back to them and they’ll execute it, and then they’ll send it back to us for execution,� Mento said. According to her, engineer Richard Wray had looked over the documents and everything looked OK. However, a utility will need to be moved so the project can move forward. The board believed that it was a gas line that needs to be relocated. Mento said that it will cost $108,000 to move. The township will be responsible for 5 percent of that total. Solicitor Dan Stants said that they will have to find out how this affects the overall cost of the bridge project. According to him, if they go over a limit of around $750,000 then a single audit will have to be done, and adding

this move may be getting the township very close to that mark. Other than that, the board said it was OK with the agreement and to send it back. Under new business, the board set the millage rate for the year at 4.5 mils. This didn’t change from the previous year. Under routine business, Mento mentioned a check going to Portage Township for their upkeep of Jimtown Road for the winter, which is an annual agreement. The last piece of business that was discussed was the new supervisor, Jake Hoover. According to Mento, Hoover will have to run in the next primary election because former supervisor Jeff Freidhof was elected until 2020. If he wins, he will serve a four-year term after that.





Steelers avenge previous loss to Miami By Jake Oswalt

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Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game was billed as the first time Pittsburgh trotted all three of the “Killer B’s� onto a postseason field. The star trio consisting of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown did not disappoint as they combined for 197 passing yards, 167 rushing yards, 124 receiving yards, and all four touchdowns. Combine that with a defense that stood tall by forcing three turnovers and holding running back Jay Ajayi to just 33 yards on 16 carries, the Steelers had little trouble avenging its 30-15 Week 6 loss to Miami with a 30-12 victory. “We had the big three rolling on offense and we stopped the run on defense. We do those things, we have a chance to win games regardless of circumstance, situation, or opponent,� Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that was played with a wind chill of 2 degrees. The Steelers set the tone early by scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions to take a 20-3 lead. Brown took in a pass at the line of scrimmage on the near sideline. The All Pro waited patiently for his tight end, Jesse James, to make a critical block on the perimeter that ultimately sprang him for a 50-yard touchdown, his first postseason touch-

down. “AB jumpstarted us,� said Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey. “That screen to the house was awesome. He loves this situation. He knows when he gets the ball in his hands he’s got to make plays for us, and it showed today.� On their next offensive series, Brown took in a slant and made the safety miss on his way to a 62-yard touchdown reception. Brown’s win at the line of scrimmage gave Roethlisberger a quick passing window to defeat a strong safety blitz. Pittsburgh led 14-0. “I saw the safety coming down and I put Le’Veon on a wide swing route,� Roethlisberger described the

play. “I really just read that safety. If he was going to peel with Le’Veon, I knew AB was running a quick slant route. He’s the best in the world at running a slant route. As soon as it got in his hands, I put my arms up, you knew he was going to score.� Andrew Franks kicked a 38-yard field goal to pull Miami within 143. After softening Miami’s defense with the pass through the first two drives, Pittsburgh went exclusively to the run on its third possession. All 10 plays were handoffs to Bell, who ran for a postseason franchiserecord 167 yards. The dynamic back followed a 25-yard dash on a

counter to the left with a 1-yard scamper to put the Steelers up 20-3. Bell, making his playoff debut, averaged 5.8 yards per carry as he totaled 29 carries. “I think the offensive line did an incredible job of controlling the line of scrimmage for the most part today,� Bell said. “They made my job easy. The coaches put a lot of faith in me continuing to run the ball.� The third series showcased Pittsburgh’s transformation on offense over the last eight weeks, all victories. Known as a pass-first team, the Steelers have shown that SEESTEELERS, PAGE 11


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they have no trouble moving the ball on ground. “We started the game off throwing the ball. I really think that created the open running game. We’ve gone into games where we’ve run it to throw and this game we came out throwing to run,� Roethlisberger said. “We had a mindset of going jumbo in the third series. We had a mindset and an attitude in this game that we were going to come out and throw the ball, run when we needed to, and it kind of turned into an awesome running game for the line and for Le’Veon.� The threat of Brown’s game-breaking ability mandated that Miami keep two safeties

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touchdown lead intact before halftime. “They definitely thought they probably had a guaranteed three points going into halftime. Taking points away from them, it really kills the whole momentum and their mindset going into halftime, that was huge,� stated Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier. On its first series in the second half, Miami quarterback Matt Moore was stripped once again, this time by free safety Mike Mitchell. L.T. Walton recovered the loose ball. Pittsburgh settled for a 34-yard field goal to go up 23-6. Shazier picked off Moore on an ensuing drive. After an encroachment penalty, Pittsburgh made the Dolphins pay with an eight-yard touchdown run by Bell to go up 306 with 1:53 left in the third. An early deficit plus the Steelers’ top defensive priority to slow down Ajayi paid dividends. The second-year back from Boise State

gashed the Steelers defense in October with a 25-carry, 204-yard performance. But on Sunday, Ajayi averaged just 2.1 yards per carry while having a long run of just eight yards. “We wanted to make them as one-dimensional as possible. You got to be physical, you got to be detailed, you got to be able to be accountable for each other and you got to want it more,� Tuitt said. Timmons, who compiled a game-high total of 14 tackles and two sacks, believed the difference this time around came in the trenches by stating, “We were just physical out there on the line of scrimmage.� Pittsburgh will travel to play second-seeded Kansas City on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Since the Steelers avenged an early loss to Miami, the Chiefs will be looking to do the same as they lost 43-14 in a Week 4 matchup at Pittsburgh.



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Munster Township reorganizes, hears from citizen PAGE 12 - Thursday, January 12, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Joshua Byers

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The Munster Township Board of Supervisors gained a new member at its Jan. 3 meeting. At the December 2016 meeting, longtime supervisor and roadmaster Jeff Freidhof resigned from his positions. At this January meeting, it was decided that Francis “Jake” Hoover would be nominated to take over the supervisor position. However, during the reorganization meeting, which took place before the regular meeting on the same night, supervisor Pat Lee was named the new roadmaster. Chairman Gene Orlosky retained his position and Lee was also named the vice chairman. Alice Mento kept her position as the secretary/treasurer. She explained that the bond for treasurer had to be increased, though. “It’s going to have to be increased to $75,000 for this year, because it has to be enough money to cover what comes in under liquid fuels,” Mento said.

She went on to state that she was informed that this increase needed to happen at the last audit. Both the current solicitor, Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt, and Smith, and engineer, Hegemann and Wray, were retained as well. Additionally, Ed McMullen was appointed as the vacancy board chairman. This was an important decision because the last chairman, Charlie Wirfel, had passed away, leaving the position open. After a series of retention motions, which were approved unanimously, the board closed the reorganization meeting and moved on to regular business. At the opening of the regular meeting, Ron Farabaugh, who attends most township meetings, requested the floor to discuss issues he had. First, he asked that all the checks being approved at a meeting be read aloud as well as what that money is being spent on. Farabaugh said that he would like to see this done so “the taxpayer knows what that money is being spent on.”

Mento informed Farabaugh that she didn’t have to read the checks off at the meeting. She said it’s not “mandatory” so she wouldn’t be doing it unless the supervisors asked her to. Lee said that he didn’t see a need for this because Farabaugh requests a copy of all the checks anyway after every meeting. According to Farabaugh, he had an issue with “missing checks” from some time ago. He was informed that, that was just a mishap, not that the township is keeping checks from him. “They’re missing because you didn’t see them. They weren’t missing to these guys, they know they were there and the bank statements are balanced every month and there’s no missing statements,” Mento said. Farabaugh also brought up a broken fence on McConnell Road. This was discussed at the December meeting; however, the supervisors agreed that the fence did not belong to the township. When pressed about who it did belong to, no one was quite

sure, but it could have been someone who owns property near there. Farabaugh said he would like to see a guide rail or a couple jersey barriers put in place of the broken fence.

In addition, Farabaugh asked that solicitor Dan Stants look into the legal ramifications for the township. He had pictures of the road and the fence that he provided the board to examine.

Valentine packages to be sent to military

The Ebensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4963 will be sending valentine packages to local men and women who are currently serving in the Armed Forces. The VFW knows the sacrifice of being away from family and friends can be very lonely for our soldiers and sailors, whether they are serving on foreign soils, in the seas and oceans, or at state-side bases. This is why the VFW wants them to know that we never forget the sacrifices they make every day to ensure our safety and freedom back home. Post 4963 is collecting donations of snacks, toiletry items, word search books, etc. to include in the boxes. Donations can be dropped off at the VFW at 120 West Sample St. in Ebensburg. Names and addresses of those currently serving are also being accepted. All donations and submissions will be accepted until Jan. 25, 2017. Questions may be referred to an auxiliary officer or Rose Marie Sadosky, project chairperson, at 814-472-7737.

Croyle Township to purchase new truck

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By Ron Portash

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The Jan. 4 meeting of the Croyle Township supervisors began with public comment concerning rain runoff problems on Humbert Road. According to township supervisor Lynn Bourdess, the problem with stormwater originates as areas get more buildup and the paving of dirt roads and driveways takes away from the drainage capability of the area. Humbert and Mindish roads are part of a grant application for

Pennsylvania’s Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program that Croyle Township has approved to submit for consideration. Croyle Township is seeking $21,000 in funding to improve the quality of roadways and water runoff capabilities in those areas. With a 2-1 vote, the Croyle Township supervisors approved to purchase a new garbage truck. Bourdess and Denis Long voted for the purchase; supervisor Richard Potter voted against the purchase. Croyle Township employees

collect the residential and commercial garbage in the township. The current truck is from 1992 and there are concerns about the condition of the garbage packer body. The Pennsylvania State Police and Public Utility Commission routinely hold surprise vehicle inspections at the entrance to garbage facilities. One of the biggest violations that is looked for in these inspections is liquid leaking from the garbage containment portion of the vehicle. If such a violation is found during the inspection, the truck can be put out of service until the

Once the reorganization meeting ended, the regular meeting was called to order by Sherwood.

The minutes from the Dec. 20, 2016, meeting were approved

Blacklick Township reorganizes By Allie Garver

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The Blacklick Township supervisors meeting was held on Tuesday, Jan. 3, due to the need to hold the reorganization meeting as well. The reorganization meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. by Rich Miller, who immediately made a motion to reappoint Joe Sherwood as the chairman. Cathy Zanin seconded the motion. Sherwood then took over the reorganization meeting, and made a motion to reappoint Miller to the position of vicechairman. The motion was seconded by Zanin. Another motion was made by Sherwood to have Nancy Debaise serve as the township secretary for another year. Miller made a second on the motion. All other township personnel will continue to serve, with Dennis Govachini as the solicitor and Rich Wray as the engineer. Sherwood will continue to serve as the township’s roadmaster, and Miller accepted the position of assistant roadmaster. Boyd Sherry was reappointed as chief of police for the township. The wages for employees will reflect a 2 percent increase, retroactive to Jan. 1. The meetings for the township continue to be held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. All meetings will be held in the Blacklick Township Municipal Building. No new appointments needed to be made to the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority (BVMA).


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violation is repaired and a fine of several thousands of dollars can be levied. The current packer body is 27 years old and is developing rust and corrosion problems. According to Bourdess, the township basically breaks even over the long run with the garbage collection service. The initial revenue collected in January when the annual bills are due pays the township’s bills until revenue begins to come in from the taxes. “This way we don’t owe anybody anything.� Bourdess said. “We employ three people for this and are able to use them in the township when needed.� At one time, Croyle Township was responsible for garbage collection in not only Croyle

Township but Summerhill, South Fork, and Ehrenfeld boroughs as well. The supervisors would like to get back to having the other municipalities as customers and will explore possibilities in the future of expanding its service. Bourdess stated, “The cost of the truck and packer would amount to $8,000 a year, spread out over the 20-year expected life of a new vehicle.� The new 2017 International truck body will cost just under $100,000. The cost of the truck will be financed through a lowinterest loan. The garbage packer truck body with a 20-cubic-yard capacity will cost approximately $60,000. This will be paid out of the township’s capital improvement fund.


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DIETARY/ HOUSEKEEPING POSITIONS: Saint Benedict Manor, Inc. EOE. Apply at: 600 Theatre Rd., St. Benedict, PA 15773.

DRIVER: CDL-A truck driver. Great local route! Get home daily, 100% notouch freight. Call for details 844-3039802. DRIVERS: OTR & dedicated. Excellent pay +rider program. Family medical/ dental benefits. Home weekends guaranteed. CDL-A, 1 yr. exp. 877758-3905.


EBENSBURG HELP NEEDED to prepare evening meals for elderly widow. Call 472-5390 or 472-7682.

FOSTER F. WINELAND INC.: A John Deere Construction & Forestry dealership is seeking to add additional Service Technician(s) for its St. Marys and Ebensburg locations. Prior experience and/ or accredited postsecondary education necessary. Applicants must possess excellent driving record, attitude, and provide professional references. Competitive starting wage and benefits available. Send resume and cover letter to HIRING OWNER OPS: We provide E-Log devices. 2500-3000 miles/ week. Great benefits. Paramount Freight Systems. Call today! 877349-6046. LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST/ MANAGER for The Woods Spa. 724349-2192.


IMMEDIATE OPENING for Compassionate Caregiver who has a passion for providing excellent care to the elderly. Applicants need to pass criminal background checks. Apply in Person at St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Living Center, 1075 Chestnut Street, Nanty Glo, PA 15943 or call Debbie at 814749-8799.

JUST LIKE HOME IN CRESSON is currently seeking applications for full time third shift, part time second shift and part time third shift. Applicants must have HS diploma or GED and be able to pass drug test, clean, cook, do laundry and care for geriatric population. Please apply within at 506 Gallitzin Rd., Cresson 16630. MAINTENANCE PERSON needed for a local business. Various duties. For more information call Bill at 814886-4600.

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NURSE AIDES: 28-38 hours per week on average. Must be knowledgeable, compassionate AND able to pass a background check and drug screen. $9.50/ hour for CNAs and $8.50/ hour for non-certified Nurse Aides. Apply in person at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc., 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE. OFFICE HELP NEEDED: Part time work, Office & Quickbooks experience a plus. Send resume to: Wilkinson Bus Lines, P.O. Box 95, Cresson, PA 16630. PART TIME DAYLIGHT CLEANING POSITION for homes in Northern Cambria, Carrolltown, Patton, and Ebensburg areas. 471-2899. PART TIME EVENING CLEANING POSITION available in Patton. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Perfect for someone looking for a little extra spending money. Call 814-317-5136 if interested. PART TIME HOUSEKEEPING/ DIETARY STAFF: Must be knowledgable, compassionate AND able to pass a background check & drug screen. Apply in person at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc., 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE. PART-TIME/ FULL-TIME CARE AIDE: For Personal Care Home in Cresson. Please call Debby at 8867961.


PERSONAL CARE AIDE OR CNA: Mental Health Resources of Central PA located in Ebensburg is seeking a part time or full time Personal Care Aide or CNA for second shift, 3 p.m.11 p.m. Job Requirements: Candidate must possess a HS Diploma and 6 monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience working with mental health consumers or individuals with disabilities. Candidate must possess a HS Diploma, valid Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and Act 34 clearance. Competitive salary and benefits package provided. EOE. PERSONAL CARE AIDE OR CNA: Mental Health Resources of Central PA located in Ebensburg is seeking a part time or full time Personal Care Aide or CNA for third shift, 11 p.m.-7 a.m. Job Requirements: Candidate must possess a HS Diploma and 6 monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience working with mental health consumers or individuals with disabilities. Candidate must posses a HS Diploma, valid Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License and Act 34 clearance. Competitive salary and benefits package provided. EOE. PERSONAL CARE AIDES: All shifts. High school diploma or GED required. We drug test. Apply in person at the Northern Cambria Rebekah Manor, 814-948-5500. EOE.

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NC: 2307 Lovell Ave., well maintained 3 BR house on nice lot. Modern kitchen w/appliances, dining room, living room and family room. Oil HW heat, shed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Asking $55,000 NC: 1007 Bigler Ave., well maintained 3 BR house on nice level lot. Downstairs bath, huge rooms, Oil HA, deck, shed. . . .Asking $29,900 Ebensburg: 203 N. Marion St., furnished 3-4 BR, unique house with character on corner lot. Huge rooms, newer kitchen, plaster walls, hardwood floors, oak pocket door, 2 baths. 2 car carport/garage. Huge deck, gas HW heat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Asking $108,000 Patton: 315 Melon Ave., huge 4 BR house on nice lot. Huge newer kitchen, plaster walls, HWD floors. 1.5 baths, family room, oil HW heat, extra building for garage or business. Needs TLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asking $59,900 Portage Twp.: 122 Frazer Ave., 2 BR ranch on 2 lots. Modern kitchen, updated bath, huge deck. Oil HW heat, vinyl siding, public sewer coming soon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Asking $29,700 BValley Twp.: 209 Station Rd., OWNER FINANCE AN OPTION. CALL ETHEL FOR DETAILS. 3 BR ranch on huge private country lot. Fantastic kitchen, 2 baths, huge living room, oil heat, deck, spring water, 2 car garage, giant twin rocks in front yard. Needs some TLC . . . . . . . . . . . CASH OR CONVENTIONAL FINANCING ONLY NC: 301 Mulberry St., old Roosevelt building. Currently has 5 apts., totally remodeled, newer roof. Has severe mold damage. Public utilities, enormous parking lot. . . . . . . . .Asking $19,900 SELLER WANTS AN OFFER! CASH ONLY! NEW PRICE! NC: 1017 Phil.Ave. 4 unit commercial building on nice lot. 2 ground floor store fronts. 2 apts, mint condition, garage, carport, live in the top apt. and let the rent pay your mortgage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Asking $75,000 Colver: 645 56th St., 2 BR house on nice lot. Good bones. Updated roof, siding & wiring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asking $47,500 Burnside: 262 W. 2nd St., fully furnished 3 BR hunting cabin on 2.84 acres in the country. Public water & sewer. Shed. Or just add new modular or house!. . . . . . . Asking $26,000. CASH OR CONVENTIONAL FINANCE ONLY! NC: 115 Ann St., 2 BR house w/good bones. Oil HA heat, newer roof, move in condition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Reduced to $15,900 Glendale Yearound: 162 Kendrick Ln., nice 2 BR ranch on half acre outside the gate. Modern kitchen w/appliances, furnished, huge deck. Access to community pool & all amenities. Fireplace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Reduced to $59,900 Ebensburg: 1101 W. High St., 3 BR handyman special. Needs totally torn down or rebuilt. Could also be a great building lot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asking $12,000

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RESIDENTIAL ADVISOR: Mental Health Resources of Central PA located in Ebensburg is seeking a part time Residential Advisor for a 7 p.m.3 a.m. shift and a full time Residential Advisor for a 3 p.m.-11 p.m. shift. MHRCPA provides direct care to adults with mental health issues. The candidate should possess the ability to work in a supportive and effective manner within a challenging population. Job Requirements: Candidates must possess a HS diploma and 6 months experience with individuals with disabilities. Personal Care Aides and CNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s would be considered for this position as well as those with college experience or degree. In addition, applicants must have a valid Driver's License and Act 34 clearance. Competitive salary and benefits package provided. EOE.

Classified Deadline: Tuesday at 10 a.m.

HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166.

KOSABER GENERAL CONTRACTORS: Home Improvements, professional handyman service, over 25 yrs in business. All work guaranteed. PA# 100978 495-4785. PARTIES, WEDDINGS, SEMINARS, SPECIAL EVENTS: Cresson American Legion ballroom. 886-8567. RICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S REMODELING/ HANDYMAN: Interior/ exterior home improvements. Build, remodel, repair, paint, wallpaper, siding, handyman. Rick Novella. PA#045341. 814-8865504. SHAFFER TREE SERVICE, LLC: Tree removal, tree/shrub trimming, stump grinding, fertilizing, landscaping. Free estimates, fully insured. Owner Rick Shaffer 736-4168.


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UPMC Altoona to open outpatient center in Ebensburg

UPMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world-class care is coming to Cambria County in early 2018 with the opening of a $20 million outpatient facility conveniently located near routes 22 and 219 in Ebensburg. UPMC Altoonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction of the three-story, 46,500square-foot facility at Zeman Road will bring world-class care close to home through UPMC, which is ranked No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Hospitals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be a hub for family practice and specialty care physician appointments as well as extensive outpatient testing and therapy,â&#x20AC;? said Jerry Murray, president of UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This new facility extends the clinical excellence of UPMC to residents of Cambria County and provides a convenient â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;onestopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for care option,â&#x20AC;? Murray added. Patients want the convenience of having outpatient services under one roof as evidenced by the popularity of UPMC Altoona Station Medical Center in the city and the soonto-be-completed UPMC Logan Medical Center near Hollidaysburg.â&#x20AC;? The first floor will feature convenient access to these outpatient services: â&#x20AC;˘ laboratory Services (routine blood drawing services) â&#x20AC;˘ imaging Services (diagnostic x-ray (for broken bones); screening mammography; abdominal ultrasound; noninvasive vascular testing) and echocardiology â&#x20AC;˘ therapy services by UPMC Centers for Rehabilitation

Site to offer family medicine, heart and vascular, orthopedics, and physical therapy services

Services. â&#x20AC;˘ a community room available by reservation for non-profit use by area residents or groups.

The second floor features a specialty care suite. Patients gain more convenient access to UPMC-affiliated specialists who will visit Ebensburg on a rotating schedule in these areas of care: â&#x20AC;˘ heart and vascular. â&#x20AC;˘ ear, nose and throat. â&#x20AC;˘ gastroenterology, provided by Blair Gastroenterology Associates of Altoona. â&#x20AC;˘ and, many others.

Cambria County residents with gastro-intestinal diseases and conditions will gain more convenient access to gastroenterology services through a lease arrangement with UPMC Altoona. Blair Gastroenterology Associates will see patients at the new center for initial diagnosis and treatment, pre-procedure and post-procedure appointments, and routine follow-up care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blair Gastroenterology is the largest group of gastroenterologists in the region,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Gildea, executive director of the practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have offices in

Altoona, Bedford and soon in Ebensburg. This new Ebensburg office will reduce travel time for patients in Cambria, Somerset and Indiana Counties. It offers much greater convenience for our patients.â&#x20AC;? Primary Health Network will offer these services on the third floor in a 15,000-square-foot suite: â&#x20AC;˘ family medicine specialists â&#x20AC;˘ outpatient behavioral health services â&#x20AC;˘ a 340(b) pharmacy program in a retail pharmacy location.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Primary Health Network and UPMC Altoona have worked together for years to bring various health care programs to their patients,â&#x20AC;? said Drew Pierce, chief executive officer, Primary Health Network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to be a part of the Ebensburg concept and believe that by having so many services together in the same building it brings more opportunities to provide quality, low-cost health care with better outcomes.â&#x20AC;? The facility also will offer: â&#x20AC;˘ ample parking and easy access from Route 22 near the Route 219 interchange. â&#x20AC;˘ space for additional expansion.

PennDOT applies to make Pennsylvania national â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;proving groundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for automated vehicle technologies â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put in significant work on this issue with our task force, with our partners in the legislature, and through close collaboration with the industry.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; - Leslie S. Richards PennDOT secretary

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently applied to a U.S. Department of Transportation solicitation to be designated as an Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Pilot to facilitate the safe and innovative development of these technologies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This application further illustrates that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a national leader in supporting automated vehicle development with safety and flexibility in mind,â&#x20AC;? PennDOT secretary Leslie S. Richards said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put in significant work on this issue with our task force, with our partners in the legislature, and through close collaboration with the industry.â&#x20AC;? The application outlines the benefits and possibilities for testing within the state that already exist and offer an array of environments and topography under varying degrees of testing. The proposal includes testing facilities: â&#x20AC;˘ in Pittsburgh, building on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership in development and testing for these vehicles and offering an urban environment, connected signals and multiple bridges and tunnels; â&#x20AC;˘ at Penn State University, which has a closed track where commercial, transit and other vehicles can be tested at low speeds and with controlled incidents; â&#x20AC;˘ at the Pocono Raceway, which offers a closed track and is ideal for testing higher speeds, multiple connected vehicles (platooning) and other options.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thrilled to be a partner with PennDOT on this application, and continue our leadership as a laboratory for innovation that benefits all residents,â&#x20AC;? said Pittsburgh mayor William Peduto. The proposal also underscores Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative cooperation among government, industry and academia by: â&#x20AC;˘ offering a unique and scalable approach to this technology with the varied stakeholders and testing facilities included; â&#x20AC;˘ highlighting the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s active and ongoing Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force, which recently issued its recommended guidance to assist with testing policies, which not only demonstrates investment in this innovative mission, but also illustrates the collaborative framework necessary to make testing proving grounds a success; â&#x20AC;˘ establishing PennDOT as the lead agency on this issue in the state, aligning with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (September 2016); â&#x20AC;˘ including technical and research partners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the University of Pennsylvania, and Carnegie Mellon University â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in addition to the testing partners. For more information on the task force and to review the guidance for which public comment is being accepted through Jan. 12, visit

Governor Wolf announces 51 PennDOT projects statewide

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Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Leslie S. Richards today announced fifty-one projects to improve transportation alternatives are in line for $33 million in federal funds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These projects are important initiatives that enhance communities across Pennsylvania to create stronger economies and better infrastructure,â&#x20AC;? Wolf said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making these improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails that serve a transportation purpose,

Work will improve transportation alternatives

and promote safety and mobility.â&#x20AC;? A full list of projects projects supported by todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement is below. Some examples include: ¡ Sidewalk improvements in Somerset Boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic "Uptown District"; ¡ Creation of a pedestrian and bicycle trail under Route 263 in Warwick Township, Bucks County; ¡ Improvements for pedestrians and transit riders along Beaver Drive in DuBois, Clearfield County; ¡ Pedestrian improve-

ments at Keystone College in Lackawanna County and Kings College in Luzerne County; and ¡ Enhancements to the City of Chester's Central Business District in Delaware County.

to bring your own. Meet at 10 a.m. in the lower level of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

shapes snowflakes can take, and why no two are exactly alike. Then have fun with some snowy crafts, including the perfect paper snowflake! Meet at 10 a.m. in the lower level of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supporting transportation alternatives in our communities is vital to a transportation system that works for all Pennsylvanians,â&#x20AC;? Richards said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These investments complement our state multimodal funding to ensure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making connections that improve citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quality of life no matter how

they travel.â&#x20AC;? Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, the 2012 federal transportation authorization act known as MAP-21, introduced fundamental changes to the administration of local programs, including those that had existed as separate programs in SAFETEA-LU, the previous authorization act. Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are now consolidated into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding. In Cambria County, work will take place in Adams Township, where $145,735 will be spent to create a safe route through the Creslo neighborhood to an existing Forest Hills School Campus.

Try it: snowshoes Have you ever wanted to give snowshoeing a try? Stop by the lower level of the park office at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, to borrow a pair of adult-size snowshoes and pick up some tips for snowshoeing. Then take a stroll around the office area to see what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like!

At least 5 inches of snow cover are required for this activity to take place. Contact Beth Garner, environmental education specialist, at 814-674-1000, extension 105, or for the most upto-date program information.

Prince Gallitzin State Park announces environmental programs Brunch with the birds Come to the park office on Thursday, Jan. 19, to learn about winter birds and bird-feeding while you enjoy a mid-morning snack. Then join the park naturalist outside to see whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visiting our feeders today. Some binoculars will be available, but feel free

Snowflake Fun Come explore the science of snowflakes on Saturday, Jan. 21. Find out about the variety of

               The dawn of a new calendar year often marks the end of the sometimes hectic holiday season. This time of year marks a return to normalcy for many families, as the kids go back to school and parents return to work. The beginning of January also serves as a great time to start preparing for tax season. While the deadline to file returns may be several months away, getting a head start allows men and women the chance to organize their tax documents so they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t racing against a deadline come April. The following are a handful of ways to start preparing for your returns now. â&#x20AC;˘ Find last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return. You will need information from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return in order to file this year, so find last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return and print it out if you plan to hire a professional to work on your return. â&#x20AC;˘ Gather dependentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; information. While you might know your own Social Security number by heart, if you have dependents, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need their information as well. New parents or adults who started serving as their elderly parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; primary caretakers over the last year will need their kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and their folksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; social security numbers. If you do not have these numbers upon filing, your return will likely be delayed and you might even be denied potentially substantial tax credits. â&#x20AC;˘ Gather your year-end financial statements. If you spent the

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As 2017 promises to bring new growth to educational opportunity around the country, tens of millions of parents, teachers, students, citizens, and community leaders are planning celebrations during National School Choice Week. Independently-planned events will take place from Jan. 22-28, including pep rallies, science fairs,


Supporters across the country to celebrate school choice where it exists and demand it where it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

school tours, policy forums, and rallies in more than 25 state capitals. These celebrations will be attended by tens of millions of Americans in all 50 states over just


with a motion made by Miller. The motion was seconded by Zanin. Zanin made two separate motions to accept and pay invoices, and accept the police and magistrate reports. Both motions were seconded by Miller. One final motion was made by Miller to accept the financial report and accompanying list of bills, including those after Jan. 17. The motion needed to be made this way because there will not be a meeting held on the third Tuesday of the month, and bills will come in during that time. Zanin made a second on the motion. Sherwood announced that a proclamation will be made commemorating Jan. 22-28 as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blacklick Township School Choice Week.â&#x20AC;? This proclamation recognizes education options available to the children who reside in Blacklick Township. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the education of the kids,â&#x20AC;? said Sherwood. Wray was not present at the meeting, so no engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report was given for the month. With not other matters to be discussed, the meeting was adjourned. The next Blacklick Township supervisors meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.





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seven days. Of the 21,392 events, 16,758 are planned by schools, 2,168 by homeschooling groups, 1,358 by chambers of commerce, and many more by individuals, along with coalitions of policy, advocacy, and education organizations. Each event reflects the community and mission of the individual event planners, focusing on themes like parent information nights, registration fairs, and workforce readiness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;National School Choice Week provides a unique opportunity for

Americans to join together on an issue that impacts all of us: educational opportunity,â&#x20AC;? said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With growth each year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that tens of millions of Americans are excited to celebrate the great education options in their communities and stand up for increased choice and access where it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet exist.â&#x20AC;? In seven years, National School Choice Week has grown to 142 times its initial size. The week was first celebrated in 2011 with 150

events and grew to 406 events in 2012, 3,600 events in 2013, 5,500 events in 2014, 11,082 events in 2015, 16,745 events in 2016, and will feature 21,392 events in 2017. More people search on Google for â&#x20AC;&#x153;school choiceâ&#x20AC;? during National School Choice Week than any other time of the year. National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. For more information, visit or week.

Loan partnership with Peoples denied by Nanty Glo Water Auth.

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Borough no longer on Ebensburg water

At the November 2016 Nanty Glo Water Authority meeting, the board members were approached by Bryan Waters from Peoples Natural Gas about the possibility of working together as partners for a customer loan. The process would mean that a five-year, $5,000 loan would be made available to residents to help purchase gas appliances if they decided to convert. The water authority would act as the loan administrator, but Peoples would be responsible

for fronting the funds for the interested residents. The plan was to send the bill for the loan out with the monthly water bills, then when all payments were received the water authority would write one large check out to Peoples Natural Gas. The authority would also receive a monthly $3 fee from Peoples for collecting the payments. The decision was made to deny the loan request partnership with Peoples. Although a small fee would benefit the authority, the board members

felt they should not add another responsibility onto the secretary while a major renovation was taking place at the water treatment plant. Plant operator Larry Krampy gave a brief update on the work he and assistant plant operator Tom Williamson have been doing. “We’re now fully producing our own water,” said Krampy in regard to the water treatment plant project. “We’re no longer on Ebensburg water.” Krampy and Williamson have

been marking the lines for the gas lines that are being constructed by Peoples Natural Gas. According to Krampy, Williamson started his schooling on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The classes will continue for 12 weeks, then Williamson will be eligible for the testing. John Clabaugh was the engineer present for the meeting and he left a draft budget behind for the authority members to review before the next meeting. Clabaugh said that Joel

Romagna will be at the February meeting to go over the budget. The annual reservoir inspection report was handed to Clabaugh, who looked it over. He said that a majority of the deficiencies that have been disclosed in prior reports have been addressed with the water treatment plant project. “The persistent items have been addressed,” said Clabaugh. The next Nanty Glo Water Authority meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Nanty Glo Borough building.

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives. Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. “Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood

Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”

ments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. “In about an hour, you can help save someone’s life. This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being,” said Gehrig.

currently receives platelet transfusions weekly and red blood cells about every two weeks. “We have seen firsthand the incredible need for blood products as we have been on this

four-year roller coaster journey,” said Amy Kannarr, Payton’s mom. “Through the care and compassion of donors, Payton has been able to enjoy life as a teenager.”

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Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood, platelet donations How to help Find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites for more donors to give blood or platelets. Overall, the Red Cross has added nearly 200 hours to blood donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks. Donation appoint-

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We would be happy to run your wedding, anniversary, birth or engagement announcement in our papers. There is a $5 charge to run a photo with an engagement, wedding, or anniversary announcement. To run two photos with an anniversary, there is a $10 charge. Announcements can be submitted in person at any of our offices. They also may be mailed to P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA, or e-mailed to Please be sure to include a name and phone number on all correspondence so that announcements may be verified.

Who blood donations help Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives. The treatments high school freshman Payton Kannarr receives to fight leukemia cause her blood counts to drop. She

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