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County: Prison closing will bring many economic challenges January 17, 2013

Commissioners react to state decision on SCI Cresson By Ian Wissinger

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Reacting to the recent and sudden news that Pennsylvania would be shutting down two state corrections institutions – one in the Mainline area – in favor of opening another in Centre County, Cambria County President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder offered a sentiment that was shared by many of his constituents: “It was not expected.� On Tuesday, Jan. 8, State Representative John Wozniak of the 35th District contacted the local media with an announcement – handed down by one of Governor Tom Corbett’s staffers – that the Commonwealth would move to close SCI Cresson and SCI Greensburg by mid-year. Meanwhile, a recently completed, state-of-the-art facility in Benner Township (Centre County) will begin operations, taking on some of the 1,200 inmates currently housed in Cresson. Other offenders will be transported to a state prison in Indiana County. The news stunned not only Cresson-area residents, but SCI Cresson employees themselves, many of whom learned of the facility’s closing either through the six o’clock news or wordof-mouth from their own inmates. An official statement was released by Department of

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel the following morning, championing the move as a means to save $23 million in taxpayer dollars. Of the 500 individuals employed at SCI Cresson, some will likely transfer to SCI Benner, while others’ career futures remain a question mark – inevitably, some will not be offered the same employment options (or salaries). Presently, on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 10, the Cambria County Board of Commissioners discussed the impact this development will have on not only its residents, but the local economy. SEE CHALLENGES, PAGE 4

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L. Robert Kimball remembered           as philanthropist, visionary

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By Ian Wissinger

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A local visionary and icon in the Ebensburg area has passed away. On Friday, Jan. 11, L. Robert Kimball, the man whose namesake engineering firm paved the way – quite literally – for the revitalization of Ebensburg, and who employed hundreds of local residents in projects that have extended beyond the borders of county and state, breathed his last. News of the loss affected many within the local business community, as well as leaders who had not only networked with Kimball on a business level, but on a personal one as well. “I watched him start his business from scratch,� recalls Jim Estep of Estep Realty. “As it grew, he never forgot about the community. He was always loyal to local business – he could have moved his headquarters anywhere, but he chose to remain here in Ebensburg.� Estep said he had represented Kimball as a buyer’s agent on a number of occasions, helping the latter secure several properties on the 100 and 200 blocks of West High Street that were then transformed into flourishing businesses or landmarks. “Not only did he do as much business as possible with local vendors,� Estep continued, “but he did many things to help people that no one ever knew about.� Indeed, L. Robert Kimball is remembered in his obituary for a “myriad� of philanthropic, civic and professional contributions. Born in 1923, L. Robert was the son of the late Leo C. and Ursula (Myers) Kimball. As the last surviving member of his immediate family, the entrepreneur and philanthropist is preceded in death by brothers John R. and William Kimball and sister Kathryn J. “Susie� Dandrea-Long. After founding his business in 1953 as a two-person surveying and civil engineering firm, Kimball made savvy choices and investments that helped it grow into a 16-office, 600-plus employee enterprise. Kimball finally retired in 2011, but not before posting a lengthy list of accomplishments. Publicly, Kimball will be remembered as a graduate and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Penn State University and a registered engineer in seven states, not to mention a highly decorated Air Force Captain who served his country during World War II (earning the Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Clusters and Croiz de Guerre) and the Korean War. He will also be remembered for his efforts to reshape and beautify downtown Ebensburg, according to Borough Manager Dan Penatzer.

The park that bears Kimball’s name at the intersection of High and Center Streets, said Penatzer, was originally a vacant gravel lot. “It’s a project he championed,� the borough manager recalled. “A building had been torn down, and he wanted to put a park [there].� Kimball secured the fundraising and financing to make this vision a reality, Penatzer said. He added that the completion of nearby Penn Eben Park, on the West side of High Street, would not have come to fruition without Kimball’s involvement. Penatzer said that Kimball also played a crucial role in gaining state funding for projects such as Memorial Field and the Young Peoples Community Center, not to mention the Ebensburg Airport. Estep is a board member of the Regional Aviation Conservation and Recreational Authority. Kimball’s aforementioned efforts to buy and transform many High Street properties – buildings that now house successful services and businesses such as the Boy Scouts headquarters, a hardware store and a pizzeria, also brought revenue into the borough. L. Robert Kimball has been designated as Ebensburg Borough’s engineer for a number of years. “Anybody could call him; he was easy to get a hold of,� Penatzer said. The borough manager said he considered the late Kimball a friend, and also recognized Kimball’s widow, Mary Louise (McNelis) as a key player in aiding the community. “He was always ready to help anybody, and he had Ebensburg at heart,� the borough manager noted. “And Mrs. Kimball as well – the family was so committed. To have such a vision and to be able to advance it [financially] – that doesn’t come along all that often.� In addition to Mary Louise, his wife of 66 years, L. Robert Kimball is survived by children John (Sheila) Kimball; Ann (Csaba) Balazs; Kitty Kimball Gleason; R. Jeffery (Debbi) Kimball; Susie (Leo) McCafferty; Sandy (Thomas) Giotto; Patty (Jeff) Kendall; Greta (Art) Rooney; and Mary Jo (Andy) Hopton. Kimball is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, a funeral service was held at Holy Name Church of Ebensburg, of which Kimball was a member, as presided over by Monsignor Arnold Gaus. Friends were received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass on Tuesday, at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Inc., of Ebensburg. In lieu of memorials, the Kimball family asks that donations be made in Bob’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

      

 

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Beyond the walls: Loss of SCI Cresson impacts community

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Fear, uncertainty predominant among residents following announcement By Justin Eger

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While it’s been little over a week since the state’s Department of Corrections announced that SCI

Cresson would be closed by the end of June, its inmates transferred to a new facility near State College and its employees scattered throughout the state prison system, there are still a lot of concerns being

expressed around Cresson Mountain and its neighboring communities. The initial shock of the announcement has given way to fear and even anger for many, as the region’s biggest job provider is set

to take its money elsewhere, and to a community that already has plenty of job providers, including another state prison. “It is hard to quantify the effect on our community of the SCI Cresson

closure, but it will be substantial. So much of our infrastructure is intertwined with the employees and needs of SCI, and it leaves an enorSEE SCI CRESSON, PAGE 8

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Fundraiser planned for fire chief By Jim Lauffer

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Last spring, according to WPSU producer Whitney Chirdon, one of the WPSU staffers said “that town has a lot of heart� after watching a preview of “Our Town: Nanty Glo,� the public channel’s 65th installment of the popular series. And it’s true. Through good times and bad, the collective heart of Nanty Glo’s residents has reached out with empathy to support those in need. Members of the Nanty Glo Volunteer Fire Department are now appealing to the community’s heart, not for a new truck or a new piece of equipment, but for one of their own — their chief, Joe LaMantia Jr., who has been ill and off work since early December. He is rapidly using up his benefit time and might have to be off work for another three months. In addition, the medical bills, as one can imagine, for an extended illness are extensive. To support their chief in his time of need, members of Station 43 will hold a

Challenges CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Lengenfelder recognized the $23 million savings as a win for the state overall, but said that Cambria, in the meantime, will be faced with new challenges and potentially hardships. “The good news is that folks will be offered jobs within a 50-mile radius,� he said, echoing a statement that was later retracted by the Department of Corrections, “but this does not necessarily mean they’ll be getting a one-for-one [deal]. We hope these families will not be adversely impacted.� “There will be an economic impact,� the president commissioner plainly added. “I believe that each business spawns additional businesses.� Lengenfelder noted that restaurants, convenience stores and even businesses that offer cleaning services and supplies will likely feel the pinch in the wake of SCI Cresson’s closing. “It’s going to be a challenge, particularly for that Cresson area,� Commissioner Mark Wissinger echoed. Commissioner Tom Chernisky said he would like to reach out to the governor and request a longer timetable for the transition and subsequent closing. The Greater Johnstown Regional Partnership had already submitted a similar correspondence to Harrisburg, according to Chernisky, urging “transparency.� “There needs to be time, to prepare local businesses,� the commissioner continued. “[We would ask] why it

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shouldn’t be delayed for another 12 months. I think we should be involved.� He lauded Wozniak for “taking the lead� in regards to the matter. All three commissioners sit on the Cambria County Prison Board, and said that the eventual opening of SCI Benner had been discussed from time to time. “It’s a new facility, [the state] wants to use it – that’s no surprise,� Lengenfelder noted. But once again, the suddenness of the recent announcement, as well as the plan to phase out SCI Cresson by June 30 at the latest, was not viewed as favorable. The Cambria County Prison houses state inmates, though Lengenfelder said he was unsure whether SCI Cresson’s closing would produce a positive or negative impact. Whether said offenders get moved to Centre or Indiana County – or the Cambria County Prison is asked to take on additional inmates – remains an uncertainty, he said. “There is a definite chance that our prison will be impacted, one way or the other,� the president commissioner conceded. In regards to Chernisky’s earlier comments about becoming involved in the matter, and petitioning the state to perhaps adjust its timetable, Lengenfelder said that the board will have to take “a good hard look� before “jumping in.� He did remind himself, however, that time is of the essence. “This is a fast-moving train,� Lengenfelder concluded.

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Closing of SCI Cresson also bears impact on local history

Mainline Extra

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Former sanatorium site celebrates 100th anniversary of opening in 2013

By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been just 26 years since SCI Cresson opened its cell doors and began offering jobs to area residents, the grounds on which the facility stands have a much longer history. 2013 marks the centennial anniversary of when the doors were opened on an altogether different kind of facility at the top of Cresson Mountain, a tuberculosis sanatorium that housed men, women, and children from around the state who were suffering from the disease. Despite its purpose, which might have driven some fearful of the disease away, the facility and its patients became a part of the Cresson community, and many of those very patients and staff members returned not two years ago to celebrate the history of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Sanâ&#x20AC;? and share their stories. Chief among them was Chuck Felton, who has been chronicling the history of the Cresson TB Sanatorium for the last several years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The timing of this is totally strange,â&#x20AC;? Felton said from his Texas home last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here we are getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the facility being opened and here they announce that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re closing it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad we had our reunion in 2011.â&#x20AC;? It was at that time, Felton related, that he was able to venture onto the prison grounds with a film crew to record an Emmy-winning documentary detailing the history of the San. He and the cameramen explored Grace Chapel, the only building on the prison grounds that remains in its original location, and is still in use by prison population. Along with Felton, local residents with an interest in the history of the San expressed their concerns about the fate of the facility, and in particular Grace Chapel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although the primary concern will be of the economic impact to employees and the municipalities that benefited from the prison population, thoughts go to the future of Grace Chapel on the grounds of the prison,â&#x20AC;? explained Etta Albright, who helped Felton organize the reunion of San patients and staff two years ago. Though the TB sanatoriumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Houseâ&#x20AC;? also remains on the grounds of SCI Cresson, Grace Chapel is of particular interest to historians and

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mous vacuum when the largest â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in a small market is yanked away, even if many of the employees continue to be employed at another far off location,â&#x20AC;? said Cresson Township Supervisor Gary Bradley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our area had finally begun to adjust to the collapse of the railroad, steel, and coal industries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this will take us back to square one.â&#x20AC;? The comparison to the loss of those previous industries was not a statement unique to Bradley. Indeed, many people that this writer spoke with over the weekend, whether on-therecord or privately, expressed similar fears and concerns, often seeing Cressonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future as little more than a â&#x20AC;&#x153;ghost town.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing you can compare it to is when the mines closed,â&#x20AC;? Jack Barlick of Lilly said, echoing Bradleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The impact is going to be huge. So many people from the prison live here in these communities, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen to them. They might be offered jobs, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where, so they might have to move, or even if they have to drive, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extra 50 miles or more in gas and wear on their cars. It takes a toll.â&#x20AC;? Local businesses, too, will likely take a hard hit as the prisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population of inmates and employees are moved elsewhere. Howard Harkins, president of the Cresson Area Chamber of Commerce, broke the announcement down to its basic components last week, and even just looking at the loss of the inmate population is going to bring swift, hard change to the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got what, 1,500 prisoners up there?â&#x20AC;? Harkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They probably all get visitation of some kind. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gas, and food, and the hotels, not just in Cambria County, but in Blair County, too. All those people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be coming through town anymore. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to hurt.â&#x20AC;? As for the employees, many expect to see a number of houses on the market very soon. While Harkins, who also works as a realtor, was initially skeptical of such considerations, he later said that he felt the immediate impact on area residences was uncertain. But in the long term, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will probably be for the negative.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m learning about this, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about all I can say,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still so much up in the air right now, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way to have a clear picture.â&#x20AC;?

Mainline Extra Those left behind will also have to deal with the loss of a key piece of Cressonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure. On a strictly service level, SCI Cresson purchased many thousands of gallons of water each month from Cresson Township, and paid for a hefty amount of capacity at the wastewater treatment plant operated by Cresson Borough. All told, SCI accounts for approximately 48 percent of water purchases made by the Cresson Township Municipal Authority, for which the state is charged an additional premium by the CTMA. That revenue will simply vanish, almost overnight, while the Cresson Borough Municipal Authority will soon have to decide how to address the approximately 20 percent of capacity at the treatment plant that is set aside for the prison. Furthermore, the Cresson Township Municipal Authority is literally right in the middle of an infrastructure upgrade project for its water system, with plans to build a new water storage tower that was designed and calculated with the prison in mind as a part of the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customer base. While the Department of Corrections has since stated that it will maintain its previous agreement with Cresson Township, allowing rights-of-way across state-owned land to be accessed by the municipality, how the project will be paid for remains in question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The closing of SCI Cresson certainly constitutes a material change in the project,â&#x20AC;? explained authority engineer Richard Wray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[State lending agency] PENNVEST has been updated, and should be able to advise us on how to proceed soon, but there has been no change recommended to our application for funding at this time.â&#x20AC;? What irked officials, though, was how suddenly the announcement was made. Having been in talks about this project (and largely ignored) by the Department of Corrections since 2007, progress was only really made over the last few months, and Cresson Township representatives asked officials from the DOC directly if there were any plans to close SCI Cresson, a rumor which those same officials flatly denied at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if they knew what was going on at that time,â&#x20AC;? said supervisor Scott Decoskey, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have some idea that this might be coming.â&#x20AC;? Decoskey and his fellow supervisors, too, will soon have to address a direct loss of

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income to the township itself. With the prisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees all but scattered to the four winds, they will not be paying the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Services Tax (formerly the Occupational Privilege Tax) assessed on everyone who works within the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limits. Though the tax is just $10, taking that times the 500-plus employees at SCI Cresson will force the township to deal with a $5,000 hit to its budget in the coming year, a deficit that has yet to be addressed. Along with sharing his disbelief, Decoskeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fellow supervisor, Bradley, spoke to DOC Secretary John Wetzelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s declaration that the closing of this facility, and its counterpart in Westmoreland County, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;not a bombshell announcement.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The loss of nearly 600 jobs in your township is a pretty big bombshell,â&#x20AC;? he said, then asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why would he say something

like that?â&#x20AC;? And that number does not take into account the service jobs and contracted employment that provided the prison with additional resources. Many of those people are expecting to lose their jobs well before the June 30 deadline, faced with losing not only their income, but their health insurance. As those concerns set in, they, like many state employees, chose not to speak on the record for fear of jeopardizing any future employment opportunities. However, some did note that they, like many, are simply trapped in indecision as they await more information. That feeling was summed up nicely by Mike Vargo of the Cresson Township Municipal Authority as he discussed his boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, there are just more questions than answers.â&#x20AC;?

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Regional churches support Miners Community Food Pantry

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

By Jim Lauffer

of Mainline Newspapers

Christian charity is alive and thriving in both the Conemaugh and Blacklick valleys. In November, the Summit Chapel United Methodist Church held an Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Worship Service and collected $300 for the Miners Community Food Pantry, which serves residents in Nanty Glo and Vintondale boroughs and Blacklick and Jackson townships. On Dec. 9, St. John Vianney Catholic Church hosted the Advent Music Festival and collected $807 for the pantry. These two sums were complemented by $800 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing the total amount of the donations to $1,107 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in freewill offerings given to the pantry during the annual Christmas meal for area seniors hosted by St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The pastors of the three churches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pastor Kevin McNamara (St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s), Father Andrew Stanko (St. John Vianney), and Pastor John Weaver (Summit Chapel) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; participate in the Conemaugh Valley Ministerium, which held its first meeting of 2013 on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 9, in the St. John Vianney Quinn Hall.

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Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic, Jr. has requested that the Board of Commissioners move to fill a vacancy in his office that has thus far proven a serious impediment to meeting bill and payroll demands. Cernic made an official request at the commissioners’ Thursday, Jan. 10 meeting, though he has publicly petitioned them in the past. The vacancy has existed since Nov. 1, or approximately the middle of the controller’s office’s busiest time of year, when unpaid bills, payrolls and other financial obligations take precedent in the midst of an end-of-year budget crunch. This week, a visibly disappointed Cernic announced that he would not be able to cut checks for Cambria County’s 26 constables, and he blamed the lack of an additional deputy for this shortcoming. The county’s salary board, which comprises the commissioners and Cernic, is responsible for new employee hires. “In my nine years as controller I have been on time, and have never missed a payroll for the constables,” Cernic said. “But our hands are tied until the commissioners decide to fill that vacancy. By not allowing us to fill that position, it is impossible for us to get this work done.” The controller added that a union that represents Cambria County employees had recently filed a grievance against his office. Adding further tension to the matter, one of the constables also attended the Jan. 10 meeting to express anger and disappointment on behalf of himself and his contemporaries during the public comment period. The individual stressed the importance of the role of constable, and said that the job involves perhaps more work than what the commissioners are aware of. “A lot of people think what we do is serve [warrants],” the man said. “But it’s not a one-faceted operation. Our phones are always ringing.” The individual proceeded to attack the commissioners on their recently passed budget, as well as what he perceived to be their favoring of certain county departments over others. “We have a lot of dead weight running around – and this is not a dead weight [job],” he insisted. “You have limited resources and you want more done. That doesn’t always work.” After listening to the man’s complaint, President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder thanked him for his input

and turned to address Cernic. Lengenfelder reminded the controller that the commissioners had instructed his office, in writing, to handle payment of “elected officials and individuals” before taking care of businesses and entities. This prompted a heated backlash from Cernic. Cernic criticized Lengenfelder for attempting to tell him “how to run [his] office.” He said that the job vacancy has proven too weighty of an obstacle for office staff to meet otherwise realistic demands. “[My staff] has told me, ‘We cannot do this work,’” Cernic plainly stated. The controller also pointed out that the commissioners have elected to create “numerous” jobs between Nov. 1 and the present, in the meantime neglecting his own – and the county’s – needs. “We are trying to run a good government, yet contain costs,” said Commissioner Mark Wissinger, in reply to both the constable and Cernic’s comments. “This has gotten caught in the crosswires.” The commissioners explained that they had in fact advertised for the job vacancy since its former occupant’s departure. They had only done so internally, thus far, said Lengenfelder, because hiring from within the county is an additional way to save money. Presently, the search has not attracted any applicants. “I have felt, from day one, that we needed to fill this position,” maintained Commissioner Tom Chernisky. “But no one had bid into it.” Chernisky added that he felt it was time for the county to expand its search, and take applications from outside the courthouse. In the end, Cernic said that the damage had already been done, and that he would not be able to pay Cambria County’s constables the following day. When asked if he could meet payroll demands for the following pay period, the controller hesitated before saying, “I don’t know yet.” Cambria County pays its constables after their fees are collected, a different method from what some other Pennsylvania counties employ, Lengenfelder said. He added that “even in the toughest fiscal times, the constables remain a priority to pay.” As a sidenote, Cernic contended that most of Cambria County’s other financial obligations – including back bills accumulated since September of last year and up through December – have been paid, though some December invoices remain. ___

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Patton Borough appoints new board members By Sarah Wolford

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During its Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting, the Patton Borough Council handled several items of new business necessary to begin the work of the new year. Council began the meeting by going into a brief executive session, after which they went on to make appointments to both the park commission and the municipal authority. In one motion, council approved appointing Melissa Kinney to the park commission and Jeff Weber to the municipal authority. Borough secretary Donna Dunegan reported that $467.51 left by former tax collector Tom Hudak belonged to him after verification with the county. The money needs to be returned to Hudakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate. Dunegan also told council the borough will need to verify that the money was returned to the estate with the county controllerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, as well. The money was deposited in the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general fund and will be returned to Hudakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate from the same. Dunegan said the county had also sent a letter outlining the distribution of the funds held in Hudakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax collection account. Council approved a motion to accept the county controllerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determination for disbursement. Also in regards to taxes, the borough said they had sent a list of properties in the borough with unpaid taxes that have gone through to sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sale without any bids to the tax claim bureau. These properties can be purchased through the county. The buyer is responsible for paying off the liens against the property. Those interested in buying and flipping the properties, to resell them, may be interested. The boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solicitor updated the council on new bidding limits that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. The law automatically increases the bid limit for a borough, township, or municipal authority to $18,901. The limit for three written quotes will go to $10,201. Anything below $10,200 will no longer require bidding or quotes. The street committee reported that one of the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plow trucks was down for a short time due to an issue with the plow itself. Council said the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new plow truck operator was doing a good job acclimating to the work and learning the plow routes. The street committee said they will be ordering the remainder of the 2012-13 salt requirements and applying for their 2013-14 salt allotment in the near future. The council was also told that Cenker Engineering, of Acme, Pa., has purchased CPS Surveys in Ebensburg. CPS Surveys has done the majority of the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surveying for over 35 years. Council said they may have to look for a new surveyor in the future.

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Portage Area High School investigates recent bomb threat

Mainline Extra

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Superintendent pleased with response By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

Last Thursday, a bomb threat was reported to the administration at Portage Area High School, prompting the immediate evacuation of the building. A bomb squad later cleared the building of any threat. The situation was a testament to the preparedness of the district, and Portage Area School District Superintendent Rich Bernazzoli said the incident was handled swiftly and according to preestablished protocol by district officials. The threat was first reported Jan. 10, between 11-11:30 a.m. Bernazzoli said a student who found the threat in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bathroom in the north wing of the school reported it to Portage Area High School assistant principal Deb Meckey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Meckey then started the normal protocol for evacuation,â&#x20AC;? explained Bernazzoli. All of the students, faculty, and staff were evacuated to the elementary school building. The bomb threat was reported at the beginning of the high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch periods, so the meal was shuttled over to the elementary school, and high school students were fed there, said Bernazzoli. In the meantime, the district was in contact with local and state police, as well as the fire department through the 911 center. Both the Portage Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police responded to the scene, where they were assisted by school district security officers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;School security was on hand to help [police] in any way they could,â&#x20AC;? Bernazzoli said. No one was allowed entry to the building. The Portage Volunteer Fire Department was also held on standby in case their assistance was needed. The Richland K-9 Unit, along with a Pennsylvania State Police bomb-sniffing dog were called to the high school building. Bernazzoli said both dogs conducted a perimeter search; one dog searched the upper floor of the building while the other dog searched the lower level. The first all-call went out shortly after 12 p.m., Bernazzoli said, to alert parents to the situation. At 12:59 p.m., a second all-call was dispatched to announce the high school students early dismissal, which was scheduled to take place at 1:25 p.m. At 1:49 p.m., a third all-call was placed to announce the safe departure of all students, whether that be by bus, on foot, or via the students own vehicles. The building was official cleared of any and all threat by police shortly after 4 p.m., after which a final all-call went out to alert parents. Police immediately told administrators that the building was cleared for all school events and activities the following day, Friday. Bernazzoli said all after school practices and meetings were canceled for Thursday, with the exception of two off-campus events - a girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; varsity basketball game at Meyersdale and a rifle team match. Staff volunteered to enter the high school building to collect items needed by students, like car keys and necessary sports equipment. Bernazzoli said he was pleased with the way in which the situation was handled, giving special

commendation to Meckey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She did an outstanding job [handling the situation],â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that all of the students, faculty, and staff responded well and were very cooperative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything was followed to a

T,â&#x20AC;? said Bernazzoli. The only glitch the district encountered was with their all-call system, which Bernazzoli explained has occasional hiccups, especially with cell phone numbers. Administrators have narrowed

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Portage Area Historical Society schedules Book Sale for February

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Portage Boro reaches agreement with Amfire on intersection

Mainline Extra

Thursday, January 17, 2013

By Sarah Wolford

of Mainline Newspapers

Portage Borough manager Bob Koban informed borough council during its January meeting that Amfire Mining Company had committed in writing to their share of the proposed project to rehabilitate the intersection at Main Street and Dulancey Avenue. Koban said he received word of Amfireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment just one day after the passing of Portage Planning Commission chairman Dick Rice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to see it happen,â&#x20AC;? said Koban. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He deserves

Q&A on new tax law By Kathleen Pender

San Francisco Chronicle

My column on the new tax law generated questions from readers:

Q: Erin H. writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I read your article about converting a traditional 401(k) to a Roth 401(k). While I work for a public agency and do not have this option, my boyfriend does and is considering doing so. It is my understanding that there are income restrictions for being eligible to contribute to Roth IRAs. Does the same income restriction apply to Roth 401(k)s and converting a traditional 401(k) to a Roth?â&#x20AC;? A: The new tax law that lets any worker convert funds from a traditional 401(k) to a Roth 401(k) also applies to 403(b) plans offered primarily by colleges and nonprofits, and to 457 plans offered by publicsector employers. To take advantage of this opportunity created by the new law, your employer must offer a Roth option in the plan (fewer than half of employers do) and allow in-plan Roth conversions. If you would like these options, talk to your employer. There are no income restrictions on contributing to a Roth 401(k), as there are for contributing to a Roth IRA. One caveat: If your employer

a lot of credit for getting this project to come to fruition.â&#x20AC;? The news was a welcome announcement for council, who just two months ago were afraid the plan would be indefinitely

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foot-dragging, Congress added a couple of special provisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you took a distribution to yourself in December that normally would not qualify as a QCD, but transfer money to a charity by Jan. 31, that could qualify as a QCD,â&#x20AC;? Levine says. Alternatively, if you did not take a required distribution from your IRA in 2012 because you were waiting to see what Congress would do, you could take a distribution in January and have it go straight to charity. In that case it would count as a qualified charitable distribution and count toward your required minimum distribution for last year, Levine says.

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Corporations figure their tax under the regular system, then figure it under the AMT -- which tosses out some deductions allowed under the regular system but applies a lower tax rate -- and pay whichever tax is higher. Many large corporations are subject to AMT, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely complicated and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raise that much revenue for all the trouble it takes to

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clers of the San. Headlined â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cornerstone at Sanatorium Chapel Place in Hands Of the Sub-Contractor,â&#x20AC;? the article reads, in part, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On last Friday, a copper box with contest was placed in the hands of the stone cub-contractor of the Sanatorium Chapel to be put in the corner stone ... In it was coin of the Realm donated by the two banks, church papers of various Protestant denominations and of the Catholic Church, with a short history of Father Gallitzin ... In the box also will be found when the walls crumble in the centuries to come several articles on the Chapel, and especially a leaflet containing a picture of the Chapel and a part of the Sanatorium, and not least a copy of the Cresson Record.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those weird, ironic coincidences,â&#x20AC;? Felton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We no sooner find out about this cornerstone and this copper box, then we find out the prison is going to be closed. We had talked about getting a plaque set up to denote the location of the time capsule, but now, since we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen to the facility, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to know if the cornerstone is there. If something is going to be done with the building, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to look for this time capsule and salvage it, if it comes to that.â&#x20AC;?

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as though the company would not provide any monetary assistance. With Amfire officially on board as of the start of 2013, the borough can now move forward with the project as proposed. Borough officials are now working with representatives from PennDOT to get the rest of the plans in place. In April of 2012, council tentatively planned for the project with an approximate cost of $610,000. Portage Borough would contribute $25,000; Amfireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent company Alpha Natural Resources would contribute between $100,000 and $125,000 (through the possible application of a grant); and PennDOT would cover the balance. As proposed, the project will reconstruct with Main Street and Dulancey Avenue intersection by resurfacing it and reinforcing the pavement to help it handle the heavy load of the dozens of large coal trucks that travel through the intersection on a daily basis. In addition, plans to make the turning radius larger for traffic turning from Dulancey Avenue onto Main Street were discussed, keeping in mind the 57-foot tractor trailers which would need more room.

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The Department of Corrections announced last week that it would be working with the Office of General Services to determine a future use, if any, for the Cresson facility. A press release that accompanied said statement noted that options included the surplus or sale of the Cresson facility and its counterpart in Greensburg. Calls to the Office of General Services for comment were not returned, while Feltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempts to validate the presence of either the cornerstone or the time capsule with prison officials have met with little response as yet. Regardless, a committee related to the history of the Cresson TB Sanatorium is currently in the process of pursuing a historical marker to denote the facility through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The committee has also contacted the commission to apprise them of the new developments surrounding the site, though no response has yet been received. Plans also continue for a program scheduled for Aug. 3, 2013 at the Cresson American Legion, scheduled in remembrance of the formal opening of the San a century ago. More information about the San, which (for now) houses SCI Cresson, please visit www.feltondesignanddata.com/ cressontbsanatoriumremembered.

Much of the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost, as discussed in April, would go to cover sidewalk and curb installation. Ramps at the intersection would also need to be redone to comply with current standards, and a sidewalk would be put in on one side of the road. Koban said he and Planning Commission vice-chairman Joe Beyer were now working with PennDOT to see when PennDOT would be able to contribute their portion of the funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;PennDOT says we missed our window of opportunity to receive funding this year,â&#x20AC;? Koban explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, if something else falls through, we may be able to get funded.â&#x20AC;? Koban added that he would be meeting with PennDOT soon to see if they could work something out. Councilor Ray Vandzura suggested inviting state senator John Wozniak to the meeting to see if he could be of any assistance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any improvement that can be made will benefit the community,â&#x20AC;? said council president Sharon McCarthy. Koban also added that they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received a time frame from Amfire in which the project needed to be completed. Koban said he would update the council once he knew more.

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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, Sankertown Borough, and Gallitzin Township police departments are also represented on the Facebook page, while Cresson Borough officers have only just begun to participate after receiving clearances from borough council on Jan. 14.

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 Departments 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;? NO MATTER THE CONDITION OF YOUR TRADEâ&#x20AC;Ś

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