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January 24, 2013

Board passes needed budget measure By Ian Wissinger

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Central Cambria’s monthly meeting of the Board of Directors usually begins with a verbal report, delivered on behalf of both the middle school and high school’s student councils, sharing information on various events that have occurred and reminding those in attendance of similar events and fundraisers on the horizon. On the evening of Monday, Jan. 14, student representatives celebrated a myriad of past successes, including a food drive that yielded over 650 non-perishable food items for the Ebensburg Food Pantry, and a box top collection that netted over 4,300 (which will, in turn, benefit both schools’ library). National Honor Society students from the high school also participated in Red Kettle Campaigns, hosted by the Salvation Army, for the second year in a row, raising money for families in need during the holiday season. Of future endeavors, the student council representatives announced a Zumbathon for breast cancer awareness, hosted by the girls varsity basketball team, that unfolded on Sunday, Jan. 20, as well as a Red-Out, proposed by Communities in Schools for Feb. 6, with the intent of raising funds for lifesaving research for the American Heart Association. Separate but related events,

     

  

                 

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such as Hoops for Hearts at the middle school and a Nutrition for Healthy Hearts T-shirt sale, will further this cause, the speakers said. In closing, student representatives extended their recognition and gratitude to the board of directors, noting that January was National School Boards Month. After entertaining their student guests, the board turned its attention toward business matters, including a request submitted by the district’s tax collectors, requesting a raise for the present year. Board member Dr. Scott Magley asked when such SEE BOARD, PAGE 5

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Kayce Ertter of Ebensburg, Hannah Cotchen of Cresson, Kristen Blair, and Courtney Link of Ebensburg show that girls always have fun as they enjoy the Snowflake dance hosted by Bishop Carroll High School this past weekend. Submitted photo.

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Union officials discuss fate of SCI Cresson employees By Justin Eger

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Even now, inmates are being transferred by the busload from the State Correctional Institution at Cresson, dispersed throughout the state prison system in preparation for the opening of SCI Benner in Centre County. As such, it comes as little surprise that there isn’t a whole lot of time left for SCI Cresson and its employees, and even the expected closing date of June 30 might be a lot longer than is actually needed by the Department of Corrections to make the closing

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of facilities in Cresson and Greensburg a reality. The clock is ticking for employees of SCI Cresson, who were asked early last week to decide where in the prison system that they would want to go. On Jan. 16, an impromptu meeting of SCI’s unionized employees with the PA State Corrections Officers Association was held at the Sankertown VFW. While many employees were notified of the 6 p.m. gathering, still others learned of it only from local news reports covering the meeting, and trickled in over the course of the discussion.

What they (and we) learned was not all that heartening, and even as some complained about being offered the survey, union officials made it clear that offering some comment, any at all, was better than simply discarding the paperwork. “If you don’t fill out the survey, you will be furloughed,� said Robert Storm, vice-president of the PSCOA. “And that’s just a fancy word for layoffs.� Storm and PSCOA president Roy Pinto stressed that the union is working diligently on behalf of the employees at SCI Cresson and SCI

Greensburg, trying to limit the impact that these closings will have on the SCI families and protect as many jobs as possible. Unfortunately, those jobs might not be in any place that staff members might want to go initially. “We’re working on protecting your rights of recall,� Storm explained. “If, for some reason, SCI Cresson would reopen, you would all be called back. It’s not a done deal, but it’s what we’re trying to do.� But even then, Pinto and Storm pointed out, it was unlikely that

anything could be done to save SCI Cresson. The decision had already been made, and with inmates already being transferred, the closing was all but an inevitability, despite the good intentions of state and local officials called to testify on behalf of the Cresson community. For its part, the union can file a grievance with the state, and pursue a heavy media campaign, but that’s all just window dressing. “The only people who can stop this are Corbett and Wetzel,� Pinto explained, addressing the Governor

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Chamber addresses poor handling of SCI Cresson closing

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With the news of the state’s decision to close SCI Cresson still fresh in everyone’s minds, it was no surprise that the Jan. 15 meeting of the Cresson Area Chamber of Commerce focused quite intently on

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Portage Township reorganizes for new year By Sarah Wolford

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The Portage Township supervisors held a meeting on Monday, Jan. 7 in order to reorganize for the year 2013. The supervisors set right to work on making appointments for the various positions in the municipality. After appointing a temporary chairman and temporary secretary, Richard Olshavsky and Ruby Moore, respectively, the supervisors moved on to nominations for the board of supervisors chairman. After naming Olshavsky as chairman, Elwood Selepack was named the board of supervisors vice-chairman for 2013. Next, supervisors appointed Moore as the township secretary for 2013. Rick Olshavsky was appointed to the position of township treasurer. The treasurer’s bond was set at $400,000. Calvin J. Webb will remain the township’s solicitor in 2013. Other reappointments for this year were the EADS Engineering Group as the township’s engineering firm, S&T Bank as the township’s select depository, and the Berkhimer Tax Administrators as the township’s Act 511 tax collector. Nancy Sherbine was appointed to represent the township on the Portage Area Sewer Authority for a five-year term. Supervisors said whoever is available will attend meetings of the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency and the Cambria County Building Code Enforcement Agency. Supervisors reappointed Tim Price as the township’s code enforcement officer. Ray Boeman was appointed as the vacancy board chairman. Next, supervisors appointed non-elected township employees. Tyler Shaffer, Richard Shaffer, David Nolan, and Olshavsky were appointed as the township road crew. Tom Rhor, Mike Jubina, Jeff Kostan, and David Parkin were appointed as township laborers. Set wages were increased 25 cents per hour. The benefits package for township employees will remain the same as last year. Reimbursable mileage for personal vehicle use was set at 55 cents per mile. Motions were not carried to appoint the roadmaster and assistant roadmaster. Supervisors will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the township building, previously supervisors met on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Township holidays are set the same as last year, with the township office closed on New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Selepack was named the voting delegate to attend the state convention in Hershey on April 2124. The township will advertise for a public accountant and an EMA coordinator.

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hurt by the closing of SCI Cresson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really disappointed in the borough,â&#x20AC;? Harkins said, a statement with which many other Chamber members agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a borough problem, and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just focus on one aspect of this. The only way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get any sort of response from the governor is with numbers, and just one municipality isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to get it done.â&#x20AC;? Further ire was vented in the direction of state officials, including Rep. Gary Haluska and Sen. John Wozniak, who had planned a meeting for Jan. 31 at the Cresson Fire Hall, fully two weeks after the announcement of the prisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing, and probably far too late to get anything of merit accomplished. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already moving prisoners out of there,â&#x20AC;? Harkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So having a meeting about it now is like shutting the barn door after the horse has already escaped.â&#x20AC;? Others commented on the overwhelming silence that has come from Wozniakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in the weeks since he broke the news. Several Chamber members reported that they had made an effort to reach out to Wozniak, only to be met with an answering machine, if not an outright dismissal from his staff. As such, those same Chamber members expressed outright anger at their treatment by Wozniakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, though the state senator has since

stated he would be sitting in on judiciary committee meetings regarding the SCI Cresson situation. All this, it was noted, in comparison to the efforts of the legislators responsible for the district surrounding SCI Greensburg, another prison slated for closing. As Harkins said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting people ready to go down to Harrisburg with pitchforks and torches, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeing anything like that around here.â&#x20AC;? Seeing little respect from or recourse with state officials, the Chamber instead opted to go above the state-level bureaucracy and approach U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster. With the Cresson area having been shifted into Shusterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s district after state officials redrew district lines two years ago, now seemed an ample time to call on the congressmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resources. As stated in a letter to Shuster, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are requesting your advice and resources to assist our organization and those we represent in providing support through the process of identifying the best future use for the site. We are also requesting help in coordinating services in support of efforts being organized by local, regional, and state entities involved in the overall process of closure and revitalization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our immediate goal is to eliminate the unnecessary duplication of efforts being conducted independently by those entities in assembling information, coordinating agencies,

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and communicating with all involved parties. Our ultimate objective is to promote an atmosphere of intergovernmental cooperation and consistency as we approach potential developers with an eye toward restoring the site to a state of operation, in turn offering new employment opportunities for our residents, and completing all of

this as expeditiously as possible.â&#x20AC;? In short, rather wallowing in the hardships that will come from losing SCI Cresson, the Chamber hopes to recruit assistance in replacing the facility with something new that will bolster the community and, as the letter closes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;mitigate those hardships and return our area to a superior economic position.â&#x20AC;?

         

 

      

 

  

 

                   

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On Friday, Dec. 21, the Cambria County Board of Commissioners made headlines by announcing that the Nanty Glo Senior Center would be closing its doors for good the following Saturday, or the 29th. This decision, based on evidence provided by an Area Agency on Aging study, drew positive and negative feedback alike on behalf of the public, with some applauding the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise of cost savings and others lamenting the loss of a community asset. Commissioner Tom Chernisky had voted against the measure. With the commissioners convening for the first time since that meeting, on Thursday, Jan. 10, another announcement was made in regards to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior centers, though no additional closings will be taking place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at least for now. At this most recent meeting, the board moved to accept a proposal submitted by Information Age Technologies of Mount Pleasant, Pa., for the installation of the CoPilot system in three area facilities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ebensburg, Northern Cambria and East Hills (Richland). This system, maintained President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder, will improve the quality of operations at all three sites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a program we tested last year in [the center in] Johnstown, with senior approval,â&#x20AC;? Lengenfelder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward to expanding it.â&#x20AC;? The CoPilot system involves a now common, convenient technology â&#x20AC;&#x201C; identification or â&#x20AC;&#x153;swipeâ&#x20AC;? cards, with a barcode that can be scanned â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for patrons to use to check in at their local senior center. The upgrade will make bookkeeping quicker and easier for facility managers, according to officials. Cambria County must keep extensive attendance and meal records for each of its now eight centers.

The installation of said technology will cost $18,000, a sum that will be paid in the first quarter of this year, Lengenfelder said. As the board had stated at its previous meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; then given as a means of justification for the Nanty Glo siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the emphasis lies with improving the quality of services offered at each senior center. Moving on, the commissioners approved a resolution that authorizes the implementation of an â&#x20AC;&#x153;extension of settlement agreement regarding payments in lieu of real estate taxesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in other words, the county will provide for the payment of $95,000 by Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in lieu of county real estate taxes for the current year. Under appointments, the board promoted Joseph Loughran to the Law Enforcement Advisory Board for a two-year term, effective the first of this year and ending Dec. 31, 2014. Similar appointments were granted for Herman Long (EMS Advisory Board), Jason Troxel (EMS Advisory Board) and Renee Pupo (Children & Youth Advisory Board), with the first two following the same term structure and the latter lasting until December of this year. Several individuals who have served on county boards also saw their tenure extended for an additional term. Robert Fatula, Robert Kolar, Terry Wyland, Isaac D. Hassen, Sr. and William Richards will remain in place on the Law Enforcement Advisory Board for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1 and running through Dec. 31, 2014. Likewise, Audrey Liscomb, Bonnie Solomon and Blair Pawlowski will continue their service on the Children & Youth Advisory Board for a three-year term, effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015. Finally, Gene Eckenrode of the Agricultural Land Preservation Board will stay on through Jan. 1, 2016.

In their closing statements, the commissioners wished to remind the public that they will be continuing their â&#x20AC;&#x153;travelingâ&#x20AC;? town meeting format, starting this month with a jaunt to Westmont Hilltop High School. As had been observed on five separate occasions last year, the board said they enjoy bringing their busi-

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Later this year, the Nanty Glo Fire Department will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. On June 21, 1913, a charter was granted to Nanty Glo Fire

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Tom Corbett and DOC Secretary John Wetzel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We might be able to delay it some, but what if all those open positions around here get filled? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want you to lose the chance at the jobs you want.â&#x20AC;? While many said they would prefer to stay at Cresson, an option not on the table, there were others who were simply aggrieved at the limited amount of time in which they were required to make what many called â&#x20AC;&#x153;life altering decisions.â&#x20AC;? As it turns out, the survey had to be turned in to prison and union officials by Jan. 21, just one week after the first of the surveys were handed out. As of last Wednesday night, there were some who had not yet even received their surveys, adding further stress to an already short deadline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if you can get the survey filled out, and get us a copy, we can protect you,â&#x20AC;? Storm said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You guys and the guys in Greensburg will get priority placement, and no one will be allowed to transfer anywhere in the system until you all get jobs.â&#x20AC;? But even amidst all the strife and upheaval, there were signs that SCI Cresson was still a family. Some senior members, those with many years on the job, asked questions about applying for retirement, and one gentleman pointed out that, if he can take retirement, that will save a better job for some of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;junior guysâ&#x20AC;? who might have only just started their employment with the DOC. That thought of generosity offered spirited counterpoint to the anger that filled many employees, and even union officials. To add further insult to injury, Pinto had received unconfirmed reports that Wetzel had offered all of the inmates at Cresson and Greensburg a memo apologizing for the inconvenience of the closings and transfers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m as p***ed off as you are,â&#x20AC;? Pinto said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes me mad that they can treat you this way.â&#x20AC;?

Company No. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the precursor to the current Station 43. The newly established company wasted no time in preparing to serve its community, buying its first piece of equipment in 1913: a hand-drawn cart with 500 feet of hose. Nine years later, the department purchased a Ford chemical truck. A year after being chartered, the company joined the Northern Cambria County Firemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, which later became the Volunteer Firemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association of Cambria

County and Vicinity. In 1927, 44 women of the community organized a ladies auxiliary to the fire company. In 1982, the department began a building-expansion program that included a new engine room, rest rooms, a compressor room, a meeting room, and a new kitchen. The total project cost was $265,000, and on April 10, 1983, the volunteers dedicated and moved into their new quarters. The Nanty Glo Fire Department â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose motto is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suppression Through Aggressionâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has

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The Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee eased into 2013 with a brief meeting held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17. Members discussed its plans for the 10th annual Jackson Township Heritage Festival, which will be held from Friday evening, July 19, through Sunday evening, July 21. The committee would like to unveil its logo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a stylized tree with the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson Township Growing Togetherâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and sell T-shirts and hats adorned with that logo. In addition, committee members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least some of them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will dress in period garb for the festival and encourages other festival-goers to do

likewise. Specifically, members encourage those who attend the cruise-in and the oldies concert during the opening evening of the festival to dress in the clothing of the 1950s or â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s. In addition, the committee has not abandoned its hope of publishing a heritage cookbook. The original plan was to print the cookbook in time to unveil it at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jackson Heritage Festival. Unfortunately, only 50 or so recipes were submitted by the end-of-May 2012 deadline. At this point, the historical preservation committee considered two options: gather enough non-Jackson Township-related recipes from various sources to print a cookbook or postpone the publication of the cookbook. The committee chose the

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Portage moves forward with work against nuisance properties By Sarah Wolford

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Portage Borough solicitor Michael Emerick updated the borough council on where they stood with regards to multiple nuisance properties in the borough, with the municipality making headway on several during the January meeting. Emerick told the council that they had not received a response to their complaint regarding a property on Gillespie Avenue. Emerick said that if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive an answer they will get a judgment from the court and go from there. He also said he had attempted to contact the property ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney about having the structure torn down; however, he has not heard anything. Emerick asked council if they would be willing to grant some kind of extension to the property owner if they do hear from him. Mayor Bob Fox said he thought the borough should continue to forge ahead and not give any more extra time, to which the council unanimously agreed. Council also discussed the Bookhammer structure on Main Street. Jerry Mosghat, who is taking over the property, has completed the title work and is looking into asbestos at the property before transferring it over. Emerick said that the mortgage and taxes at the property have already been taken care of and that he is waiting for Mosghatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go ahead to finish the transfer. Borough manager Bob Koban said Mosghat is just trying to do his due diligence and to make sure he is not blindsided by any issues with the building. Koban said that Mosghat was looking for borough assistance in looking at the asbestos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, if the building is deemed a

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dangerous structure, how do we send someone in to evaluate it?â&#x20AC;? Koban asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping to talk to someone soon,â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fear is that the abatement can be high.â&#x20AC;? Koban suggested that they suggest to the Department of Environmental Protection that it is a dangerous structure and see what can be done. Council president Sharon McCarthy asked if anything had been done at the Sekerak building on Gillespie Avenue. The borough recently blocked off alleys around the building to keep vehicle and pedestrian traffic away from the dangerous structure. Koban said that he had been checking and that there doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be anything done, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be any worse either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s covered with the snow inside,â&#x20AC;? said Koban. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I hear the fire whistle, I worry that something has happened.â&#x20AC;? The demolition of a Caldwell Avenue property has been completed. Borough officials reported that the grading on the property does

need fixed, but it is seeded. The borough plans to put the property out for bid. Council debated whether or not they should get the property appraised, arguing whether or not they needed an idea of how much the property was worth. Councilor Marty Slanoc made a motion that they do not get the property appraised and put it out for bid, saying that the borough will be happy to sell the property for what they can get. Council member Becky Chobany seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Koban suggested that council keep in mind how much money they put into the property, including lawyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fees and demolition, when accepting a bid. Council voted down a loan guarantee request from the Portage Area Sewer Authority regarding their sewer extension project. Borough public works director Don Squillario, who is also a member of the sewer authority, said that the authority is waiting on commitment from the borough and township 0*/  0% #0'(2

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before going to PENNVEST. EADS is already in the planning stages. Councilor Jim Kissell made a motion to guarantee the loan, saying that the project is in the best interest of everyone and that the borough has guaranteed loans in situations like this before. Council member Jerome Yetsko seconded the motion. However, councilor Ray Vandzura said that the borough should see some estimate of the cost before committing support, saying they had no idea how much the guarantee was for. Squillario said he would be able to provide that information. While Fox, Yetsko, and Kissell voted in favor of approving the loan guarantee, Chobany, Slanoc, Vandzura, and

McCarthy voted no. The motion failed 4-3. Council asked that the sewer authority provide a break down of the total so that they could see how much they were committing to, as well as possible rate increases. Before adjourning the meeting, Vandzura presented council with a letter of resignation from his position on the water authority board. Vandzura said he was confident that the current authority will carry on well and that while he enjoyed his time on the board, the position had become too time consuming. McCarthy thanked Vandzura for his service and wished him the best on his future endeavors. The borough will advertise to fill the vacancy, as well as a vacancy on the planning commission.

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Ebensburg Municipal Authority maintains status quo for 2013

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nations, the board moved swiftly into its regular Monday, Jan. 21 agenda, which included a full update on the aforementioned water project. Stratton, who had sought easements from five property owners in the Crestwood area for piping replacements, reported that he had obtained three signatures and two refusals. When Tusing asked for the reason behind the declined requests, the solicitor explained that one homeowner said he had granted an easement to the borough in the past, only to be disappointed with the final result. The other party, according to Stratton, has simply neglected to return the solicitor's calls. To circumvent these two obstacles, the authority will shift its digging crews closer to the street, into the borough's rightof-way, if possible. Moving on, the authority heard a report from Engineer Justin Haupt of L. Robert Kimball, substituting for the absent Cameron Mock. Haupt said that the capital water project, which consists of four distinct phases, has been progressing mostly according to schedule.

Contractor Mortimer's Excavating has thus far installed piping along Mylo Park and Jamesway Road, and had just completed similar work on Triumph Street by the afternoon of the meeting. Replacements on Reddinger Street are also underway, Haupt confirmed. In order to accommodate the Crestwood portion of the project, Mortimer had to approve a change order submitted by the authority, a measure that must also clear the Department of Environmental Protection and PENNVEST. In the second phase of the project, or renovation of the water treatment plant, Haupt indicated that contractor Hickes Associates had completed the new clarifier floor and was currently working on the walls of the structure. The foundation of the backwash tank has been set, though inclement weather has somewhat delayed the construction of the actual unit. Under phase three, or the update of the authority's water meter system, Haupt said that the engineering firm and L.B. Water had scheduled a meeting for Friday, Jan. 25, to discuss installation status.

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chairman said. With only one motor running operations, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we can't shut it down for maintenance,â&#x20AC;? he observed. After approving invoice payments to Hickes Associates ($162,986), Mortimer Excavating ($129,279) and Cambria System, Inc. ($50,011), as well as a payment request to PENNVEST in the amount of $368,719, the authority discussed its final matter of the afternoon - a house property that it had purchased, on the 100 block of South Cherry Street. The borough originally paid $90,000 for the structure - a reasonable investment at the time, said Borough Manager Dan Penatzer - and did so as a means of completing a borough building deck project without having to seek eminent domain. Plans for the deck project have since fallen through, and the borough is looking to either sell or rent out the house, preferably the former. The borough will likely advertise the house - now in much better condition than when it had been purchased - in the local newspaper in the coming weeks.

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SERT training held in Washington Township on Saturday

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Anyone who might have just happened along Jones Street in Lilly on Saturday night have been surprised to see lots of heavily armed men surrounding a vacant property, blocking off a part of the street for most of the morning as shouts were issued for the building’s occupants to surrender themselves to the authorities. Even for those folks who knew what was going on, those neighbors and officials who had been clued in to the fact that this event was a training scenario, the image of a standoff on the street was a sight to behold. However, it was one that anyone who has had the opportunity to see Cambria County’s Special Emergency Response Team in action would be all too familiar with. “It’s part of the impression that we make when we show up,” explained Tom Keirn, who oversaw command of the SERT team during the weekend training exercise. “The bad guys need to know that, once we get here, we’re not leaving until we get this done.” The SERT is a multi-jurisdictional police unit made up of officers highly trained in special weapons and tactics, and is designed to be deployed in situations involving hostages, armed and barricaded suspects, or suicidal subjects. The team is also called upon to assist other agencies in the serving of high-risk warrants, as was the case in the scenario organized for Saturday’s training. In pursuit of a fictional murder subject, SERT was deployed to a residence in Washington Township where officers believed the subject to be hiding out. Called in by the State Police, whose own SERT operatives were conducting a similar raid elsewhere in the state, Cambria County’s officers were asked to assist due to the fact that the suspect was considered armed and dangerous. “We’re special forces that are deployed in situations that go above and beyond what might be the usual for normal police officers,” Keirn explained. “When they need a higher level of assistance, they call us in. When we get the call, we put the team on standby, we assess the situation, and decide how we’re going to respond.” As was the case for the Jones Street scenario. With plenty of open ground to work with, SERT snipers were sent into the field first for reconnaissance, reporting back to the command center with new infor-

mation about the structure and likely inhabitants. With recon complete, SERT entry units were positioned on the street and around the house, and at that point, the long hours of negotiation could begin. “As long as there’s no immediate need to act, we’ll take our time,” Keirn explained. “We never want to force an action, so we’ll see if we can establish some form of communication, and open up negotiations. But those negotiations begin with our show of force, and we let people know that we’re not going away until this situation is over.” Those operations were conducted through a mobile emergency command center used by the county most often during disaster management. However, it made an excellent staging post, complete with deployable cameras, to allow commanding officers a good view of the premises and a good location from which to conduct the operation. The negotiator, too, was able to operate from the command center, but explained that, in the best case scenario, his activities would be supported by at least two, if not four, other officers coaching and gathering information on the subjects. However, the negotiation team has been sorely limited in recent months, though the hope is that new officers will step in to participate. The negotiation team operates much like the rest of the SERT, working initially with limited funding and

options, but slowly growing over the years. “The county has been a tremendous supporter,” said SERT Officer Erin Kabler. “Like with every other thing in the government, there isn’t a lot of money county around, but the county has always done it’s best to help us through the years.” Back on Jones Street, though, negotiations were mixed. Officers were able to coax the home’s owner from the building, but the suspect was left inside, holding off SERT officers with threats that he would not be taken alive. With that, the team debated its options. “The team will react to whatever the scenario calls for,” Keirn explained from the command center. “We can plan to make entry, when we knock and announce, and then make an explosive entry, or we can deploy gas from the outside to try to force the bad guys to come out. If we know they’re in there, but there’s no immediate danger, we’ll slow things way down and try to negotiate. It all comes down to what we feel the best response might be, but no matter what, we’re not going away.” A solitary gunshot from inside the Jones Street home forced the operation somewhat, coercing an entry on the part of SERT officers, who found the subject deceased by his own hand. Still, the building was cleared in an expedited fashion, making way for any further police

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received anything.” Members also discussed, briefly, the pending closing of the State Correctional Institution at Cresson and the loss of a worker pool from which to draw help for various borough projects — like cleaning the flood control levee, for example. “We no longer have those workers available,” said one member, “and we don’t want to lose that assistance.” Council will look into county prison’s worker program, as well as those at other state prisons. After reviewing correspondence and addressing monthly business, council members and solicitor Joe Green held an executive session. No action was taken following this session, and the regular monthly meeting was adjourned. The next meeting of the Vintondale Borough Council will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Vintondale Borough Building on Main Street.

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COLVER: 2-bedroom apt. $350/mo + security. Includes water/sewage/garbage. 748-7765. CRESSON : 2-Bedroom $325/month plus utilities 886-7389 or 934-1531. CRESSON: 108 Powell Avenue, 3bedroom, 1-bath. $425/month, no utilities. 814-242-7804 CRESSON: Second floor furnished apartment. Eat-in kitchen, large living, one bedroom, 1&1/2 baths. All utilities included. Off street parking. $550/month. 814-935-9940 DOWNTOWN PATTON: 2/3-bedroom apt. Nicely refurbished. $675/mo. Includes water/sewage/heat. 814-696-3759. EBENSBURG : 2-Bedroom, 302 Reddinger St. $475/month heat included 814-276-3091 EBENSBURG: 2nd floor, spacious 1 bedroom, includes heat, water, sewage, & garbage. No pets. 472-6334, leave name and number.

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EBENSBURG: Parkview Apartments, Secured Building, Centrally located. 2-bedroom apartment. All kitchen appliances, heat, water, garbage included. Laundry facilities available. No pets Call 814-472-7798 Parkviewapartments.net EBENSBURG: Private 1/bedroom, 2nd floor, stove/fridge included. Off street parking. $425/month plus utilities. 472-5919 EBENSBURG: Small and large 1-2 bedroom, 2-bedroom townhouse with 1.5 bath, all include heat/water/sewage/garbage, off-street parking. No pets. Storage available. $410700/month. 471-0462. GALLITZIN: Main St. 3/bedroom. Heat and sewage included. 886-4035 NEAR PATTON: 1-BR. 1st floor, includes heat. $350/month. 814-943-2009 or 931-3095

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CARROLLTOWN BOROUGH, located in North/Central Cambria County is seeking applicants for the position of Borough Secretary. Applicants must submit a completed pre-employment application, salary requirements, resume, and cover letter to the Borough no later than 4:00 p.m. January 31, 2013. Items postmarked prior to January 31st, but received after that date will NOT be accepted. Candidates should have knowledge and experience with MS Office applications, QuickBooks financial accounting software and be familiar with the operation of a Municipal office. Application packets including a detailed description of the position will be available by contacting the Borough Office at 140 E. Carroll St., ph: 814-344-6650 starting January 17, 2013. Successful candidates must possess the ability to be bonded, and successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening. Applicants must submit a recent criminal history background check prior to acceptance of position. This position is a full-time position and includes employee health care, pension, paid time off as well as other benefits. Salary will be based upon experience and qualifications. Carrolltown Borough is a EEOC employer. PART TIME MAINTENANCE POSITION (20 hours) Could lead to full time. Experience in electrical and plumbing needed. Please send Letter of Interest to P.O. Box 54, Cresson, PA 16630. 210 Ashcroft

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LOCAL DRIVERS WANTED: Class A & B, home every night, hospitalization after 90 days, 21+ years of age, 2 years experience. Will train. Ebensburg, PA. 814-472-1007. LOCAL MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY is looking for a full-time billing representative who is self-motivated and ambitious. Responsibilities will include managing our hospice accounts, verifying that the billing is accurate, posting payments in a timely manner and reviewing the accounts receivable reports. We offer excellent health and vision benefits. Please send resume and cover letter to aimee@punxsymed.com. NORTHERN CAMBRIA MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY is accepting applications for a Laborer. This position will be part-time with the possibility of full time. Successful candidates must be willing to obtain a Distribution License within one year of hire and be able to handle manual labor. Drivers License is required. Duties will include reading meters and repairing water lines, etc. Pay commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications or resumes will be accepted until January 31st, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. to 1202 Philadelphia Avenue, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. Northern Cambria Municipal is an EOE. (1/24/13) POSITION AVAILABLE: Seasonal work in tax office. Please send resume to â&#x20AC;&#x153;TAX PREPARERâ&#x20AC;? P.O. BOX 777, EBENSBURG, PA, 15931

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Dysart: Large 4 BR, stone beauty, almost 2 acres, 2 car garage. Nanty Glo: Bloom Ave., 4 BR, corner lot, 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, detached garage. Lilly: Main St., starter, 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Lilly: 3+ BR, raised ranch, excellent condition. Cresson: Keystone Ave., large two story. Nanty Glo: New listing coming, watch for details. Ashville: Big Bear Lane, ranch with acres, call for details. Ebensburg: 11 acre plus pole building, beautiful location! Gallitzin: Sandusky St., huge lot, will not last. Galllitzin: Mobile home, 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, great deal. Gallitzin: Forest St., starter, move right in. Gallitzin: Sugar St., 2 BR, immaculate.

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Eight members of the Unit 748 Loretto American Legion Auxiliary met on Tuesday at the Legion Hall. Special guests included B.J. Lysic, State Department President and

Verla Mae Shultz, currently serving as Leadership Chairman. President of the Loretto Auxiliary Sarah Ivory conducted the business meeting. It was noted that the

Auxiliary now has 92 members. The Constitution and by-laws were reviewed with several changes made that will be amended, reviewed and discussed before

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OFFICE ASSISTANT: Part time needed, 35 to 38 hours a week with flexible hours. Must be experienced in: QuickBooks, Accounts Payable, Payroll and Accounting skills. Plus, computer skills and general office duties. Have a working knowledge of medical billing. Must be able to multitask, with attention to detail. Must work well with others and interact with customers professionally. EOE. Send resume to: CAMBRIA ALLIANCE EMS, Attn: Marian, 725 2nd Street, Cresson, PA 16630 PENN CAMBRIA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting applications for: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR - 12 month permanent position, available immediately. Administrative or Sports management certification preferred. Send letter of interest, resume, copy of certification, transcripts, Acts 34, 114, and 151 clearances and letters of recommendation to: Office of the Superintendent, Penn Cambria School District, 201 6th Street, Cresson, PA, 16630. Deadline 2/1/2013. WAITRESS NEEDED: Apply at Starlite, Northern Cambria. 948-4809. MAINLINE NEWSPAPERS CLASSIFIED DEADLINE IS TUESDAY AT 10:00 A.M. $6 for the first 10 words 45¢ each additional word Call 814-472-4110

SALES REPRESENTATIVE needed for a company located in Ebensburg area. Travel out of town to cover multi-state area required approximately half of the time. Prefer some industrial or mining sales experience. Good work conditions. EOE. Send resume to: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sales Representative,â&#x20AC;? P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931.

SERVICE TECH/DRIVER: For setting up home medical equipment, must have clean driving record, criminal background check required. Able to lift 150 lbs and take some on call. Fax resume to 814-344-2093 or stop in for application at 115 S. Main Street, Carrolltown. No phone calls please. SUPPORT STAFF POSITIONS: The Northern Cambria School District is currently accepting applications for the following substitutes: CUSTODIAL, SECRETARIAL, SCHOOL AIDE AND CAFETERIA WORKERS, application, along with Act 34, Act 151 and 114 Clearances, must be sent to the Office of the Superintendent, John A. Jubas, Ed.D., 601 Joseph Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. Applications and Clearance Forms may be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent. For information call (814) 948-2604. EOE.

       

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GOOD HIGH-HEAT/LOW ASH NUT COAL: Clearfield nut $95/ton, delivered; bender nut coal, $210/ton, delivered; Mix nut $100/ton, delivered, all hard coal $210/ton, delivered. 6748169, 341-7435.

HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166. HOUSECLEANING: Will do weekly or bi-weekly. 472-4977 KAMI CONTRACTING: Now offering handy man services. Call 814-2415874. PARTIES, WEDDINGS, SEMINARS, SPECIAL EVENTS: Cresson American Legion ballroom. 886-8567. R&S CLEANING: We haul anything! Even old tires/batteries. Cleanouts! Apartments, garages, storage bins, Snow Plowing, Fully insured. PA contract # 080816 330-0150. RICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HANDYMAN: We build and remodel inside/outside your home. Painting, wallpapering, plumbing, bathrooms, texture ceilings & ceramic tile. 30 years experiance with best prices.814-886-5504. Rick Novella, PA #045341. SHAFFER TREE SERVICE, LLC: Tree removal, tree/shrub trimming, stump grinding, fertilizing, landscaping. Free estimates, fully insured. Owner Rick Shaffer 736-4168. WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY/PHOTOGRAPHY: Reasonable rates, many dates still available, www.falgermedia.com, 814-8862919.

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2002 SOUTHWIND FLEETWOOD CLASS A MOTORHOME: 2 large slides, V10, new tires, 2nd owner. $37,000, 814-215-8580.

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being sent to membership for approval. The visiting officials said that the members had done a good job revising the by-laws. Under Junior Activities, Ivory said that she hoped to go to all the local schools in February to discuss the Freedom Foundation project and would obtain sponsors for the program. However, Lysic advised the Loretto officials that the Freedom Foundation is no longer affiliated with the Auxiliary and would prefer that the Auxiliary puts their efforts into the Girl State Program. It was noted by Activity Chairman Kim Biter that there was a fundraising hoagie sale on Saturday, Jan. 26

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at the Legion Hall. Barb Donoughe has contacted Home Nursing about their Healing Patch program for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and will arrange a tour for the members, to see if members wish to sponsor this program in the future. Ivory said that she and Biter planned to make apple dumplings for a fundraising project for the auxiliary. Donna Hershel said that there had been one application for the emergency fund. It was also voted to change the meetings to Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. with the next one to occur on Feb. 14. Hopefully this will accommodate more people with their work schedules.


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of their recipes have stories as well. These histories, stories, and pictures are what will make the Jackson Township Heritage Cookbook a â&#x20AC;&#x153;heritageâ&#x20AC;? cookbook that can be used both for cooking and prompting memories. Creating such a cookbook is a collaborative effort. Folks must believe that a picture of someone icing her chocolate gobs must believe that the picture is as historically important as the recipe that creates those world-famous gobs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then they must be willing to share not only that recipe but also the picture. There is no established deadline for submissions. The cookbook will be published when a sufficient number of recipes have been submitted. The committee hopes to receive 100 recipes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 50 down and 50 to go! The committee seeks submission of recipes of all types â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for soups and salads, for appetizers and main

dishes, for desserts and snacks, and for fish and fowl. Folks may submit recipes without histories, stories, or pictures; however, the historical preservation committee asks that people please consider sharing such heritage-related information. Such submissions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; recipes plus a historical context for them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will make the Jackson Township Heritage Cookbook both useful and unique. Folks may submit recipes in one of four ways: 1. Drop it off in person at the Jackson Township Municipal Building (513 Pike Road, Mundys Corner) during regular business hours; 2. Mail it to Jackson Township Heritage Cookbook, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909; 3. Send it by email to history@jacksontwppa.com; and 4. Bring it to a meeting of the Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee, which meets at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the township municipal building.

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of those 100 years members dedicated their lives, and time to always make sure the department continued to grow and push forward, and we still do that today,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think folks realize the history this department has. Actually some of our members may have not have realized it either until we started to do more research to prepare for the centennial.â&#x20AC;? On May 18, the fire department will host an in-house banquet to celebrate its 100th anniversary. In addition, as part of their centennial celebration, the local volunteers will also host the 121st

annual convention of the Central District Volunteer Firemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association. The convention begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, and continues through Saturday evening, Aug. 17. Highlights of the three-day weekend include a memorial service (9 a.m. Friday at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church), the queen contest (4:30 p.m. Friday at Blacklick Valley High School), a car cruise (6â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 p.m., beginning on Caroline Street and ending on McCoy Street), and the grand parade (5 p.m. on a route yet to be determined). In addition, live music will be featured each evening on the grounds of the fire department.

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