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Act 90 another tool in the fight against blight

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Many local municipalities are fighting blight. The major way they are doing this is by using the recently-enacted Act 152 of 2016, officially titled, “Recorder of Deeds Fee Law — Additional Fee Imposed and Used for Demolition.� This law allows each county to elect to implement a fee of $15 to each deed and mortgage filed in the recorder of deeds office. Cambria County was the second county in the state to enact this fee in January 2017. The first round of seven buildings to be demolished with these funds was awarded in June 2018. A second round of seven or eight building demolitions is currently out for bid. Renee Daly, executive director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, which handles the administration of the Act 152 funding, said that the county expects to do two rounds of demolition funding for seven or eight buildings a year. It costs roughly $8,000 to demolish a residential building and $12,000 for a small commercial or apartment building. Act 152’s catch is that either the municipality or a non-profit, like a local redevelopment authority, must own or be in the process of buying a property before it qualifies for Act 152 funding. However, Daly said there is another tool to fight blight that

is rarely used by local municipalities. Enacted in 2010, the law is called “The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act,� and is known as Act 90. “It allows the municipality to take action against the owners of buildings — not just by putting a lien on their assets — but actually attach it to personal assets,� Daly said. The law even allows for extradition of out-of-state owners in cases where the deteriorated property is not brought to code and is violating statutes in the Pa. Crimes Code. The law also gives municipalities the right to deny building and property permits to owners of blighted properties. SEE BLIGHT, PAGE 6

October 11, 2018

Party from the Past

Sandy Evans and Julie and Kevin Doyle enjoy an evening of food and dancing at the Cambria County Historical Society’s Party from the Past held Oct. 6 at the Noon-Collins Inn in Ebensburg. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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Carrolltown Boro approves ordinance to help with inflow issues PAGE 2 - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

Carrolltown Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf addressed the council at their October meeting regarding an ordinance that would slowly reduce the amount of inflow issues the treatment plant is consistently seeing. Inflow and infiltration are the two major causes of increased gallonages to sewage treatment plants that are not related to the normal system loads. Inflow is water entering sanitary sewers from inappropriate connections such as sump pumps or drain spouts, which are not allowed to be put into the system, and infiltration is groundwater that enters

the sanitary sewers through means of defective pipe joints or broken pipes in the system. Batdorf said these are issues that have been apparent for a while, but the recent heavy storms have increased the issue to an extended degree. The plant is rated for flows of around 200,000 gallons a day, but during these recent rain events, the plant saw flows up to 1.3 million gallons. Batdorf presented the council with a letter from the municipal authority asking for help with this problem. The authority asked that the council pass an ordinance to allow the borough to enforce that when a home is sold it must have pressure test-

ing done on the lines. This rule is already in the municipal authority’s rules and regulations, but could not be acted on as there was no official ordinance. Batdorf explained that at this point, the municipal authority has four options to solve this issue. Those options include building a bigger plant that can handle the gallonage, which would be expensive and unsustainable as these flows only happen during storm events; eliminate inflow and infiltration in the public portion of the system, which takes time to find all the leaks and illegal connections; pressure test lines on the sale of a home; and routinely pressure test lines around the system to

identify issues. He said that all new homes are required to be pressure tested when built, but the older homes with older lines or illegal connections are currently not required to do so, which is where most of these issues arise. Other efforts, like smoke and dye testing, have been employed by the borough in the past to identify these problem areas in the system, but pressure testing is the most reliable method. The council made and passed a motion to create an ordinance to enforce pressure testing on the sale of a home and allow periodic pressure testing of lines in the borough. The council will have the ordinance drafted and

approve it at the next meeting. Batdorf said that the sewer plant and areas in the water system are very old and are not meant to handle such high capacities, but the borough is working toward addressing areas where they can. He said that the municipal authority recently received two CFA grants, one to replace an over 80-year-old asbestos pipe that ran from the water treatment plant to 219, and a second grant to replace the lift station at the sewage treatment plant to bring it up to compliance. The next Carrolltown Borough meeting will take place Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Carrolltown Borough Building.

Carrolltown council hears numbers on stormwater study By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

At the October Carrolltown Borough Council meeting, the council members heard from borough engineer Pat Mulcahy, of The EADS Group, on the borough’s recently completed stormwater study.

Mulcahy explained that much of the information used in the 2009 stormwater study was still valid, which helped as most of the work was already done. Mulcahy said he updated prices for the borough to look at with modern costs. The estimated cost he presented the borough was $2,100,000. Mulcahy pointed out that the price was $55,000

less than the previous estimate as some issues had been addressed and some numbers were made more realistic. He said if the borough wanted to start on the project right now, between permits and funding applications, the council would be looking at at least one year before construction could begin. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf

asked Mulcahy what the chances of obtaining grant funding would be for this type of project as he knows there isn’t a lot of funding available for stormwater. Mulcahy said most stormwater grants are actually loans that need repaid. He said the age of the infrastructure, documented problems with the system, comSEE STUDY, PAGE 4


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Carrolltown Borough discusses census, garbage contract PAGE 4 - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

The Carrolltown Borough Council met for their monthly meeting Oct. 1 and discussed issues facing the borough including census numbers and upcoming contracts. While discussing the amounts the borough received for firemen’s relief and other related aid from the state dependent on population, the council discussed the importance of the census. The council has talked about this issue before, noting that

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plaints and repairs made to system failures are all things that funding organizations look at when considering funding for a stormwater system. Mulcahy said he understands that is still a lot of money for the borough to fund the project, but there are some ways they can reduce that price. One option would be to assess a stormwater fee on residents to build up funding to tackle these issues. That local effort could also be a good tool for getting more funding if the borough

         

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these census numbers affected the amount of aid they received for fire aid and liquid fuels funds, and without accurate census numbers, they will have less money to work with in addressing the borough’s issues. Borough secretary Bernetta Julick said the census address confirmations were completed and over 100 addresses were added to the list. The council encourages all residents to fill out the census when they receive the documents as those simple answers can mean thousands of dollars of extra aid that

applies for grants. Another way is to address problem areas one at a time to reduce overall costs. The borough is planning to address a problem on Old Dutch Lane this year before the winter weather becomes an issue. Overall, Mulcahy suggested that the borough wait until the PennDOT Route 219 project is completed before moving forward on a stormwater overhaul. The stormwater addition in that

can help improve the community. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf then explained to the council that their garbage contract with Burgmeier’s Hauling was up for renewal. The borough signed a one-year contract last year that included two years of possible renewal before they would need to go out to bid again. The council agreed that at this time they wanted to continue with Burgmeier’s Hauling instead of opening it up for bids, so they made and passed a

project and the way they divert the water will have a large effect on the stormwater throughout the borough. “You want to spend your money in the areas that will make the biggest impact,� Mulcahy said. “The project on Old Dutch Lane is a good start. We will keep chipping away at it. It is the best thing we can do right now.� In the meantime, the borough is looking into a few options to

motion to re-enter the contract for another year with Burgmeier’s Hauling at the same pricing. On the topic of building and grounds, the council noted that the work on the building entrance stairs, police department entrance and handicap ramp had been completed. Batdorf said only a few more things need finished up on those projects, like adding railings they are waiting to receive, and grading around the ramp, which he said would be completed after the paving in the parking

alleviate stormwater issues, including cutting weeds along the area from Stoltz’s Dam to the sewage treatment plant. This effort will be completed through the help of the county. The county is supplying prisoners to do the labor and the borough will supply the trucks to transport the cut weeds away from the water. This will open up the area again and hopefully allow for better water flow away from residential areas.

lot was finished. Lastly, councilman Jim McCann said that the grants submitted on behalf of five local municipalities by PRIDE and NCCDC were awarded. Carrolltown has around $12,000 in grant funding that can be used to pay for contractor work on a project at the park. This grant will expire next year, so he said the park has time to find a project to use the funds.

     

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Vintondale Borough Council debates storm drain solution

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

A major problem Vintondale Borough is currently facing is the need for a new storm drainage system on nearly every street. Before councilwoman Jane Marines explained what was found while scoping the lines, Daryl Fertick lodged another complaint about a blocked drain near his home. “I have a drain going out Plank Road there that I’ve been asking for help for over a year,� said Fertick. He asked if any plans are being made to have the severely blocked drain fixed because it is causing flooding on his property. “I can look at it,� said councilman Michael “Mickey� Palovich. “But, I was under the impression that the fire company came up and knocked it open.� Fertick said that a firefighter did bring the truck and the effort was made to loosen up the dirt inside of the pipe, but it didn’t work because it is so packed. “Whose responsibility is that pipe?� asked Fertick. Palovich said he is not sure because the state installed the pipe years ago. He added that the borough is responsible for the street drains in town, but he doesn’t know about the one under Plank Road because it is a state road. “The water was diverted off the main highway down onto your property from the state,� Palovich stated. Fertick said that he isn’t sure how far the pipe is blocked because when a portion of it was cleaned out using the fire department’s hose, the pipe

Councilman says Third Street should be top priority

falls into an angle and he couldn’t see the rest of the blockage. Palovich said he will contact the state and see if they will do anything to rectify the problem. Moving on, Marines spoke about the scoping done on the other storm drains in town. Every drain, except for one on Sixth Street, was scoped. The one on Sixth Street wasn’t done because a vehicle was parked over top of it during the time of the scoping. L&M Landscaping gave the borough a bid for the project, on Sixth Street only, in the amount of $9,885. The bid includes cutting, digging, new pipes and new manholes, among other necessary items. Paving is not included in the bid. “That kind of money requires a true bidding process,� said solicitor Joe Green. “What about finishing Third Street?� asked council president Pam Palovich. “I think we should finish that one before we start on another one.� “Our discussion’s going to have to, eventually, go down the path of what can we afford and then we’ll have to set priorities,� said councilman Kevin Olsavsky. The council discussed the possibility of looking into grants to fix the storm drains, but for any grant to be pursued, the borough engineer, Richard Wray, will have to create a set of plans and requirements. Councilwoman Sue Colangelo said she will contact Wray and get moving on storm drain plans. The conversation went back to Third Street because that road needs to be fixed soon so it can

   

   

              

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be plowed during the winter. “This is probably the third meeting we’ve talked about Third Street, talked about getting somebody to do that, it hasn’t happened yet,� said Olsavsky. “We can’t keep going from month to month saying, ‘Yes, this is what has to happen.’ It has to get done now.� Palovich said he has been saying that same thing for three months, but no movement has been made. “As the street commissioner, what are you doing about it?� asked Olsavsky. Palovich said he cannot do anything without a council vote on what should be done, which hasn’t happened yet. “The labor has to be done by somebody who knows what they’re doing,� Palovich added. Palovich said he spoke to a contractor who could do it for $900 per day plus materials. Approximately three manholes can be done in one day, according to Palovich. The price would only include fixing the boxes, but that is what needs to be done to make the street plowable this winter. Marines said that when Third Street was scoped, it was determined that the borough will need new pipes and boxes.

Marines said there are also blockages and concrete breaks inside of the pipes. “I hate to say this, but what do we need to do to get it patched?� asked Colangelo. “I guess maybe our estimate should have been done on Third Street instead of Sixth Street.� Palovich said that the manholes need to be fixed to be plowable this winter. He added that if the manholes get fixed, when new pipe needs put in, it can be fed through the existing

hole. “I honestly believe that this is going to have to be a separate meeting just to talk about what we’re going to do with the streets,� said Olsavsky. Colangelo said that she wanted a decision to be made at this meeting because something needs to be done about the street. Secretary Jodie Vasilko contacted Jim Laughard to get a price on Third Street’s manholes.

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When the state legislature passed Act 90, it included the reasoning behind the law in the statute. The legislators explained that “there are deteriorated properties located in all municipalities of this Commonwealth as a result of neglect by their owners in violation of applicable State and municipal codes. These deteriorated properties create public nuisances, which have an impact on crime and the quality of life of our residents and require significant expenditures of public funds in order to abate and correct the nuisances.” The limiting factor of this blight tool is the extended time period involved in the legal process and the expense of the legal actions necessary to proceed under Act 90. Act 90 requires that the blight must be a “public nuisance because of its physical condition or use, is regarded as a public nuisance at common law or has been declared by the appropriate official a public nuisance in accordance with a municipal code.” The property must be in “serious violation,” defined as a

violation of a state law or a code that poses an imminent threat to the health and safety of a dwelling. The municipality must document for at least a six-month period after the property owner was legally notified by certified mail or personal service that the violations have not been fixed or that substantial progress has been made to remedy the violations. This act also allows the denying of other permits for the property owner “to prohibit property owners from further extending their financial commitments so as to render themselves unable to abate or correct the code, statutory and regulatory violations or tax delinquencies,” and “to reduce the likelihood that other municipalities will have to address the owners’ neglect and resulting deteriorated properties.” The denying of permits can be used “to sanction the owners for not adhering to their legal obligations to the Commonwealth and its municipalities, as well as to tenants, adjoining property owners and neighborhoods.” The act requires strict decimation of the legal processes used

to declare the “serious violation,” the monitoring of the minimum period of six months for remedial action to take place and the strict requirements of notifying the property owner(s). Once the six-month period of documentation has passed, the municipality can enter the property and remedy the serious violation. Once the required time period has been documented, the municipality’s solicitor can file a personal action in the Court of Common Pleas for a serious violation for which the owner has taken no substantial step to correct. Once this legal action is filed, a period of three months to two years may elapse

until a hearing is held to adjudicate the matter. If the judge rules against the property owner, the municipality then can file for judgement for action to recover penalties imposed by the code violation and an amount equal to the costs of remediation lawfully incurred in remedying the serious violations. If the judge rules in favor of the municipality, the court can order a lien be placed against the assets of the owner of the property. This lien can be placed in any jurisdiction instate or out-of-state on any of the property owner’s assets. This may involve an additional outlay of municipality funds to

certify the lien and have it filed in additional jurisdictions. Municipalities do take some liability risk in this process if they demolish the building before the six-month period expires, fail to document their actions or improperly notify the owner. If the municipality fails in its due diligence in this legal process, they can be held liable for the costs of the building, penalties and the property owner’s lost income and legal expenditures. Act 90 is another tool in the fight against blight if used and documented properly, though it does have pitfalls to cause serious debate among municipal governing bodies on its use.


Nanty Glo Borough works to combat blighted properties

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Over the past several months, the Nanty Glo Borough Police Department has been working on ordinance violations in regard to dilapidated properties, according to mayor Bill Ray. “The ordinance letters continue to go out,� said Ray. “I’ll work with [solicitor] Mike [Carbonara] to get that ordinance so we can raise these fines.� Ray is referring to a discussion held at the August meeting regarding an increasing fine to combat blighted properties.

Currently, a property owner can be fined $15 if it is considered an ordinance violation. At that same meeting, Ray said that most owners will pay the fine instead of cleaning up the property. “I think I discussed this with somebody here, Gallitzin Borough has actually filed lawsuits against some of these owners and successfully done it,� said Ray. “So, I don’t know if that’s something else we could bring up to Mike [Carbonara].� Ray said he believes once the borough starts “pressing forward with a few of them,� the problems with ordinance violations

may “dwindle.� Councilwoman Diane Holby brought up Act 90, which gives municipalities the right to demolish a blighted home without actually owning it. “I mean, that’s a go to for us too, but you have to document for six months before you can do anything,� said councilwoman Karen Lytle. Officer in charge Mike Oyaski questioned what needs to be documented. “Any notices you send, anything that we send them, anything that you post,� stated Lytle. She added that a problem for

the borough is that a number of the blighted properties are owned by individuals who do not live in the borough. According to Lytle, Act 90 will allow the council to put a lien on the property where they live, even if it’s out of the borough or state, until the blighted property is addressed. “I think we might have documentation on a lot of them already, just from what you guys have done over the years,� said Ray. Oyaski said that he and the other officers will have to know which properties the council wants them to look at.

“When we were at that [Act 90] meeting, they said they have to show you that they tried to bring their property up to code,� explained Lytle. Ray said again that he thinks there will be documentation on several properties, and that the council may be able to begin the process now. Ray added that he will meet with Carbonara and the police department and do some research on the properties. “I think that’s what we’re really going to need to do,� said Oyaski. “Even if we don’t have the right documentation now, if we know we have to do this, this and this, we can start now.�

Vintondale resident raises concerns about trespassing By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Zoltan Connor attended the Sept. 27 Vintondale Borough Council meeting to inform the council about the breaking and entering he has noticed at a number of his properties in town. “I have ‘no trespassing’ signs posted on virtually every property that I own in this town,� said Connor. “My understanding is when you put up a ‘no trespassing’ sign, you’re serving notice to everyone to stay off the property.� Connor said that people have trespassed and broken into the properties he owns on Chickaree Hill Road and three properties on Main Street. “Trespassing is a crime, and breaking and entering is a crime,� said Connor. “Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the borough to protect its taxpayers and its citizens. We do that by employing a police chief and a police force.� Connor said that he has spoken to chief John Cobaugh about the problem, but he is currently at his “wit’s end with regards to this situation.� “I almost feel like I’ve been singled out because one proper-

Cameras to be put up on properties

ty, maybe, two properties, maybe, but all these properties simultaneously...it can’t be just coincidence,� Connor said. Connor then alleged that a council member knows who is breaking into a specific property he owns, but he or she is not coming forward with who did it. “I have it on good authority,� added Connor. He said that he is putting cameras on the properties he owns in the borough so he will have proof of who the trespasser is. “I can’t incur any more property damage as a result of this rash of insanity that’s going on in this little village,� said Connor. “It’s out of control.� Connor also claims that tires have been slashed on his vehicles, and he expects something to be done. “Zoltan, were there police reports filed for each of the break-ins?� asked councilwoman Diane Sheesley. Connor said he did not file any police reports, to which councilwoman Yvette Olsavsky said he should have done that. “I spoke to John, but John’s response is clearly this: he can’t do anything because nobody’s

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seen anything, nobody will say anything,� said Connor. “So what do you do?� “I can’t do nothing if I don’t have proof on somebody,� said Cobaugh. “If he has proof on somebody doing something, I’ll

be glad to fine people.� Connor said that he checks his properties regularly, but he noticed the broken locks and “smashed� doors over the past week. “Cameras are probably your

best defense,� said borough solicitor Joe Green. “If we have some good cameras and if we can see somebody’s face, rest assured, they will be prosecuted.� Connor said he will put cameras on his property in hopes that the perpetrator will be caught.


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Steven Grove’s pursuit of musical career lands him in Hollywood

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

When you are a kid, everyone likes to tell you that you can be anything and do anything you set your mind to, but one former resident, Steven Grove, is living that idea to the fullest and believes that everyone has the capacity to do the same. Grove, a Gallitzin native, has loved music since he was a child, and that love for music has led him to a career among other greats in Hollywood. Grove said that his career in music really began after receiving a guitar for Christmas as a child. Grove recalls playing it for hours every day for years in a row. His early inspirations were the classic rock bands that shaped the industry, noting that the songs of Pink Floyd that told a story across one album made an impact on him. It was those kinds of compositional trends that moved him toward orchestral music and studying how these pieces worked on a more technical level. His first exposure into scoring came when a friend asked him to

score his independent film, and while Grove said he had never done it before, he gave it his best shot and found support through another experienced composer to learn the ropes. After that, Grove said he fell in love with the genre for its varied musical styles and its musical storytelling. He went on to score a number of other films and media, discovering that this was his passion. In 2016, Grove was living in North Carolina and working at a law firm, but still pursuing his musical passions in his free time. It was then that Grove decided that he wanted to take the next big step to make music his career by applying to the Berklee College of Music. He said it was an intimidating step, but if he let fear hold him back, he would never get anywhere. Just like other trailblazers before him, he said we have to seek out the unknown to try to make it. “You have to take a chance and do it, because everyone else that you admire that are doing the thing you love, that’s what they had to do, face the unknown and go at it without

any doubt in their minds,” Grove said. “Not living in fear and doing what you want to do with your life, that is success too.” Grove received the Georges Delerue scholarship to attend Berklee, which is awarded for outstanding achievement by a film scoring major in the memory of Delerue, who was an Oscar-winning film composer. “Ever since I made that choice two years ago, everything in that regard of my life has completely changed and become much more clear, and I feel a sense of purpose,” Grove said. “Music opened other avenues of thought to allow me to analyze and improve other parts of my life to become a better version of myself. I owe that to music.” After studying film scoring for two years, Grove undertook a rigorous application process and received one of the 50 highly-competitive Television Academy Foundation paid internships offered at top Hollywood companies and studios each year. Grove traveled to California and interned for two months at Sparks

and Shadows, the production studio of Bear McCreary, an Emmy award winner for music and a composer who has scored the television series “Battlestar Galactica”, “Outlander” and “The Walking Dead,” the most recent “God of War” video game and the new Godzilla movie. It was through this internship that Grove said he learned a lot about the industry. He even attended the Creative Emmys, which honor those behind the scenes of most media successes for their achievements in their fields. Grove said it was an incredible experience, and he got to meet a lot of people in the industry. After the two months was up, Grove was hired on full-time by Sparks and Shadows. He moved to California and is now a studio assistant working on different projects with the studio. He said in the future he hopes to continue to lend his craft and musical voice to more films in Hollywood. “I feel very fulfilled that I was able to face my fears and pursue what I love,” Grove said. “I just want to write the absolute best music that I

can for any film or project that I work on, and I would love to give back to the community to mentoring others because I have been mentored too.” Even getting to where he is now, Grove said there is still a lot to learn, and he feels it is all about pursuing your goals with dedication and passion and an openness to learning that will take you even farther. “Dreams do come true, you just have to put the effort in and perhaps a little bit of visualization can go a long, long way,” Grove said. “Sometimes it doesn’t work exactly how you plan it, but that is the interesting thing. You have to say, ‘My story is my own, and it’s mine to make.’” When asked to give some advice to aspiring artists, Grove said procrastination is an issue that faces any artist and is still a problem even on his level. He said the biggest tip he has for fellow musicians and other creators is to cut out distractions and just get started, because creativity will follow. He said it is

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BREAST CANCER SURVIVAL RATES SOAR

A breast cancer diagnosis can be a devastating blow. Upon receiving such a diagnosis, people may begin to ask questions about treatment and the impact cancer may have on their personal lives. Many people who are diagnosed with cancer also begin to wonder about their mortality.

Alcohol and breast cancer risk

Many people unwind with a glass of wine or a cocktail after a stressful day, and some research suggests that mild to moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages can have various health advantages. According to the Mayo Clinic, moderate consumption of alcohol has been linked to a lower risk of developing and dying from heart disease, possibly reducing the risk of ischemic stroke and potentially reducing the risk of diabetes. However, for some people, the risks of consuming alcohol may outweigh the benefits. Many studies show that drinking alcohol may increase the risk of breast cancer, advises the research and information organization Susan J. Komen. The group says pooled analysis of data from 53 studies found that, for each alcoholic drink consumed per day, the relative risk for breast cancer increases by about 7 percent. Researchers aren’t quite sure why there is an increased risk of breast cancer associated with alcohol intake, but experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center have some theories. Some theorize that alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones that affect breast cancer formation and growth. Excess fat can lead to an increased cancer risk, and the consumption of empty calories through drinking alcohol can

An estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,960 new cases of noninvasive, or in situ, breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year, according to Breastcancer.org. The good news is that breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000 after increasing for the previous two decades. In addition, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasingly steadily since 1989.

lead to unwanted weight gain. Furthermore, those who consume alcohol have increased amounts of folic acid in their systems, which can increase cancer risk. The nonprofit breast cancer organization Breastcancer.org states that, compared to women who don’t drink at all, women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15 percent higher risk of breast cancer. Experts also estimate that the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10 percent for each additional drink women regularly consume each day. Keep in mind that a drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor. Women who want to do all they can to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer may want to avoid alcohol.

 

  

    



The National Cancer Institute says that the change in ageadjusted mortality rates are an indicator of the progress being made in the fight against breast cancer. The most recent SEER Cancer Statistics Review released in April 2018 indicates cancer death rates among women decreased by 1.4 percent per year between the years of

2006 and 2015. The American Cancer Society says that decreasing death rates among major cancer types, including prostate, colorectal, lung, and breast cancers, are driving the overall shift in survival. The ACS says breast cancer death rates among women declined by 39 percent from 1989 to 2015. That progress is attributed to improvements in early detection and treatment protocols. For anyone doing the math, over the last 25 years or so, 322,000 lives have been saved from breast cancer. Increased knowledge about breast cancer, early detection through examinations and mammography and improved treatments are helping to drive up the survival rates of breast cancer. Although this does not make diagnosis any less scary, it does offer hope to those recently diagnosed.

Regrowing and caring for hair after chemotherapy

Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatment options for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. While radiation may

be targeted at specific areas, chemotherapy is systemic. This means it affects the entire body. As a result, as chemotherapy kills fast-growing cancer cells, it also kills or slows the growth of healthy cells, including hair cells, that divide and grow quickly, explains the National Cancer Institute. When chemotherapy treatment is completed, the body is typically capable of regenerating new hair, but that can take some time. Women who consider their hair a large part of their identity may have strong concerns and fears regarding hair loss and what their hair may look like when it begins

to regrow. Understanding what to expect and what they can do to facilitate the regrowth of hair can help women better handle what lies ahead.

New hair typically begins to grow within one to two months of the last chemo treatment. Breastcancer.org says people who have undergone chemotherapy may notice soft fuzz forming on their head roughly two to three weeks after the end of chemo. This will be followed by real hair growing at its normal rate one month afterward. Two months after the last treatment, an inch of hair can be expected. See HAIR, page 11


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CHOOSE Hair THE RIGHT CANCER CARE SPECIALIST FOR YOU

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How hair grows back elsewhere on the body, such as the eyelashes, eyebrows and pubic area, varies from person to person. Experts at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Dermatologic Care Center at Northwestern University in Chicago recommend speaking with a doctor if hair is not regrowing quickly, which can be the result of low levels of iron or zinc or even thyroid problems.

Cancer is a word no one wants to hear. Unfortunately, according to BreastCancer.org, around one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. A cancer diagnosis is more manageable when patients have knowledgeable and supportive medical teams on their side. Taking an active role in one’s care can help cancer patients feel more in control. One of the most important steps a person can take after receiving a cancer diagnosis is to find an oncologist who offers the ideal blend of skills and support. Finding the right oncologist after receiving a cancer diagnosis requires patience. The following are some tips for cancer patients and their families as they begin searching for an oncologist.

While some people will travel all over for the best care, being closer to home may be a priority for others.

• Research cancer specialities. The American Society of Clinical Oncology advises cancer patients to select a doctor who specializes in their type of cancer. Find out if the doctor received any advanced training, and make certain he or she is board certified in oncology.

• Learn about different services. Some oncologists work with an extensive group of people who offer well-rounded care. These can include nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers, and specialty registered nurses. If this is a priority to you, locate an oncologist with such a team under one roof.

• Speak with a trusted doctor. A family doctor may be able to recommend an oncologist. The American Cancer Society advises newly diagnosed cancer patients ask their doctors, “If you were in my place, which doctor would you see first?”

• Choose a convenient location. The location of the doctor’s office as well as the oncologist’s hospital affiliation may play a role in the decision.

• Confirm care will be covered. When a list of preferential oncologists has been made, patients must confirm that doctors will accept their insurance coverage to avoid potentially hefty out-ofpocket costs.

Once cancer patients choose an oncologist who meets their particular needs, the road to getting well can be that much easier to navigate.

To help the process along, some doctors suggest the use of supplements like biotin. The National Institutes of Health says biotin is a B vitamin found in many foods that helps turn carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy. There is some evidence that taking biotin can help thicken and speed up the growth of hair and nails, but more research is needed. Rogaine®, the baldness treatment, also may be advised, as it’s been shown to speed hair regrowth in breast cancer patients who have lost their hair, advises Health magazine.

It is not uncommon for hair grown after chemotherapy to look and feel different from hair prior to treatment. Someone who once had straight hair may develop a wavy mane afterwards. While drastic changes are not common, blonde hair may darken.

As hair grows in, certain areas on the head may grow faster than others. Working with an experienced stylist can help a person achieve a look that is evened out and stylish at any length. Rosette la Vedette, a headwear retailer and cancer resource, suggests making a first trip back to the salon a special experience with a glass of champagne. Cutting hair won’t make it grow faster, but it can help a woman return to a sense of normalcy. It can be nerve-wracking to wait for hair to regrow after chemotherapy. But patience and understanding the road ahead can assuage any fears breast cancer patients may have about regrowing their hair.


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CAN DIET PREVENT BREAST CANCER FROM SPREADING?

Healthy diets that include plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables that can boost the body’s natural immune system can help people in their fight against cancer. While some foods, namely unhealthy, high-fat/high-caloric foods, are best avoided, women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer who want to prevent the spread of cancer to other areas of their bodies may want to cut some surprising foods from their diets.

Preliminary research now suggests limiting the consumption of asparagine, an amino acid, to dramatically reduce the ability of cancer to spread to other parts of the body. A study published in the journal Nature found that reducing asparagine consumption in laboratory mice with triple-negative breast cancer could dramatically reduce the ability of the cancer to travel to distant sites in the body. Asparagine is found in foods like asparagus, whole grains, soy, seafood, eggs, poultry, beef, legumes, and more. While reducing asparagine will not affect the original breast cancer tumor, it

could stop cancer from showing up elsewhere in the body. Researchers suspect that many women with breast cancer do not lose their lives to the original breast cancer tumor, but instead they succumb to metastases or subsequent growths away from the primary site. Apart from dietary restrictions, metastasis also could be greatly limited by reducing asparagine synthetase using chemotherapy drug L-asparaginase.

More research is needed as to whether similar results can be produced in human trials, making avoiding asparagine currently a helpful but not entirely foolproof method for preventing the spread of breast cancer to other areas of the body.

Menopause and breast cancer risk

Menopause occurs when a woman’s reproductive cycle is over and she can no longer produce offspring. For many women, menopause occurs around age 50. While menopause itself is not a risk for breast or other cancers, it’s important to know that some symptom treatments and other factors can increase the risk for cancer among menopausal women. The North American Menopause Society says that a woman going through perimenopause and menopause may experience various symptoms, which can range from hair loss to food cravings to hot flashes to vaginal dryness. The National Institutes of Health indicates some women undergo combined hormone therapy, also called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, to help relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and osteoporosis. This therapy replaces estrogen and progestin, which diminish in a woman’s body after menopause sets in. However, NIH’s Women’s Health Initiative Age is a risk factor for breast cancer, as the organization Susan G. Komen notes that the older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer. However, data from the National Cancer Institute indicates that breast cancer rates in women begin to increase after age 40, meaning many women diagnosed with breast cancer have to juggle both their disease and their careers.

The nonprofit organization Breastcancer.org says that breast cancer treatments can produce some cognitive side effects that affect thinking and memory. Memory loss and difficulty concentrating are two such side effects that can make it difficult for working women to do their jobs while being treated for breast cancer. Such women can heed the following tips, courtesy of Breastcancer.org, to overcome any cognitive effects of treatment so they can continue to perform their jobs capably.

            

      

     

        

             

 

   

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Anderson Cancer Center. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight or even losing a little weight can be beneficial. Women who enter menopause are not necessarily at a higher risk for breast cancer, but some factors tied to menopause can play a role. Females who want to lower their risk for various cancers are urged to eat healthy diets, quit smoking and maintain healthy body weights.

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reminders when important dates are coming up.

• Start taking notes. Start taking notes during meetings, important work-related conversations and even doctor’s appointments to counter any issues with memory. Keep such notes on a tablet or smartphone so they can be quickly and easily accessed throughout the day.

• Write down deadlines and work schedules. Accomplished professionals may keep lists of deadlines and work schedules in their heads, but that internal list might not be so reliable while women are being treated for breast cancer. Make use of the calendar function on your smartphone or tablet to note deadlines, even setting alerts so you receive routine

• Make and routinely update a to-do list. Some professional women diagnosed with breast cancer may be juggling work, treatment and their families. Keeping a to-do list and checking items off as they’re completed can help women effectively manage such juggling acts and save time. • Set realistic goals. Breast cancer treatment can produce a host of side effects, including fatigue. So women who plan to continue working during treatment should be sure to set realistic goals that take into account the effects that treatment may have on their energy levels. If need be, delegate more tasks and ask for more help. Many women continue working while being treated for breast cancer. A few simple adjustments can help such women overcome many treatment-related obstacles.


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By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The Summerhill Township Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting Oct. 2 to discuss the township’s paving project and the recent tire and appliance collection, among other topics. The public works department provided a detailed report of activities for the month of September. Supervisor Darren Wilson explained that there is a lot of work still to be completed because of the recent heavy rains and the resulting work associated with water damage, cleanup and

repairs on the roads. The township also received a request from New Enterprise concerning the township’s paving bid that was awarded to them. New Enterprise is requesting an extension until the spring of 2019 to complete the paving due to the backlog of work the bad weather has caused over the past several months. New Enterprise said the project will be completed at the awarded 2018 price. The supervisors approved a motion to extend the paving deadline on the condition that New Enterprise provides a written statement about keeping

the original bid price. The supervisors expect that the local asphalt plants will close by the end of October or the beginning of November, so any work would have to be completed prior to the asphalt plants closing for the season. The supervisors said that several other municipalities have received similar requests from other contractors for paving projects that were awarded for the 2018 paving season. Supervisor Shirley Custer then reported on the appliance and tire collection day held Sept. 15 by the Cambria County Conservation District at the public works build-

Portage Township Supervisors spar over meeting dates

By Ron Portash

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At the Oct. 3 meeting of the Portage Township Supervisors, the controversy continued. At the Sept. 5 meeting, supervisors William Cooper and Jeff Kostan voted to hire special counsel to investigate the allegations by multiple township employees that supervisor Elwood Selapack possessed and gave out personal identification information of township employees. No mention of the investigation was made at the Oct. 3 meeting. When it came to the point on the agenda to accept the minutes of the Sept. 5 meeting and the special

ing in Beaverdale. Fifty-two Freon appliances, 18 non-Freon appliances, 817 tires off the rim and 40 tires on the rim were collected. Custer thanked the conservation district, the student volunteers from St. Francis University, Joe Sherry and Mark Stockley for their work at the collection site. The supervisors also discussed two properties on their blight list that were up for judicial sale. If the properties were not sold in the sale, the township will request that one or both properties be placed in the repository so the township could purchase the

properties. The township has an application for Act 152 demolition funding from the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority for one of the properties. The township must own the property before the Act 152 funding can be used to demolish the building. The township hopes to place the properties back into taxation after demolition is completed. Finally, the supervisors approved trick-or-treat to be held Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. in coordination with the other municipalities in the Forest Hills School District.

budget meetings held Sept. 12 and 19, Selapack voted against it. “I was not informed about the budget meetings,� said Selapack. The minutes of the budget meeting attached to the public agenda for the October meeting indicate that Selapack was absent for both budget meetings. Cooper rebutted Selapack’s statement. “I gave you a copy of the paper with the [meeting] dates,� said Cooper. “Right here is a copy of what I gave you.� The motion to approve the special budget meeting minutes was approved in a 2-1 vote. SEE SPAR, PAGE 16



   

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By Calem Illig

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There was a different feeling in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room after their 41-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons Oct. 7. Terrell Edmunds was singing, Mike Hilton was dancing and all of the players were smiling. With a convincing win against the Falcons, the Steelers can finally relax a little bit. After picking up only one win in their first four games, Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward said there was a sense of urgency out of this team to steer the season in the right direction. “Not desperation, but just a sense of execution,� Heyward said of his team’s mental state. “I don’t like to use desperation, but I liked the urgency. I liked the way everybody responded. We communicated so much better today. It wasn’t just one guy communicating. It was multiple guys using hand signals because we had so many guys in that game, especially at the inside linebacker position with Vince [Williams] [out]. L.J. Fort had a heck of a game...Tyler Matekevich stepped up, [Jon] Bostic. T.J. [Watt] had a heck of a game. There’s a lot of unsung heroes.� The Steelers were led offensively by James Conner, who has

been the starting running back for the Steelers ever since Le’Veon Bell elected not to show up in week one. Conner had 185 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns en route to the win. Conner has not played as significant of a role in recent weeks as the Steelers have elected to favor the passing game. Much of that was due to falling into early holes, head coach Mike Tomlin said. With the defense holding their part today, Tomlin added that it gave the Steelers a chance to be more methodical in their possessions. “We wanted to be balanced, but obviously we were in the game,� Tomlin said. “Time was not a factor the way it’s been in some others, so we were able to maintain that balance and allow him and the offensive line to control the environment a little bit better.� On Pittsburgh’s first possession, Conner had the ball in his hands for all but one play. He picked up 72 total yards, and capped the drive off with a 1yard touchdown by leaping over the Falcons’ defensive line. He added another touchdown in the third quarter. It was a special day in front of the Pittsburgh crowd for Conner. Fans were given pink terrible towels and the black and gold staff wore shirts displaying

“Pittsburgh is stronger than cancer.� A cancer survivor himself, there was added motivation to perform. Overall, the sophomore running back was just happy to come away with the win. “The main important thing was the win,� Conner said. “The run game was awesome, but getting the win is the most important thing. We must throw it to win, you must run it to win, but today we were pretty balanced, which is good. A lot of momentum. We’re going to try and carry it to next week. That’s the most important thing.� Up 6-0, the Steelers scored again later in the first quarter. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver JuJu SmithSchuster in the deep middle of the end zone for an 18-yard score. The Falcons quickly responded on the ensuing drive, marching 75 yards down the field on only eight plays, finishing off with a 43-yard catch-andrun between quarterback Matt Ryan and Mohamed Sanu. Matt Bryant kicked a 47-yard field goal late in the first half to make it a 13-10 game at halftime. Through the early parts of the season, there was a strong disconnect for some reason with Roethlisberger and star receiver Antonio Brown. Both have

voiced their frustrations, and tensions have risen with every game. In the second half, both were finally able to break through. Roethlisberger found Brown for a 9-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 10. After the Falcons responded with a touchdown of their own, Roethlisberger hit Brown on a deep 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to effectively put the game away. “It wasn’t about connecting with A.B. and him scoring,� Roethlisberger said. “It was just more about me being frustrated with the way I was playing and kind of getting the confidence about making that throw, because it wasn’t an easy route and it wasn’t an easy throw. So, it was more about that than who caught it.� It was also a solid outing for the Steelers defense, which has been under fire the past few weeks. Facing one of the best wide receivers in the league in Julio Jones, the defense locked up and contained Jones, who had only five catches for 62 yards in the entire game. All of Jones’ catches occurred in the fourth quarter. “This is a great win,� Steelers cornerback Joe Haden, who had the primary responsibility of containing Jones, said. “We know what we have, but at the

end of the day, you have to put it on tape, you have to put it on film. Sunday is the day to show what we’ve been working on all week, so this is a step in the right direction. We just want to build on it and continue to play like this.� While Haden was not as keen to talk of his performance against Jones, cornerback Mike Hilton said Haden showed why he is still one of the league’s elite. “He did a fantastic job today,� Hilton said of Haden. “He’s a great leader, having eight or nine years in, so he’s seen it all. He’s still one of the top corners, in my eyes, in the game and he showed that today.� It was also an impressive day for T.J. Watt, who had three sacks and a forced fumble that was recovered by L.J. Fort for a touchdown late in the game. “Those guys have been practicing so hard each and every week,� Watt said of his team. “We put everything inside, and we were just practicing so hard this week to be the best teammates we can be, to be the best Pittsburgh Steelers we can be. We went out there and performed well.� The Steelers travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.

  

  

     

      

 

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easy to get stuck in a cycle of doubt and negativity, but it is ultimately the belief you have in your own abilities that can drive you toward success. “You can reach your goals if you believe it and don’t doubt yourself, but also listen what it takes to get there,� Grove said. He said it is important not to be afraid of failure because it is only through failure that you can learn your weaknesses and get better at what you do. He said looking back on your work and thinking it is terrible is not productive. Instead, see where you feel it needs improved and know you have grown since then to be better. Art is not a competition. He said that you do not have to be better than others in the industry because you can both be independently successful and you can learn from one another. That mindset of trying to better your art is much more productive than trying to be the best. “I hope my music moves people, but we are humans first. It’s important what you do, and the model you set for others is important,� Grove said. “One of my biggest goals in life is to just put positivity out there and help motivate people to find the greatness in themselves.�

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By Ron Portash

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The Portage Borough Council members had an extensive backand-forth discussion on sump pumps and the possibility of including them in an ordinance concerning debris on the streets at their meeting held Oct. 1. Originally, a motion was made not to include water in the debris ordinance, but the motion died for lack of a second. A motion was then made to include water as a form of debris that would be prohibited to be drained into streets and alleys. The motion was voted down to

allow further discussion on the definition of debris. The ordinance was finally adopted in its original form without the word water included in the definition of debris. The ordinance prohibits the placing, throwing, pushing or placing of grass, leaves, limbs, yard debris, snow, ice or other debris onto the roadway. The public works department has pressed for this ordinance due to the actions of several borough residents who shovel out their vehicles during the winter and throw the snow on the street where it freezes into ice piles, causing problems for the plow trucks.

In addition, especially with the recent heavy rains, grass cuttings and leaves block the stormwater inlets, causing minor flooding problems in yards and on streets and alleys. The borough has dealt with several problems caused by sump pumps in basements pumping the water onto the streets and alleys. Last winter, the borough had to use more anti-skid and road salt on an area of lower Gillespie Avenue due to sump pumps and water from rooftops running onto the street and freezing. The borough, just several weeks ago, replaced a stormwater pipe

from the intersection of Gillespie Avenue and Maple Street in borough into the township on the other side of Caldwell Avenue. Several stormwater inlets also were installed to handle the roof runoff and sump pump water and direct it off the street. Currently, the borough is monitoring several other locations for sump pump water problems. The borough building is currently draining the water from its basement sump pump onto Main Street until a stormwater line can be constructed in the alley behind the building to handle sump pump water from several commercial

water consultant Chet Cyga about possible equipment removal at one of their treatment plants. Cyga asked the council if they would consider looking into removing decommissioned soft-

ening equipment in the basement of one of their treatment locations, as it is no longer used and would improve accessibility.

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EBENSBURG: 1 bedroom. All utilities except electric. Suitable for 1 working adult. No pets/ smoking. 4728897. 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. $460$850/month. 471-0462. GALLITZIN: One 3 bedroom apartment, $695. Four 2 bedroom apartments, $695. Two 1 bedroom apartments, $595. Section 8 welcome. Call Tom 814-935-3636. PORTAGE: 1 bedroom, no pets. $300 +deposit. 814-495-4009.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Available soon! Spacious 2 bedroom, 2nd floor on Philadelphia Ave. Close to downtown, washer/dryer hook-up, no smoking/pets. Must have references. $500/month. Includes heat, water, sewage, garbage, electric. One month security deposit required. Lang Real Estate and Tax Service. Call 814-886-8111 or Jaclyn Bretz 814-418-7554. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom apartment. 921 Sonman Ave. Perfect for 1 or 2 people. No smoking/pets. Appliances included. 814-341-9154. PORTAGE: Main St. 3 bedroom, $595. 2 bedroom, $495. All utilities included except electric. Security deposit. No pets. 814-330-6294.

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EBENSBURG: A little over 4000 sq. ft. 601 W. Lloyd St. Call Kevin 4727707. Email: mainlinenews@verizon.net

  

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HELP WANTED

PART-TIME WELDER/FABRICATOR: Send resume to P.O. Box 70, Nicktown, PA 15762.

COMMERCIAL FOR RENT

EBENSBURG: Building for rent. Office or business. 1253 N. Center St. Off-street parking. 3 bathrooms. 1200 sq. ft. 1 mile from center of town. $700/ month, includes water/ sewage. 814-471-0462.

HOUSES FOR RENT

CRESSON: 414 Ashcroft. 4 bedroom, 2 bath. Totally remodeled. New appliances, large garage. $950 +utilties. 814-886-8888.

NEW GERMANY: 2 bedroom, laundry hook-ups, stove/refrigerator. No pets/smoking. 814-495-4454.

MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT

RENT/ OWN: Cherry Tree, $325/ month, +deposit 2 bedroom homes. No pets. 814-743-5291. ST. MICHAEL/ SOUTH FORK: 3 bedroom, rural setting, 2 car garage, sewage/ trash included. $525. 814487-7871.

HOUSES FOR SALE

NANTY GLO: 3 bedroom ranch home, 1.5 bath, large 2 car garage, large living room, new furnace, private backyard, large deck, all appliances included. $65,000. 814-2544771, leave message.

   

GARAGE/YARD SALES

CRESSON: Huge sale! October 13. 8 a.m.-? 422 Broad Ave. Antiques, knick-knacks, furniture, clothing, holiday.

FABRIC FLEA MARKET: Sat., 10/13. 9-3. First United Methodist Church of Christ, 217 East High Street, Ebensburg. Huge selection of quality quilting cottons from a quilterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate collection. Civil War, calico, plaids, seasonal and more. Quilters, crafters, seamstresses, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this one!

HELP WANTED

AIDES AND COOK: All shifts. Apply within at Rebekah Manor in Ebensburg, Northern Cambria, Portage. 814-472-6868.

ASSISTANT IN THREAT PREPAREDNESS DEPARTMENT: Part-time. Call 1-800-448-8464 ext. 102, submit resume to Gittings Protective Security, 104 North Center St., Ebensburg, PA 15931. BARTENDER: Patton VFW. Night shift. Apply in person. CAREGIVERS AGENCY: Background check and TB test required. All shifts. EOE. 814-266-5337. DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS for intellectually disabled adults. Competitive hourly wage. Part-time and full-time available. All shifts. 814-410-6197. EOE. FULL-TIME OFFICE POSITION available in a fast paced environment. Office work and dispatching of vehicles. Must have good computer skills, people skills, ability to multitask. Full benefit package available. Send resume to: Wilkinson Bus Lines, Inc., P.O. Box 95, Cresson, PA 16630.

HELP WANTED

FULL OR PART-TIME THIRD SHIFT PERSONAL CARE AIDE WANTED: Facility located in Ebensburg. Excellent staff to resident ration of 8 to 1. Duties include cleaning, cooking and checking on residents when they are sleeping. Only engaged, responsible individual need apply. Retirement plan, Health Care, Vision, and Dental Insurance offered as well as voluntary supplemental insurance benefits. Starting wage $11.50 hourly. Applicants must have a valid Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License and Act 34 Clearance. Email resume to carol@ccltsr.com. EOE.

HAIRSTYLIST: Excellent communication and customer service skills. Cosmetology license required. Send resume to: Jackson & Co. Hair Salon, 711 5th Ave., Patton, PA 16668. ITALIAN VILLAGE PIZZA in Ebensburg is now accepting applications for CASHIERS, SERVERS, DELIVERY DRIVERS: Morning and night. Applicants must be reliable, high energy and friendly, must possess reliable transportation. Previous restaurant experience is a plus. If interested, call 472-2202 or inquire within. Apply in person. LABORERS NEEDED for X-mas Tree Harvest in Strongstown, PA. Must be over 18 with valid drivers license & able to lift over 50 lbs. $10.55/ hr. Pineton Tree Farms. Calls only. Leave name, number. 814-9484990. PART-TIME NURSE AIDE (2nd & 3rd shift) and DIETARY/ HOUSEKEEPING (1st & 2nd shift) positions available at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc. Apply and get more information in person at 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE.

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HELP WANTED

THE NORTHERN CAMBRIA SCHOOL DISTRICT is now accepting applications for the following positions: â&#x20AC;¢ Elementary/ Middle School Principal (salary to be $83,000) â&#x20AC;¢ Business Computer and Information Technology Teacher â&#x20AC;¢ Long Term Substitute English Teacher (dual certification preferred with Social Studies) â&#x20AC;¢ Custodian (full-time) â&#x20AC;¢ The following Day to Day Substitutes: Teachers, Aides, Nurse, Cafeteria Workers, Custodians All candidates must include with their application a Letter of Interest, resume, Acts 24, 34, 151, 114 and 168 clearances addressed to Mr. Robert Rocco, Superintendent, Northern Cambria School District, 601 Joseph Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. Application must be received by 3:00 Monday, October 22, 2018. Please call 814-948-2604 with any questions. EOE.

   

   

 

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Tunnelhill Borough residents dispute over ditch digging PAGE 20 - Thursday, October 11, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

right to be digging a ditch, rather it is the responsibility of Lynch, Tunnelhill Borough, Gallitzin Borough and Regala. In May 2015, Lynch said that Erculiani and his wife started to dig a ditch from Tunnelhill Street straight into Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. Lynch said vice president Tom Krozel saw the Erculianis dig the ditch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to eliminate that problem between two people,â&#x20AC;? said president Michael Taddei. Krozel told Lynch to place a stake

in the ground so the borough knows where to fix the problem. When the borough tried to fix the ditch, according to Taddei, Erculiani said he was going to sue the borough because they were on his property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do not know the solution out there,â&#x20AC;? said Taddei. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, if it keeps going, it is going to be civil...itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be out of our hands.â&#x20AC;? Regala said Lynch had her property surveyed and has a deed to prove that where Erculiani is digging is on their property. Taddei

said the plan is to fill the ditch to keep the water in the ditch line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our whole concern,â&#x20AC;? said Taddei. Lynch and Regala agreed if the borough packs the ditch with stone, opens a pipe and keeps the water in the ditch line, they will be happy with the outcome. Police chief Gerald Hagen agreed to talk to Erculiani about the ditch problem so the borough can complete the project and make all parties happy. Moving on with the meeting, Hagen notified the council about a

suspicious vehicle parked along the highway. After running the plate, Hagen said the vehicle is owned by a person from Altoona and does not know why the vehicle is still there. Hagen said both the state and Gallitzin Township police have reviewed the vehicle and hope it will be towed soon. Under new business, the council motioned to accept the tentative budget for 2019. The next Tunnelhill Borough meeting will be held Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.

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concerns at the beginning of the meeting, starting with abandoned alleys. She said that an alley that was overgrown and never used as a road runs behind her home and she was curious as to who would be liable if someone fell and hurt themselves on this property. Township solicitor Alex Svirsko said that if the alley had never been constructed or maintained by the township after a period of 21 years, then the land reverts to the neighboring property owners. Next, Cence asked about building a fence around her yard and wanted to know if the township has a designated setback ordinance. Svirsko said there is no required ordinance in the town-

ship designating a setback, so it can be placed wherever they want it, so long as the fence is constructed on the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. The township supervisors then made and passed a motion to approve a subdivision upon review of both the engineer and solicitor for Hogan and Contres to allow the property owners to resolve an issue with a shed being located on a neighboring property. Svirsko also presented supervisors with a resolution that would waive the $1,000 bond amount normally required for the sewage holding tank for Small Town Hope, Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Treehouse building construction. The township made and passed a motion to accept the resolution waiving the bond.

The supervisors accepted the managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, including a list of repairs on the township vehicles, which totaled $4,728.68 for this month, and approved a change order for the Troy Street bridge project to install jersey barriers in the amount of $1,920. The supervisors reminded residents that trick-or-treat activities are scheduled for Oct. 28 from 24 p.m., which is the same time as Northern Cambriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trick-or-treat. The Halloween parade in Northern Cambria will take place Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The next Susquehanna Township Supervisors meeting will take place Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the township office due to Election Day on Tuesday.

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Vescovi said the application should be ready to be submitted by Nov. 1. Next, the supervisors discussed roads. The township had received the estimated numbers for the 2019 liquid aid for a total of $92,309.86. There was some concern about speed in areas of the township, so â&#x20AC;&#x153;watch childrenâ&#x20AC;? signs were ordered and installed and reported to PennDOT so they could be added to their sign log. A request was received by H.F. Lenz Company about a project for Cambria Heights School District asking if there were any specific stormwater requirements they needed to be aware of for the project. After consulting with the township engineer, the supervisors approved sending a return letter explaining that the township itself has no such comprehensive plan or zoning ordinances, but the company would need to work with Keller

Engineers to comply with stormwater approval. The supervisors also began discussing the budget for the 2019 year by addressing any large purchase items that could affect the overall budget. A suggestion was made to replace the bed on one of the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freight liners, but the age of the truck had some supervisors concerned with the investment of installing a new bed on the truck. No decision was made on that subject at this time. The township supervisors were also made aware that $7,248.22 was received for Foreign Fire Insurance and was distributed to the Patton and Ashville fire companies. They also received $5,421.87 in pension aid that was paid in full to the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System. The next Clearfield Township supervisors meeting will take place Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the township office.

Weaver said that the board feels fine removing the units, but he wants to ensure that all necessary permissions are received from DEP and their financing organization for the unit before the equipment can be removed. Next, Depto explained that a pressure transducer, used to convert pressure readings into an analog electrical signal, in one of the tanks recently went bad and will need replaced. The cost of a new transducer is under $1,000. The authority members made and passed a motion approving the part purchase. Secretary Evelyn Long then explained that the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current insurance policy is expiring, so the authority will need to renew or choose a new policy. Long said she had spoken with their agent and learned of a new policy with their current provider that had the same

deductible but offers more liability protection and will save the authority $3,027. The authority made and passed a motion to go with this new policy. Lastly, Long informed the board that she and the other office worker are attending a free training to learn more about the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new billing software, but said they may have to close the office for a day if they cannot get someone to cover it. The authority members said they understand, and while closing is not ideal, they feel this is important to ensure that both people working with the new system can work alone if a situation occurred that prevented one from being at the office. The next Northern Cambria Municipal Authority meeting will take place Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Northern Cambria Borough building.

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Tunnelhill Borough residents Irene Lynch and Brian Regala attended the Oct. 1 Tunnelhill Borough Council meeting to discuss ditch problems on Portage Street. Lynch claims that Richard Erculiani is digging a ditch that falls on her property line. According to Lynch, this problem has been happening for a while now, and she wants it fixed. Lynch said Erculiani does not have the

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The Clearfield Township Supervisors held their regular monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 4, and discussed the Gooderham Road bridge project progress, road issues and the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget for next year. Supervisor Joseph Vescovi said that he would be meeting with representatives and contractors about the dirt and gravel grant involving one of the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bridges with structural issues. The township has been working to complete the dirt and gravel grant to address the issues found at the Gooderham Road bridge as it was showing signs of erosion on the concrete structure from high water levels. The township will need to put forth a 10 percent match for the funding, but that can also include in-kind work in the form of equipment and labor.

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basement, but they cannot reach it without removing this equipment. Authority chairman Paul Weaver said the board has been in contact with engineer John Clabaugh about the issue, and he is currently talking with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about removing the softening equipment.


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How to plan a kid-friendly wedding

Are there children on your wedding-day guest list? If so, make sure the event is as fun for them as it is for the adults.

A BOUQUET FOR EVERY BRIDE

The perfect bouquet is one that highlights the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attire without stealing the spotlight from her. Here are a few popular bridal bouquet styles to consider:

Round Ideal if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the petite side. Keep it simple, delicate and short. As a general rule, avoid dense foliage, cascading bouquets and long stems. That being said, longer stems can be flattering if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quite curvy. Cascading Perfect for tall, thin brides. Choose a bouquet with long stems and cascading foliage to highlight your waist.

White Great if your dress is colorful; not so great if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white or off-white.

Colorful For energetic brides who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid to turn heads. If your dress is also colorful, make sure you show it to your florist to avoid unfortunate clashes.

Brides should choose their bouquet according to their body type, their personality and their dress.

Hire a babysitter Employing an experienced babysitter will allow parents to fully enjoy the day themselves. A good rule of thumb is one babysitter per five children, but this will vary depending on the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ages. During the ceremony Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seat all the kids together. Instead, ask that parents keep their children close by to ensure they stay calm and quiet. You may also choose to ask kids to participate in the ceremony, for example by throwing rose petals or blowing bubbles as you walk down the aisle. During the reception Take care of your young guests as soon as they arrive. If the reception is taking place outside, set up bouncy castle or an obstacle course. Makeup artists, clowns and magicians are other options to keep the little ones entertained. During the meal Keep children in mind when planning your menu. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll prefer well-known dishes like chicken

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ELEVEN-STEP GUIDE TO THE PERFECT WEDDING

Every couple wants their wedding to be absolutely flawless. Achieving perfection, however, requires quite a bit of organizing. Here are a few things to remember when planning your big day. 1. Choose the date Make sure your closest friends and family members will be able to attend. If your sister’s pregnant or your best friend is planning a trip, choose your date strategically to avoid disappointment.

2. Draft the guest list Make a list of all the people you’d like to see at your wedding. But keep your budget in mind, as more people means higher costs. 3. Make your reservations It’s a good idea to book the venues for your ceremony and reception as soon as possible, especially if you’re getting married during the summer. Popular venues are often reserved up to a year in advance.

4. Send out invitations The earlier you send out your save the date cards and invitations, the better. Be sure to ask invitees to RSVP. This is also a good time to designate bridesmaids and groomsmen. 5. Draw up a floor plan Make sure to visit the venue as many times as you need to. If you’re planning to hire a band, display a

slideshow or organize a karaoke session, confirm that the location allows it. 6. Decorate the venue Get in touch with your florist and decorator to discuss your ideas and ask for advice. If you’re on a tight budget, consider taking care of the decorating yourself—just make sure you start early.

7. Choose an MC Who will be the master of ceremonies for the event? Someone you know, or a hired pro? Also think about the music: band or DJ? 8. Shop for your attire Don’t forget about makeup and hair trials, and start shopping as early as possible so you can find all the best deals. Also think about how you’ll accessorize your outfit for the ceremony.

9. Go to the jeweler’s Choose your wedding bands wisely—after all, you’ll be wearing them for the rest of your life!

10. Choose the menu Is your goal to please as many people as possible or to step off the beaten path? Do you need to plan vegetarian options or kid-friendly snacks? Determine what type of meal will be served at your wedding, and don’t forget drinks and desserts. 11. Immortalize the day Photobooths and disposable cameras are great for capturing candid memories, but you’ll probably want to have a professional wedding photographer on location as well.

Lucky for you, your loved ones will be in charge of planning the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Make sure they know what you like!

Wedding invitation essentials

Are you about to have your wedding invitations printed? Here’s a list of things you’ll need to include:

THE SAVE-THE-DATE CARD This optional complement to the wedding invitation should be sent out six to eight months before the event. It’s especially important for destination or multi-day weddings and should include the following information: • The names of the bride and groom

• The date of the event • The city in which the wedding will take place

THE INVITATION CARD The invitations themselves should be sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding and contain further information on the event, including: • The date and time of the wedding • The location and schedule of the reception • Driving instructions • The wedding’s theme, if

applicable • An indication of whether children are welcome or not • Contact info (email address, website, phone number)

THE RSVP CARD It’s crucial to include an RSVP card with your wedding invitations so that invitees can confirm whether or not they’re able to attend the event as well as indicate if someone will be accompanying them. Be sure to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Five ways to accessorize your bridal attire Jewelry and accessories have the power to take your wedding-day attire from dainty to absolutely dazzling. Here are a few runway-inspired trends to try for your big day. Earrings Asymmetrical earrings are all the rage this year, with some brides even choosing to sport a single, bold dangler. Feathers and other boho-chic touches are also on trend.

Shoes Decorate your feet with elegant anklestrap shoes. This season’s most popular models are delicate and feminine and bear a resemblance to anklets.

Pearls Pearls are making a comeback. Include them in your ensemble with earrings, a necklace or pearl-embellished gloves. Black All-black accessories are popping up in

wedding-themed fashion shows the world over. Surprise your guests with a black necklace, broach or belt.

Embellished gloves Long or short, gloves are definitely trending this season. Choose a pair that’s embellished with lace or rhinestones for an elegant, romantic touch.


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