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Ebensburg Boro Council denies request to rezone former football field

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

During the Jan. 28 Ebensburg Borough meeting, the council denied the request to rezone the former Central Cambria Middle School football field for a proposed Dollar General. In December, the borough held a public hearing on the rezoning, with residents opposing the proposed rezoning of the residential parcel along North Center Street. Residents near the property voiced their concerns about increased traffic and decreased property value. Local developer Joe Sinclair asked the borough to rezone the football field from a single-household residential to a mixed use-village commercial in hopes to bring a Dollar General to Ebensburg in September. However, the plan for the parcel changed twice since the September borough council meeting. The new proposal involved the planning commission to keep half of the parcel as residential. Following a public hearing, the issue was sent to the Ebensburg Planning Commission during their Jan. 3 meeting. After reviewing some issues, the borough council received a letter from planning commission chairman Michael Bradley. In his letter, Bradley suggested that the council reject Sinclair’s rezoning application. “The Planning Commission has reviewed and fully considered all comments received at earlier council meetings, at two Planning Commission meetings and at the

public hearing,� the letter says. The letter stated that the planning commission unanimously agreed to recommend to borough council that the requested zoning change from single-household residential to mixed use-village commercial be denied. Bradley’s letter included seven reasons why the council should reject the request. “Then the only access to the property will be from Bolton Street, and that would negatively impact the neighborhood, regardless of the type of commercial occupancy,� Bradley’s letter stated. According to borough manager Dan Penatzer, Sinclair told Penatzer about his intent to withdraw the SEE DENIES, PAGE 17

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Maria Grassmyer (left), Ella Conigy, Sally Storm and Barbara Lysic show off some of their quilts at the Ebensburg Senior Center Feb. 1. Photo by Andrew Smithmyer.

     

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Admiral Peary Vo-Tech hosts district SkillsUSA competition PAGE 2 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Admiral Peary VocationalTechnical School hosted the District 7 SkillsUSA competition Jan. 25, and its students brought home their fair share of medals in the competition. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving nearly a half-million high school, college and technical school students enrolled in trade, technical and skilled service occupation training. Competition begins at the local level and continues through regional, state and national levels. The competition is organized and conducted with a partnership of industry, labor and education leaders. Sixteen vocational training schools from a 10-county area comprise District 7 of the Pennsylvania Chapter of SkillsUSA, and 11 districts make up the state chapter. Admiral Peary Vo-Tech students have over recent years placed highly in the competitions, with this past year having a student, Marty Krumenacker, finish fifth in the nation in the masonry competition. SkillsUSA is a national association that serves high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education, and is a partnership of students, teachers and industries working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA focuses on a threefold approach to empowering students to become world-class

APVT students take more than half of the gold medals

workers, leaders and responsible citizens. The focus on technical skills grounded in academics develops computer and technological literacy, job specific skills and professional development. The focus on personal skills develops integrity, work ethics, professionalism and responsibility, and the focus on workplace skills develops communication, decision making, teamwork and leadership. At any one time, more than 340,000 students are involved in SkillsUSA competitions each school year. Since its inception in 1965, SkillsUSA has had more than 13.5 million alumni. More than 600 businesses, industries and labor organizations actively support SkillsUSA with financial aid, in-kind contributions and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Local chapters conduct a full program of work, and many students also attend a district or state conference. At the SkillsUSA national championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas each June. These national technical competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a successful model of employerdriven youth development training. The District 7 competition hosted by Admiral Peary Vo-Tech looked at students in 53 training, educational and vocational skill fields. Winners for the district

level competition will advance to the state competition held in Hershey April 10-12. SkillsUSA competitions have a total of 100 fields, but not all schools carries all the various programs. Of the 53 categories held in competition hosted on Jan 25, Admiral Peary students took 27 first place gold medals, seven silver metals and three bronze metals, according to Admiral Peary’s SkillsUSA coordinator and networking technology instructor Bruce Thomas.

Central Cambria medal winners: First place: Devon Plumber, auto computer estimating total loss evaluation; Shane Nihart, automotive refinishing; Trevor Baker, carpentry; Emily Albright, culinary arts; Dylan Devlin, HVACR; Isaac Thompson, industrial motor control; Alexia Teeter, job interview; Tye Martin, masonry; Emily Cullen, restaurant service; Chris Waters, team works; Everitt Fryer,

welding fabrication; and Parker Geis, welding fabrication; Second place: Grace Martin, customer service; Erin Frank, esthetics; Anna Reig, esthetics; Lars Williamson, plumbing; and Eden Lightner, welding sculpture; Third place: Caleb Sand, cyber security; and Joshua McNulty, cyber security;

Penn Cambria medal winners: First place: Hope Dively, employment application process; Tiffany Colon, nurse assisting; Michael Sanders, team works; and Rebecca Rininger, technical drafting; Third place: Kamryn Whited, early childhood education; Cambria Heights medal winners: First place: Carolyn McMullen, commercial baking; Alan Venesky, electrical construction wiring; Mike Hofer, team works; and Hunter Work, welding;

Portage Area medal winners: First place: Dakota Cann, collision repair technology; and Wallace Litzinger, welding fabrication; Second place: Emily McCoy, cosmetology; Northern Cambria medal winners: First place: Nicholas Sifford, internetworking; Second place: Nick Shovestull, action skills;

Blacklick Valley medal winners: First place: Robert Zimmerman, automotive service technology; and Bailey Smith, nail care;

Bishop Carroll medal winner: First place: Brant Holly, team works;

Conemaugh Valley medal winner: First place: Holly Reynolds, nail care.


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Ebensburg Borough discusses gas, sidewalk and curb projects Sidewalks will be paid with reserve fund, property owner assessments By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Under the street committee report during the Jan. 28 Ebensburg Borough Council meeting, councilwoman Cecilia Houser and councilman John Cobaugh updated the council on the gas, sidewalk and curb projects. For the Peoples Gas project, Houser said the replacement of gas mains and service lines south of High Street is scheduled to begin in February. According to Houser, Peoples Gas will have two crews working on the project. The areas on Caroline Street, Marian Street and Triumph Street around the upcoming sidewalk project will be completed first. All other lines south of High Street will be completed in time for street resurfacing in September. Houser continued, saying the borough will waive the requirement for a top wearing course of blacktop in the areas excavated for the gas project. Instead, base material will be used to the existing surface. The areas will then be milled and resurfaced during the larger

paving project later in 2019. Peoples Gas will reimburse the borough for the actual bid cost per square yard of the milling and paving. Continuing on, Cobaugh discussed the upcoming sidewalk and curb project. Cobaugh said the sidewalk and curb project in areas south of High Street is ready for bidding. It is to be completed prior to street paving in the south section of Ebensburg. On South Caroline Street, the project is limited to the 100 and 200 blocks. Sidewalks will be installed on the east side, and new curb will be installed on both sides. All three blocks of South Marian Street will be included in the project. Sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the 100 blocks, and on the west side of the 200 and 300 blocks. New curb will be installed on both sides. The project also will include all four blocks on West Triumph Street. Sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the 100 blocks, and on the south side of the remaining blocks. New curb will be installed on both sides. “The project’s estimated cost is

$375,000 and is to be paid from the sidewalk reserve and property owner assessments,” said Cobaugh. “While a loan will be required for future sidewalk work north of High Street, debt will not be required for the projects. The general fund will be used to bridge finance the project as property owner assessments are received.” The project schedule is as follows: deadline of questions, Feb. 25; bid opening, March 4; bid award, March 25; notice to proceed, March 26; and project completion, Aug. 1. Cobaugh said the sewer, gas, sidewalk and stormwater projects will be all completed this summer in areas south of High Street. Specifications for the street resurfacing project have been completed, but will not be advertised for bids until June. “All primary streets (Lloyd, Ogle, Triumph, Lovell, West, Marian, Julian, Caroline and Reddinger) will be milled and then resurfaced,” Cobaugh said. “Chris Street, Cherry Street and the 100 block of Poplar Street will also be milled prior to resurfacing due to the

deteriorated pavement condition.” Phaney Street was not excavated during any of the work, and remains in good condition. The secondary streets (Spruce, Beech, Ann, Locust, Poplar and Sugar) will have been adequately repaired following excavation, and will not be resurfaced in the contract. Cobaugh said the project estimate is $489,250. The project will be paid for with $67,000 in county aid, $21,000 from Peoples Gas, $175,000 from the wastewater project reserve and $226,250 from liquid fuels. The resurfacing project should be completed in September 2019. “The staff is not certain on the cost estimate of this project,” said Cobaugh. “Oil prices, cost of blacktop but the project cost will be based on prices then effect.” Full-width milling of streets is not something that is normally done in boroughs, and has never been done in Ebensburg, Cobaugh said. That cost will depend on the bidder’s level of concern with the number of manholes and catch basins to navigate.


Problem with pump station brought to Jackson Water Auth.

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

An issue with the pump station in Mundys Corner required a lengthy conversation at the Jan. 22 Jackson Township Water Authority meeting. According to foreman Fred Meier, he had Hemlock Valley and P&M Pumps, who put the original pump in, take a look at the system to find the problem. “I kept throwing the breaker in the electric box,” said Meier. “The pump would run its cycle, and then at the end of it, it would kick off.” Meier said that he “cut the pumps back again,” after P&M Pumps looked at the problem. “They’re working OK right now,” said Meier. “It’s working like it’s supposed to be.” According to Meier, it takes about three hours to pump water into the tank and fill it. He added that normally it took four to five hours, so the authority is “still ahead of the game with about three hours of pumping time,” and it’s not blowing the breaker. “Everything seems to be working by cutting that pump back, we had to cut the valve back,” said Meier. Meier was told by a representative from P&M Pumps that the only way to keep the RPMs down on the pump’s motor is to cut back the time. “That doesn’t make sense to me,” said board member John Wallet. “The old pump was identical. Everything was the same. It ran since 1982 just fine. Now, all of a sudden, we gotta

throttle it back because it’s drawing too much power and it throws the breaker.” Meier agreed, and said he doesn’t think it makes sense either. He explained that when he spoke with Hemlock Valley, the suggestion was made to change some of the internal parts of the pump. “A 40 horsepower motor, he told us, in order to bring the amps down with that pump,” Meier said. He added that he and laborer Willy Evans even checked the impeller size because that could have been a problem, but they were 10 inches, just like the last one. “Everything was spec’d exactly the same as the old pump that we just took out,” said Meier. “The only way to bring the RPMs down on the pump itself is to cut it back.” Meier said that he received two bids from two different companies, who both feel that the only way to bring the RPMs

down to what they should be running at is by going with a 40 horsepower motor and changing the breakers, or change the conductors. Meier asked what engineer Pat Mulcahy allowed, from a budget standpoint, for the pump station maintenance. “What we showed in the budget for George Wyse was $7,000 for a new pump upgrade and $25,000 for piping upgrades in there, which would be $32,000 total,” said Mulcahy. Mulcahy also doesn’t understand why the new pump is drawing more amps, when it should be running much more efficiently than the old pump. According to Mulcahy, there was a power surge at the Sheetz in Mundys Corner, and he thought that the surge caused a problem with the motor. However, the motor was checked and there is nothing wrong with it. “If you check the amps, the one motor is running where it should be and the other motor

isn’t running where it should be,” said Mulcahy. Wallet questioned if the motors could be switched, but Mulcahy said that it wouldn’t be easy to do so because of the high number of electrical components that need to be switched. Moving back to the two options Mulcahy had to rectify the pump issue, board member Robb Piper asked if they could be explained.

The first option is to change the conductors, which are the overload switches. According to Mulcahy, they would need changed to meet code and handle a bigger motor. The quote is $2,500. Option two is to change the motor to 40 horsepower and breakers, which comes in at approximately $5,500. SEE PUMP, PAGE 11


County recreation authority talks Path of the Flood extension PAGE 6 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

At the Jan. 18 Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) meeting, Brad Clemenson explained what has been going on with the Path of the Flood Trail and the extension from East Conemaugh Borough to Woodvale. “I wanna give a little update on the better route that’s being developed by Conemaugh Valley Conservancy (CVC),� said Clemenson. “The route on the old trolley and the switchback to get down to Plum Street is essentially built.�

Clemenson said that they are going to try to do a little more to even out the grading. “It’s a little bit steep in one spot,� added Clemenson. He said that they do have “pricing in hand� for fencing and they started to develop interpretive panels, which are signs that will be used along the section to present users with various facts. “We’re probably going to seek a small grant, we’re a little short,� Clemenson said. “We’re trying to do the same kind of interpretive panels that are on the current Path of the Flood Trail, [but], it’s a little pricier than I was thinking.�

He said that the City of Johnstown is still waiting to hear about an application for $451,000 for on-street improvements from Plum Street through the underpass into Woodvale and downtown, eventually ending up in Cambria City. According to Clemenson, the city is waiting to hear back from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) about that funding. “If we get that we can do some really nice on-street stuff, [and] really connect the Path of the Flood right into downtown in Cambria City,� said Clemenson. Johnstown is the applicant on the CFA grant.

Jackson Township Water Authority files charges for theft of service New computer system picks up water usage even if customer is shut off

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Jackson Township Water Authority foreman Fred Meier said that he had to file charges against a customer for stealing water at the Jan. 22 meeting. “We had turned it off for nonpayment around September,� said Meier. According to Meier, laborer Willy Evans turned the water off a customer’s home, but an issue was found after the water was turned off. “With the new computer system [office manager] Debbie [Buksa] has now, that computer system will pick up any meter that’s using water whether they are shut off or not,� said Meier. “Our old system wouldn’t pick them up because they pulled that customer out of the system.� He explained that now the system flags a customer if he or she is supposed to be turned off and there is usage on the meter. “So, that’s how we found out that there was water being used there,� Meier said. Meier said that he was off when Evans initially shut off the water, so they went back and checked it to make sure it was turned off properly. “Well, it was on,� said Meier. “So, Willy thought maybe he didn’t get it turned all the way off.� This time, both Meier and Evans made sure it was turned off. Meier said that the next month, the same customer was flagged again for using water.

“We knew we had it turned off, so I went knocking on the door and told them somebody was using water,� Meier said. “The lady was, basically, saying she had no idea she was delinquent [and] she never turned it on.� Meier turned the water off again, and explained to the customer that it cannot be turned on again until the bill is paid in full. “About a week later, we just happened to be by there and we checked it out again and it was turned on again,� said Meier. “So, we decided that the best thing to do was turn it over, and we filed charges against them.�

Meier had not heard anything back regarding the charges. Another item Meier had was that one of the authority’s truck’s inspection expired at the end of January. “It’s done,� stated Meier. “The frame’s weak on it.� He added that it needed about $4,000 worth of work on it to make it passable. Besides the frame, the truck needed two gas tanks replaced, the transmission is leaking and needs a new seal, among other repairs. Meier said that the truck wasn’t used much, and recently it was used for plowing. The plan was to run it until the end of January.

   

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In other matters, CCCRA executive director Cliff Kitner brought up the Inclined Plane ramp and asked that either Clemenson or Josh Yoder talk a little bit about it. “We’re trying to develop the Inclined Plane Park in downtown Johnstown,� said Clemenson. He explained that through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, a small grant was received. The hope was that the grant would be enough to do the engineering portion of an American Disabilities Act Accessible ramp around the building at the bottom.

Since opening the mountain bike trails coming down the mountain, there is talk of expanding that access, and a walkway down to the river. Clemenson said that they advertised for an engineer to do the walkway and the ramp, but the bids came in “way over� the amount of money available. “We’re now looking at breaking it up into a couple different [stages],� Clemenson said. The work is ongoing for the park development. Yoder added that there is also a lot of research going on for a zipline on the Inclined Plane mountain as well.

         



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IRS successfully opens 2019 tax filing season

The Internal Revenue Service successfully opened the 2019 tax-filing season as the agency started accepting and processing federal tax returns for tax year 2018. Despite the major tax law changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS was able to open this year’s tax-filing season one day earlier than the 2018 tax-filing season. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2018 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the April tax deadline. “I am extremely proud of the entire IRS workforce. The dedicated IRS employees have worked tirelessly to successfully implement the biggest tax law changes in 30 years and launch tax season for the nation,� said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Although we face various near- and longer-term challenges, our employees are committed to doing everything we can to help taxpayers and get refunds out quickly.� Following the government shutdown, the IRS is working to promptly resume normal operations. “The IRS will be doing everything it can to have a smooth filing season,� Rettig said. “Taxpayers can minimize errors and speed refunds by using e-file and IRS Free File along with direct deposit.� The IRS expects the first refunds to go out in the first week of February and many refunds to be paid by mid- to late February like previous years. The IRS reminds taxpayers to check “Where’s My Refund?� for updates. Demand on IRS phones during the early weeks of tax season is traditionally heavy, so taxpayers are encouraged to use IRS.gov to find answers before they call. New Form 1040 Form 1040 has been redesigned

for tax year 2018. The revised form consolidates Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040-EZ into one form that all individual taxpayers will use to file their 2018 federal income tax return. The new form uses a “building block� approach that can be supplemented with additional schedules as needed. Taxpayers with straightforward tax situations will only need to file the Form 1040 with no additional schedules. People who use tax software will still follow the steps they’re familiar with from previous years. Since nearly 90 percent of taxpayers now use tax software, the IRS expects the change to Form 1040 and its schedules to be seamless for those who e-file. Free tax help Low- and moderate-income taxpayers can get help filing their tax returns for free. Tens of thousands of volunteers around the country can help people correctly complete their returns. To get this help, taxpayers can visit one of the more than 12,000 community-based tax help sites that participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. To find the nearest site, use the VITA/TCE Site Locator on IRS.gov or the IRS2Go mobile app.

Online tools The IRS reminds taxpayers they have a variety of options to get help filing and preparing their tax returns on IRS.gov, the official IRS website. Taxpayers can find answers to their tax questions and resolve tax issues online. The Let Us Help You page helps answer most tax questions, and the IRS Services Guide links to these and other IRS services. Taxpayers can go to View Your Account Information to securely access information about their fed-

eral tax account. They can view the amount they owe, pay online or set up an online payment agreement; access their tax records online; review the past 18 months of payment history; and view key tax return information for the current year as filed. Visit IRS.gov/secureaccess to review the required identity authentication process. The IRS urges taxpayers to take advantage of the many tools and other resources available on IRS.gov. The IRS continues to work with state tax agencies and the privatesector tax industry to address taxrelated identity theft and refund fraud. As part of the Security Summit effort, stronger protections for taxpayers and the nation’s tax system are in effect for the 2019 tax filing season. The new measures attack taxrelated identity theft from multiple sides. Many changes will be invisible to taxpayers but will help the IRS, states and the tax industry provide additional protections, and tighter security requirements will better protect tax software accounts and personal information. Renew ITIN to avoid refund delays Many Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) expired on Dec. 31, 2018. This includes any ITIN not used on a tax return at least once in the past three years. Also, any ITIN with middle digits of 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 and 82 (Example: 9NN-73NNNN) is now expired. ITINs that have middle digits 70, 71, 72 or 80

expired Dec. 31, 2017, but taxpayers can still renew them. Affected taxpayers should act soon to avoid refund delays and possible loss of eligibility for some key tax benefits until the ITIN is renewed. An ITIN is used by anyone who has tax-filing or payment obligations under U.S. tax law but is not eligible for a Social Security number. It can take up to 11 weeks to process a complete and accurate ITIN renewal application. For that reason, the IRS urges anyone with an expired ITIN needing to file a tax return this tax season to submit

their ITIN renewal application soon. Sign and validate electronically filed tax returns. All taxpayers should keep a copy of their tax return. Some taxpayers using a tax filing software product for the first time may need their adjusted gross income (AGI) amount from their prior-year tax return to verify their identity. Taxpayers using the same tax software they used last year will not need to enter their prior year information to electronically sign their 2017 tax return.

        

             

    

        

              

          

  

 


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Portage Borough talks winter weather, projects PAGE 10 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

Citations issued regarding snow parking ordinance

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

At the Portage Borough Council meeting Feb. 4, the initial discussion focused on the issue of streets and sidewalks during the recent severe weather days of the past week. Council president Sharon McCarthy questioned police chief Ed Miller on the feedback he received about enforcing the snow removal parking ordinance. Miller said that a number of citations were issued, but he has not yet received much of a response from them. Resident Jean Kinley asked the council about the ordinance concerning removal of snow and ice from borough sidewalks. McCarthy said that due to the extreme cold, the sidewalk ordinance was not strictly enforced. McCarthy explained that if it was just snow, the ordinance would have been enforced more, but the wind chill of -20 to -30 degrees would have placed a strain on anyone outside trying to clear a sidewalk. Discussion then turned to future projects and the prospect of securing grants for several projects. The council is inviting members of the Joint Recreation Commission (JRC), the Portage Township Supervisors and members of the Portage Area Youth Association (PAYA) to the next meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 19, to discuss future projects in CrichtonMcCormick Park. The borough council has previously agreed to act as the fiscal management agent for the JRC and PAYA concerning grant applications filed with the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies. Borough manager Bob Koban explained that “it would be good to get everyone on board and on the same page� about the prospect of future improvements in the park. The council then discussed the Trout Run retaining wall upstream from the Main Street bridge. Since that portion of the wall is not included in the federal flood control project installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers five decades ago, it would not qualify for federal aid. Mayor James Kissell said he is concerned about water undercutting that portion of the sandstone wall built in the 1920s. Currently, the borough has plans to cut the wall back to street level and to place guardrails where the wall was. This will allow for better water and snow runoff, and increase the protection against a vehicle incursion into that location. Due to President’s Day, the next Portage Borough Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the municipal building.

422 project update given to BVMA PENNVEST requested minor paperwork changes

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The Jan. 30 Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority (BVMA) meeting brought about an update on the 422 East wastewater project. The funding process and eventual construction has been in the works for over five years due to several setbacks. But late last year, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) offered funding to the authority, which they accepted. Since accepting the funding, the authority, engineer Rich Wray and solicitor Bill Barbin have been working to complete the necessary documents through PENNVEST and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). According to Wray, PENNVEST requested that some changes be made prior to the final document due date of Jan. 28. He said that one request was for PENNVEST to be taken off the documents as a co-insurer, which was done. They also asked for a date change for the final payment request. Originally, the final payment date was scheduled for September 2021, which was agreed on during a confer-

ence acall. However, PENNVEST wanted that date changed to Nov. 1, 2021. “They wanted it changed, no problem,� said Wray. He added that the change was OK with him and the authority because, though the plan is to make the final payment before that date, it will give them more time if it’s needed. Another change PENNVEST sought was that the bid tabulations be uploaded directly to their site rather than emailed, which Wray said was completed. Prior to the January meeting, Wray said that he, the authority, the contractor and any public utilities that were affected by this project were present for a pre-construction conference and utilities meeting. This was done so that the utilities knew that Pennsylvania One Calls would be made during the construction period. “That went well,� said Wray in regard to the utilities meeting. He also said that the PennDOT bond was approved. As far as the legal side of the project, Barbin has received the five needed right-of-ways. The closing date with PENNVEST is Feb. 20.

    

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Both of those quotes were from Hemlock Valley. Meier also had a bid from P&M Pumps, but their bid was considered “incomplete” because no labor cost was included. “The thing about scaling back or using the valve to control

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what the pump output [is], that’s not good for the pump longterm,” explained Mulcahy. “You’re going to do more damage to that pump.” Piper asked about the effect on the other motor in the pump station if the problem motor is changed to a 40 horsepower one. “There’s two panel boxes in

there, separate panel boxes,” explained Meier. “One for pump one, and one for pump two. The power is completely separated out of both of them.” In other words, Meier said only one panel box will be upgraded. Mulcahy said that the pump station is OK right now and that throttling the motor back won’t

affect the pump for a couple of months, but Meier cannot continue to do that for years. Piper’s main concern about purchasing a bigger motor is the future of the pump station, especially if the authority decides to rebuild it at some point. “Let’s say next year or the year after we say, ‘Let’s just rebuild

the whole thing,’ and then we look and say, ‘We’re not going to use that anymore,’” said Piper. The board decided to have Meier and Mulcahy work together, and review the project from an engineering standpoint, then report back at a later meeting.


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Tunnelhill Borough discusses conservation district letter By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Following routine business at the Feb. 4 Tunnelhill Borough meeting, the group turned to new business in which president Michael Taddei discussed a letter he received from the Cambria County Conservation District. “We got a letter about dirt and gravel roads...low volume roads,� said Taddei. “They want to know how many dirt roads we have.� In the letter, Taddei said the conservation district wanted to know how many dirt and gravel

roads are in the borough. Taddei said the reason for the letter is because grant money is available to fix those roads. Taddei asked the council how many dirt or gravel roads the borough has. According to councilman Larry Bem, he thinks the borough only has two, or at most three, dirt or gravel roads. Secretary Cathy Kent asked Taddei what the conservation district wanted to know. Taddei told Kent and the council that the conservation district just wants to know how many dirt or gravel roads there are in the borough.

“Please take a minute to provide the list of roads, so we can get more tax money to come back to us locally,� the letter stated. “There must be some kind of funds out there now,� said Taddei. The letter also stated that there was no obligation for the borough to apply to the grant. It went on to say that there weren’t any minimum requirements on the number of roads for the grant. Continuing on, Taddei said the CD at S&T Bank is maturing. Taddei said vice president Tom Krozel usually takes care of the

CD, but Taddei said he was going to go to the bank to see what the rates are. “He usually goes down to get a rate,� said Kent. Taddei said the CD is at $20,158. Mayor Le Hritz asked Taddei and the council what rates the borough is getting now. Taddei told Hritz that the borough is currently getting a rate at 1.262 percent. “We’ll see what the rates are,� said Taddei. Under old business, Bem talked to the council about receiving rubber roofing for different catch basins throughout the borough. Bem said the roof-

ing material should help with overflow of water in the catch basins. Continuing on, Taddei said borough worker Paul Kochara approached him about purchasing new Christmas light bulbs to replace the broken ones. Bem made a motion to approve a purchase of 1,500 bulbs for $287.83. Another issue Kochara brought up to Taddei was about a cutting edge for the snowplow. According to Kochara, the current cutting edge on the snowplow will last this winter, but he does not think it would last beyond that.

es honoring the men and women who serve as police officers, firefighters, EMTs and military personnel, but owners Bill and Tammy Ray want people to understand the

bar is not just for those first responders. “We want to give back to people who give,� said Bill Ray. “Basically, everybody can be a hero.�

According to Tammy Ray, Bill has always wanted to own his own business. So, when he retired from being a state trooper, after 25 years of service, the opportunity to purchase

what was formerly known as The Little Wheel and, later, Ruari’s, Bill and Tammy jumped at the chance.

Heroes Tavern opens doors in Nanty Glo Borough By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

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Carrolltown discusses new cell plan, water shut-off policy

MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - PAGE 13

By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

Carrolltown Borough held their public meeting Monday, Feb. 4, to discuss borough affairs, including corrections to last month’s minutes, a new water turn off policy, a new material for road repair and more. In last month’s meeting, a vote to appoint Tim Spangler to the municipal authority wasn’t taken correctly. The correction required a remotion and revote, which passed. Following the correction, a motion was made and passed to approve the updated minutes. The council also received ethics forms for 2018 and will fill them out as soon as they are able. After approving January’s financial report, a motion was passed to approve the paid invoices for January. Councilman Luke Baker noted that the Verizon bill would appear higher for the next few months because of a recent change to the borough’s cell plan. Their plan is now also classified as a government plan, granting unlimited minutes,

texts and data. The designation also removes taxes and gives police and managers’ lines preference in case of emergency. After accounting for the tax discount, the new plan will cost about $50 less than the previous one. In other matters, borough manager Lonnie Batdorf proposed that the borough try a new street hole patching material created by New Enterprise. The new material, designed with special fibers to increase longevity, will cost about 20 percent more, but should last a much longer time. The material is also approved for use by PennDOT. The board approved a small amount of the material for purchase, which should allow for an adequate test run before committing to larger volumes. The council also discussed measures to help deal with excessive stormwater. The Carrolltown Municipal Authority agreed to create an authority to handle the stormwater, but after looking over the jurisdiction they are currently granted, it was determined that a separate authority would not

need to be formed. The engineers from both the council and the municipal authority are scheduled to discuss the best way to delegate authority between the council and the authority. It looks right now that the council will pass ordinances, and the municipal authority will enforce them. This system is based on one that is working well in Ebensburg. The council went on to discuss a new system for water turn-offs. From now on, any water shut-off will require emails to be sent to all members of the council, as well as the water authority. This prevents confusion should someone without water contact a council member with questions. Batdorf noted that he has only seen a handful of shut-offs in his entire time working for the borough. “We do not turn off water lightly here in Carrolltown,” stated Batdorf. “In order for it to get to that point, multiple

points of contacts, including letters and registered letters, are made and ignored. All we want is a phone call and we are happy to work with anyone to get their water bills in order.” He also mentioned that, as of Saturday, a large volume of water is going missing. This strongly implies a leak somewhere. “If you see something, say something,” he requested, and noted that anyone who notices something strange with the water supply should call and let the borough office know. A general area or address would be enough to get a team out to have a look at any leaks people may notice. Vice president James McCann noted that the borough’s emergency management plan is in the process of being updated for 2019. After covering those matters, the council heard and passed several motions. They viewed and gave approval for the large mural to be placed in the library

hallway. They also passed a routine motion to bring pension procedures up to speed with new state regulations, and a motion was carried to transfer money from the infrastructure fund into the general fund in order to complete an outstanding Feighner invoice. The group is currently looking for a commercial vertical compressor to purchase from someone in the community. “Used is fine,” said Batdorf, mentioning that even an older one could be refurbished or even rebuilt. A motion to purchase a halfinch electrical drive impact gun was also carried. The gun can cost up to $250 according to the motion, but the one likely to be purchased will be around $200. It will also be under guarantee. The council’s next regular meeting will be held Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. The council also requests that residents take care to shovel out the fire hydrants around their homes and businesses.


Jackson Supervisors approve outdoor wood furnace ordinance PAGE 14 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

A new ordinance in Jackson Township regarding the regulation of outdoor furnaces sparked a conversation at the Jan. 31 supervisors meeting. Ordinance No. 182 will regulate the installation and use of outdoor furnaces and the emission of smoke from building heating systems. Originally, the ordinance was proposed at the Nov. 29, 2018, meeting, but it was met with some public backlash. After a lengthy meeting and conversation that evening, the supervisors and solicitor Bill Barbin went back to the drawing board to rewrite some sections of the proposed ordinance. They took into consideration the suggestions from the public who attended the meeting and better composed the ordinance. At the most recent meeting, residents still had questions about the ordinance. One resident questioned if the wording of “outdoor wood furnace” meant that he could burn exclusively coal, since “wood” is in the name. “They’re described as outdoor wood furnaces,” said supervisor Bruce Baker. “But, burning coal doesn’t

make you exempt from the ordinance,” said Barbin. “The reason that that definition was changed is, if y’all remember, is people commented that they had bucket-a-day stoves, old oil furnaces, [and] whatnots in their garages and they didn’t want those regulated,” explained Baker. “So, that’s why the old definition was taken out, to exclude any of those things.” Baker added that all of the comments made during the November 2018 meeting were addressed. In order to better update the community, Barbin listed all of the changes that were made between the original proposed ordinance and the ordinance the supervisors planned on approving that night. The ordinance needed to be created in order to help township residents who had issues with neighboring properties blowing smoke from their outdoor wood furnace directly into a neighbor’s home. “What we’re really looking at is making sure you don’t unreasonably disturb the neighbor,” Barbin said. One major problem the residents had was that combustible items had to be kept 20 feet away from the outdoor furnace,

which was taken out. The original ordinance included that vegetation, except grass not exceeding four inches in height, also needed to be kept away from the furnace. “We just took that out entirely,” said Barbin. “Partly because people had a lot of questions, [and] partly because as the questions came up, that would be pretty much impossible to enforce.” Another question posed was about the portion of the ordinance that stated an inspection of the outdoor furnace could be done at anytime. “There is a provision in there for inspections, I read it,” said

zoning officer George Burkey. “If you don’t obey the ordinance, yes, the ordinance will be enforced against you,” said Barbin. Baker said that Burkey does not go out and randomly look for violations against any ordinance. “We act on complaints,” supervisor John Wallet stated. “If the township receives a complaint, they will look into it,” added Barbin. One resident said if that’s the case, it would only take one complaint from somebody in the township to force an inspection. Baker explained that if some-

one on the opposite side of the township makes a complaint about an outdoor wood furnace, they will not inspect it because there is no reason to complain when they are not a neighboring property. “If your neighbor complains, yeah, we’re going to go over and look,” said Barbin. “Somebody with a legitimate interest has to make a complaint.” Once the discussion ended, Eric Dreikorn made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 182. Wallet seconded the motion. The complete ordinance can be found at the township’s website, www.jacksontwppa.com.


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EBENSBURG: Nice 1 bedroom apartment. $475 +utilities. 303 N. Cherry St. Laundry on-site, lots of storage. 814-659-1302.

EBENSBURG: One large bedroom, kitchen with new stove and refrigerator, oak cabinets, living room and bath. Second floor in center of town. Heat, water and sewer, garbage pickup and off-street parking included. References and security deposit required. No pets or smoking. $475/ month. Call 814-472-8650. EBENSBURG: Parkview Apartments. Secure building, 1 bedroom, all kitchen appliances, heat (gas), water, garbage included. Coin opearted laundry. Off-street parking. No pets, no smoking. Call 814-472-7798. 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. $460-$850/ month. 471-0462. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom. Heat, water, garbage, sewage included. $400/ month. 948-8392.

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GALLITZIN: 920-922 St. Joseph Street, two 2 bedroom apartments, off-street parking, $595 +electric/ water, heat included. 1 bedroom, lots of room, new appliances, $595 +electric, heat/ water included. 2 bedroom, new appliances, $695 +electric, heat/ water included. Call Tom 814-9353636.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Available now! 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.

MARKET STREET COMMONS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom, 1st floor. Handicapped accessible. All utilities except electric, water. 814951-3976. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Nice 2 bedroom apartment on 2nd floor. $475 +electric & water. 1912 Bigler Ave. Laundry hook-ups. Lots of storage. 814-659-1302. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom apartment. 921 Sonman Ave. Perfect for 1 or 2 people. No smoking/ pets. Appliances included. 814-341-9154.

PORTAGE: 2 bedroom townhouse, 1.5 baths. Includes stove, refrigerator, garbage. $450 +utilities. No pets. 814-691-0654. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom, 1st floor. Includes stove, refrigerator, garbage. $350/ month +utilties. No pets. 814691-0654.

COMMERCIAL FOR RENT

EBENSBURG: A little over 4000 sq. ft. 601 W. Lloyd St. Call Kevin 4727707.

OFFICE/ RETAIL SPACE for rent in Ebensburg Mini Mall available. 900 sq. ft. Call for details 472-4740. PATTON: Office for rent. Completely remodeled. Excellent high visibility location. 814-674-5806.

MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT

RENT/ OWN: Cherry Tree, $325/ month, +deposit 2 bedroom homes. No pets. 814-743-5291.

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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. 209 Station Rd. $65,000. 814-254-4771, leave message.

HELP WANTED

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

CARE AIDE wanted at personal care home in Cresson. Afternoon hours. Call Debby at 886-7961. 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. NANTY GLO BOROUGH is accepting applications for part-time police officers with the Nanty Glo Borough Police Department. Experience preferred. PA Act 120 training required. $15.50/ hour with opportunity for up to 32 hours per week. Applications may be mailed or delivered to the Nanty Glo Borough Police Department at 1015 First Street, Suite 2, Nanty Glo, PA 15943 until March 4, 2019. EOE.

   

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OFFICE ASSISTANT/ SALES: Krevel Supply. Accounting experience with knowledge of Quickbooks and Microsoft Office required. Excellent benefits. Send resume with contact information to: 265 Swamp Road, Clymer, PA 15728, Attn.: Brenda.

PART-TIME ASSISTANT SECRETARY: The West Branch Sewer Authority is currently accepting applications for the position of part-time assistant secretary. Applications may be picked up at the West Branch Sewer Authority office located in the NAPA building, 901 Maple Ave., Northern Cambria. PART-TIME CAREGIVER needed for infant 2-3 days weekly, FebruaryJune. Daily rate negotiable. 814-3124184. PART-TIME DAY-TIME CLEANING: For homes and offices in Ebensburg, Carrolltown and surrounding towns. 814-471-2899. 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. PART-TIME NURSE AIDE: 2nd & 3rd shift. 24-40 hours per week. Apply in person at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc., 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE. PART-TIME SECRETARY/ BOOKKEEPER with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Call 814-472-7850. PIZZA SHOP NOW HIRING: Experience helpful but not necessary. Send resume to: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pizza Shop,â&#x20AC;? 943 Roberts Street, Nanty Glo, PA 15943. No phone calls please.

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PATTON RECREATION CENTER is accepting applications for Pool Manager for summer of 2019. Qualifications for this job must be 18 yrs. of age or older, two seasons of lifeguarding experience (preferred), one full season of teaching swim lessons (preferred), familiar with general pool operations, equipment and with duties of all other pool staff and general technology. For more information on education/ certification requirements, any other questions please contact the Patton Borough Office 814-6743641. Applications are available at the Patton Borough Office, 800 4th Ave., Patton, PA 16668 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All applications must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Patton Borough is an equal opportunity employer.

PENN CAMBRIA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting applications for a permanent full-time School Psychologist starting in 2019-2020 school year. PA School Psychologist certification required. Visit www.pcam.org for more information. EOE. RN-LPN: Mental Health Resources of Central PA located in Ebensburg is seeking a Full or Part-time RN or LPN for second shift (3 p.m.-11 p.m.) MHRCPA provides direct care to adults with serious mental health issues. Candidate must possess a state nursing license and 6 months experience with individuals with disabilities. In addition, you must be able to work in a supportive and effective manner within a challenging population. Must have valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and Act 34 clearance. EOE. To apply, email cover letter and resume to Carol@ccltsr.com. WAITRESS & COOK: Beaver St. Cafe, Hastings. Apply within.

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PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEE: The Borough of Ebensburg is seeking applicants for a full-time position in the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Works Department. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age, possess a valid commercial driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, and be proficient in the operation of a loader, backhoe, skid steer, and other such equipment. Responsibilities include assignments on street, water, wastewater and stormwater crews. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a wide range of skills such as carpentry, masonry, electrical, and/ or mechanical. The position requires certification as a water treatment plant operator, and the preferred candidate will already possess certification. $21/ hr. following probationary period. Full benefit package. Application and job description available at borough office, 300 West High Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931 or at www.ebensburgpa.com. Applicants must send application, resume and references to same address. Completed applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Monday, February 18, 2019. EOE.

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THE NORTHERN CAMBRIA RECREATION COMMISSION is accepting applications for two (2) part-time summer field maintenance employees. This is a great position for a retiree looking for supplemental income. Applications are available and being accepted at the Northern Cambria Borough Office, 1202 Philadelphia Avenue, Northern Cambria, PA 15714, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Deadline for applications is February 25, 2019.

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HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166. R&S CLEANING: We haul anything! Cleanouts! Houses, apartments, garages, storage bins, $50 to $75. Lawn care. Fully insured. PA contract #080816. 330-0150. SHAFFER TREE SERVICE, LLC: Tree removal, tree/shrub trimming, stump grinding, fertilizing, landscaping. Free estimates, fully insured. Owner Rick Shaffer 736-4168.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an empty building in town and it needed filled,â&#x20AC;? said Bill, who has been the mayor of the borough for over one year. Growing up in Nanty Glo has always been important to Bill, and he wants to get the town back to how he remembered it. Bill looks back fondly on having a number of businesses that could be frequented, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where he wants to see Nanty Glo move in the future. The plan wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always to name

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rezoning application before Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting. Due to the overwhelming public concerns, president Doug Tusing said it was fair for the council to vote on whether to grant or deny Sinclairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request.

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the bar Heroes Tavern, though. Originally, Bill was going to return the name to The Little Wheel. He knew that the name was popular years ago and Nanty Glo residents knew that bar as a mainstay in town. But, after talking with friends and family, the name Heroes Tavern was brought up more than once. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My whole idea was to have a bar with a theme,â&#x20AC;? stated Bill. After hearing Heroes Tavern from several people, he and Tammy decided the name was a perfect fit

and would really fit in with the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity. The Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goal of the bar is to create a hometown atmosphere that everyone can feel comfortable visiting, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with their children for dinner. One of the focal points of the bar is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall of Honor,â&#x20AC;? which Bill said was designed around his late friend Paul Galko, a local firefighter. Currently, the Wall of Honor features pictures of individuals who

served as firefighters, military personnel and police officers, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exclusive to those professions. Bill said that eventually he plans on honoring the late coach Paul Shandor, who is a household name in the Blacklick Valley School District. Shandor served as a teacher and coach in the district, and Bill feels he should be honored as a local hero. Eventually, Tammyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Total Image is going to move into the building, and Bill said that he has an interest-

ed party in renting another portion of the building for a business. Business has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;up and down,â&#x20AC;? according to the Rays. Bill acknowledged that it can be difficult because the borough does have a dwindling population. Tammy said that Bill wants to â&#x20AC;&#x153;bring life back to town.â&#x20AC;? Heroes Tavern is on McCoy Street and is open every day at 11 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, the bar closes at 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday it closes at 2 a.m.

Councilman Dave Kuhar made it clear to the council that they were voting either for or against the Dollar General, but not to rezone the property. After voting, the council denied the request the rezoning application in a 6-1 vote, with councilman John Cobaugh opposing.

The council also discussed the ongoing wastewater project. According to Kuhar, the project is nearing completion in the southern sections of the borough. The overall project is 34 percent complete, however, 53 percent of the contract time has elapsed. Kuhar talked about two relatively

small stormwater projects that are to be completed prior to street paving in the south section of town. East Ogle Street and South Julian Street will have new catch basins and pipe. Continuing on, vice president Susan Barber said the administrative committee reached a tentative

agreement on the AFSCME Labor Agreement. The proposed fouryear agreement includes wage increases of 3 percent and 2.5 percent over four years, water operator wage increases of $1.50 per hour, a uniform allowance increase from $250 to $500 and dental increases from $350 to $400.

    

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Local 4-H members bring home ribbons from Farm Show PAGE 18 - Thursday, February 7, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Several members of Cambria Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-H program participated in the Pa. Farm Show in Harrisburg Jan. 5-12, and many of them took home first place and reserve champion designations. Hunter Niebauer, a freshman at Mount Aloysius College and a Carrolltown native, said this was her first year showing for the 4-H at the Farm Show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family has gone to the Farm Show every year as far as I can remember,â&#x20AC;? said Niebauer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a really fun experience, you get to meet new people, make lots of friends and learn a lot of new things.â&#x20AC;? Niebauer also brought home some hardware, after winning third place in the junior market goat division 7 light heavyweight, seventh place in junior market goat showmanship division 1 and third place in junior market swine crossbreds division 14. Madison Ringler, of Sidman, said that she has been in 4-H for about 10 years and has entered goats in the farm show for about six or seven years. This year was her first time showing a lamb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun and I love it,â&#x20AC;? said Ringler. Ringler placed eighth in the junior market lamb crossbreds division 1 and 11th in the junior market goat division 9 light heavyweight. Participants can participate in several events in each division. Michael Caretti, of Patton, performed well at the Farm Show and claimed several awards. Caretti took first place in junior market goat showmanship division 1, reserve champion overall master goat showman, first place in summer heifer calves Maintainer breed in both open and junior show, second place in early spring heifer calves - all other breeds (Charolais) in both open and junior show, third place junior market lamb crossbreds division 15, fourth place in junior market goat division 6

  

       

                                                

 

middleweight, sixth place in junior market lamb showmanship division 1 and seventh place in supreme master showman. Six other 4-H members brought home awards for their hard work at the Farm Show. From Carrolltown, Sean Davis took first place in junior market

lamb crossbreds division 13, second place in junior market goat division 10 and seventh place in junior market goat showman division 2, and Brandon Davis placed third in junior market lamb crossbreds division 1. Elizabeth Kinney, of Dysart, took third place in junior market

goat division 10 heavyweight, fifth place in junior market lamb other purebreds and ninth place in junior market goat showmanship division 3. Morgan Watt, of Ashville, placed 10th in the junior market lamb crossbreds division 15, and McKenzie Watt, also of Ashville, took home sixth place

in junior market lamb crossbreds division 11. From Loretto, McKenna Criste took home ninth place in junior market swine crossbreds division 9, and Grant Itle placed in the junior market goat division 9 light heavyweight, fifth in red and white winter calf and sixth place in Holstein winter calf.


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