February 8, 2018
Ebensburg manâ€™s art featured at Mt. Aloysius gallery
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
Ebensburg native Jeff Koss spent his life mining, and when he retired he found an abundance of free time on his hands. His wife, Sally, decided to provide him with something to do and purchased a paint-bynumbers set for her husband. The rest is history. â€œI got hooked on it and I enjoy it,â€? Koss said. Now, 30 of his paintings are hanging in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery of the Mount Aloysius College campus in an exhibition titled â€œThe World I See.â€? Visitors to the gallery will see a number of subjects in Kossâ€™ work in vivid hues from across the spectrum. Thereâ€™s farm fields and autumn scenes, underwater worlds and winter countrysides. Koss explained that he doesnâ€™t sketch anything out before putting paint to paper â€” except for the occasional house, that is. Koss said heâ€™ll draw houses to make sure the structure isnâ€™t crooked. Aside from that, he just gets to it and loses a few hours in the basement where he works. Itâ€™s been eight years since the first time he set up his easel and began working, and in that time Koss has managed to create 300 paintings. Koss said one of his favorite subjects is witches. Thereâ€™s no reason
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Cambria Elementary students in Miss Warnerâ€™s class, including Liam Williams, Sophia Gabbett, Skyla Chappell, and Reese Perrone, dress up like they are 100 years old for the 100th day of school Feb. 2. Photo by Megan Riner.
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Carrolltown Borough council hears park concerns PAGE 2 - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Amber Stich
of Mainline Newspapers
Bruce Yeckley addressed the Carrolltown Borough council Feb. 5 about a matter concerning the park. He said the park and recreation financials were confusing because deposits were made into the account with no descriptions, which caused issues. Yeckley asked why that was. Borough secretary Bernetta Julick said if she is given a form and money that needs deposited without any explanation, she cannot enter a reason into the system. She said the park could call her at any time to
let her know what a deposit is for. Badorf said the park board should meet with Julick to discuss the issue and work together to keep better track of the deposits until the park can designate a member to specifically handle money. Yeckley said the park board would be discussing that at its meeting that week. Next, council president Marty Passarella designated council member committees for the new year. Passarella announced the appointments as follows: Luke Baker on the streets committee, Drew Thomas on the park committee, Tim Spangler on the equipment committee, Darlene Lutch on the personnel committee, Jim McCann on
the community development committee, Passarella on the finance committee, and Mike Platt on the buildings and grounds committee. Moving on, Batdorf updated the council on the water and sewer authorities, as they experienced two violations last month. He explained that the sewer authority recently had an ammonia violation. Batdorf said there have been several issues at the sewage treatment plant this past month due to freezing conditions. Batdorf said the frigid temperatures were hard on the water authority as well these past few months and have led to an increase in frozen water lines and broken
meters, which have been challenging to maintain. The second violation was for lead and copper at the water treatment plant. Batdorf said there was no issue with the levels of these tests, but the Department of Environmental Protection changed the Environmental Protection Agency method in which samples could be tested. This means that the tests that the laboratory was using are no longer approved, and now the lead and copper testing will need to be repeated in 2018 with the new method of testing these samples. Batdorf said all of these samples are done in a laboratory independent from the plant.
Carrolltown Borough talks online bill pay for residents By Amber Stich
of Mainline Newspapers
Carrolltown Borough councilman Luke Baker brought up his concerns with the online payment of water bills at the Feb. 5 meeting. He asked if there was the ability to use a credit card to pay online and if there was a bank draft payment option. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf said residents can pay their bill online with a credit card, but they are assessed a $3 fee to do so. He said the bank draft payment is currently unavailable. He explained that this will be an option implemented for residents, but employees at the office still need the required training to handle those payments in the MuniLink system.
Baker said he thought that training was already completed, but Batdorf said they have to find a time that works for both the employees involved and the MuniLink people, as they are only available at certain times. Batdorf also said they may have to close the borough office for a day or half a day to complete the training. Baker said he hopes to see the online bank draft payment option implemented soon. Batdorf said he would keep the council updated as soon as the training dates are set. Borough secretary Bernetta Julick also said the council needs to set up a separate checking account for these online payments, as they may cause confusion in budgeting and auditing. Right now the money all goes directly into the boroughâ€™s general fund. With a separate account, Julick said, the
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payments would be easier to handle. The council agreed. Julick also mentioned that the borough was preparing all the documents for its upcoming audit in March. Both the borough and municipal authority will be audited this year. Moving on, Batdorf gave his managerâ€™s report. He started by saying he will begin sending his report in advance so the council will have about a week to review it and ask him any questions. Batdorf said he hopes this will help eliminate confusion and give council members a chance to ask questions one on one so as not to take time away from the meeting. He also added that he has been in contact with Peoples Natural Gas on the proposed gas line project in the borough, but there is currently no progress on the plans. Batdorf said he will keep the council updated if anything changes.
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WineTime in the Mainline set for Feb. 24 PAGE 4 - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Megan Riner
of Mainline Newspapers
The Ebensburg Rotary Club members are excited to host their 10th annual WineTime in the Mainline Feb. 24. Two sessions will be offered at the Crystal Hall (formerly known as the Imperial Room) that Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Oenophiles will enjoy samples from these wineries: Yellow Canary Winery of Ebensburg, Seven Mountains Winery of State College, Germantown Winery of Portage, Bee Kind Winery of Curwensville, and County Winery and Vineyard of Blairsville. Wine is available by the glass, bottle, or case for purchase. Besides wine, beer samples will be provided by Coal Country Brewing of Ebensburg. Tall Pines Distillery of Salisbury will provide moonshine and cocktails made with its award-winning spirits. Other vendors include Candyâ€™s caramels and other sweet specialties, Woods Country Decor, Janice Sandak Designs, and Portraits by Marci. More information about the Rotaryâ€™s Lease a Flag Program will also be available at the event. Rotarian Becky DeYulis said there are two new aspects to the event being offered this year. The
first is a wine pull. For a $10 donation, a guest can pull a cork from a barrel full of numbered and unnumbered corks. If the guest pulls a numbered cork, he or she will win the prize associated with that number. The grand prize is a $100 bottle of wine donated by PennCrest Bank. The second is a wine or beer pairing dinner for 10 guests at Pour on Center. The winner of this prize will choose the date and meal selection, and the staff at Pour on Center will pair the beer or wine accordingly. DeYulis said this was popular last year and that they added the beer option for beer lovers this year. â€œAll in all, the event promises something for everyone over 21 attending,â€? DeYulis said. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Designated drivers who want to visit the vendors and enjoy the food can purchase a $10 ticket. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com, Midâ€™s Candy, or from any Rotarian. All proceeds stay in the community and support the Ebensburg Rotaryâ€™s projects. A portion of the proceeds from this yearâ€™s WineTime in the Mainline will go toward a free bus trip to Washington, D.C., this fall for veterans who reside in the 15931 zip code.
Woman advocates for state centers to remain open
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
Last July, House Bill 1650 was presented to the state with the intention to close the four remaining state-run care facilities for residents with intellectual disabilities by 2023, including the Ebensburg Center. Upon closure, those cared for in the centers would be transferred to â€œa home and community-based support system,â€? according to the bill. However, not everyone thinks this is such a good idea. Mary Wills, whose sister-in-law has been living in the Ebensburg Center for the last 57 years, believes the decision to close these centers and move all the residents to what she calls â€œgroup homesâ€? is a horrible idea. â€œWhen moving clients from [the] Ebensburg Center where they have lived for 60 or more years, with their medical and mental disabilities â€” a big change in lifestyle can cause major stress and possible death due to new workers that do not understand the clientsâ€™ needs,â€? Wills said. Ever since the announcement last year that the center was facing threat of closure, Wills has been attempting to prevent it from happening. She said she petitioned visitors at both the American Legion Cambria County Fair and PotatoFest as well as other public events. Wills has also been to Harrisburg to speak to legislators about her concerns for the residents who are currently in need of the intense care of a state-run center. According to Wills, H.B. 1650 has been â€œsidelinedâ€? for now, but the battle isnâ€™t over. The author of the bill, representative Kerry A. Benninghoff, of Bellefonte, cited budgetary issues as his reason for suggesting the closure of the remaining institutions. According to a memo released by Benninghoff from March 23, 2017, â€œthe average cost to support an individual with intellectual disability in a state institution is more than $350,000 per person per year.â€? â€œMeanwhile, the cost to support an individual in a community setting is often more than 50 percent less than in an institutional setting,â€? the memo states. Wills thinks the state wants out of the â€œbusinessâ€? of caring for the individuals whose families canâ€™t care for them, and she stated that the cost of housing someone at a state institution is the same as at a nursing home. Wills commented that some citizens with intellectual disabilities currently in these community homes would do better at a state center. She explained that the services provided by the center and the staff are better suited to handle the day-to-day lives of the residents. â€œThe workers at the Ebensburg Center are very well trained and care for the residents there. If they need help with a client, there are people that can be there in seconds,â€? Wills said. Wills is part of a group called â€œKiids,â€? which stands for Keeping Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities safe. The organization is a â€œgrassroots effort of parents, family, and friends protecting the rights of our loved ones to live in the community they need,â€? according to the website. Along with others from around the state, Wills is fighting to keep every center open and operating and to better inform the public about how the centers are the best place for their loved ones. According to Wills, 4,000 people were once enrolled in the state system, but now there are around 700, and the Ebensburg Center has the capacity to house 400 but isnâ€™t close to that now. â€œSandy [Wills] has a very active and happy life at the state center. She loves her friends, client and workers,â€? Mary Wills said. â€œShe has her own bedroom. She loves all the activities and work program. The workers love and care for her in the least restricting environment as possible. It is community living for the mentally disabled.â€?
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Carrolltown set $15 Burns offers help with Commonwealth parking violation Financing Authority applications
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By Amber Stich
of Mainline Newspapers
At the Feb. 5 meeting, Carrolltown Borough council members heard from police chief Jeff McEvoy and borough solicitor Suzann Lehmier about the borough’s current parking fines and the ordinances that enforce them. McEvoy said he is in the process of ordering new parking tickets to enforce parking violations, but he found different ordinances on parking in the borough that set the fine at different amounts. He asked the council if it could look at the fines and decide on the fee so he can order the appropriate tickets. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf said most other boroughs have parking violations set at $15. The state charges $15 as well, except for handicap parking violations, which start at $50. Lehmier said the council would need to pass a motion to amend the parking ordinance to reflect whatever fee it chose so the officers could enforce violations at that price. The council made and passed a motion to set the parking violation fine at $15. It then made a motion to amend the ordinance to the correct amount and advertise the changes so the ordinance can be accepted at the next meeting. Batdorf asked Lehmier if there was a way to eliminate confusing redundancies in ordinances like this
one. Lehmier explained that the borough could have a codification done of all the borough ordinances and resolutions. An outside company would read all the ordinances, update the ones that need updated, and sort them so they are easily accessible, but that would cost between $10,000 and $15,000. The council agreed that was a high price. Moving on, Lehmier also brought up the drug task force agreement Cambria County is entering into with municipalities to help with the battle against drugs in the county. She said that for this to be enforceable, the council needs to adopt an ordinance to enter into the agreement. The council made and passed a motion to advertise this ordinance. Lastly, Lehmier discussed a resolution for the borough to pay certain bills online. Borough secretary Bernetta Julick said certain accounts, like the electric, have multiple bills that require writing multiple checks each month, and sometimes these bills need paid before the next council meeting, which means late fees can be incurred. Lehmier said she set up this resolution to cover instances like this, but all of the same recordkeeping and expense approvals would stay the same as if it were a check transaction. The council made and passed a motion to advertise this resolution so it could be adopted at the next meeting.
Holy Name holds charity bingo Feb. 11
The High School Youth Council of Holy Name Church is sponsoring a charity bingo event Feb. 11 from 2-4 p.m. in the church hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. What is charity bingo? It is regular bingo; however, all of the winner’s proceeds from a game are donated back by the winner to one of five local charities of the winner’s choice: St. Vincent de Paul, the Gabriel Project, Four Footed Friends, the local cancer society, and the Holy Name mission trip. The cost is $5 for 10 games. This gives the player one bingo card and four chances to win on it. Additional cards, each with four chances to win, can be purchased for 50 cents a card. Drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase.
Deadline to apply is May 31
State representative Frank Burns said the Commonwealth Financing Authority, the independent agency that awards grants for a number of state programs, is now accepting applications for its next award round, which is expected in September. “State grants help many municipalities, communities, businesses and organizations tackle and complete projects for the benefit of us all,” Burns said. “I’m happy to offer entities help in applying for a share of this funding.” Applications will be accepted now through May 31 for the following programs: • Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program - For abatement and/or treatment of abandoned mine drainage through treatment facility system construction, as well as for treatment system repair, upgrade or operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. • Baseline Water Quality Data Program - For statewide initiatives to establish baseline water quality data on private water supplies. • Flood Mitigation Program - For statewide initiatives to assist with flood mitigation projects. • Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program For planning, acquisition, development, rehabil-
itation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. • Orphan and Abandoned Well Plugging - For funding orphan or abandoned well plugging projects. • Sewage Facilities Program - For statewide initiatives complying with the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act. • Watershed Restoration and Protection Program - For watershed restoration and protection projects. More information on these grant opportunities is available at http://dced.pa.gov/programsfunding/commonwealth-financing-authoritycfa/act-13-programs/#.WJDIrHkzW70. Applications also will be accepted through July 31 for the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Program, which encourages economic development and ensures a safe and reliable transportation system for state residents. More details on this program are available at http://dced.pa.gov/programs/multimodal-transportation-fund/#.WJDKm3kzW70. Burns said anyone interested in applying can contact Brittany Blackham, grants and development specialist, at 814-736-7339 in his Portage office for assistance.
Volunteers needed to advocate for elderly
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By Ron Portash
of Mainline Newspapers
Under the federal Older American Act passed in 1965, each state is required to have certain programs to assist and protect the elderly. The act created programs like Meals on Wheels, in-home services, transportation, legal services, elder abuse protection, and caregiversâ€™ support. One of requirements of the act is an ombudsman to advocate for the elderly, and Pennsylvania created the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Each county has an ombudsman assigned to work through the Area Agency on Aging. Each county ombudsman, along with the assistance of volunteers, advocates for the residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar adult care facilities. The term â€œombudsmanâ€? is an English
translation of the Swedish word â€œumbuds manâ€? from the old Norse â€œumboosmaorâ€?, meaning representative. In recent years, the institution has become more closely linked to safeguarding the interests of the elderly. The ombudsman is increasingly being seen as a promoter of the fundamental right of the elderly to good administration, a defender against maladministration and abuse of power or neglect, and an educator of the patients, their families, and facility staff about their rights, good care practices, and support services. There are more than 2,000 beds in care facilities scattered throughout Cambria County. The state requires an ombudsman visit these facilities every three months to ensure regular and timely access. According to Cambria Countyâ€™s new state ombudsman representative, Gloria Eshelman, the volunteer ombudsmen â€œare a voice for those who donâ€™t have family to do it for them.â€?
Ombudsmen work to resolve problems of individual residents and affect change at a local, state, and national level to improve the quality of care. Although no two residents in a care facility are the same, the ombudsmanâ€™s duty is to make sure residents and their families know their rights, primarily the right to be part of their care plan meetings. More volunteers are needed in Cambria County so all the elderly residents in care facilities have access to a voice in their care. Many elderly residents in care facilities do not have family nearby and need someone to advocate on their behalf. Eshelman stated that the ombudsman program is residentdirected, and volunteers must be passionate about being the elderly residentâ€™s voice. Volunteers can commit as much time as they want to being an ombudsman. Eshelmanâ€™s hope is to have more than one volunteer for each facility.
There are different levels of training for volunteers. Beyond the basic certification, there are several levels of training that require more of a time commitment. The ombudsman program is looking for volunteers with diverse skills and interests to provide an advocate who can relate to the food service, medical care, or activities of the residents. Whatever the interest level or skill, a voice is needed for the elderly. Eshelman stressed that ombudsmen do not conduct inspections or investigations, nor do they provide direct care for residents. Ombudsmen are an advocate voice to help residents, family members, and others understand their rights and support residents in exercising those rights guaranteed by law. For more information on the Cambria County Ombudsman Program, contact Eshelman at 814-534-2576 or email email@example.com.
Physician General aims to save lives with new Leave Behind Program By Josh Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
As her first standing order of 2018, physician general Rachel Levine of the state department of health included information on a new program being rolled out statewide that she hopes will save many lives. This â€œLeave Behind Program,â€? which is detailed in Section II of Standing Order 001-2018, was created to assist emergency medical services with constant overdose calls as the opioid crisis plaguing the state gets worse. â€œNaloxone saves lives,â€? Levine said. She explained that a number of emergency service agencies had contacted the state department of health asking for this exact thing: to leave naloxone behind after responding to an overdose. What usually happens after the patient is revived by the life-saving drug is the patient refuses further treatment. This means that if the person overdoses again that same day, the paramedics and emergency medical technicians have to be called out a second time. This could be detrimental to the addict because expanding coverage areas and short staffing these days makes getting to calls quickly difficult. By leaving the naloxone behind with a friend, family member, or the patient, thereâ€™s the chance that the drug will be administered and a life will be saved, according to Levine. â€œWhen they are alive, thereâ€™s hope,â€? Levine said. If a person is revived and does
accept further treatment, Levine explained that the department has also created a â€œwarm hand-offâ€? program. The emergency department where the patient is being treated will call the Single County Authority Drug and Alcohol Program, which will send a representative out to speak to the patient. If everything is successful, the patient will be convinced to enter an addiction treatment program. Levine said counties like Reading, Allegheny, and York are already having great success with
this â€œwarm hand-off.â€? As far as negatives with the newly implemented Leave Behind Program, Levine said there are none. When pressed about revived addicts possibly selling the naloxone left behind by medical professionals, she said there is absolutely no evidence that naloxone is or has been sold for drugs. Later in the spring, the department of health is planning to hold six regional meetings â€” the times and locations of which have not yet been announced â€” to further
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Jackson Township supervisors talk winter road material
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By Allie Garver
of Mainline Newspapers
Clarence Michaels commented on how well Jackson Township maintained its roads during the recent snowfalls at the supervisors’ Jan. 25 meeting. Supervisor Bruce Baker said the sun comes out and helps clear the roads too during this time of year. “You got to realize, you go through the
months of December and January without having to use a lot of road material,” added Michaels. Baker told Michaels there is plenty of road materials left. Supervisor Eric Dreikorn said having too much material for the roads is “a good problem to have.” “We got anti-skid for a couple of years,” Baker added. “We got 2,500 tons [and] bad winters we use around 1,100 [or] 1,200
tons.” In other township matters, Dreikorn made a motion to approve the annual $1,500 contribution to the East Taylor-Jackson Baseball Boosters. Wallet seconded the motion. Dreikorn also made the next motion approving Rosebud Mining Company’s road bond for a six-month period. The bond is for the use of 1.32 miles of Pike Road
East. Wallet seconded the motion. The supervisors then approved the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company’s list of events for the year with a motion made by Wallet. Dreikorn seconded the motion. The next two supervisors meetings will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. All meetings are held in the Jackson Township Municipal Building.
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why, he just likes to paint witches. Two other topics Koss likes to paint are mining and farm fields. The mining interest comes from his long career. The fields, on the other hand, are because of his expansive travels with a late friend. Koss said he used to travel with a friend who sold draft horses. Through these travels, heâ€™s seen beautiful landscapes, which he tries to recreate. Some of these land-
scapes are featured in the Mountâ€™s exhibition. This isnâ€™t the first time Koss has had his art on display. Koss has been involved in Ebensburgâ€™s annual â€œArt in Bloomâ€? event for six or seven years, and he also has all of his work on FineArtAmerica.com and Zazzle.com. Those interested in Kossâ€™ work can purchase prints as well as other items with his work on it from these sites. Koss receives lots of feedback from FineArtAmerica.com,
not just locally, but from around the world. Koss laughed as he recalled all the places heâ€™s seen comments come from. His favorite part of painting is the work that goes into the piece. Koss said he likes to keep going and adding to the art. â€œItâ€™s hard to finish one,â€? Koss said. â€œI get lost in it sometimes.â€? Kossâ€™ work is on display in the gallery until May 4. The exhibit is free of charge.
Special rules help many with disabilities qualify for EITC The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify. The IRS says that many with disabilities miss out on this valuable credit because they do not file a tax return. EITC could put a refund of up to $6,318 into an eligible taxpayerâ€™s pocket. Many people who do not claim the credit fall below the income threshold requiring them to file. Even so, the IRS urges them to consider filing anyway because the only way to receive this credit is to file a tax return and
claim the EITC. The EITC is a federal income tax credit for workers who earn $53,930 or less for 2017 and meet other eligibility requirements. Because itâ€™s a refundable credit, those who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax, or even get a tax refund. To qualify for EITC, the taxpayer must have earned income. Usually, this means income either from a job or from self-employment. But taxpayers who retired on disability can also count as earned income any taxable benefits they receive under an employerâ€™s disability retirement plan. These benefits remain earned income until the disability retiree reaches minimum retirement age. The IRS emphasized that Social Security benefits and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) do not count as earned income. Additionally, taxpayers may claim a child with a disability or a relative with a disability of any age to get the credit if the person meets all other EITC requirements. Use the EITC Assistant, on IRS.gov, available in English and Spanish, to determine eligibility and to estimate the amount of the credit. People with disabilities are often concerned that a tax refund will impact their eligibility for one or more public benefits, including Social Security disability, Medicaid, and SNAP â€” the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The law is clear that tax refunds, including refunds from tax credits such as the EITC, are not counted as income for purposes of determining eligibility for such benefits. This applies to any feder-
al program and any state or local program financed with federal funds. The best way to get the EITC is to file electronically through a qualified tax professional, using free community tax help sites or through IRS Free File. Many EITC filers will receive their refunds later this year than in past years. Thatâ€™s because by federal law, the IRS cannot issue refunds for tax returns that claim the EITC or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting Feb. 27, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return. Even so, taxpayers claiming the EITC or ACTC should file as soon as they have all the documents they need to prepare a complete and accurate return. The IRS and partners nationwide will hold the annual EITC Awareness Day on Friday, Jan. 26, to alert millions of workers who may be missing out on this significant tax credit and other refundable credits. One easy way to support this outreach effort is by participat-
ing on the IRS Thunderclap to help promote EITC Awareness Day through social media. For more
information on EITC and other refundable credits, visit the EITC page on IRS.gov.
Local students to exhibit in Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
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By Josh Byers and Ron Portash
of Mainline Newspapers
The 20th annual student art exhibit at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will open Feb. 24 and run through April 7 at the Loretto location on the campus of St. Francis University. Student artwork from schools in Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties will be on exhibit at the Loretto location during the “Artists of the 21st Century” exhibit. The exhibit is open to schools that participate in SAMA’s Arts-in-Education or Artist-in-Residence programs. Schools from the Mainline area that have submitted student artwork for the exhibit include Blacklick Valley Junior-Senior High School; Cambria Elementary School; Cambria Heights elementary and high schools; Forest Hills elementary and junior-senior high schools; Jackson Elementary School; Penn Cambria primary, middle, and high schools; Portage Area Elementary School; and St. Michael School of Loretto. An opening reception for the student artists and public will be held Feb. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at the SAMALoretto location. Blacklick Valley art teacher Grace Farabaugh said
having her students featured in the SAMA event is big. She recognized the importance of giving these students the chance to have others view their work. “This opportunity is crucial in the development of our students’ self-esteem and for the continuation of the art programs at any district,” Farabaugh said. “When students display their artwork for others to see, they can take pride in their work and deepen their love for the subject. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity in our area.” North of Blacklick, at Cambria Heights High School, art teacher Kady Manifest said the department is submitting three creations this year, each an individual project. She said the students put a lot of effort into their pieces. “It isn’t often that the kids get to see their work displayed in a professional manner. Matting and framing the work takes it to the next level and really lets students see just how good their work is,” Manifest said. “SAMA gives these students an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have.” Portage Area Elementary School will have 21 individual student exhibits and two group projects represented at the museum. The group projects were part of the Artist-in-Residence program with SAMA-sponsored
artist Martha Murphy. Thirty-six students participated in designing and painting these projects. Tammy Rodgers, the art teacher at Portage Area Elementary School, said the artwork “helps build confidence and is the bedrock of creative problem-solving skills.” “Portage always has a great turnout,” Rodgers said. “I love that this event gives the kids that boost of selfesteem when there is so much else going around them.” Kathleen Krestar, Forest Hills Elementary School art teacher, stressed the importance of the arts in children’s development. “Learning any form of art helps a child physically and mentally,” Krestar said. She explained that she has had students participate in the SAMA exhibit for many years and that it boosts their confidence and pride in their work. Six students from Forest Hills Elementary School will have their needle felting artwork displayed in the exhibition. The “Artists of the 21st Century” exhibit is made possible through funding by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania Arts-in-Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council of Arts and through the National Endowment for the Arts, a federally funded agency.
Jackson Water Authority to have GIS presentation By Allie Garver
of Mainline Newspapers
The Jackson Township Water Authority and the EADS Group have been working on geographic information system mapping for the past couple of years. At the Jan. 23 meeting, engineer Pat Mulcahy updated the board on that project. “Sarah [Reasbeck] is 99 percent finished with the GIS project,” said Mulcahy. Reasbeck separated the authority’s coverage area into quadrants onto four different maps. Mulcahy said a couple smaller items need to be added into the system, but it will not take long to complete. “She’s going to be at the next meeting to give a presentation on the system,” said Mulcahy. “Year-end inventory” was the main item under Jim Deter’s certified public accountant report. Deter explained that he wants to make sure job costs and other items are under control due to Smith’s impending retirement this year. Fred Meier said he can learn what Smith does so he will know what to do in the future. “I just want to make sure this doesn’t fall through the cracks, you know,” said Deter. Meier and Deter planned a day to go over the year-end inventory. Officer manager Debra Buksa said she and Elizabeth Miller have been working with the new billing software system MuniLink weekly. “We’re working on the framework of the billing,” explained Buksa. “We have all our rates in, our miscellaneous charges,
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things like that, before we transfer any data, but we’re working on the main frame of it.” The interconnect with East Taylor has been an ongoing project for some time now, but cur-
rently it is weather dependent, said Mulcahy. “Everything’s ready to go, it’s just physically digging the hole and getting everything completed,” said Mulcahy.
In other matters, John Wallet made a motion to hire William Evans for the laborer position at a rate of $15 per hour plus benefits with an expected start date of Feb. 12. Evans will have a 60-
day probationary period. Bill Grubb seconded the motion. The next Jackson Township Water Authority meeting will take place Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
Road salt use causes negative environmental impact, study says PAGE 10 - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Joshua Byers
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Road salt may be the most effective way to manage precipitation and icing during the winter season, but according to a study released last week, “Freshwater salinization syndrome on a continental scale,” road salt is having a poor effect on the environment. The research states that “salt pollution and human-accelerated weathering are shifting the chemical composition of major ions in fresh water and increasing salinization and alkalinization across North America.” This means the salt content and pH levels of the soil and water are increasing because of this human influence over the last 50 years. “Across 232 United States Geological Survey monitoring sites, 66 percent of stream and river sites showed a statistical increase in pH,” the report explains. “The syndrome is
most prominent in the densely populated Eastern and Midwestern United States, where salinity and alkalinity have increased most rapidly” However, salt is currently the best means to managing the winter weather, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation communications director Rich Kirkpatrick. “It is still the go-to tool when we are hit with winter weather and icing,” Kirkpatrick said. But he added that PennDOT is interested in being environmentally responsible and recognizes that there is some concern with that usage. Kirkpatrick explained that each plow truck is equipped with an automotive vehicle locator, like a GPS, that provides real-time data of salt distribution so the districts across the state can monitor its usage. This allows for more effective implementation of the road salt, and over the last three
years, PennDOT has cut down on its salt consumption. Kirkpatrick said three years ago at this time in the season, 753,000 tons of salt were used across the state. Two years ago, 564,000 tons had been used, and this year, 518,000 tons have been used. However, salt may not be the only substance the department relies on forever. Three years ago, PennDOT invested funds into research at Temple University in Philadelphia to find alternate substances to use for winter maintenance. Many of these alternatives are carbohydrate-based, according to Kirkpatrick, but nothing has been found that is a cost-effective substitute. The research is ongoing, he added. Until something else is discovered, though, the department of transportation will continue to use what has always worked. Road salt isn’t the only culprit in this environmental issue, however. Other reasons for
the increase in salinity and alkalinity are accelerated weathering of natural geologic materials, like acid rain, fertilizers, and acid mine drainage, and human uses of easily weathered materials like concrete and lime. This salt pollution could lead to further problems, like deadly consequences for aquatic life, corrosion of infrastructure and leaching of metals from pipes into drinking water, health risks involving human consumption, ocean acidification, and possible increased mobilization of nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus from soils and sediments into streams. The study calls this salinization syndrome a “pervasive water quality issue” and states that it “may require aggressive management in both arid and humid climates across latitudes.” To read the entire study, visit pnas.org/content/115/4/E574.
Mount Aloysius holds Outdoor Expo to feature area highlights By Joshua Byers
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Cambria County is a veritable cornucopia of outdoor activities, and the staff at Mount Aloysius College is aiming to expose the public and current and future students to the numerous adventures that await them by hosting an Outdoor Expo Feb. 22. Christina Koren, executive director for mission integration and community engagement, explained that the college is trying to promote the rich outdoor recreation opportunities in the area. Koren said there is also a personal college connection because the Earth is a Sisters of Mercy “critical concern” addressed through education, attention to choices, advocacy, and corporate engagement. “We want our institution to help grow and cultivate a booming outdoor culture in which diverse experiences and people thrive,” Koren said. “We are happy to support local chambers and visitors bureaus who recognize that we can attract a positive audience, both existing and new, to embrace what
our area has to offer.” The expo will take place at the Bertschi Center and Technology Commons with 10 vendors and two event times to accommodate a variety of people. The first segment starts at noon and runs until 3 p.m. The event features an animal tracks presentation from Prince Gallitzin State Park, survivalist Erik Kulick, and hiking trails around the area. The second segment starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. It features Levity Brewing Company explaining the “science of outdoors and craft brews,” biking around the area, and an extra event to be announced at a later date. There will be a number of other presenters, like local biology teachers, and outdoor prizes, as well. “The Mounties are committed to building a community who are active and love the outdoors, and help those who may not realize all of the great opportunities that exist in this area,” Koren said. Mount Aloysius teamed up with the Cambria County Conservation
and Recreation Authority and the Greater Johnstown / Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Koren commented that the goal of the expo is to show the area “through the lens of outdoor initiatives.” “We have such rich natural resources in our beautiful region
— we want everyone to learn more about them, especially from the people who will be at the expo who have made a career commitment to promoting the outdoors,” Koren said. She also recognized the many benefits of outdoor recreation to all ages and the important learning
opportunity for both students and the public with this number of presenters in one room. For more information about the event, call 814-886-6528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The college is located at 7373 Admiral Peary Highway in Cresson.
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Eagles’ aggressiveness pays off in Super Bowl win PAGE 12 - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Jake Oswalt
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Teams have fallen victim in recent memory while possessing a lead against the New England Patriots. Think Atlanta’s gigantic 28-3 lead in last year’s Super Bowl or two weeks ago when Jacksonville led 14-3 and 20-10 in the AFC Championship Game. But you cannot put the Philadelphia Eagles into the same category, as evidenced in Sunday’s Super Bowl. A couple gambles went in the underdog’s direction while a rare defensive play in a game consisting of a record 1,151 yards helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory. Quarterback Nick Foles earned MVP honors after completing 28-of-43 passes for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Foles became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to catch a touchdown pass. Philadelphia led by as much as 15-3 in the second quarter. New England, seeking its record-tying sixth Super Bowl title, roared back within 15-12 with 2:04 to go before halftime. The Eagles drove 69 yards down to the Patriots’ 1-yard line. Facing a fourthand-1, Foles went in motion beyond the right tackle as running back Corey Clement took a direct snap, ran left, and flipped the ball back to tight end Trey Burton, who was recruited as a quarterback at Florida. Foles leaked into the flat as Burton hit him in
stride for a touchdown to go up 22-12 at intermission. With 9:22 left, New England finished its third straight drive with a touchdown to take its first lead at 33-32. Philadelphia faced a crucial fourth-and-1 with 5:40 left at its own 45. Foles hit tight end Zach Ertz for a gain or two yards on a shallow cross. “Coach told us last night he was going to be aggressive, that he wasn’t going to change for anybody,” Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said. On third-and-7 from the Pats’ 11, Ertz caught a slant pattern and lunged for a touchdown to regain the lead at 38-33. The drive covered 14 plays and 75 yards, chewing off 7:01 of time. New England quarterback Tom Brady, who completed 28-of-48 passes for a playoff record 505 yards and three touchdowns, was stripped by Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham on second down of the ensuing drive. Fellow Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett recovered as Philadelphia had a chance to put the game away. Philadelphia took of 1:04 of time to set up Jake Elliott’s 46-yard field goal to go ahead 41-33. New England moved the ball to the 49 with nine seconds left. Brady threw a Hail Mary near the goal line, which fell to the turf with no time left on the clock. Philadelphia finished with a 34:04-25:56 advantage in time of possession. The
Eagles scored on eight of its 10 possessions. Despite compiling 613 total yards, 500 passing yards, and not having to punt, New England fell to 5-5 in Super Bowls. On third down, Foles completed 11-of-14 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. The 29-year old who filled in for an injured Carson Wentz on Dec. 10 resurrected a city’s grim hopes when Wentz tore his ACL with solid play in the postseason. The teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter. After a 36-yard run by LeGarrette Blount, Foles found Alshon Jeffery for an acrobatic 34-yard touchdown pass. Elliott’s extra point sailed wide right. Blount’s 21-yard touchdown run made it 15-3. A conversion pass to Jeffery fell incomplete. New England tallied nine straight points on a Stephen Gostkowski 45-yard field goal and James White’s 26-yard touchdown run coming after Duron Harmon’s interception. Gostkowski missed the extra point and an earlier field goal. The Burton-to-Foles connection gave Philadelphia a 22-12 lead at halftime. Three Patriots ended with at least 100 receiving yards, led by Danny Amendola’s eight catches for 152 yards. Chris Hogan added six catches for 128 yards and Rob Gronkowski hauled in nine passes for 116 yards. Gronkowski caught a 5-yard touchdown
to creep within 22-19 early in the third. Philadelphia answered with an 11-play drive capped by Clement’s 22-yard questionable touchdown reception in the back of the end zone. Replay confirmed a touchdown to lead 29-19. Clement finished with four catches for 100 yards. Just like clockwork, Brady hit Hogan up the seam for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 29-26 with 3:23 to go in the third. Elliott’s 42-yard field goal extended the lead to 32-26. Gronkowski’s touchdown grab gave the Pats a 33-32 lead with 9:22 left. Philadelphia converted on two third downs and a fourth down to go back ahead 38-33. Blount and Jay Ajayi combined for 23 rushes for 147 yards on the ground for Philadelphia. Nelson Agholor brought in nine catches for 84 yards. Jeffery was the deep threat with three catches for 73 yards. Ertz hauled in seven catches for 67 yards. Philadelphia epitomized the concept of team, as it did not have a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver. The 2003 New England Patriots were the last Super Bowl champs to accomplish that feat. “The analogy we’ve used all year is that we’re a basketball team that doesn’t have a 30-point scorer. We’ve got five guys that can beat you, five guys that can score,” Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said.
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BARNESBORO: 1 bedroom, 1st floor, non-smoking. 814-312-8625. Text or leave message.
CLYMER: 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Stove fridge, garbage included, brand new. Section 8 welcome. 814-979-7426. CRESSON: 2 bedroom townhouses, close to town, Mt. Aloysius & St. Francis. No smoking, no pets. Call Archie at 814-886-2100. EBENSBURG: 2 bedroom. Includes heat, water, sewer, garbage, refrigerator and stove. Over 1000 sq. ft. Large closets. Coin operated laundry. Off street parking. No pets/ smoking. Now available. $650. 472-8440. EBENSBURG: 1st floor, 1 bedroom. Utilities included. $550/ month. 814242-0869. EBENSBURG: New, remodeled, large 2 bedroom, laundry, outside porch, w/s/g, electric, gas heat incl. $850/ month, 2 units available. 814241-8384. EBENSBURG: Parkview Apartments. Secure building, 2 bedroom, all kitchen appliances, heat, water, garbage included. Coin opearted laundry. No pets, no smoking. Call 814-472-7798. www.EbensburgParkview.com. 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.
HAPPY JACK LIQUIVICT 2X: Recognized safe and effective against hook & roundworms by US CVM. Kough Feed Service, 814-743-6723. kennelvax.com. HARMAN HARD COAL BOILER: Great condition. Any good offer accepted. 814-736-3448. TOP QUALITY, HIGH HEAT, LOW ASH COAL: West Virginia, nut and pea mixed. $130/ ton, delivered. Cambria, nut and pea. $120/ ton delivered. Buckwheat and rice. $215/ ton delivered. RON nut and pea mixed $110/ ton. 814-341-7435 or 674-8169. USED TIRES: Excellent condition, cheap. 215/55/17 Bridgestone Winterforce (2), $40 ea. 215/55/17 Bridgestone Winterforce (2), $90 ea. 215/55/17 Firestone Blizzard (2), $85 ea. 215/65/17 Freestar Winterforce (8), $50 ea. 205/65/15 Studded Snowtrackers (2), $65 ea. 195/60/15 Snowtrackers (4), $25 ea. 235/75/16 Continental A/S (1), $75. 195/60/15 Cooper A/S (1), $55. 235/70/16 tires with polished aluminum rims (4), $550 set, fit multiple vehicles. 9435021.
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HASTINGS: 2 or 3 bedroom, 2nd floor. Water, sewage, heat, garbage included. 814-418-3734. LORETTO RD: 1 bedroom, $450. 2 bedroom, $550. All utilities included except electric. Security deposit. No pets. 814-330-6294. MARKET STREET COMMONS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity. NANTY GLO: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor. Off-street parking. Appliances included. Utilities included. $600/ month. No pets/ no smoking. Security deposit required. 814-242-7773. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom, 1 bath apt. & 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Stove, fridge, washer, dryer, water, sewage, garbage included. 814-9797426.
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ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER: The Penns Manor Area School District is seeking an experienced professional to fill the position of Assistant Business Manager for a fulltime, 12 month position. For more information, please see the full posting at www.pennsmanor.org/employment. BARTENDERS, SERVERS, HOUSEKEEPING, COOKS: Apply within at The Lake Inn. 814-472-9400. EOE. BARTENDERS: Weekends and some daytime. Get application at Portage Legion. 814-736-9945. CARE AIDE, COOK, HOUSEKEEPER wanted at personal care home in Cresson. Call Debby at 886-7961. CAREGIVERS AGENCY: Background check and TB test required. All shifts. EOE. 814-266-5337. CDL DRIVER CLASS A: A locally owned company is offering an excellent opportunity for a CDL-Class A Driver. Monday through Friday with an occasional overnight trip. Home all weekends and holidays. Interested applicants, please fill out application at Seven D Industries Window, 977 DeGol Industrial Drive, Holidaysburg, PA 16648 or email resume to: email@example.com. CDL DRIVER: Hospitalization, MSHA required. 5 years experience. Call Ron 814-322-7412. PART-TIME CLEANING POSITION for businesses in Ebensburg. Evenings. 814-471-2899.
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December. Local tournaments start in January and end a week or so before the state tournament at State College, this year held March 9. Younger archers are also welcome to join the club. The NASP program is for students in fourth through 12th grades. There are a lot of opportunities to help young archers improve their skills. Archery is one of more than 20 sports, clubs, and activities offered at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Students who participate in archery are often involved in the rifle team. A club trap shooting team is also beginning to form. For more information on any program, please visit the school website at www.bishopcarroll.com or call 814-472-7500.
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Bishop Carroll Catholic High School held a National Archery in the Schools (NASP) state qualifying tournament Saturday, Feb. 3. Eighty-four archers from four schools competed in the tournament. Bishop Carroll began an archery program during the 2016-17 school year. About 15 students were involved during the first season. They traveled to five different NASP state qualifier tournaments their first year. This year, 18 students are involved. They will go to four different state qualifying tournaments in Pennsylvania. NASP tournaments are held all around the world. The tournaments are organized in Pennsylvania by the Game Commission and NASP Organization. NASP has local, state, national, and international tournaments. All students from Bishop Carroll are welcome to join the archery club. They start practicing in the beginning of
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Resident, Jackson Water Game Commission backs off on Auth. agree to right of way deer harvesting in Portage Twp. PAGE 16 - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Allie Garver
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Nathan Smith approached the Jackson Township Water Authority board at its Jan. 23 meeting about purchasing a 0.2 acre parcel of the authorityâ€™s land on Adams Avenue. â€œIf I canâ€™t purchase it, can I get a right of way so that I can put a roadway through there so that I can put my garage on my property?â€? asked Smith. â€œIt would make it a lot easier for me to put a garage in there.â€? Foreman Karl Smith explained that the property was purchased years ago for a pump station. The deed for the property states that the authority owns 0.225 acres. Chairman Walter Ditchcreek asked if there is enough room for a driveway. Nathan Smith said he would double-check, but he believes there is enough room. â€œI didnâ€™t know if I could purchase it or not,â€? said Nathan Smith. â€œI had to start somewhere to get the ball rolling, and then I can proceed.â€? Ditchcreek explained that the authority would have to contact its solicitor, C.J. Webb, about the rules on selling property. The problem with the authority selling the property, according to Robb Piper, is that the board would have to bid the property out and the highest
bidder would be allowed to purchase it. â€œWe could reasonably say that we could give him a right of way through there, at the very least, canâ€™t we?â€? asked Don Hrapchak. â€œI think we got to get all of our ducks in a row before we do anything,â€? added John Wallet. Ditchcreek said he would have Karl Smith and laborer Fred Meier look at the area to see what can be done, and that they will try to do everything they can â€œwithout too many problems.â€? Nathan Smith added that he found some survey pins to help map out the area he wanted. Later in the meeting, Piper asked if the piece of ground in question was needed by the authority for any reason. Piper added that the original purpose for that land is over. â€œI canâ€™t see anywhere where weâ€™d need it,â€? said Karl Smith. â€œIt might be easier to give him a right of way,â€? said Wallet. Nathan Smith said he would be satisfied with a right of way on the property. Hrapchak made a motion to give Nathan Smith the right of way for his garage. Piper seconded the motion. Nathan Smith agreed to pay to have Webb prepare the right of way document.
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission held an open house meeting at Portage Area High School Jan. 31 to get its message out about chronic wasting disease in deer. The meeting was in response to the possibility that the Game Commission would need harvest up to 40 deer in the Martindale Area, including the Portage Municipal Authorityâ€™s watershed area to check for the disease. The Game Commission representatives explained that they have reconsidered the need to step in and kill the necessary deer to check for the appearance of chronic wasting disease. A Game Commission contractor picked up a deer killed along Puritan Road near the CambriaBlair County line in the summer of 2015. That deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease. That is the only positive test of the disease in Cambria County. Representatives from the Game Commission, including southwest regional director Tom Fazi and biologist supervisor Samara Trusso, attended the Portage Municipal Authority meeting Jan. 4 to seek permission to bait and kill deer on watershed land above the Martindale reservoir.
The Game Commission representatives were met by several local hunters at the meeting who opposed their plan. The local hunters, including Tony Girard, Ryan Herman, and Mike Jubina, voiced a loud opinion that the deer population in the area could not sustain a reduction in numbers outside normal hunting activities. The hunters indicated that the deer population was sparse to begin with and taking an additional 40 deer out of season would decimate the population. At the municipal authority meeting, the Game Commission representatives said a public meeting would be held Jan. 31. No action was taken by the municipal authority. At the open house Jan. 31, the Game Commission set up five stations to educate those attending about chronic wasting disease and nearly a dozen Game Commission officers were on hand to answer questions from those concerned about the deer sampling proposed by the commission. Fazi explained that in response to the concerns of the hunters in the area, the Game Commission would not need to harvest the 40 deer but would rely â€œon its best wildlife management tool: the
Snowmobile trail connecting state parks opens Friday
The Glendale Lake Snowmobile Club will hold a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting event for the snowmobile trail that links Prince Gallitzin State Park to Black Moshannon State Park on Friday, Feb. 9. The ceremony will take place at Prince Gallitzin State Parkâ€™s Beaver Valley Marina. Glendale Lake Snowmobile Club has worked in conjunction with Pennsylvania state legislators, the Game Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources state parks and forests, local municipalities, private property owners, RJ Corman Railroad, and the Black Moshannon Snowmobile Club to build this snowmobile trail. This ceremony is the clubâ€™s way to acknowledge those that have had any part, big and small, in making this trail come to fruition and to say thank you. With the help of many partners, the Glendale Lake Snowmobile Club has been able to accomplish its dream of having a connector trail between two Pennsylvania state parks that cross a large portion of Game Commission and private ground.
hunters.â€? Fazi said drop boxes would be placed in Portage Township in Cambria County and in Juniata Township (Blue Knob) for hunters to deposit the deer heads taken during hunting season this coming fall. â€œIf enough samples are turned in by hunters, we will be extremely satisfied with the sampling and will not need any further action unless there is a positive presence of [chronic wasting disease],â€? explained Fazi. Chronic wasting disease is transmissible between deer though saliva or bodily excretions of urine or feces and animal-to-animal contact. It is in the same family of diseases as mad cow disease. There is no cure for the disease. Signs and symptoms develop a year or more after the deer is infected. The meat is reportedly safe to eat, as the disease is usually located in the brain, eyes, tonsils, spinal column, spleen, and nymph nodes. Local commercial deer processors are instructed in chronic wasting disease and have provided samples to the Game Commission upon request. The drop boxes placed by the Game Commission will require the hunter to submit the deerâ€™s head and neck along with the hunterâ€™s deer tag, and contractors will collect the parts for testing. If a deer submitted for testing comes back positive, the Game Commission will contact the hunter to try and determine the location of the deer. According to local Game Commission officer Seth Mesoras, DNA testing will be used to identify the family group the infected deer belonged to and that family group would then need to be eliminated to prevent the spread of the disease. Since only one deer tested positive in 2015 and none have been reported since in Cambria County, the Game Commission decided that using the cooperation of local hunters to help control the spread of chronic wasting disease was the best approach. Ryan Herman, a fifth-generation hunter from Portage whose family owns more than 300 acres in the area, was one of the most vocal critics of the original Game Commission plan. Herman stated that the local deer population has shrunk over the years. â€œWe want this to work,â€? he said. â€œWe will give the samples in to the Game Commission.â€? For more information about chronic wasting disease, visit the Game Commissionâ€™s website at pgc.pa.gov or the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance at cwd.gov.
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Game Commission plants seeds for environmental learning
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission once again is helping students learn about the vital role trees play in the environment. The Seedlings for Schools program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat. Orders placed as part of the â€œSeedlings for Schoolsâ€? program are being accepted through March 30. To order, visit the agencyâ€™s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, and click on â€œSeedling Salesâ€? in the Quick Clicks column, then select â€œSeedlings for Schools.â€? There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commissionâ€™s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by the Wildlife for Everyone
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Endowment Foundation. â€œSeedlings for Your Classâ€? provides a classroom, grade level or entire school with enough seedlings so each student can take one home to plant. Traditional favorites white spruce and silky dogwood are available again this year. Four other species also are being offered: grey-stemmed dogwood, American sweet crabapple, American highbush cranberry and our beloved state tree, eastern hemlock. A teachersâ€™ guide and planting instructions come with the seedlings and also can be accessed through the website. In years past, â€œSeedlings for Your Classâ€? was intended primarily for elementary students, but this year itâ€™s been extended to middle- and high-school students.
Seedlings come in bundles of 25, and depending on spring weather, will be shipped directly to schools by UPS from April 2 to 4 and April 9 to 11. The nursery does not ship on Thursdays or Fridays so seedlings should not arrive on weekends when no one is at school to receive them. Once seedlings do arrive, it is important to moisten the roots immediately and plant them as soon as possible, said Brian Stone, manager of the Game Commissionâ€™s Howard Nursery. Seedlings should be handed out to students with their roots in plastic bags with moist shredded newspaper, or with the seedlings planted in juice or milk cartons for transplanting at home, Stone said. More information about the program can be found on the Game Commissionâ€™s
website, or by contacting RASchoolSeedlings@pa.gov. Seedlings distributed through the Seedlings for Schools program are provided by the Game Commissionâ€™s Howard Nursery. The shipping costs are paid in full by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation and its contributors. Individuals and groups wishing to donate to the program can send checks to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Fund, which maintains the account for donations. Be sure to indicate the donation is for the Game Commissionâ€™s â€œSeedlings for Schoolsâ€? program. Donations can be mailed to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, 341 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803.
Wray updates BVMA on 422 wastewater project
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At the Jan. 31 Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority meeting, engineer Richard Wray updated the board on the Route 422 East wastewater project and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation permit. â€œWe go through a series of monthly cycles, and when that hits 150 days, we roll it over into a new review cycle with them [PennDOT],â€? explained Wray. â€œWe have the permit. Weâ€™re awaiting a construction contract to be awarded so we can get the bond.â€? Wray said the Indiana County Sewer Conservation District has already approved the erosion and sedimentation plan for its portion of the project, and the Cambria County Sewer Conservation District received the permit application on Nov. 2, 2017, and requested no additional information or comments on the package yet. Indiana Countyâ€™s part of the review process, according to Wray, is approved and complete. The stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit is also under review with the Cambria County Conservation District. Since the project has been underway for a few years, Wray would like to move it along faster now that all of the pieces are in place. Wray stated that the February round of Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority funding comes up prior to the next municipal authority meeting. â€œIf we get the call and the opportunity arises, Iâ€™d like to ask the board to authorize the chairman and the secretary to execute any and all documents necessary to affect that application,â€? said Wray. Desmond Warzel made a motion to allow chairman Mike Pisarcik and secretary Roxanne
Pisarcik to complete any documents necessary if the project can be put into the February round of PENNVEST funding. Michael Palovich seconded the motion. â€œI donâ€™t want to miss any opportunity to maybe present it to the board to get this thing moving,â€? said Wray. Mike Pisarcik said the author-
ity needs to look into the easements for the project because he thinks there are two outstanding ones. â€œIâ€™d be glad to chase them down,â€? said Wray. â€œIâ€™ll get on the county site and verify current ownership. Iâ€™ll be glad to meet with either one of them too, Mike [Pisarcik].â€? Moving on, Wray briefly dis-
cussed the annual reports. He said the Chapter 110 report, which used to be called the annual water supply report, can be filed to the Department of Environmental Protection. â€œThis will highlight production or purchases and your sales and efficiency percentages,â€? said Wray. Mike Pisarcik also gave Wray
the documents to file the Chapter 94, or annual wasteload management report, with DEP. â€œThat is the annual report that says how well the sewage plant performed on its loadings,â€? said Wray. â€œIt analyzes that data against the regulations of the commonwealth. Wray will have presentations next month on both reports.
Mount Aloysius panel will discuss authentic discourse PAGE 18 - Thursday, February 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA
Mount Aloysius College will present a distinguished group of panelists during the annual spring semester Academic Honors Society Panel Discussion titled “Do #AllThoughtsMatter?.” The event is part of the college’s yearlong exploration of “authentic discourse” as the campus-wide theme for the 2017-18 academic year. The discussion is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in historic Alumni Hall. “The discussion will engage panelists in a conversation of topBy Allie Garver
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ical and potentially controversial topics with the goal of attaining an authentic discourse that moves past buzzwords, hot takes, and fake news,” said panel moderator Chris Burlingame, who serves as writing instructor at Mount Aloysius College. “Potential topics will include the influence of social media on mental health, finding the line between free speech and misinformation, medical marijuana and the opioid epidemic, and conspiracy theories,” added Burlingame. “The panelists will employ their own
expertise to offer insights about sorting through the information overload and finding truth so that they can more effectively engage as active citizens. Our panel aims to demonstrate and promote an authentic discourse that attendees will be able to transfer and apply in their everyday lives.” Instituted by Mount Aloysius College president Tom Foley, the idea of an annual theme began with the 2011-12 academic year. Since then, there have been six explorations of various campuswide themes, including the uni-
versity’s role in civil discourse, citizenship in the 21st century-the common good, the good life, hospitality, voice, and now authentic discourse. Panelists for the Mount Aloysius College Honor Societies Panel Discussion include: Michael C. Ryan, of Carrolltown, a retired A10 pilot and military officer who currently serves as NATO senior mentor for its Comprehensive Approach Practitioner’s Course; Dr. Mary Shuttlesworth, Mount Aloysius assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Bradley Rohlf,
adjunct professor of history and English; Rachel Cain, Mount Aloysius graduate assistant and assistant mock trial coach; and Cruz Rivera, retired United States Army officer currently studying pre-health as a Mount Aloysius student. Panel moderator Chris Burlingame is in his sixth year as the writing consultant and study skills specialist at Mount Aloysius College. He also teaches developmental reading and writing, Rhetoric I and II, and creative writing as an adjunct professor.
BVMA disputes water line on private property
An ongoing issue between the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority and Craig Camell has moved forward after a letter was sent to the authority. Camell’s attorney, Michael Sossong, penned a letter to the authority’s solicitor, William Barbin, in response to an email Barbin sent on Sept. 12, 2017. Barbin reviewed the letter at the Jan. 31 BVMA meeting. “He raises some issues here in this letter,” said Barbin. “He’s disagreeing with all of the
facts that I relayed to him.” Camell claimed that the old water pipe was in the alley as the map shows, but the newly placed water pipe is closer and on his property. “How did we decide where the alley was?” asked Barbin. Engineer Richard Wray stated that he used tax maps and the plan of lots to indicate the alley’s position. Wray added that when the drawings were done for the water pipe, the pipe was drawn to be placed in the alleyway. Barbin asked for a copy of that drawing to send to Sossong. “Am I correct in saying that when we start-
ed with all these water and sewer projects, the township dedicated all paper alleys to utilities?” asked chairman Mike Pisarcik. “That’s my understanding, yes,” Wray said. Wray added that the resolution was made “probably 20 [or] 25 years ago.” Pisarcik said he would look into finding that resolution for Barbin. Camell is claiming, though, that the water pipe is not in the alley, but on his property. Camell is also claiming, according to Barbin, that a stormwater pipe was cut off and not repaired, which is causing flooding. “The piece of pipe that was removed was replaced,” said Wray. “Whatever came out
went back in.” Pisarcik also wants to run a camera through the pipes to see if anything collapsed inside of the trench. “Then when the water comes down across the road, it’s just bubbling up out of the ground and just going every direction,” said Pisarcik, “so I want to get in there and camera it to see if that’s the case.” Pisarcik added that if the camera won’t make it through to the line the authority installed, then it has collapsed somewhere, and videos can be taken. Barbin will contest the issues raised in Sossong’s letter.
Clearfield Township discusses crime report
By Amber Stich
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The Clearfield Township supervisors heard the District Court report at their February meeting. This report listed by municipality the cost of crimes for 2017 within those townships and boroughs. Township secretary Lynne Thomas said according to the report, the total cost for crime in all the municipalities listed was $40,000. She said there was only $134.83 of crime in Clearfield Township last year. “Were doing good,” Thomas said. She said the township was the lowest crime cost listed on the report, with the closest municipality being Dean Township at $136 for the year. In comparison, Northern Cambria Borough had a total of around $15,000, Thomas also discussed the township’s Survey of Financial Condition for 2017. She said the township had seen a gain of $25,018.52 for the year. This is the second year in a row the township has seen a gain, but there was a deficit for 2015. Thomas said she felt the increase of state money has had an impact on the township’s gain. “It helps,” supervisor Joseph Vescovi said. Next, the supervisors were asked to make a motion to acknowledge the receipt of three proposals for the addition of agricultural security areas. These specially designated areas allow lands within them to receive different treatment in various local government laws and ordinances, especially in regard to public nuisances. The supervisors received proposals from Skebeck Farms/John Skebeck for a 146.29 acre addition, from Mark and Laura Skebeck for a 6.381 acre addition, and from James and Doreen Zupon for a 16.1 acre addition. The supervisors made and passed a motion acknowledging the receipts of these proposals. The proposals will be deemed approved without modifications at the Aug. 2 Clearfield Township supervisors meeting if no action is taken prior to that date. A motion was then made to exonerate the local tax collector from uncollected taxes turned over to the county in the amount of $4,342.70 face value. The motion was approved unanimously. Lastly, the supervisors talked about the flood plain management document filed at the start of this year. Thomas said there was no development on the flood plain this year. She said any homes, additions, or structures built in 2017 were done outside of the flood plain.
Chatham dean’s list
Ebensburg’s Corey Doeing and Loretto’s Jessica Conrad have been named to the Chatham University School of Arts, Science, and Business dean’s list for the fall 2017 term.
DEP, PennDOT earn national recognition for cleanup campaign
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection have been honored with Keep America Beautiful 2018 State Agency Partner Awards for their partnership on the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania in 2017. The statewide campaign organized more than 132,000 volunteers who participated in over 7,200 local cleanup events in every county of the commonwealth. “DEP has supported and participated in the annual Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania program since it began in 2004,” said DEP secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It reflects two of our core values — improving the environment and fostering strong community partnerships — and it succeeds.” “We are very proud of the long-running success of our Adopt-A-Highway program,” said PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards. “The efforts of our district coordinators coupled with the enthusiasm of our volunteers results in tons of trash
and debris being removed from our roadways year after year.” The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania is coordinated by Keep American Beautiful affiliate Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful with state agency support from DEP and PennDOT. Last year the campaign brought thousands of Pennsylvanians together in the spring to collect millions of pounds of trash and plant trees, shrubs, and flowers. In 2017, through PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, agency district coordinators partnered with over 4,800 volunteer groups adopting 10,733 miles, collectively saving the commonwealth in excess of $5 million, allowing scarce commonwealth resources to be redirected to areas needing critical attention. DEP funding covered the cost of supplies for the participating volunteers, who collected more than 5 million pounds of trash from an estimated 11,168 miles of roads, railroad tracks, trails, waterways, and shorelines and planted 16,437 trees, bulbs, and plants in Pennsylvania.
DEP and PennDOT partner on statewide public outreach to raise public awareness of cleanup events. In addition, McDonnell participated in a cleanup event in Steelton Borough, and other DEP staff participated in events in their local areas. “The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation have been invaluable partners to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful since its inception, providing resources that have enabled hundreds of thousands of volunteers to participate in tens of thousands of community improvement events,” said Shannon Reiter, president of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. The Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, and numerous companies also support the communities’ cleanup projects. Both agencies remind Pennsylvanians to do their part and not litter. Learn more about litter in the commonwealth.
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