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Mainline area gears up for 2020 Census

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

The 2020 Census is now underway. The census, performed every 10 years, was instituted into the United States Constitution by the founding fathers to have an official count of all persons living within the country, and the first U.S. census was conducted in 1790. To reinforce the importance of the census, the Carrolltown Borough Council, along with Cambria Heights School District, held an informative session with Rick Buck, a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, March 13. Buck serves a six-county area, which includes Cambria County. Besides getting an accurate account of all persons living in the country, the census plays a vital role in determining the number of representatives each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as how the lines for each congressional district are drawn. Currently, Pennsylvania has 18 congressional districts, down from 19 districts in 2010 and 21 in 2000. Making sure every person is counted guarantees that Pennsylvania has the correct number of congress members representing its citizens. “When people don’t get counted, they don’t draw the lines correctly,� Buck said at the event. Besides determining the number of congressional seats, the census also determines how

$675 billion in funding for schools, emergency services, infrastructure, family services and more is divided among the country. The numbers obtained from the 2020 census will determine the funding for dozens of these programs for the next 10 years. “Something simple you can do is just get that census filled out,� Buck said. Carrolltown Borough mayor James Ertter said funding for the borough’s police department relies on census funding, and that smaller municipalities can get hit the hardest with diminished funding if residents fail to respond. “The census number is critical for where our dollars come from,� Ertter said. “It’s just so important that everyone gets SEE CENSUS, PAGE 2

March 19, 2020

Farm fun

Cambria Elementary students Hayden Hamady, Isaac Sedor and Ian Shaffer gather cards representing different types of crops for an activity as part of Ag Literacy Week March 12. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

     

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School districts unsure of future after mandated closures PAGE 2 - Thursday, March 19, 2020 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Last Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf mandated that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will close for 10 business days, beginning March 16, due to COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus. According to a March 13 press release, Wolf’s top priority as governor is to ensure the health and safety of the students and school communities. The press release stated that “no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements.� Penn Cambria superintendent Bill Marshall stated that there is a misinterpretation of Wolf’s press release in regard to the 180 day requirement. He explained that schools will be required to make up the days up to the June 30 deadline. If a school district does not meet the days and hours requirements after June 30, there will be no penalty. “This is unprecedented,� said Marshall. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has released information to guide districts through this trying time. According to their March 14 press release, the districts will be responsible for deciding which staff members are necessary. The PDE stated that examples of necessary staff are school administration, food preparation and distribution, information technology and those who have to continue daily school operations. Marshall explained that the beginning of this week, three days were dedicated to the janito-

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rial staff who “sanitized everything.� “At this time, we will follow our standard snow day procedures on these days and all offices will remain open,� said Marshall in a press release March 13. “We currently expect to make these days up through additions to our school calendar pending other guidance from the state.� One major concern that school districts have is students’ access to the meals that the schools normally provide to them. According to PDE, the commonwealth has sought and received approval from the Federal government to allow schools the option to distribute meals at no cost while schools are closed. Each individual school district that wants to take part in the meal distribution must apply to PDE; they have expedited these approvals. According to Marshall, the district did apply for the meals for their students and he hopes to have something in place by the end of the week. As far as lesson plans and instructions, the Penn Cambria School District is on pause until more information is provided. Marshall added that a lot of individuals are advocating to cancel PSSA and Keystone tests, however that decision is yet to be made. “We all have pandemic plans, but this is so quick,� said Marshall. At the moment, no district knows exactly what will happen and if the school closure will be extended. They are taking it one day at a time and waiting to hear from the government what the next steps are.

counted.� As far as school funding, Cambria Heights Elementary School principal Hilary Yahner said district programs, including free and reduced lunch programs and Title I programs are dependent on census information. “Without those federal funds, I think we would struggle,� she said. Invitation letters to respond to the Census were sent out this past week. The invitation contains the information on how to respond to the census online or by phone. The invitation also includes a Census ID, which identifies the exact location of your house. If you misplace the ID, you can still respond to the census. Everyone is asked to respond to the census by April 1. Invitations will only be mailed to those who receive mail at their houses, and census materials are not mailed to post office boxes. Those who receive their mail through a post office box will have their invitation and a paper questionnaire hand-delivered to their residences by a census worker. For those who do not complete the census online or by phone, a paper questionnaire and reminder letter will be mailed between April 8-16. If no response is received, a reminder postcard will be mailed between April 20-27. If there is still no response by the end of April, census workers will begin visiting the homes of those who haven’t responded from May through July. The last day anyone can be counted in the census is July 31. The census is made up of seven questions and takes only a few minutes to complete. The questionnaire will ask how many people are living in the home as of April 1, whether the home is owned or rented, the sex, age and race of each person, whether anyone in the home is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin and the relationship of each person to one central person. All information provided to the U.S. Census Bureau is confidential and cannot be dispersed to any agency or law enforcement. All census employees are bound by law to not divulge any personal information. The Census Bureau will not ask you for your Social Security number, your political affiliation, money or donations or bank or credit card numbers. If someone claiming to work for the Census Bureau asks these questions, it is a scam. Though it only takes a few minutes to complete, the census works to make sure you are represented in government and that your community receives the resources it needs to provide its citizens with good roads, clean water, libraries and schools and so much more. For more information about the census, visit www.2020census.gov.



    

        

  

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Cambria County Library System closed to the public

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The Cambria County Library will close for routine, in-person public library services effective immediately through March 29. This closure was mandated by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries at the state level in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This directive is consistent with the Wolf Administration’s decision to close all K-12 Pennsylvania schools for 10 days. At the end of that 10-day period, state authorities will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed. All 14 members of the Cambria County Library System will observe this closure. During this time, no overdue fees will accrue and all due dates will automatically be extended. Items on hold will be paused. All programs and activities are canceled. However, online services will remain functional. Services include free access to a variety of resources, including: • E-books and e-audiobooks through cloudLibrary • Ad-free music streaming and downloads through Freegal • Children’s books and related activities through BookFlix and TrueFlix

• Craft videos and tutorials for all ages, including kids, through Creativebug • Databases through PowerLibrary All of these resources and more are available at cclsys.org. The safety of the staff and community is of paramount importance to the Cambria County Library administration and Board of Directors. As such, we will continue to follow the recommendations of local and state authorities. Staff will continue to work during this closure in order to complete projects that are difficult to manage while serving the public. The library will be prepared to continue offering the highest quality of service possible as soon as it is deemed appropriate to reopen. This closure includes the PA CareerLink, which is co-located in the Cambria County Library. PA CareerLink staff will continue to be on call, offering many services by phone, web chat, or other virtual interactions. CareerLink customers are asked to call 814-534-2500 or visit their website at www.gocareerlink.org. For questions or concerns, please contact the Cambria County Library at 814-536-5131 or at campub@cclsys.org, or visit us at cclsys.org. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

COVID-19 virus slows down more than just people

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

As the global economy turns, so do your local store shelves. In the interconnected world that exists today, the COVID-19 virus outbreak began in China in Dec. 2019 is now impacting the United States economy. A check of local stores on Friday, March 13, showed that food and personal items — other than the panic buying of toilet paper and hand sanitizer — were well stocked. By Monday, March 16, local stores were limiting hours and quantities in an attempt to allow customers better access to supplies and to prohibit panic buying and the stockpiling of foods and paper products. Grocery stores were out of stock for many items as a result of panic buying. Toilet paper and bread were disappearing off shelves faster than they could be delivered. Wal-Mart stores, which are typically open 24 hours a day, are now limiting hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to allow employees to sanitize the store daily and restock shelves. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recommended the closure of non-essential businesses and limited restaurants to take-out and delivery service only. The first to feel the effect of the industry shutdown in China is the pharmaceutical industry. In a statement issued Feb. 27, Stephen M. Hahn M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs — Food and Drug Administration said: “As I have previously communicated, the FDA has been closely monitoring the supply chain with the expectation

that the COVID-19 outbreak would likely impact the medical product supply chain, including potential disruptions to supply or shortages of critical medical products in the U.S.” The majority of today’s active ingredients in pharmaceuticals are manufactured in China. Additionally, nearly all over-thecounter medications and a large percentage of medical devices come from Chinese manufacturers. The impact may not be felt in the area until weeks and months down the road. According to press releases from several pharmaceutical manufacturers, full production in China has resumed and current stockpiles on hand should mitigate any shortage in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The Chinese government shut down factories to contain the spread of the virus, and production went to a standstill. The effect of this is just beginning to be felt in this region. Those factories are slowly beginning to resume production. There is also a reported shortage of truck drivers to get the shipment containers to the port cities in China to be sent here. Imports from China account for nearly 22 percent of the overall trade to the U.S. Two of the busiest ports in the United States, Los Angeles and Long Beach, have reported a more than 20 percent drop in shipping container volume. Shipping containers carry millions of goods — everything from apples to zippers. U.S. ports have reported an overall drop of 12.6 percent and are significantly lower than the amount of

trade that was predicted before the impact of the COVID-19 virus. According to The Maritime Executive Newsletter, a shipping industry publication, several ocean carriers have canceled sailings to and from the Far East. Empty shipping containers are backing up in U.S. ports, resulting in a shortage of shipping containers in the Far East when manufacturing returns to normal levels. At the local level, the impact is just over the horizon. The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association, and its members include department stores, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, and independent retailers, chain restaurants, grocery stores and multi-level marketing companies. A recent survey by the federation found that 40 percent of the SEE SLOWS, PAGE 8


Cambria County senior centers remain open, for now

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By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria County senior centers will only be open for meal pickup between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. effective Wednesday, March 18. Seniors are asked to call their local center the day before and order the meal, and instructions about having someone meet you at the door will be given. All other senior center activities are canceled until further notice. According to M. Veil Griffith, executive director of Cambria County Area Agency on Aging (AAA), this includes scheduled trips and activities and the tax preparation sessions. Home delivered meals will be

delivered as usual. Senior citizens are the most susceptible population to a life-threatening infection from COVID-19. Seniors are also in the most need of services such as the senior meal offered at the nine senior activity centers around the county. On Sunday, March 15, Robert Torres, Secretary of the Department of Aging, let the decision to close to each county due to the rising spread of the COVID-19 virus, unless directed by the governor’s office. “We have been in regular communications with the Area Agencies on Aging relating to the operation of their affiliated senior community centers, and we will continue to engage with them to meet their informational needs, receive input

and offer guidance,” stated Torres. By Monday afternoon, Gov. Tom Wolf requested all non-essential businesses close and restaurants limited services to take-out and delivery. Torres is encouraging the county’s AAA to recommend participants to enroll in the OPTIONS Program, formerly known as the PA Older American Act services. In some areas of the state, there are waiting lists to enroll in the OPTIONS Program. The OPTIONS Program provides numerous services, including in-home meal delivery services, personal care and assistance and much more. The program does have income guidelines. Services are free to those under 133 percent of the federal poverty level, and there is a scaled

co-pay for services on income between 133 and 300 percent of federal poverty levels. Restaurants in at least 10 states have been closed or are limiting services to take-out and delivery. The Centers for Disease Control have recommended that gatherings not exceed 50 persons. The White House urges people to limit any gathering to under 10 people. Churches around the nation and locally have limited or closed public services and encourage watching online or televised services. Experts across the nation state that the public should expect schools and public or social gatherings to be closed for up to eight weeks in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Engineers provide update on Central Cambria projects

By Allie Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

This summer, the Central Cambria School District will be witnessing big changes with several projects scheduled to take place. At the March 9 school board meeting, Eckles Construction vice pres-

ident and partner John Pappas and Eckles Engineering architect Jeremy Beatty updated the school board on the impending projects. “The contractor mobilized today ... to do some building layout and to start getting things in the works for that project [maintenance building],” said Pappas.

He added that the weather has been beneficial and equipment will be moved to the site soon. The plan is to have the maintenance building on location in April or May. “Every other Tuesday, we have a coordination meeting with contractors to work through the details

of the project,” stated Pappas. According to Pappas, there will be visible progress made at the construction sites, however they will be kept separate from students and staff. The school board members were given drawings of the designs for the buildings, which were

explained by Beatty. He said the building being constructed at the multi-purpose field will include two single-user toilets, athletic equipment storage area and a concession stand. “This will be located adjacent to SEE PROJECTS, PAGE 8


Competition cheer proposal brought to Central Cambria

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By Allie Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Central Cambria’s school psychologist Kirsten Stiffler approached the school board about forming a varsity cheer competition team at the March 9 meeting. Stiffler said that recently she and middle school nurse Jackie Springer took over the sideline cheer team and the numbers were boosted from eight to 28 cheerleaders. “We’ve had some expressed interest about a competition team,� said Stiffler. “So I’m here tonight just to kind of give you the facts of competition cheer, which we have never had.� According to Stiffler, the team would be for the 2020-2021 season and be open to students in grades nine through

12. Tryouts will be held with team selection made by the varsity-trained coaches and staff. “Practices would start in the summer and competitions, it’s a relatively short season, we would go to three to four local competitions from October to November or December,� she said. Stiffler explained that she is still learning what it takes to run a team, and the PIAA coaching requirements would be mandatory. Stiffler stated that though “actual training� isn’t required to be a competition cheer coach, she did attend the Varsity University Conference held in State College for more information. “I learned some things about stunting and jump technique, and as part of the program, we will bring outside folks in to teach us safety practices as far as the stunting is concerned,� Stiffler said.

According to Stiffler, the district has a large population of students who take part in tumbling, so there is less liability in teaching beginners. “The tumbling would be for only advanced tumblers,� she added. As far as cost, parents would be responsible for the necessary items for competition cheer, like fees, shoes, bows, music, choreography and travel. She said that families would be asked to donate $200 for their child to participate and fundraising options will be available. “The boosters that we have already, they have agreed to bring in a camp for our cheerleaders and cover other expenses, maybe, such as mats,� said Stiffler. Board member Thomas Woods asked how the cheerleaders will be prepared

as far as strength training, fitness and safety. Stiffler explained that at the Varsity University Day, she attended a session on strength and conditioning. She was provided with sample calendars in regard to workouts, and athletic director Randy Wilson has also provided her with information. “We are lucky here because we have a good population of girls that do All Star Cheer, so they are very well seasoned in doing the stunting and the basing and the flying,� explained Stiffler. “Most of the girls that have expressed interest also participate in the All Star Cheer, so it will be some seasoned athletes coming and knowing what they’re doing.� Board member Chuck Gironda stated that the information Stiffler provided will be further discussed by the school board and a decision will be made.

Guard personal, financial and tax information year-round

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to remain vigilant with their personal information by securing computers and mobile phones. Proper cybersecurity protection and scam recognition can reduce the threat of identity theft inside and outside the tax system. The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. People should be alert to scammers posing as the IRS to steal personal information. There are ways to know if it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on someone’s door. The IRS also works with the Security Summit, a partnership with state tax agencies and the privatesector tax industry, to help protect taxpayer information and defend against identity theft. Taxpayers and tax professionals can take steps to help in this effort. Below are a few tips to help minimize exposure to fraud and identity theft: • Protect personal information. Treat personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone. Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank and even utility account numbers can be used to help steal a person’s money or open new accounts. • Avoid phishing scams. The eas-

iest way for criminals to steal sensitive data is simply to ask for it. IRS urges people to learn to recognize phishing emails, calls or texts that pose as familiar organizations such as banks, credit card companies or even the IRS. Keep sensitive data safe and: • Be aware that an unsolicited email with a request to download an attachment or click on a URL could appear to come from someone that you know like a friend, work colleague or tax professional if their email has been spoofed or compromised. • Don’t assume internet advertisements, pop-up ads or emails are from reputable companies. If an ad or offer looks too good to be true, take a moment to check out the company behind it. • Never download “securityâ€? software from a pop-up ad. A pervasive ploy is a pop-up ad that indicates it has detected a virus on the computer. Don’t fall for it. The download most likely will install some type of malware. Reputable security software companies do not advertise in this manner. • Safeguard personal data. Provide a Social Security number, for example, only when necessary. Only offer personal information or conduct financial transactions on sites that have been verified as reputable, encrypted websites.

         

   

                    

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tion from connected devices. Whenever it is an option for a password-protected account, users also should opt for a multi-factor authentication process. • Use security software. An antivirus program should provide protection from viruses, Trojans, spyware and adware. The IRS urges people, especially tax professionals, to use an anti-virus program and always keep it up to date. • Set security software to update automatically so it can be updated as threats emerge. Educate children and those with less online experience about the threats of opening suspicious web pages, emails or documents.

• Back up files. No system is completely secure. Copy important files, including federal and state tax returns, onto removable discs or back-up drives and cloud storage. Store discs, drives and any paper copies in secure, locked locations. • ID Theft Central. New on IRS.gov. Designed to improve online access to information on identity theft. Serves taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses. Taxpayers can find answers to questions, forms and instructions and easy-to-use tools online at IRS.gov. They can use these resources to get help when it’s needed at home, at work or on the go.


CTWA approves dam maintenance proposal

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By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria Township Water Authority approved a maintenance proposal for equipment at Vetera Dam at the authority’s March 10 meeting. During the dam’s last inspection report, the inspectors noted that three of the dam’s piezometers will need to be repaired or replaced soon. The piezometers are used to measure the level of the water and water pressure within the dam. Plant manager Ken Taylor told the authority he received a proposal from GAI Consultants to address these piezometers. The proposal would verify the depth of

the piezometers and check for sediment buildup. If sediment is detected, GAI would bail the piezometers and flush them to clear away the sediment. Once the piezometers are cleaned, GAI will perform a head test to check for responsiveness. Taylor said the piezometers may work properly again once they are cleaned. If they do not, the proposal includes the cost to replace two of the three piezometers. “For engineering and for replacing two piezometers is about $18,000,” Taylor said. Taylor said he sent the proposal to Inter-Power for approval, and InterPower approved the maintenance work.

Taylor said the bill should be made out to Inter-Power instead of the Cambria Township Water Authority. The authority members approved the proposal. Inter-Power, also known as Northern Star Generation, owns the Colver Power Plant. As part of its agreement with the authority, the authority pays $9,488 toward the dam’s operating costs, and Inter-Power covers maintenance costs above the initial $9,488. Taylor also brought up that a customer is looking to build a house outside of Colver and wants to hook up to the authority’s water system. Before he can make any progress, Taylor said the customer needs a letter authorizing that water service is available in his area.

Taylor said he wasn’t sure if the letter was for the county or for Cambria Township, but would find out for sure. “Is it OK if I write that letter?” Taylor asked the board. After discussing where the line would be extended, the board approved Taylor to write the authorization letter for the customer. The customer would have to extend the existing 1.5 inch copper water main about 150 feet to reach the corner of his property. Once the line is extended, the customer will then have to run a 1 inch lateral to his house from the main. The board also approved Sam White, CPA to perform the authority’s annual audit.

JETSA’s system upgrade, Fords Corner project out to bid

By Allie Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

The Jackson/East Taylor Sewer Authority’s (JETSA) system upgrade and Fords Corner Road project is currently out to bid, according to engineer Bill Henry at the March 12 meeting. A pre-bid meeting will be held March 26 in the JETSA office so that the contractors can go to

the project sites and see what it will entail. The bid opening is April 2. Henry stated that 22 contractors have picked up plans for contracts one and two. Contracts three through six involve the office building construction, and about 18 contractors have picked up plans for that portion of the project. “Hopefully we’ll get some

pretty competitive pricing and bidding,” Henry said. JETSA solicitor Alex Svirsko has been working on easements for the project and Henry stated that more will be needed for Rocky Road, which juts off of Pike Road. Originally, Henry thought it was a township road. However, he found out from the supervisors that it is a privately owned lane.

“We’re going up through it to get all the people up there, so those are new easements,” Henry said. “Basically, when you have a situation like that, you have a little private lane that all those people use, you have to have everybody along there sign an easement.” Henry said seven easements will need signed. In regard to the project, Henry

met with the Jackson Township supervisors John Wallet and Bruce Baker as well as township manager Dave Hirko to review the upcoming work. “We’re in their roads quite a bit and I wanted to make sure they’re on the same page,” said Henry. “I sat down with them and we went through, and, I SEE BID, PAGE 10


East Taylor Township resident requests pressure test assistance

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By Allie Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

East Taylor Township resident John Walker attended the March 12 Jackson/East Taylor Sewer Authority (JETSA) meeting to question what can be done about a pressure test and the $75 fine he has been paying for non-compliance. According to Walker, he had a line installed several years ago and it was pressure tested byathe contractor. JETSA board member Dan Yahnert asked if the line was “verified� by inspector Tim Burkey. “Monies are being paid now, which I don’t think should be paid,� said Walker. He was referring to the $75 non-compliance penalty. “Years ago, we did that to get the lines tested to prove your innocence, is what that was, to make sure you weren’t having ... infiltration come in,� Yahnert explained. He said that the federal government eventually stepped in and mandated that authorities stop infiltration into the system. Yahnert said that in order for JETSA customers to “prove their innocence,� an air pressure test needs done. If the line passes the pressure test, then there is no payment for non-compli-

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the bleachers that will kind of sit centered on the soccer/lacrosse field,� Beatty said. “Then it will also have a walkway over to, like the baseball area and the softball [area].� Moving down to the fieldhouse, Beatty explained that the concession stand will be pulled out of the “entrance building� and that space will be taken up by what is the existing “home team� area. A partition will be placed in the room for storage and a shower area will be provided for the away team. “The away locker room would just have benches and hooks, there’s no intention of spending the money to put in lockers or anything like that,� said Beatty. “Most of the money would be for the addition, which would be the home locker room.� Beatty added that the intention is to install about 60 lockers in the home locker room. It will also have new restrooms, showers, an office for the coach, laundry area and a trainer’s room. The entrance area will also feature more restrooms, men on one side and women on the other side. The concession stand is also being relocated and it will feature another covered roof so that individuals waiting in line will be better protected from the weather. Pappas added that a lot of alternates are being considered as far as materials are concerned so that the projects are more flexible on bid day. Once into agenda matters, the board approved the advertisement and bidding of the Central Cambria Athletics Facilities Addition and Alterations project. According to the agenda, the project will be advertised for three consecutive weeks with the tenta-

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businesses responding to the survey reported seeing disruption to their supply chain. The survey indicates that another 26 percent expect to see the disruptions continue for a significant period of time. Because of the globalization of the economy, a disaster or pandemic has near-immediate effects. Conversely, with a worldwide economy, the supply chain is extended and can cover short-term loss of manufacturing capability. The biggest problem is panic buying causing shortages that the supply chain cannot catch up on immediately.

ance. “Just have them test it for you, it’s just that simple,� added Yahnert. Burkey said that the line was tested at one point and it failed. He said that there is an area of the line that needs fixed. “I’m pretty sure it was dissimilar pipe,� said Burkey. “It was two different kinds of pipe that was used and it just didn’t hold.� Yahnert stated that it probably isn’t too difficult to fix the pipe so that it passes a pressure test. Burkey told Walker that the pipe needs dug up so that it can be properly fixed, but Walker said that it had been fixed. Yahnert asked if the line was re-tested after it was fixed. “No, I did not do that,� said Walker. “See that’s what you have to do,� Yahnert explained. “Once it’s considered a fail, if you dig it up and repair it, you have to test it again until you pass.� He added that the line may already be fixed, but since a pressure test hasn’t been done, there is no way to tell if it will pass. Walker stated that at this point, he should arrange a meeting between his contractor and Burkey at his home so that the problem can be settled.

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The school board approved a special meeting to approve bids April 22 at 5 p.m.

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Hastings Water Authority looking for system leaks

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By Austin Feathers

of Mainline Newspapers

The Hastings Water Authority is on the lookout for a large leak in the borough. When the authority analyzed the flow report during its March 12 meeting, it was noted that a total of 5,339,460 gallons of water were used last month, or 184,119 gallons were used per day. The board members added that these numbers do not include the water Hastings is pumping in from Patton. The water authority believes there is one large leak or multiple leaks somewhere in the Hastings area. One confirmed leak is on

Bridge Street, but the workers have been unable to find it. PA Rural Water did provide the authority with a possible location on where the leak might be. The board members were concerned about trying to fix the Bridge Street leak. Usually once a leak is located, the workers must dig up the broken pipe to fix it. However, the Bridge Street pipe is located near sidewalks, curbs and a state road. Also, if the water authority decides to dig and the leak is not in that location, the workers will have to continue searching for the leak. Before starting to dig, the Hastings Water Authority wants to be certain

on the leak’s location. Moving on, the authority members discussed a rumor going around Hastings that the water authority does not have any water. That rumor was dispelled during the meeting when the members noted that the reservoirs are continuously kept at 90 percent capacity. Just recently, the Department of Environmental Protection completed the filter plant performance evaluation (FPPE) at the plant. While the authority has not yet received a full report from DEP, the water plant was already notified about a problem with the chlorine leak monitor. The plant’s monitor was located high on a wall, but

DEP wants the monitors to be closer to the floor to get a more accurate reading. The authority will also need to get an annual filter bed performance evaluation done immediately. The board agreed to move forward with the evaluation. In other news, the water authority will be updating its drought contingency plan. The last plan was made almost 39 years ago and it is about time for a new plan to be drafted. The board approved the writing a new draft for the drought contingency plan. Before going into an executive session, the board members reviewed the same quotes for radios and receivers the sewer

authority reviewed during its meeting March 11. The quotes were just for the board to take into consideration and not to vote on until later. When looking at the quote for the John Deere forklift attachment, the authority members were informed that the price would be split between all three branches. The authority thought it would be a good idea to purchase the attachment. With the water authority’s approval, the attachment for the tractor will be purchased to be used by the water authority, sewer authority and borough. The next meeting for the Hastings Water Authority is scheduled for April 9 at 7 p.m.

dition. The ordinance came about after the borough received a $400,000 state grant in 2018 to replace portions of the sidewalks along New Germany Road. The project was completed last year, and the final inspection will be conducted in a month or two. The proposed ordinance is the borough's effort to preserve the newly installed sidewalks and ones proposed for future projects. The ordinance requires that any alternations to the sidewalks in

the borough must be permitted by Laurel Municipal Inspection Agency, the borough's code enforcement agency. Sidewalk restorations or changes must comply to all applicable PennDOT regulations. The property owner, under the ordinance, will be responsible for maintaining sidewalks. The ordinance outlines the conditions that property owners must follow for when a sidewalk requires repairs, such as cracks exceeding 1/2 inch wide and longer than 12 inches.

Additionally, the proposed ordinance outlines changes in the grade of the sidewalk where one edge rises or drops below the edge of the curb, or if an adjacent sidewalk slab needs repair. The grade changes are frequently caused by tree or brush roots growing under the slab. The property owner will have 60 days to complete any required sidewalk repairs. Failure to comply after notification can result in a penalty of up to $300 per day. In other matters, the council is exploring the details to possibly adopt Act 172-2016, known as

the Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit Act. The legislation was passed by the state to help with volunteer recruitment and retention. The tax credit could be up to 20 percent of the municipal real estate tax and earned income tax. To qualify for the tax credit, a firefighter or other EMS personnel must be a volunteer and meet the criteria as an active member by attending a set minimum number of calls or other activities set by the organization. The council's consensus is to contact the fire company and discuss the requirements.

Summerhill Borough discusses sidewalk ordinance

By Ron Portash

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The Summerhill Borough Council meeting held March 10 focused on the borough's proposed sidewalk ordinance. The council approved advertising the ordinance and scheduling its adoption at the April meeting. The proposed ordinance outlines the location of the borough's required sidewalks. The ordinance states that property owners must maintain the sidewalks in a safe and passable con-

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mean, they’re OK with what we’re doing.” Henry added that he will “videotape” the township roads so the supervisors know what condition they are in prior to the project commencing. The supervisors were also invited to attend the pre-bid meeting. After approving the transfer of $1,858 into the PLIGIT account, chairman George Burkey

explained that this will be done every month. This account is being used for the $1 rate increase that recently took place. “We have to keep that money in a separate account,” said Burkey. “PLIGIT, we’re getting better interest from PLIGIT.” According to office manager Courtney Ickes, if a customer’s bill goes unpaid for one month, the $1 will compound and will still be deposited into the PLIGIT account.


Information you need to know about the shutdown

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On Monday, March 16, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered non-essential businesses in all 67 counties to shut down as of midnight. The emergency order will be in place for two weeks but will constantly be updated and revised as needed.

What is a “non-essential” business? According to the governor’s statement, non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality and recreation facilities, including, but not limited to, community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. What is considered essential services? Essential services and sectors include, but are not limited to,

food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging. Other businesses are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute.

What is social distancing? Social distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events. Health experts say that a 6 foot radius around an individual is recommended. Initial studies of the COVID-19 virus reported in Stat News, a biopharmaceutical

industry publication, that “in droplet form, the coronavirus is airborne for a few seconds after someone sneezes or coughs. It’s able to travel only a short distance before gravitational forces pull it down. Someone close enough for the virus particles to reach in that brief period can therefore be infected. So can anyone who comes into contact with virus-containing droplets that fall onto a surface. The new coronavirus can survive on surfaces for several hours; hence the importance of hand-washing after touching a surface in a public place.”

Why would social distancing measures be used? Social distancing measures are most often thought about as a way to slow the spread of a pandemic. Health experts have looked at past pandemics and found that the spread of the disease followed public gatherings such as conferences and festivals. Health experts believe that avoiding crowds of people will be important in slowing the spread of pandemic COVID-19.

Can I leave my house? Wolf urges residents to use common sense. If they must leave home for food or prescriptions, they should do so, but people should otherwise limit travel.

What about senior centers? Senior centers around the state will be limited to take-out meals only in addition to the regular home delivery meals. To get a take out meal, you must contact your local senior center the day prior by phone and request the meal and receive instructions on pickup at the door. All other activities are canceled.

What about the Pennsylvania State Police? According to a press release from the State Police, there will be no significant changes to field operations. As situations arise, there are plans to shift resources as necessary to meet operational needs such as manpower shortages due to illness.

What about bars and restaurants? Further, the governor has ordered that all restaurants and

bars close their dine-in facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. These businesses offering carry-out, delivery and drive-through food and beverages should employ social distancing practices and be aware of the White House guidelines to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. What about liquor stores? All state-run liquor stores are closed. Grocery stores will still be able to sell beer and wine.

What about casinos? All casinos in the state are closed.

What about day care centers? The governor said day care centers should close.

What about schools? Gov. Wolf previously ordered all schools in the state to be SEE INFORMATION, PAGE 15


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EBENSBURG: Illig Properties. Apartments and townhomes in Ebensburg and surrounding areas. For availability, call or text 814-626-8830 or visit our website: www.illigproperties.com.

EBENSBURG: One bedroom apartment, 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 offstreet parking included. References and security deposit required, no pets or smoking. $475 per month. Call 472-8650. LORETTO RD: 1 bedroom, $450. All utilities included except electric. Security deposit. No pets. 814-6155485. MARKET STREET COMMONS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1- 2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom apartments. Heat, water, garbage, sewage included. 948-8392.

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MUNSTER: 1st floor, 1 bedroom. Includes stove, refrigerator, heat, water, sewer, garbage. Off-street parking. Security deposit required. No pets/ no smoking. $525/ month. 814937-1760 or 814-931-7694.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Available now! Spacious 3 bedroom, 2nd floor on Philadelphia Ave. Close to downtown, washer/dryer hook-up, no smoking/pets. Must have references. $600/month. Includes heat, water, sewage, garbage. One month security deposit required. Lang Real Estate and Tax Service. Call 814-8868111. PATTON: 1 bedroom apartment. Water, sewage, garbage, heat included. $490/ month. No pets. 814-691-8247.

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CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP: House for rent. 3 bedroom, full kitchen, dining room, living room and family room. 2 car garage, full basement with washer and dryer. 2 baths and 1 half bath. $1,300 per month. Call 472-7820. LORETTO: 2 bedroom apartments. $750 per month plus electric. 814214-8384, 616-570-1269.

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CRESSON: 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Full basement, living room, dining room, den. Off-street parking. No pets, no smoking. $550. 814-232-1816.

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HELP WANTED

DELIVERY/ YARD SALES POSITION: Full time position available. Involves selling product, project quotes, helping customers, answering phone, running a cash register, delivery of materials to customers and ground maintenance. Will be required to use dump truck, skid steer, backhoe, forklift and lifting up to 75 lbs. The ideal candidate should have some lift mechanical skills, light carpentry, and computer skills. Will work some Saturdays. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and holiday pay. No CDl license required. DOT medical card will be required upon hire and must have a current PA driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. Apply in person at KREVEL SUPPLY, 265 Swamp Road, Clymer, PA 15728. TRUCK DRIVER: 23,000 lbs. Light cemetery work. 814-247-6581.

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DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS for intellectually disabled adults. Competitive hourly wage. Part-time and full-time available. All shifts. 814-410-6197. EOE.

FULL-TIME DRIVER: Propane delivery, CDL license with Hazmat and Tank endorsements. Call Algas 8868451.

GENERAL LABORER: FT hours 1:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 8:30- 5 Friday. PT hours 4-10. Metal coating, hang hangers, general labor work. Ebensburg area. Child Abuse/ criminal background and drug screen needed. EOE. Email resume to: personnel@sargents.com or call 814-536-7877 for an interview.

HOLY NAME SCHOOL in Ebensburg. Janitorial and maintenance position available. Part time, second shift. 472-7244 ext. 101. SERVERS: Evening shift, must be available Friday & Saturday evenings. No Sunday or Monday hours. Apply in person at Penn Gables Restaurant, Ebensburg. WAITRESS & COOK: Beaver St. Cafe, Hastings. Apply within.

HELP WANTED

ITALIAN VILLAGE PIZZA in Ebensburg is now hiring! We are currently seeking cashiers, servers, cooks and delivery drivers. Great tips included. Please stop by to fill out application. Ask for Jake or Chris to set up an interview. We look forward to seeing you!

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST: Saturdays. The Woods Spa. Earn $260 to $300 for seven hours. Call 724-349-2192. PATTON RECREATION CENTER is accepting applications for Lifeguards for summer of 2020. Applications are available at the Patton Boro Office, 800 4th Ave., Patton, PA 16668 Monday- Friday. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. or online at pattonboro.com. For more information please contact the Patton Boro Office 814-674-3641. Patton Boro is an equal opportunity employer.

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HELP WANTED

PRODUCTION MACHINE OPERATORS: High volume production machine shop seeking mechanically inclined employee candidates. Basic math skills required and the ability to read blueprints. Ideal applicant will be proactive, self motivated, and willing to learn. Will train in-house. Send resume or apply in person: MondayFriday 8- 4. Hastings Machine Company, 192 Haida Avenue, Hastings Industrial Park, Hastings, PA 16646. E.O.E. M/ F.

THE LILLY RECREATION ASSOCIATION (LRA) also known as GBU is accepting employment applications for an immediate part time bartender. Applications can be picked up at the L.R.A. from Monday- Friday between 6:00 p.m. until 11 p.m. Must be Ramp certified within 6 months. Flexible hours approximately 28 hours per week including weekends. Great opportunity for college students. If you have any questions, please call 814886-4848 or submit application via email to lragbu@comcast.net.

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Through times of crisis over history, sports have typically always stood strong. Whether it was president George W. Bush throwing the first pitch at Yankee Stadium following the attacks on 9/11, the infamous “U.S.A” chant at the Philadelphia Phillies game following the death of Osama Bin Laden or the Houston Texans playing their first game following the horrendous flood last summer, sports have proved to provide a much-needed distraction away from the world. But the fear of COVID-19 was too much to withstand. Following the declaration of the illness as both a pandemic and a national emergency, nearly all sports leagues across the nation have come to a halt. In the local sports scene, arguably no league has been hit harder than the Laurel Mountain Hockey League (LMHL). Playoffs were set to begin Thursday, March 12, and the Central Cambria hockey team was set as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs after posting a leaguebest 18-2 record. A mandate from USA Hockey, however, put an end to the postseason. USA Hockey canceled its series of upcoming National Championships, including high school, youth, girls, adult and sled, that were set to begin in various locations across the country. “While we’re disappointed that we had to make this decision, we celebrate the success of USA Hockey teams across the country this year, as well as the time and effort so many people invested into these signature events,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “We’re thankful to our national sponsors, tournament directors, volunteers and so many others for their support in making hockey an enjoyable experience for all.” Because of the mandate from USA Hockey, the LMHL was forced to close its doors for the rest of the season. Central Cambria was poised to take its first Ann Harris Cup in program history. The team recently experienced runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2019. By a unanimous vote, the PIAA elected to suspend basketball along with Class 2A boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving championships for a minimal two-week period. The board of directors, in consultation with various health departments, believe this action is in the best interest of its member schools, their student-athletes, sports officials and the general public. The PIAA, by enforcing a twoweek hiatus from basketball and Class 2A swimming championships, believes this action will allow schools time to perform self-assessments and make decisions to promote optimal health conditions in their communities. “The Board of Directors’ are committed to promoting an environment of healthy athletic competition that is consistent with current health department and the Center for the Disease Control guidelines,” executive director Dr. Robert A. Lombardi said. The PIAA Sports Medicine Committee will be meeting this weekend for further discussion. Modifications to the tournaments will include limiting team and spectator parties, health recertification by authorized medical professionals and changes to game day procedures. Additional direction to competing schools will be provided over the coming

days in consultation with school administrators, local, state health and governmental authorities. This decision directly impacts three high school basketball teams in the Mainline area. The Cambria Heights girls basketball team defeated Trinity just two days prior in the Class 3A second round and were getting prepared for its first-ever trip to the quarterfinals March 13 against Mohawk. The Forest Hills girls basketball team earned revenge against Villa Maria in the second round of Class 4A, and the Lady Rangers earned a berth in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012. The Bishop Carroll boys earned a slim 52-51 victory against Shade in the Class A second round, and the Huskies were supposed to face Cornell March 13. The fifth-annual Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic, which had been scheduled for March 22 at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center was canceled out of concern for the coronavirus outbreak impacting sporting events at all levels. The Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic, which is an all-star matchup of some of the best basketball players in the area, has also been canceled. The event was scheduled for March 27. “The entire situation is unprecedented and concerning, and we do not think it’s feasible or responsible to search for a new home with so much uncertainty and even attempt to push the date into mid-April,” Mirror Classic organizer Neil Rudel said. Previous Mirror Classics, which pit the top seniors from Blair County against the best from Central PA, have also been staged at St. Francis University and Mount Aloysius. Penn State Altoona has hosted it since 2018. Brent Baird, PSU-Altoona athletic director, said his department was simply following the directive issued by Penn State president Eric Barron stipulating “all non-essential athletic events, regardless of size, should be canceled or postponed at least until April 6, 2020.” Players from the Mainline area selected for the classic included: Nolan Burk (Bishop Carroll), Tristan McDannell (Bishop Carroll), Maura Yahner (Bishop Carroll), Abby Lobick (Cambria Heights), Chloe Weakland (Cambria Heights), Cassidy Bezek (Central Cambria), Lora Davis (Penn Cambria), Kara Dividock (Portage Area) and Abbi Riskus (Portage Area). Cambria Heights coach Amber Fees was slated to coach the Central PA girls team. Rudel said those who purchased advance tickets should return them to the Mirror’s front desk for a refund. Not only are winter sports leagues affected, but the spring sports scene is deeply impacted as well. With Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf’s mandate to close all public schools for a minimum of two weeks, area softball, baseball, tennis and track and field teams will be unable to start the season until school reopens. Numerous area softball teams were scheduled to begin scrimmages next week, with opening day to follow. Much of the decision stemmed from the NBA’s decision to halt the season for a minimum of 30 days. Rudy Gobert, of the Utah Jazz, was the first player in the league to test positive for COVID-19. Soon after, teammate Donovan Mitchell tested positive as well. With the fear of the virus

spreading, the league was forced to close its doors for the next month. “We made this decision to safeguard the health and well-being of fans, players, everyone connected to our game and the general public,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “This hiatus will last at least 30 days, and we intend to resume the season, if and when it becomes safe for all concerned.” Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood later also tested positive for the virus. “This remains a complicated and rapidly evolving situation that reminds us that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to look out for one another,” Silver said. “That is what the NBA will continue to do, and we are grateful for your understanding and for being the best fans in sports.” The professional sports league that was hit the hardest was the NCAA, which canceled all sporting events for the remainder of the winter and spring. Originally, the NCAA intended to resume March Madness and crown a champion with “only essential staff and limited family attendance.” Since the spread of the virus, the NCAA essentially ended all operations. Basketball season has come to a close; there will be no March Madness. College baseball, softball, track and field among other sports will not continue this year. “This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” a statement from the NCAA read. As of now, the NCAA is the only sports league to completely cancel the season. In the NHL, hockey will pause. The league, much like the NBA, hopes to resume play after a short hiatus. “The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.” The NHL does not have any known cases of COVID-19 thus far, but the league does share several arenas with NBA teams. “We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions — including by self-quarantine, where appropriate,” Bettman said. “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.” These moves at the professional level affect many. Minor league baseball is in a debacle right now as many players are fighting to earn their salary. With the league closed for the time being, teams are not contractual-

ly obligated to pay its players. Oakland Athletics minor league pitcher Peter Bayer revealed he has been driving for the food delivery service DoorDash to recoup some of his lost wages. As of 2018, the average salary for a minor league baseball player ranged as low as $1,100 per month and only $6,000 annually. The NHL is requiring teams to continue to pay its players, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken it a step further. The team announced a plan to pay full- and part-time arena and service employees at PPG Paints Arena, who would otherwise lose income on regular season games because the NHL has paused the season. “The ushers, ticket takers, concession workers, cleaning staff and other arena workers are the backbone of a Penguins hockey game at PPG Paints Arena, and a big part of the Penguins’ family,” said David Morehouse, the team’s president and CEO. “Our owners, Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, and our players, led by Sidney Crosby, thought it was essential to help them through this. We have come together to ensure that they will not lose pay because of the pause in our season.” Professional baseball season has not started just yet as spring training has been underway, but it appears that opening day in the MLB will have to wait. The MLB has also indefinitely ceased operations. “This step is in the best interests of players, employees and the communities who host Spring Training,” MLB said in an official release Friday evening. “MLB will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts. We send our best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by coronavirus.” MLB and its clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular-season schedule. The league plans to announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time, though MLB also said it “will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.” “This is an unprecedented time and this is certainly an unprecedented decision that was made in the best interest of players, fans and communities across the country,” Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said in a statement. Due to the decision from USA hockey, the Johnstown Tomahawks were also forced to pause the season until further notice. “In the past 24 hours, it became clear that we needed to follow a path that was consistent with what has transpired in the hockey world, particularly with our partners at USA Hockey, the NCAA, the NHL and USHL,” commissioner Mark Frankenfeld said. “We will continue to monitor the situation daily with everyone involved and we understand that given the current landscape, things could change at any moment. Our number one goal is to resume play as soon as possible, but only when we feel it is safe for all of the parties involved.” The Tomahawks encourage fans who purchased tickets for an affected home game to hold on to their tickets for potential future use, and tickets purchased directly through the Johnstown Tomahawks front office will be valid for use on the rescheduled date.


Village Cross update, sewer ordinance tops Loretto Boro agenda

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By Ron Portash

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The Loretto Borough Council received an update on the status of the Schwab Village Cross at the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 9 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Work is scheduled to begin shortly for preparation of the remaining stone foundation depending on favorable weather conditions,â&#x20AC;? said council president Ward Prostejovsky Originally built in 1918 as a gift from Charles Schwab to his hometown of Loretto, the 13-foot obelisk was constructed at the intersection of Manor Drive, Brick Road and St. Joseph Street near the original formal entrance of the Schwab Estate. The Village Cross was severely damaged due to an accident on June

22, 2018 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the fourth time the monument was struck by a vehicle. The claim against the driver and insurance carriers has paid approximately $110,000 of the projected $120,000 costs to replace the monument. The vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driver, John Walter Stewart of Altoona, pled guilty to a charge of driving under the influence, second offense, the Feb. 25. Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentencing in Cambria County Court of Common Pleas is scheduled for April 23. In other news, the council approved advertising the proposed new sewer ordinance, The ordinance will replace a patchwork of current ordinances, according to borough solicitor Nicholas Bentivegna. The ordinance will establish the

position of a sewerage enforcement officer (SEO). Mayor Dave Eckenrode will act as SEO. Also under the proposed ordinance, all buildings in the borough with sewer service will undergo a mandatory inspection. There is no timeline for completion of the inspection process, and Eckenrode will use a special camera designed for underground pipe inspections to conduct the inspection. A rolling pattern of inspections is expected to be conducted to ensure compliance. The ordinance requires schedule 35 or 40 pipe to be used as lateral sewer pipes from the building to the main sewer line. Pipe schedules are in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards involving the thickness of the walls of a pipe. PVC sched-

ule 35 or 40 pipes are used in lowpressure situations such as sewer lines. The ordinance also proposes that current property owners will have 90 days from the time of the inspection to bring their lines into compliance if they fail the visual inspection. The inspection for current properties will be to the foundation line. If the building is being sold or transferred outside of immediate family, the complete sewer line, including the portion under the foundation, must pass visual inspection by the SEO. The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection has been tightening the enforcement of sewer treatment regulations. Many local municipalities have recently undergone similar voluntary sewer

line testing and replacement projects due to surface water infiltration into the sewerage treatment systems. By reducing surface water infiltration, the amount of wastewater that must be treated is reduced, and the cost to operate the system is significantly lowered and provides a larger capacity for future planning. In other matters, the council discussed efforts to locate a significant water leak in the borough system. The council authorized that sound detection devices be used in an attempt to locate the leak, which has stymied efforts up to this point. The sound detection system will be used later in the night when activity is reduced and the microphones can detect the leak under better audio conditions.

right through the lateral,â&#x20AC;? said Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took that long, and that was done in January of 2017.â&#x20AC;? He said that the gas line contractor Superior Utility Excavating (SUE) and Peoples Natural Gas fixed the line. However, an inspection port couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be installed because the gas line traveled in one direction and the sewer line in another direction. The water line also crossed over in the same area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How did they repair it, what did

they move?â&#x20AC;? asked authority member Tom Bracken. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell explained that the gas line was lifted just enough so that the sewer lateral could run underneath it. Moving on, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell had an update on the Form 43 Sludge Analysis, which was reviewed in February. At that meeting, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell told the board members that in order to dump sludge at Waste Management the reactive sulfides

need to be below 500 milligrams per kilogram. The authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were at 786. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell contacted Fairway Laboratories and asked for the sludge to be re-tested. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The second time around it was 563, still too high,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sent in a new sample and it was

118. I asked around and they said no one can figure out why that happened.â&#x20AC;? Since the re-test showed the reactive sulfides at 118 milligrams per kilogram, the authority is able to haul their sludge to Waste Management.

Stop Shop in Johnstown until March 27. Monthly passes can still be purchased at the Woodvale and Ebensburg offices. Daily passes can be purchased

from any bus operator. Schedules and routes are subject to changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact CamTranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website or call 814-535-5526.

Nanty Glo Sewer Authority operator finds blocked lateral

By Allie Byers

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A blocked sanitary sewer line on Hill Street in Nanty Glo Borough proved to be an â&#x20AC;&#x153;interestingâ&#x20AC;? call, according to sewer authority operator Greg Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell at the March 11 meeting. After checking the manholes near the blocked line, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Farrell called Kamzik Septic Services to run a camera through the line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guess what? The gas line was

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How will the orders be enforced? The governor said the administration expects voluntary compliance and will not be using law enforcement to ensure the order is followed.

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