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March 8, 2018

CenCam students plan walkout

Trout Unlimited to improve Howell’s Run

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

In response to the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school in the middle of February, two students from Central Cambria High School have decided to stand up for the safety of their fellow classmates. Joe Gagermeier and Rhyse Long, both 16 years old, have decided to stage a “walkout� March 14. Both boys had been separately planning a protest, but they decided to combine forces to see what they could achieve. “This is sort of like our own little movement,� Long said. The boys were inspired by a mural on the back wall of their Advanced Placement history classroom that depicts social and political movements throughout the history of the country. Gagermeier and Long said they’ve learned that a lot of those movements were started by students around their age, people who wanted to make a difference and took action to do so. Both mentioned learning about the protests in Berkley, Calif., in the 1960s and how those students had such a huge impact on the Civil Rights movement. Gagermeier and Long said they want to show solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, raise awareness about mental illness, and try to do more to keep students safe. SEE WALKOUT, PAGE 5

By Joshua Byers

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Life members

Rich Evans, Patty Rocker, and Pam Evans, life members of the Revloc Volunteer Fire Company, were honored at the department’s firemen banquet Feb. 28. Submitted photo.

Butch Kerchenske addressed the Ebensburg Borough council Feb. 26 on behalf of the Trout Unlimited Mountain Laurel Chapter. He told the council members he wanted to discuss with them the possibility of working on Howell’s Run near the Little League field in the borough. SEE IMPROVE, PAGE 17







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Ebensburg agrees to collect Burns: child safety anchors specifications for roof work ‘Breakfast with the Easter Bunny’ at YPCC, tennis center PAGE 2 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

The matters of Ebensburg’s recreation committee were handled by councilwoman Theresa Jacoby during the Feb. 26 meeting. Jacoby covered two important matters: the investigation into expanding the Young Peoples Community Center, and the need to work on the roofs of the YPCC and the tennis center. As far as the expansion is concerned, Jacoby explained that a joint meeting between the council’s recreation committee and the recreation board was held Feb. 8 to discuss the concept. “During the meeting, there were a lot of good questions that came out in regard to some of the numbers,” Jacoby said. As a result of this feedback, a “more comprehensive proposal” is going to be prepared and brought back to the recreation committee. Moving on, Jacoby addressed the water leaking from the roofs of the YPCC and the tennis center. She explained that L.R. Kimball has studied the problem and it has been determined that the source of the leaking is because the roof insulation vapor barrier is compromised. This means that in some places, like around the purlins, there are gaps that allow warm air to reach the cold metal roof, causing condensation. Replacing the metal roofs and adding new insulation can be expensive. Instead, the roofs can be retrofitted with new insulated

panels. According to Jacoby, that option would eliminate the condensation and also lower heating costs. However, the work is still expensive. For the 8,200 square foot YPCC, it will cost $28,000. At the time of the meeting, there was no estimate for the work for the tennis center. That building would need a total of 24,000 square feet replaced. Jacoby added that she spoke to the manager of the tennis center and was told the leaks are causing some stains on the floor on one side of the courts. As for the YPCC, the water dripping onto the gymnasium floor is a safety concern. “Council may want to consider doing something,” Jacoby said. “We can’t just let it go.” Borough manager Dan Penatzer advised the council that the total work could cost around $100,000. There was a discussion of replacing only one half of the tennis center insulation, but Penatzer said he didn’t think that was possible. He added that he would ask about it. President Doug Tusing said the condensation problem has been going on for several years. Councilman Scot May inquired about prioritizing the work and if one roof was worse than the other. Penatzer responded with concern for the YPCC because it is a safety problem. The leaking at the tennis center is more frequent and can lead to more expensive repairs if the work is put off. The borough agreed to gather specifications for the work.

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto invite everyone to share in their private novena in honor of the glorious St. Joseph. It will begin Sunday, March 11, and end Monday, March 19. All the intentions submitted to the nuns will be entrusted to the powerful protection and intercession of St. Joseph. In addition, intentions for employment and for holy and happy family life will be offered. The regular monthly private novena honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Thérèse will take place at this time as well. All

intentions will be included in the special novena prayers recited by the nuns after vespers each day of the novena. Those desiring to share in the graces and blessings of these nine days of prayer are requested to send their petitions to: Mother Prioress, Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Sunday at 4 p.m. followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face.

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Special novena announced

Child fingerprinting, bicycle safety, McGruff the Crime Dog on tap for March 31 event

Recognizing the importance of keeping children safe, state representative Frank Burns is building that theme into his inaugural “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at the Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg. Burns said child fingerprinting and identification, bicycle safety tips, and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog will figure prominently in the event. Free breakfasts from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for children under 12 and the opportunity for photographs with the Easter Bunny will also be offered.

“Given everyone’s heightened concern for the safety of children, my staff and I decided that adding this event to our annual schedule would be an appropriate way to educate and help protect them, wrapped within the aura of having some fun,” Burns said. “Make no mistake, though: While we’re gearing up for everyone to have a good time, the primary focus of child safety is quite serious.” Burns said Cambria County Crimestoppers will collect a requested $5 donation from any adult who wishes to have breakfast. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP to 814-736-7339 no later than Tuesday, March 20.

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Historical society’s spring lecture series begins with look at 1968 PAGE 4 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Ronald Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria County Historical Society’s spring lecture series begins March 21 at the Kimball Conference Center in Ebensburg at 7 p.m. The first of the series of three talks will be given by Dr. Renee Bernard of St. Francis University. Bernard will present a retrospective on 1968 and relate the tumultuous year to the lives and fate of Cambria County. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the turbulent year and things have vastly changed. The Internet and cellphones have transformed the way we communicate. Our politics have become coarser and more divided. Climate change is altering the planet in major ways. Progress, however imperfect, has been made in race relations and advocating for the rights of women. The parallels between 1968 and 2018 are hard to ignore. In 1968, the United States was a deeply divided nation. The president was looked upon by many as blundering and unfit for office. The country was mired

in a long war that a large portion of the population viewed as pointless. The presidential campaign of former Alabama governor George Wallace emboldened white supremacists to rally to his candidacy. The American society was under siege by gun violence and rampant drug abuse. Women, people of color, gays, and lesbians were demanding equal rights. Cambria County was impacted by the global events of 1968 as well. Young men were drafted or volunteered for the military with the escalation of the Vietnam War. Events in that country deeply impacted the region with casualties of war. The My Lai massacre of Vietnamese women and children took an emotional toll on this area, and eroded the support for the war even more. The seizure of the spy ship USS Pueblo in January 1968 by North Korean patrol boats nearly brought the two countries to the brink of war only 15 years after the close of the Korean War and was a harbinger of the year to come. The year 1968 saw two of the

most emotionally and politically powerful men in the nation assassinated. On April 4, 1968, 39-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. Two months later to the day, the front-runner in the presidential race, Robert Kennedy, was shot to death at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. In August, the streets of Chicago quickly turned into a battle zone as the world watched. Anti-war demonstrators fought police in front of international television audiences tuned in to the Democratic National Convention taking place in the city. Two months later at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, police and soldiers turned their guns on student protesters, killing and wounding hundreds. Those Olympic Games are also remembered for the iconic scene of African-American athletes John Carlo and Tommie Smith raising black gloved fists from the medal podium as the national anthem played, reflect-

ing a moment of black pride and black anger. The 1968 Democratic presidential candidate, Hubert H. Humphrey, visited Johnstown during his campaign. This was the year Richard Nixon was elected president, pledging “an open administration that would seek to bridge the gap between races.” On Christmas Eve, Apollo 8 mission commander Frank Borman concluded a live broadcast from space to an audience

of more than 1 billion with the words, “We close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.” Bernard looks into every aspect of the year that rocked the world and changed America and the impact of 1968 on Cambria County with the first of the Cambria County Historical Society lectures for this year.

John Carroll Mountaineer Alumni Reunion meeting

There will be a meeting at the Carrolltown Legion March 20 at 7 p.m. to discuss the upcoming John Carroll Mountaineer Alumni Reunion. Everybody is welcome to attend. If you are not on a list or have changed addresses, please notify Arlene Baker at 814-344-8019.

CCCRA continues talk on Path of the Flood Trail extension

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Cliff Kitner, executive director of the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority, has been working to extend the Path of the Flood Trail. “We’re trying to get the trail extended from the end of the trail to the ballfields,� explained Kitner. Kitner has been talking with representatives from Rosebud Mining Co. about the possibility of the trail and of creating a hiking path near its haul road



Though Long and Gagermeier agreed gun control could probably help keep mass shootings from happening, it is not necessarily a conversation they want started at their protest. The pair took a realistic approach to the conversation. Instead of wasting time arguing about who is right and who is wrong, they changed the message. Gagermeier said the message of their protest is implementing better safety measures for schools. “We shouldn’t have to go to school fearing,� Gagermeier said. Just weeks after the Parkland shooting, several schools in Cambria County received threats. Fortunately, Central Cambria School District has resource officer Nathan Stohon; however, he has to cover all three buildings. One of the students’ hopes is to get more resource officers in every school building, more government funding for safety measures, and more funding for mental health treatments. Long and Gagermeier went to acting principal Andrew Paronish to speak about what they wanted to do. Following a lengthy discussion involving security concerns, Paronish told the boys he supported the campaign, which has caused some scrutiny from other students. Gagermeier said some of his classmates don’t consider the walkout legitimate because the boys have the school’s support. His response to this thinking is that the plan isn’t to protest the school. Long and Gagermeier are protesting the government, which they perceive as remaining inactive during a serious epidemic plaguing the country. To get the word out about the event, information has been shared on social media and the school’s news, and the boys have told their friends what they are planning. They set up a sign-up sheet during lunch hours to get an idea of how many others will be participating in the protest. Long added that he hopes to have posters made by the stu-

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because the view is beautiful and shows the route taken by the floodwater. Kitner had a meeting Feb. 16 with the Cambria Somerset Authority because it owns easement rights with a pipeline through the area as well. “It’s still a work in process, but I got to do this quickly,� Kitner said. Kitner is hoping to have a more concrete answer on the plans by the March meeting. Moving on, Kitner spoke about the $2 million grant the CCCRA received to remove the Stineman Piles and add a trail.

“My job now is to come up with a budget for the project,� said Kitner, “so I’m going to be working on that.� The CCCRA does not have to provide any matching funds for the project. The grant money came from the Department of Environmental Protection at the federal level, according to Kitner. “We have $2 million to spend to reclaim the area and to build the trail,� added Kitner. Moving along, chairman Tom Kakabar suggested a committee be formed for the property

donated by Roberts Oxygen. “Now that we are owners of the property, [we need] to come up with a plan, anticipated uses, [and] things of that nature so we don’t just sit on this property,� said Kakabar. Brad Clemenson, Chuck Gironda, Larry Custer, Tom Kakabar, and Rick Bloom volunteered to be on the committee and to create a game plan for the Roberts Oxygen property and building. In other matters, the CCCRA hired a new program specialist due to the resignation of Leanna Bird. After an executive ses-

sion, the CCCRA hired Caytlin Lusk as the new program specialist. Lusk worked as the REI outreach coordinator, is an avid trail user, and is a member of the Trans Allegheny Trails Club. “She’s very community involved with that position,� said Kitner. “It was an opportunity for our organization to get a highly qualified person that we couldn’t pass up.� During that executive session, a decision was also made to provide the CCCRA employees with a cost of living increase.

dents, and Gagermeier said he wants to stress that this isn’t a partisan protest. Both said that it’s not about what political stance their fellow students take, the walkout is about unity and “coming together because we feel threatened.� Gagermeier said he thinks that speaks volumes about his generation and the divisiveness of predecessors due to political beliefs is being left behind. “We’re coming together to get things done and use our voice,� Gagermeier said. The boys have also contacted state representative Frank Burns to see if he can attend the protest. According to Long, Burns will be

in session that day, but they’ve been told he might send a representative or at least a message that can be read during the protest. Either way, Long said he thinks the students will be able to get a lot done during the walkout. Long and Gagermeier want Congress to take action to prevent more school shootings. Long added that he also wants elected officials to know that his and Gagermeier’s generation are the next leaders of the country. They are also coming of voting age. If the elected officials can’t get anything done or choose not to, Long said those people can be replaced. The walkout will take place for

at least 17 minutes to pay respect to the 17 people killed in the Parkland shooting. Gagermeier said it might take longer than that, but he doesn’t mind because both he and Long have matters they want to speak about. The students aren’t going to stop after this either. Both said

they plan on continuing the conversation with students and the administration. They also plan to contact their local representatives and elected officials and organize more events to raise awareness. “Hopefully, this will be the catalyst for change,� Gagermeier said.

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Ebensburg endorses creation of independent districting commission PAGE 6 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

At the January Ebensburg Borough meeting, Dan Kane, a representative of Fair Districts PA — a movement aimed at creating an independent commission to draw up the voting districts for the state instead of political parties — asked the council to endorse the endeavor. The council tabled its decision to gather further information. At the Feb. 26 meeting, president Doug Tusing put fourth a request to adopt a resolution in favor of this proposed group. Councilwoman Cecilia Houser said she “personally would be wary of getting into something like this.” She expressed concern over setting a precedent because it is a state

issue. Houser added that though she is in favor of fair voting districts, she wasn’t sure “this is the right answer to that problem.” Borough manager Dan Penatzer said he believed the matter did deal with local governments and not just the state because the boroughs and townships have to deal regularly with representatives and other officials. Councilman Dave Kuhar agreed with what Penatzer said and added to the push for the resolution to be passed by the council to encourage fair districts. “I think we probably should support this, and every municipality should want that fairness and should support it,” Kuhar said. Houser then asked for clarification from Penatzer on what exactly the resolution was

going to do. Would it decide how the non-partisan commission would be created, or would it just support the idea of fair districts? Penatzer said it would accomplish the latter. “I mean, nobody can say they’re against fairness,” Tusing said. Kuhar made a motion, which he read from the agenda, to adopt Resolution No. 2018-1 supporting House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22. The motion was seconded by councilman Scot May. However, according to Tusing, the resolution on the table to be signed didn’t refer to those two bills. “Those two bills prescribe very specific ways in which these committees are formed,” Tusing said. “If we’re supporting the state

bills, House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22, that’s a total different item than what we’ve just discussed.” Penatzer explained that the wording listed in the agenda was from his “pen” and that the motion shouldn’t list the bills. After this clarification, Tusing asked if Kuhar still supported his motion, which he did, and May said he also still supported it. Penatzer interjected to make sure the councilmen knew what they were endorsing. The motion was amended to not mention the bills and only endorse the creation of a fair commission. A roll-call vote was held, ending in a 6-1 approval of the resolution. Tusing voted against it.

CHES receives $2,000 grant for first aid kits in every classroom

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

With the new focus on school security and safety after multiple school shootings around the country, Cambria Heights Elementary School nurse Jackie Deckard wanted to find a way to make a tangible difference if an emergency occurred. She applied for a Wal-Mart Community Grant to help cover the costs of buying first aid kits for every elementary classroom. The school then received news that Wal-Mart had approved the grant request and presented Cambria Heights Elementary with $2,000 for the purchase of

30 first aid kits with supplies for 25 people. These kits include everything from trauma pads, bandages, and eye wash to antibiotic ointment and ice packs. Deckard said having these kits, which will be used only in emergencies, gives the teachers a way to better address a medical issue if a lockdown would ever occur. “In a lockdown situation, I can’t get to the classroom if they need me,” Lockard said. “Having the kits gives them tools to use if a student is injured, which will help stabilize the student and buy some

time until EMS can get in and take over the situation.” While she would always prefer to be there if a student has a medical issue, Deckard said this is just one more way to ensure the students can be safe, even in a lockdown situation. “We can’t give them a full [emergency room], but we can give them some things to help with the situation,” Deckard said. She added that these new kits will work hand in hand with the Stop the Bleed training the teachers participated in this year. The school now has tourniquets located with the

automated external defibrillator machine. Deckard said blood loss is one of the main causes of death in shootings and other emergency situations. “These kits are just one more

resource to have to be prepared for anything,” elementary school principal Hilary Yahner said. SEE KITS, PAGE 11

Prince Gallitzin State Park holds environmental programs

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Nature Story Time Bring your children to the park for some fun nature learning Friday, March 9, and Friday, March 16. Activities include a story, handson learning, and a fun craft. This program is designed for children ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome! Please RSVP by contacting Beth Garner at 814-674-1000, extension 105 or emailing Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the lower level of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

Turtles of Pennsylvania On Saturday, March 17, learn about the turtles that call Pennsylvania home. Discover what life is like for these amazing reptiles and gather tips for how you can promote turtle habitat on your own property. This slideshow program will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the lower level of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting an open house Thursday, March 22. Individuals will learn about Penn Highlands and its opportunities, including degree programs and coursework, transfer options, and more. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, and financial assistance will also be presented by representatives. As an added bonus, prospective students will be eligible to win a 2018-19 tuition voucher, good for a $250 discount, if they complete a survey while in attendance.

Beekeepers to meet

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet in Cambria County at the Penn State Extension office, 499 Manor Drive in Ebensburg, on Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. The topic will be nutrition.

Feeder Watching Enjoy watching the birds at our feeders Wednesday, March 21. Pick up some tips for bird identification, feeder selection and place-

ment, and what foods to offer your birds. This program will be held outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Meet at 10:30 a.m. on the park office viewing deck. Some binoculars will be available, but feel free to bring your own. These park programs are free of charge and open to the public. An online calendar of events with information on all upcoming programs can also be found at

Basilica to conduct Garden Lenten mission line opens

Spring Wildflowers Are you tired of winter and its muted col-

Penn Highlands offers open house March 22

ors? Join us for a sneak peek of the wonderful wildflowers that are right around the corner on Saturday, March 17. Learn about how they live and enjoy some history and folklore attached to them. Meet at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the park office, which can be accessed at the rear of the building.

April 5

The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will open their telephone “garden line,� 814-472-7986, Thursday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer garden questions. The garden line will be open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 27.

The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Loretto will conduct its third annual Lenten mission in honor of Our Lady of Loretto beginning Sunday March 11 and ending Friday, March 16. The mission director will be the Rev. Fr. Joseph Sioli, pastor of St. Louise Church, Diocese of Pittsburgh. On Sunday, March 11, mission prayers, homily, and benediction begin at 7 p.m., with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak presiding. Priests will be available for confessions following the services. From Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16, Eucharistic adoration and confessions will take place at 6 p.m., followed by mass with mission prayers and homily at 7 p.m. Fr. John Byrnes and the parish family of St. Michael Basilica invite the public to this third mission, which has become an annual event each Lenten season. Those attending the mission are invited to place their petitions before the Blessed Mother. Those unable to attend are invited to send their petitions to the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel.

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Ron Donoughe plein air landscape paintings among donation

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s art acquisition committee ended 2017 on a high note. At its December meeting, the committee accepted 58 works by 27 artists, among the largest number of works accepted by the museum at one time. The recent acquisitions are indicative of the museum’s fine arts holdings, as there was a strong emphasis on regional and Pennsylvania artists but also significant works on a national and international scale. The museum acquired 64 works throughout 2017, bringing its current permanent collection holdings to 4,480 works. Leading the donations were 28 paintings by Ron Donoughe given by Terry Laughlin. Vice chairman and head of Global Wealth and Investment Management for Bank of America and a St. Francis alumnus, Laughlin purchased and donated the works, and they will be displayed on permanent loan in the university’s newly renovated Schwab Hall. The works were featured in “Labor and Landscape: 100 Paintings of the Allegheny Mountain Region� by Ron Donoughe, on view at SAMA-Loretto last summer. Art collectors Bernard Schilling and Drew Knapton donated 24 works to the museum from their recent exhibition, “Selections from the Schilling-Knapton Collection of

Art,� which just closed its exhibition run at the Loretto museum. Highlighted by artists such as Tony Bechara, Elizabeth Diller, Leonardo Drew, Yoshio Kitayama, Thomas Lendvai, Michael Mazur, Kate Moran, and Milt Surrey, the works significantly bolster the museum’s holdings of contemporary abstract art, optical art, and pop art. Seton Hill University donated an etching by Josefa Filkosky titled “Veronica’s Veil� (1956). Filkosky was an artist and instructor best known for her Minimalist sculpture of the 1970s. She enjoyed a successful career as an art instructor at Seton Hill and was recognized as its Professor of the Year in 1993. SAMA’s collection includes several examples of the artist’s mature sculptures, which will be part of the Ligonier Valley museum’s new sculpture park and garden, which is scheduled to open in the spring. Westmoreland County artist Patricia Majcher donated her watercolor of “SAMA-Ligonier Valley, Changing Seasons,� to the museum. Majcher is regarded for her watercolor landscape paintings and serves as treasurer of the Greensburg Art Center. She exhibits regularly with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. SAMA’s Study Collection also received



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four donations. Works from this collection are often taken into the schools for art lessons as part of the museum’s Arts-inEducation program. Ron Donoughe, a plein air landscape painter based in Pittsburgh, donated three works to the collection. Donoughe is a native of Loretto whose work was featured at SAMA as recently as last summer. Also donating to the Study Collection was Julie Wohl. A self-taught artist, Wohl specializes in Expressionistic subjects centering on her Jewish faith. Wohl was featured in a one-person show at SAMA-Altoona in 2016. “This round of acquisitions is especially noteworthy as it not only increases the depth of our already strong holdings of regional art, but also expands the SAMA collection into new territory, especially with regard to the work of American and European modernists,� said SAMA curator for visual art Dr. V. Scott Dimond. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto is located on the campus of St. Francis University. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The museum is open to the public free of charge. For more information, please call the museum at 814-4723920 or visit

County receives ATV grant

State representative Frank Burns announced that he learned the state will be awarding Cambria County a grant for construction and maintenance of new all-terrain vehicle trails at Rock Run Recreation Area. “My office is committed to assisting organizations apply for grants,� Burns said. “It’s great to see the state making investments in our region by expanding outdoor recreational opportunities.� The $86,000 in funds will go toward the purchase of equipment that will be used to construct and maintain approximately 140 miles of off-highway vehicle trails at the recreational area. The grants, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are being funded through the department’s ATV Management Restricted Account.

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Tax time offers opportunity to help Pennsylvania’s military families Individuals filing their 2017 Pennsylvania personal income taxes can help Pennsylvania’s military personnel and their families by donating part or all of their refund to the state’s Military Family Relief Assistance Program. The program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, provides grants of up to $3,500 to Pennsylvania members of the Armed Forces and their families who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The tax form includes instructions on how to donate. “Pennsylvanians have a history of generous support for our men and women in uniform through programs like the Military Family Relief Assistance Program,� said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “While it is a simple check-off on a tax form, that gracious gesture goes a long way toward helping a

military family get through unfortunate times.� Examples of how the grants helped service members in 2016-17 include: • A service member’s home was destroyed by fire and the family lost everything. A grant for $3,500 was awarded. • A service member was unable to find employment after returning from being deployed and with five children to provide for, the family fell behind on household bills. The service member was eventually able to locate employment, but the family needed to catch up on bills to get back on track financially. A grant for $3,500 was awarded. • A service member’s home furnace was beyond repair and assistance was needed to immediately restore heat to the home. A grant for $3,500 was awarded. Since the program began in 2006, more than $1.78 million has been donated by individuals filing their Pennsylvania per-

sonal income tax returns and through private donations. “If qualifying service members and their families are facing financial challenges, they should apply for assistance through the Military Family Relief Assistance Program,� said Carrelli. “Help is available and the DMVA is here to assist you with your military/veteran needs.� Members of the Armed Forces who are residents of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for assistance while they are serving on active duty for 30 or more consecutive days with the Army, Army Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, or the Pennsylvania Army or Air National Guard. All members of the Armed Forces who were discharged for medical reasons are also eligible to apply for assistance for up to four years after a medical discharge.

In addition, reserve component service members (including Pennsylvania National Guard members) and their families may be eligible for a grant for a period of up to three years after release from a qualifying active duty tour. The program also applies to certain family members of eligible service members who are Pennsylvania residents. Applicants must show that they have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. In addition to the check-off box on the Personal Income Tax form, contributions can be made directly by sending a check to the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, c/o Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47 Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003. Donations are tax deductible to the extent authorized by federal law. To learn more about this program, visit

Try money-saving IRS to issue regulations clarifying limitations on carried interest IRS Free File

As the filing deadline approaches next month, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that more than 70 percent of them qualify for free tax filing with IRS Free File. The special service is available on and through the IRS2Go mobile app for Android and iOS users. Almost everyone can use Free File to prepare and e-file their federal taxes either through brand-name software or using online fillable forms. Individuals or families with 2017 adjusted gross incomes of $66,000 or less can use Free File software. There is no income limit to use Free File Fillable Forms, which are electronic versions of IRS paper forms. The Free File effort is featured as part of the Tax Time Guide, a series of nine news releases to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as this year’s April 17 deadline nears. This is the first news release in the series. Taxpayers have the option to prepare their return at any time and schedule a tax payment as late as the April 17 deadline. Taxpayers who cannot meet the April tax filing deadline can also use IRS Free File to request an automatic six-month extension until Oct. 15. The IRS and Free File Alliance are marking their 16th year of providing free tax preparation products to taxpayers. In those 16 years, taxpayers have filed 51.1 million free federal tax returns. This equals a savings of $1.5 billion to taxpayers, using a conservative $30 per return preparation fee. More than 70 percent of all taxpayers — over 107 million people — are eligible for the software products. Each of the 12 commercial companies in the Free File Alliance has its own

special offers, generally based on age, income or state residency. Taxpayers can review each company offer or they can use a “Lookup� tool that will find the software for which they are eligible. Some products offer free state return preparation, too. Active duty military personnel with incomes of $66,000 or less may use any IRS Free File software product of their choice without regard to the criteria. IRS Free File software does the work. It walks users through the tax preparation process using a series of questions and prompts while also helping to find tax changes that may affect their return. Taxpayers can find answers to questions, forms and instructions and easy-to-use tools online at 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No appointments required and no waiting on hold.





The Internal Revenue Service announced that S corporations are subject to the extended three-year holding period for applicable partnership interests and that regulations will be issued soon. Carried interests are ownership interests in a partnership that share in the partnership’s net profits. Carried interests often are issued to investment managers in connection with the investment manager’s services. These interests often result in the holder receiving capital gains which are taxed at a lower rate, rather than ordinary income. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act extended the holding period with respect to certain carried interests (i.e. applicable partnership interests) to three years. The

IRS issued Notice 2018-18 which states that it will be issuing regulations clarifying that taxpayers will not be able to circumvent the three-year rule by using “S corporations.� Under the tax reform law, the three-year rule took effect for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. Treasury and IRS intend to issue regulations that are also effective for tax years beginning after that date. See Notice 2018-18 for more. The Treasury media contact for this matter is marisol garibay, deputy assistant secretary for Public Affairs, 202-6226490. Other IRS materials on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be found on

CH softball coach speaks out after removal by school board

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By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers

At the March Cambria Heights School Board meeting, a large group of concerned parents and alumni gathered in support of previous softball coach Eric White, who was recently told he would no longer be serving in that capacity. The board gave only White time to read a statement during the council meeting because he was the only one listed on the agenda and that is the board’s policy. White said in his statement that since 2012 he has been working to make a cohesive and successful team. “I wanted to create a positive environment to help female athletes thrive in the game of softball and life in general,� White said. He pointed out that the softball



Yahner said the kits will now be incorporated into fire drills to help treat any students who may be injured as they are exiting the building in that situation. The addition of these first aid kits is just one of the many tools and changes being made at the school. Yahner said the school is also going to be having lockdown drills once a month to ensure both teachers and students are prepared for that situation. Yahner said all of the new safety upgrades, which include

team made district playoffs every year he was coach, and the team won a conference championship in 2015. He went on to say that this was the first conference championship won by any sports program at Cambria Heights in 12 years. White then said at the end of last season, he received a text from Drew Thomas, a longtime assistant coach, who said the team was doing poorly and threatened White with disciplinary action from the school board. White said during the five years that Thomas was assistant coach, he never brought any concerns to his attention about the direction of the program or any other coaches. Last month, White said he met with the district’s athletic director, James Kane, and high school principal Ken Kerchenske. They told White there were parents

who were concerned with how another assistant coach, Dave James, was treating the girls on the softball team. White said he had never seen James mistreat any girls in the five years he was coaching. He said to his knowledge, no players were ever interviewed to ask if they were mistreated by James. White said there were also concerns about some of the girls’ batting averages, saying they had been changed. White said he told them everything he knew about the batting averages and how they were totaled. He said no school board member ever asked to hear how the averages were totaled. White said he found out that at the last board meeting the athletic director and high school principal recommended he be retained as the high school softball coach, but the school board voted to remove

airlock doors, additional cameras, and changes in procedures, such as how parents enter the building, are efforts to make the school as secure as possible so students can focus on learning. “Overall, kids do feel safe here, but we are staying in touch with students who were worried by the lockdown situation late last year,� Yahner said. She said the school guidance counselor and psychologist have both been keeping up with these students to make sure they are comfortable during drills and have addressed any lingering fears about the issue.

“We want to make sure the students and staff feel ready for anything. The students feel safe and trust their teachers know what to do, even if they don’t,� Yahner said. She said the school’s physical upgrades will be completed within a few months, and the procedures will continue to be updated to stay current with safety protocol. “These procedures will always be updated as new things are learned and new products are put out there,� Yahner said. “It is all about keeping the kids the safest in the quickest way possible.�

him. “After I was removed as head coach, the same person who threatened me with disciplinary action through the school board was placed in charge of the team. “The bottom line here is not whether you like or dislike me, or if Drew Thomas wants to pursue a vengeful agenda against me. It is about making an informed decision that best serves the school, the softball program, and especially the players,� White said. White said he has put countless hours and money into the program to support the students and see them succeed. He noted his commitment to the school did not stop at softball. “Athletics and academics work hand in hand to prepare our children for a successful future,� White said. He then offered to coach the





softball team at no cost to the school. The coach is normally paid $3,200 for the year. White said he hoped the board would allow him to continue coaching at Cambria Heights. The board did not comment on the matter in open session, but the board members did go into an executive session for personnel reasons. After returning from the executive session, the board voted on the new coach. Board president George Haluska said the recommendation was to hire Drew Thomas as head softball coach for one year and Brian Lovic as the assistant softball coach. A motion was made to hire Thomas and Lovic as the softball coaches, and it passed with a 5-4 vote. Haluska, Jerry Brant, Dr. Russell Miller, and Donald Owens voted against the motion.

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Customers who received their first license or ID card after September 2003 are eligible

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation opened online application for REAL ID pre-verification for customers who are interested in obtaining a REAL ID and obtained their first driver’s license or photo identification card after September 2003. “Our goal is to offer REAL ID to our customers in a way that is customer-focused and efficient,� said secretary of transportation Leslie S. Richards. “We are happy to offer these customers an opportunity to obtain a voluntary REAL ID without having to visit a driver’s license center.� PennDOT may already have electronic documents on file for approximately 35 percent of its total customers, individuals who received their first driver’s license or ID card after September 2003. PennDOT will begin sending postcards to eligible customers inviting them to visit PennDOT’s driver and vehicle services website to request that PennDOT confirm their documents are on file. PennDOT customers without Internet access may call PennDOT’s customer call center at 717-412-5300 or visit a PennDOT online messenger for assistance with pre-verification. Once a customer has completed the pre-verification application process, PennDOT staff will review the customer’s record and verify which documents are on file. The customer will receive follow-up communication from PennDOT regarding the status of their application. Customers are not pre-verified until they have completed the online pre-verification process and received confirmation from PennDOT that all documents are on file. If they are, PennDOT will mark the customer’s record as “verified,� and after REAL ID products are available in spring 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, pay the onetime $30 fee, plus their renewal fee (the REAL ID product will include any time left on the cur-

rent license plus the period of renewal), and their REAL ID product will be sent through the mail, eliminating any need for this customer to visit a driver’s license center. If PennDOT does not have all the customer’s documents on file, they will receive communication from PennDOT informing them that they will need to bring their REAL ID documentation into any PennDOT driver’s license center beginning in September for inperson pre-verification. REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s the forthcoming Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after Oct. 1, 2020. Until May 2017, Pennsylvania law prohibited PennDOT from complying with the federal REAL ID Act. Signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf, Act 3 of 2017 repealed this prior legislation and allowed PennDOT to seek REAL ID compliance. Pennsylvania is under an enforcement extension from the Department of Homeland Security until Oct. 10, 2018, which means that Pennsylvanians may use their current driver’s license or ID card to board commercial aircraft or enter federal facilities that require ID until at least that date. Pennsylvania will continue to apply for extensions from DHS until becoming fully compliant with the REAL ID Act. PennDOT is committed to offering REAL ID products at the customer’s option in spring 2019. More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at

Help patients rebound by giving blood

In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring. Middle school basketball player Olivia Stoy received blood and platelet transfusions during treatment for T lymphoblastic lymphoma. With the help of blood and platelet donations, the 14year-old has returned to the basketball court and, more importantly, beat cancer. “We are so thankful that the blood products were available to Olivia for the almost two years of her treatment. They have made it possible for Olivia to regain her strength and get back to doing the activities she loves,� said Megan Stoy, Olivia’s mother. Donors of all blood types

are needed to help ensure that the Red Cross can collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations needed every day for patients like Olivia. Giving blood takes less time than it takes to watch a single basketball game. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming blood donation opportunities March include: Ashville March 28 from 12:30-6 p.m. at the Ashville Veterans of Foreign Wars. Patton March 26 from 2:30-7 p.m. at the American Legion. Portage March 26 from 1:30-7 p.m. at Holy Family Church Hall.












Cambria County Veteran Services wraps up winter town halls

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The Cambria County Veteran Services Office held its last town hall event of the winter at the Portage Public Library. The office conducted a total of seven events over the course of January and February. The town halls were aimed at the county’s continued effort to reach out to the veteran population and inform people about possible benefits available through the Veterans Administration. Commissioners Thomas Chernisky, B.J. Smith, and Mark Wissinger said the town halls reached more than 200 area veterans and families.

“Attendance seemed to grow with each event,” said Chernisky, “and we are constantly working to inform as many residents as possible as to what may or may not be available to them.” Educating area veterans has been a top priority for the county, according to Josh Hauser, Cambria County Veteran Services director. “We really want to help people understand how the VA system works,” said Hauser. “That understanding is crucial to alleviating the frustration level that can come with dealing with a complex agency.”

Smith said it’s important for veterans to be able access the programs they’ve earned through their service. “We don’t want any veteran to miss out on anything the VA has deemed them eligible for,” said Smith. “There are different criteria for different benefits and each individual circumstance is unique.” “If there’s something available to our veterans and their families, we want to make sure they are aware of it,” said Wissinger. The county plans to hold another round of town halls geared toward veterans this fall.




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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. 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. HASTINGS: 2 or 3 bedroom, 2nd floor. Water, sewage, heat, garbage included. No pets/ smoking. 814-4183734. 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. MUNSTER: Remodeled 2nd floor, 2 bedroom. Includes heat, water, sewer, garbage, appliances, washer/ dryer. Off-street parking. No pets/ no smoking. $575/ month. 937-1760 or 931-7694.

GAZELLE EXERCISE MACHINE: Total body workout for aerobic/ resistance training. DVD/ instructions included. Fold for storage. New. $50. 814-846-5178.

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.


CRESSON: 2 bedroom townhouses, close to town, Mt. Aloysius & St. Francis. No smoking, no pets. Call Archie at 814-886-2100.

CRESSON: Garage apartment. 1 bedroom. Stove and refrigerator included. Recently remodeled. Enclosed sun porch. No smoking/ pets. Reference and credit check required. 886-4394. EBENSBURG: 2nd floor, 2 bedroom. Includes heat, garbage, refrigerator and stove. Over 1000 sq. ft. Large closets. Coin operated laundry. Off street parking. No pets/ smoking. Now available. $525. 472-8440.


NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom, 1 bath apt. & 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Stove, fridge, washer, dryer, water, sewage, garbage included. 814-9797426. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 & 3 bedroom apts. Heat, water, garbage, sewage included. No pets. 948-8392. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom apartment, 2nd floor. $350/ month. Heat included. Laundry hook-up, parking. No pets. Deposit required. 948-4353. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Spacious 23 bedroom, 2nd floor above Star Courier office. Close to downtown, washer/ dryer hook-up, no smoking/ pets, must have references, $500/ month includes heat/ water/ sewage/ electric. One month security deposit required. Available now! 948-6210. PORTAGE: 1st floor. 1 bedroom. Totally remodeled. Water, sewage, stove, refrigerator included. 814-3225849.



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

PATTON: Office for rent. Completely remodeled. Excellent high visibility location. 814-674-5806.


EBENSBURG: Large 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Off-street parking. Heat, water, sewer included. 472-9557.


HASTINGS: Brick ranch house. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 2 car attached garage, coal/ oil heat. $120,000. 814247-8637.


PORTAGE TOWNSHIP: All utilities. Corner lot. 814-736-4598.

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EBENSBURG: 5000 sq. ft. office, warehouse, or showroom. Parking. Great location in growing area. Rent negotiable. Will build to suit. 814-4726561.

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CDL DRIVER: Hospitalization, MSHA required. 5 years experience. Call Ron 814-322-7412.

COOKS, BARTENDERS, HOUSEKEEPING: The City Hotel is now hiring. Apply within. 814-951-0303. EOE. DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS for intellectually disabled adults. Competitive hourly wage. Part-time and full-time available. All shifts. 814-410-6197. EOE. DRIVERS: Substantial pay increase ($80k+/yr)! BC/BS, Dental, Vision, 401k, etc. 1yr Class A & B Tanker End. No Hazmat Required. 888-8737219. FT MASSAGE THERAPIST OR PTA to assist with manual therapy and/ or rehab. If interested email resume to

HASTINGS BOROUGH is currently accepting applications for the position of a Part-Time Borough Crew Employee. All applicants must have a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and must pass a drug test. For details about this position, call the Borough Office at 814247-6663, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Applications will be accepted until March 19, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., at the Hastings Borough Office, 207-1 Fifth Avenue, P.O. Box 559, Hastings, PA 16646. Hastings Borough reserves the right to reject any and all applications. Hastings Borough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



HASTINGS BOROUGH is currently accepting applications for the position of Lifeguards at the Borough Pool for the 2018 summer season. All applicants must have current certification for Lifeguard, plus CPR and First Aid. Hastings Borough will reimburse the cost of Lifeguard certification as long as you are willing to work for two years at Hastings pool. Applications are available at or at the Borough Office. Applications will be accepted until April 6, 2018, at the Hastings Borough Office, 207-1 Fifth Avenue, P.O. Box 559, Hastings, PA 16646. Hastings Borough is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Hastings Borough reserves the right to reject any and all applications. IGNITE EDUCATION SOLUTIONS is looking for custodians to work 40 hours per week in a local school in the Cresson area. Afternoon or evening shifts starting at $10 per hour with the potential to turn into a fulltime district position. Email resume to to apply. EOE. IGNITE EDUCATION SOLUTIONS is looking for a part-time speech therapist to work in a school setting in Westover, PA. Position is 2 days per week with a fantastic daily rate! Candidate MUST be a certified Speech Pathologist K-12. Great opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience in the school setting. Email resume to to apply. EOE. PART-TIME MEDICAL SECRETARY needed for busy, local family practice office. Medical experience is required. Please send resume to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medical Secretaryâ&#x20AC;? P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931.

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TRIAXLE TRUCK DRIVER with 2 years CDL driving experience. Dump experience preferred. At least 23 years of age. Benefits. Ebensburg area. 814-886-4433.

WATER PLANT TRAINEE/ SYSTEM MAINTENANCE: The Gallitzin Water Authority is accepting applications for a position of water plant trainee/ system maintenance worker. Applicants must be willing to obtain valid PA Water Treatment License within 3 years of hire. Must have high school diploma or GED, valid PA driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and be able to lift 50 lbs. A background in basic plumbing/ electrical a plus. Duties will include plant operations, maintenance, repair, field work, lab work and record keeping. Please submit resumes and salary/ wage requirements by March 13, 2018. Send to: Water Plant Employee, DeGol Plaza, 411 Convent St., Gallitzin, PA 16641-1295 or email to: Any questions, please call 814-886-8871, ext. 1 or 2.


GREG PETRISKO MASONRY & REMODELING: Brick work, chimneys, block work, foundations, siding, metal roofing & shingle roofing, decks, electrical work, new electrical services. Free estimates. 814-322-7535. LAWN CARE: R&S Cleaning. cutting grass and weeding in any town. Fully insured. 330-0150.

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COIN SHOW: 60th Annual Spring Show! S & T Bank Arena, 497 E. Pike Road, Indiana, PA, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 10th. Indiana Coin Club.


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ITALIAN VILLAGE PIZZA in Ebensburg is now accepting applications for the following positions: Morning cashiers and drivers. Applicants must be reliable, high energy and friendly. Previous restaurant experience is a plus. If interested, call 4722202 or inquire within. Apply in person.


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Mount Aloysius students aid in hurricane relief efforts PAGE 16 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

Many college students spend spring break relaxing at home or by heading south for some fun in the sun. Not so for nearly 30 Mount Aloysius College students. With parts of Houston still in shambles from Hurricane Harvey, students and staff from Mount Aloysius will spend the break in overalls, work gloves, and hard hats. Mount Aloysius president Tom Foley, himself a volunteer first responder during Hurricane Katrina, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all very proud of the commitment of these terrific students and staff.â&#x20AC;? According to Christina Koren, executive director of mission integration and community outreach at Mount Aloysius, the Houston spring break service trip is one of the larger service responses of the college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The devastation in Houston is significant and we saw a real opportunity to get some families back on their feet. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited at the willingness of our students and staff to help out.â&#x20AC;? Mercy Center coordinator Brianna Baker will lead the efforts in Houston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m inspired to give back because it made me realize how fortunate we are and how important giving back to others is,â&#x20AC;? Baker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we decided to travel to Houston because of the devastation that happened this year with the hurricanes. The students saw the destruction and identified Houston as a place where they could really have an impact. By doing service trips like this, all of us learn so much by stepping out of our comfort zone and reaching out to others who need our assistance. At the end of the day, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about engaging in the lives of the people we meet and making as much of an impact as we can.â&#x20AC;? Mount Aloysius will partner with Catholic Charities in Houston. The group will help clean debris and reconstruct homes and buildings devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Sending the Mount Aloysius College students and staff off on their spring break service trip to Houston are: (standing, from left) Sr. Benedict Joseph, RSM, Sr. Giuseppe DaBella, RS, students Jordan Marion and Shakari Jones, campus ministry coordinator Ryan Beisinger, Mercy Center coordinator Brianna Baker, Samantha Boreck, Brittany Mazur, director of campus Ministry Amy Kanich, executive director of mission integration and community outreach Christina Koren; (front row) and students Steve Niebauer, Breana Kendrick, Paige Dinges, Emily Black, Danielle Schrift, and Allen Musselman. Submitted photo.

The group will work in the greater Houston area for the entire spring break. Mount Aloysius senior Steven Niebauer, a business administration major from Irvona, is excited to participate in the relief effort. Niebauer has traveled internationally on past service trips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through my time at Mount Aloysius, I have learned the importance of Mercy values and helping people in need,â&#x20AC;? said Niebauer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether the need is in our local community, across the country, or around the world, we are fortunate to be in a position to help others and we are reminded that it is a privilege and our responsibility to do so.â&#x20AC;? Mounties proudly represented the mercy values intertwined in the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission. Mount Aloysius College is one of 17 United States



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colleges and universities operating under the auspices of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Mount Aloysius College emphasizes the core values of justice, hospitality, service, and mercy and these values are sewn deep into the fabric of the school.

Mount Aloysius students traveling to Houston on the service trip include Allen Paul Musselman, Tyler Elliot, Zachary Chirdon, Grace Peachey, Emily Black, Dylan Mata, Samantha Oreck, Nicole Michelle Petonic, Nicholas E. Goldyn, Sara Bollinger, Steven

Niebaur, Brittany Mazur, Melissa Torres, William Kanich, Abigail Brooks, Breana Kendrick, Shakari Jones, Jordan Marion, Danielle Schrift, Iddi Kaumba, Paige Dinges, and Dan Roberts, with Mount Aloysius staff Brianna Baker, Ryan Beisinger, and Chris Koren.

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the district already has a number of physical safety items in place along with many procedures to secure the school, including only one main entrance in each building, buzzers at the doors to identify people before they enter the building, security cameras, phones in every classroom, and all-call and text emergency notification systems. Strasser said some protocols in place at the schools include identification badges for all staff members. All guests receive badges upon arrival and must report to the main office. Staff members are to immediately report any unfamiliar people in the school to the office. Cambria Heights staff are annually trained in de-escalation and nonviolent crisis intervention

strategies, as well as ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate), Active Shooter, AED, and Stop the Bleed trainings. Staff members monitor all common areas, like hallways, cafeterias, and playgrounds. Counselors work with students, and the district works with local agencies to set up counseling services outside of the school for at-risk students and families. Strasser went on to mention the new security aspects being incorporated now or in the near future. He said all buildings are conducting monthly safety drills and will be updating procedures at the recommendation of state and local law enforcement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A formal review of all school safety policies and procedures has been done to ensure that emerging school safety issues are adequately covered in current school crisis plans and emergency response procedures,â&#x20AC;? Strasser said. He also said new cameras and â&#x20AC;&#x153;mouse trapâ&#x20AC;? doors will be installed in each building that require guests to buzz in at the main door of entry and then provide a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license using a computerized criminal database system before they are given access the main office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only those visitors who need to enter the building for a schoolrelated purpose will be permitted past the main office,â&#x20AC;? Strasser said. Strasser added that Cambria Heights is pursuing the Safe Schools Grant to fund a school resource officer or security guards to patrol the campuses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to provide you with assurance that we have a staff that greatly cares about students. One of the biggest assets to our district is the positive student and staff relationships that are formed. We treat students like our own, and we strive to protect them,â&#x20AC;? Strasser said. The full security statement can be found on the main page of the Cambria Heights School District website.

Cambria Heights superintendent addresses school safety

At the beginning of the Cambria Heights School Board meeting Feb. 27, superintendent Mike Strasser addressed those in attendance about the safety measures in place and new additions the district plans to add in response to recent school shootings across the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The administrative team and myself have prepared a statement to alert people as to what Cambria Heights has already been doing, is doing, and is planning to do to make sure we protect the wellbeing of our students. The No. 1 priority of the Cambria Heights School District is to protect our children,â&#x20AC;? Strasser said. In the statement, Strasser said






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Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that dedicates its efforts to the conservation and improvement of freshwater rivers, streams, and other habitats for a variety of aquatic life. The Mountain Laurel Chapter has already completed a stream bank stabilization and habitat project on the stream near Dr. Morris’ office. “That project seemed well received and we see an opportunity to move upstream just a bit toward the ballfield,” Kerchenske said. The borough owns this land and the projected work site, so Kerchenske wanted to know what he had to do for the borough to approve the work. He told the council that usually Trout Unlimited is in and out in about a day. He also said an insured contractor will be used. President Doug Tusing said the borough appreciated the efforts of Trout Unlimited and what the members want to do. He then deferred to solicitor Blair Pawlowski and borough manager Dan Penatzer. Penatzer said the borough had-

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n’t required any special permit before, but the difference now is that the property in question belongs to the borough. Pawlowski advised the council it could provide approval via resolution at the meeting. Kerchenske then explained the process by which this project would be completed. According to him, the work would be put through a design phase, which goes hand in hand with permitting through the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Boat Commission. The Mountain Laurel Chapter will have to approve the budget by the end of May and the physical work will be completed in late summer.

Kerchenske added that Trout Unlimited would be improving around 100 to 150 feet of stream. According to him, that’s rather small for one of Trout Unlimited’s projects, but the chapter thinks this would “tie in nicely” with what has already been done. The council agreed the project seemed like a good idea and unanimously gave approval for Trout Unlimited to do the work. Kerchenske said if the group doesn’t get the improvement completed this year, they’ll shoot for next year. “It sounds like what you’re doing down there is obviously something that’s in our best interest,” Tusing said.

Colver Sportsmen’s hosts egg hunt

Colver Sportsmen’s Club is sponsoring its 45th annual Easter egg hunt Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m., rain or shine, for children 10 years old and under. Prizes and refreshments will be available for all children.

Chernisky continues longtime tradition of encouraging readers PAGE 18 - Thursday, March 8, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

Chernisky began participating just at Richland, and he also read when his younger daughter, Megan, was there. He eventually became a jury commissioner and continued to participate at the school, but when Sue Layton, who was with the local teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union then, proposed the idea of branching out, Chernisky decided to go with it. His first year he attended Central Cambria and Cambria Heights schools to read to students. Soon after, he began to read at more schools. Chernisky said he now books the entire morning of Read Across America Day to travel throughout the region and read. But he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. Because of the success of the endeavor, Chernisky started reading the day before the recognized

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Long before he was president commissioner of Cambria County, Tom Chernisky was a parent volunteering to read to his daughter Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class at Richland Elementary School. That was more than 20 years ago, and even though his responsibilities have changed since then, Chernisky continues a tradition that started simply by celebrating the life of famed childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Dr. Seuss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to doing it every year,â&#x20AC;? Chernisky said about Read Across America Day, which took place March 2 this year. The annual celebration is in honor of Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; [Theodore Geisel] birthday and acts as a way to encourage young readers.

CenCam to hold kindergarten registration

Cambria Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5. Jackson Elementary will hold kindergarten registration Wednesday, April 4. All parents must call Cambria Elementary School at 814-472-8432 and Jackson Elementary School at 814-749-8421 to pre-register for the time and date of their appointment. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2018, and have four DTP, the fourth dose on or after the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth birthday; four polio, the fourth dose on or after the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth birthday; three hepatitis B; two MMRs; and two varicella vaccines (chickenpox). Pennsylvania State Law requires the above items to be completed prior to the first day of school. Jackson Elementary principal Joseph Strittmatter and Cambria Elementary principal Jennifer Mesoras request all children attend registration along with their parents/guardians. The Cambria Elementary and Jackson Elementary PTO will be at the school to assist in the registration.

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holiday, then days before, and now he reads throughout the entire month. He even schedules readings throughout the year. Chernisky reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am Not Going to Get Up Todayâ&#x20AC;? by Seuss, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maxwell, the Raindrop Who Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Fallâ&#x20AC;? by local author Joseph Moore. He said he does this because both books promote a positive message. The Seuss book encourages children to start the day early and well so the rest of the day can be good, a message Chernisky endorses. He said he jokes around with the students while he reads and improvises certain parts to make it more interactive for the students. The Maxwell book tells the

story of a raindrop who wishes he was anything else but soon learns that he is exactly who heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be. Chernisky said the story teaches the students to be happy with who they are. He added that he believes having someone else come into a classroom and read reinforces that necessity in children. Chernisky said children always hear about reading from their parents, grandparents, and teachers, but he hopes his presence is a positive reinforcement to that message. After he finishes reading, Chernisky then talks to the classes. He tells them a little bit about himself and encourages them to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be kind, help others, and do their best.â&#x20AC;? He also tells the children to read everything, not just books.

Chernisky explained that he tells the crowd to read signs, read the menu when their families go out to eat, and read as much as possible whenever possible. Chernisky also makes his way to several libraries to read. Every now and again, someone recognizes him when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out and about, whether it be a parent or older students he read to when they were younger. People point him out, and Chernisky said thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rewarding experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making a difference,â&#x20AC;? Chernisky said. This year he only read at Cambria Heights Elementary School due to weather conditions on March 2; however, the other schools Chernisky was set to visit that day will be rescheduled.

Blacklick residents reminded to make street light payment to tax collector

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The payment of street light fees in Blacklick Township should be paid to the tax collector, not the county, said chairman Rich Miller at the Feb. 20 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people pay their taxes at the courthouse, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept payments for street lights,â&#x20AC;? said supervisor Bev Sherwood Burns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of delinquent street light payments and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the reason why.â&#x20AC;? Moving on, Miller said the township is in need of a new truck. The pickup truck the township uses now is a 1986 and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sure it will pass another inspection. Miller added

that the 550 Ford dump truck is a 2003 and is also not in the best shape. Miller explained that the supervisors discussed purchasing a new 550 and getting rid of the 1986 truck. The township would then have two 550 trucks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We figured weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just kill two birds with one stone,â&#x20AC;? said Miller. Miller looked into the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooperative purchasing program for the truck to get it as low in price as possible. The truck will have an aluminum bed, according to Miller, because the steel bed rusts out too quickly. Denny Zanin made a motion to approve the purchase of the new 550 truck. Burns second-

ed the motion. While discussing the need for new equipment, Miller brought up the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roller. He said the current one is probably from the 1960s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes we have trouble keeping it running while weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using it,â&#x20AC;? said Miller. The supervisors have looked into purchasing a smaller roller that vibrates. According to Miller, it will do everything the bigger roller will do but it will be less â&#x20AC;&#x153;cumbersome.â&#x20AC;? Zanin made a motion to look into purchasing a roller, pending prices. Burns made a second on the motion. Moving on, engineer Richard Wray had a

brief update on the baseball field and park. He said that the elevation on the access ways needs to be verified for code enforcement. The elevation that needs to be checked is for the walkways. Wray added that the township has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;assigned some fundsâ&#x20AC;? for park rehabilitation from the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. According to Wray, the Department of Community and Economic Development requested some clarification on certain items before any work is done using the funds. Wray will contact the supervisors when the DCED clarifications are handled.

Owner of Big Bend School given until March 9 to get permits By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The dilapidated state of multiple buildings in Blacklick Township was brought up during the public comment portion of the supervisors meeting Feb. 20. The main building the supervisors have been looking into due to a lack of safety is the Big Bend School. For months, the supervisors have asked Roger Shaffer, who owns the building, to have it torn down. Shaffer said the contractor he hired is supposed to be applying for the permit soon so work can begin. Chairman Rich Miller said he spoke with code enforcement











and the contractor told Shaffer that special equipment would have to be rented because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything large enough to do the job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most dangerous right now, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on it,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. Shaffer questioned why the school building is dangerous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could fall,â&#x20AC;? explained Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-compliant right now.â&#x20AC;? Miller added that the only way the building will be put into compliance is if a new roof is

installed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have your roof and your upper floors are downstairs now,â&#x20AC;? said Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All that rain and snow weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had all winter long, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to start shoving those walls out, and that building was gray all winter because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no heat in it. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no roof on it, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no heat in it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-compliant.â&#x20AC;? The supervisors made a decision to give Shaffer until March 9 to have all of the permits for tearing down the building. If the permits are not in hand by then,

the supervisors will file with the magisterial district judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been more than lenient in waiting on that building,â&#x20AC;? said Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s either going to end up falling out on [Route] 271 or somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home next door.â&#x20AC;? Moving on, Tim Tatarko brought up several homes in the township that he feels are unsafe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s houses in town now, the windows are smashed out [and] dilapidated,â&#x20AC;? said Tatarko. Miller said if the houses are dilapidated and the windows are

smashed, the addresses get turned over to the code enforcement agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about six or eight right there in town now,â&#x20AC;? Tatarko said. Tatarko added that people are living in some of the houses because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen signs of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you know the addresses, get them to us and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see that code enforcement looks into it,â&#x20AC;? said Miller. Tatarko will look into the addresses of the homes in question.

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