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April 12, 2018

CenCam student receives scholarship to performing arts institute in NYC

By Kristin Baudoux

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Performing on a Broadway stage may seem like a pipe dream for many in this area, but Keara Sweeney, a junior at Central Cambria High School, is on her way to making her Broadway dreams come true. Keara has received a full scholarship to The Institute for American Musical Theatre in New York City to train to become a professional musical theater performer. IAMT is a post-secondary, two-year professional training program, according to the school’s website. Its purpose is to train young students with the passion and desire to pursue a career in musical theater, specifically Broadway. Here, Keara will be strengthening her skills in dancing, acting and singing. On top of her performance on stage, her classes and workshops also will focus on the audition process and oneon-one critiques. “If you want to be on Broadway, you go to this school to train for Broadway,� said Keara. Keara will attend a summer session at IAMT through June and July before she starts at the school full time in September. Keara has been dancing since she was two years old. She has danced every genre including ballet, tap, hip-hop and jazz. At age 10, she started to attend the famous Abby Lee Dance Studio in Pittsburgh.

After a trip with Lee and her students to see “Newsies� on Broadway, Keara told her mother, Stacy, that she knew theater was her passion. “She came out at intermission and said, ‘Mom, this is what I’m going to do,’� said Stacy. Now, Keara is considered an independent dance student. She takes dance classes at various studios including IAMT in New York and Millennium Dance Complex in Pittsburgh. Stacy said that friends and family are often shocked when they hear about the lengths she and her husband, Daniel, go through to help their daughter pursue her dreams. “People think we’re nuts,� said Stacy, “but she’s very determined.� Keara loves singing as much

as she loves dancing. She also has been performing in Central Cambria High School’s musicals for the past three years. Just recently, she was cast as the Witch in their production of “Into the Woods,� performed in the fall of 2017. “I feel most comfortable on stage,� said Keara. Stacy said that while Keara studied under Abby Lee, she stressed the importance of networking. That networking is how the Sweeneys met Andrew Drost. Drost is one of the founders of IAMT and is also accomplished stage performer. He has been in numerous ballets, operas and Broadway shows, and is currently performing in “The SEE SCHOLARSHIP, PAGE 2

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Matt and Matthew Kordish spend some time together at Holy Name School’s Family Literacy Night held April 9. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.







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Historical show ‘n tell Scholarship to be held April 18 PAGE 2 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria County Historical Society will hold the second lecture of its spring lecture series Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Kimball Conference Center, located at 219 W. High Street in Ebensburg. This lecture will be an interactive presentation. Anyone wishing to can bring one or two items to “show ‘n tell.” The participants are asked to give a short talk on the historic significance of the item to them or family. This will be an informal evening full of fun and interesting objects. The show ‘n tell lecture will provide an opportunity to show off a family heirloom and even gain more perspective on the historical significance of the items. There could be surprises in what can be discovered with this presentation. What may just be a family heirloom could turn out to be a significant artifact in history. In addition, other attendees may

be able to provide a wealth of information about an object that the presenter may not know. Who knows what may show up? The only way to see if there are any hidden historical gems is to attend. This year’s spring lecture series began with the lecture by Dr. Renee Bernard concerning 50th anniversary of the turbulent year of 1968. Many in attendance shared their experiences of that year and the impact it had on Cambria County. The third spring lecture will be held May 16. Titled “History Shorts,” this presentation will be presented by four different speakers on diverse subjects all relating to local history. The Cambria County Historical Society hold a lecture series every spring and fall to provide historical and personal introspective into Cambria County, its origin, people and places. Founded in 1925 by six prominent citizens of the area, SEE HISTORICAL, PAGE 4


Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. Stacy is confident in Drost’s ability to give Keara the skills to be successful. “He believes she will make it,” said Stacy. Keara said that Drost is the one who helped her reach the next step in her career. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be going to this school,” said Keara. “To have someone that skilled and successful believe in me, that’s incredible.” Keara is going to have a lot on her plate when she heads to New York. While she attends IAMT during the day, Keara will be attending cyber school through Central Cambria so she can still walk across the stage as part of the Red Devils class of 2019. Cyber school will be a new challenge for Keara. “I’ve never done cyber school before,” said Keara. “I feel like no matter what, I’m going to push through it.” Keara says that some of her peers at IAMT have taken cyber school classes, and that she can reach out to them if she needs help. Besides attending two schools simultaneously, Keara is also up for the challenge of living in New York City. “I’ve always wanted to live in New York,” said Keara. “I never thought it would become a reality.” Though living in New York City for an

extended period of time may be new for Keara, the Big Apple itself is not. Keara and her family have taken numerous trips to the city for classes and performances. Navigating New York, through its crowded streets and subways, has become second nature to the Sweeneys. “I thought it would be overwhelming,” said Keara, “but it just came naturally.” Keara is not the only one taking advantage of the trips to New York. Stacy is in the process of opening her own bakery, and has also traveled to the city to take baking classes. Though, through it all, Keara says that her biggest supporters are her family and friends. “My parents have been so supportive. My friends think it’s unbelievable,” said Keara. “They’re happy to see me pursue something I like to do.” Stacy said that one thing she will miss is not seeing Keara perform in her high school musical her senior year. However, Stacy is eager to see her daughter move on to the next step. “She’s been away from home before, and she never said she was homesick,” said Stacy. Keara, though, is more than ready to go. “I’m going to miss my family and friends,” said Keara. “It’s definitely going to be an adjustment.” “At this point, I’m ready to expand my horizon.”

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Carrolltown Borough discuss stormwater issues, road project PAGE 4 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

Pipes collapsed under road, caused damage to resident’s driveway

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

Carrolltown Borough council members held their monthly meeting April 2. The main topic of discussion was the condition of borough roads and recent stormwater pipes that have collapsed and require extensive repairs. Luke Baker, of the borough’s street committee, said the stormwater pipes that collapsed on Old Dutch Road also collapsed in a resident’s concrete

driveway and have caused multiple issues. He said that the borough never gave the resident permission to put a driveway in that area, and that upon further inspection, the borough realized there are multiple water, sewer and stormwater lines under the driveway with boxes and confusing tieins. This will require the engineer to look into the issue to find a solution. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf said he will check the

BVMA looks at May loan round for project By Allie Garver

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The Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority has been working over the past five years to get a sewer project completed along State Route 422 and, despite some setbacks, the project is moving forward with hopes of the construction beginning within a year. Engineer Richard Wray explained at the March 28 meeting what the next steps will be for both him and the authority. “We submitted the response to the erosion control and stormwater management letter issues that we received,� said Wray. “We received several more concerns from the conservation district all concerning post-construction stormwater management.� Wray said that the conservation district wanted the “notice of intent narrative to reflect the post-construction management control measures that were proposed and then approved for the pump station out at the park.� Wray added that once the conservation district approved how the issue was addressed, he had to alter the other documents to match that revision. According to Wray, all of the revised documents were handdelivered to the conservation district March 20. Moving on to the funding of the project, Wray said that he spoke with Dan Mikesic, who serves as the project specialist for the authority’s region at the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), and the project’s sta-



the Cambria County Historical Society mission is “to preserve and promote the history of Cambria County through its museum collections, library and archives.�

tus was reviewed. “He [Mikesic] indicated that an application should be filed by this authority for funding [in] the May round of PENNVEST,� said Wray. “The applications are due May 2, so at next month’s meeting we will do fresh motions [and] resolutions, primarily on the resolution to borrow and the resolution to file.� Wray explained to Mikesic that there are still two outstanding issues needing his assistance. “One is the DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] permit in Pittsburgh, it’s called the water quality management part 2 permit,� said Wray. “I asked if he could contact that particular DEP engineer and offer the time schedule that Dan would like the authority to adhere to, he said he would do that.� There is also an issue with the erosion and sedimentation control and stormwater management documents, but Mikesic said that was “nearing completion.� Chairman Mike Pisarcik asked about the time frame if the authority gets into the May round of PENNVEST loans. “At the mid-July board meeting you would authorize us to bid the project, [and] open bids in August,� said Wray. Wray said that December would probably be when closing would occur on the bid process because it takes approximately three months to get everything in order. This time frame would force the project to commence in Spring 2019.

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lines with the camera to see what collapsed. Regardless of the condition, Batdorf said this area will be a significantly expensive fix. “The amount of stormwater that funnels and drains into that area is going to require probably different pipe sizing and stormwater calculations,� Batdorf said. The pipe cost alone could total around $12,500. Batdorf said the project’s cost estimate is around $50,000, but the borough will know more once the lines are checked with the camera. Next, the borough addressed their paving plans for 2018. Baker said they are having someone assess St. Joseph

Street to determine the cost of milling and repaving. He and Batdorf said the road definitely needs repaved, especially after the new Sheetz was built since new lines had to be run through the road. Baker said the road is 961 feet long and 21 feet wide. He said it would take about 700-800 tons of blacktop to do the job, not including tie-ins. Due to its scope, this project would take up most of the borough’s $63,000 in paving project funds. Baker said that if the bids for this project come in way too high, the council should consider tarring and chipping a few roads instead, like they did last year. Batdorf said if they did

this smaller project this year, they would have enough funds reserved next year to complete St. Joseph Street. He did add, however, that they would still need to do some work on St. Joseph Street to hold it over until next year. Batdorf said the way the liquid fuels funds are calculated helps the borough have a rough estimate of how much funding they will have to work with next year. He added that it is important that residents complete the Census because “it severely and significantly impacts the liquid fuel allocation.� “It is a domino effect of where we are not getting the funds we could be capturing out there,� Batdorf said.




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By Amber Stich

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With spring almost here, the Carrolltown Borough Council members have been thinking about the outward appearance of the borough building and planning improvements, like the replacement of the “Welcome to Carrolltown” and borough building signs. The council members agreed that the current signs have deteriorated and need to be replaced, but until now, there was no consensus on the design or ideal materials.

At the April 2 Carrolltown Borough meeting, James McCann presented mock-ups of the new borough building signs to the council. The signs are a laminate material that will hold up better to the weather than wood. These signs can have new stickers placed over them if the council ever wants to change them. The council members agreed to purchase two signs so the signs would be visible from both directions as well as to seek permission to mount the signs on the opposite side of the road near the cemetery to increase visibility.

This signs will also have space for the library and other organizations in the borough building to have signs mounted underneath. The council then approved the purchase of three new “Welcome to Carrolltown” signs along with two borough building signs at a cost of about $1,500. Next, Darlene Lutch spoke to the other council members about the condition of the borough building’s entrances. She said they are in need of a full renovation to make them not only weatherproof but also look better. Batdorf said this has been a

topic of debate for years, but the high cost to renovate these areas and an inability for the council members to unanimously agree has kept them in the same condition. Lutch said she wants to see the process started, even if it has to be done one entrance at a time, because the project is long overdue. Councilman Luke Baker said that the entrance will need to be torn out, new sub-base will need put down and new flooring installed. “It’s passed patching,” Baker said.

Councilman Mike Platt said the project will also need to include a renovation of the outside steps and possibly adding a platform. Baker said the borough has a set amount for the buildings and grounds in the budget. “I don’t know much about the materials, but it needs fixed,” Lutch said. “I don’t want to have to come to meeting after meeting and harp on that. Grab the money somewhere else, it needs fixed.” The council members agreed to look into flooring pricing and estimated contractor costs to review the topic again at the next meeting.

department and extending toward Chestnut Street is restricted until the bridge project is finished. Right now, barriers have been placed and the parking lot has been roped off so no one can get in. “For our rigs and everything else, that needs to be closed off,” added Greene. The parking lot behind the fire department is still open and can be accessed by driving down First Street, then turning into that area.

Greene said “as a word of caution” if the department is out on a call, the temporary lights, which are called channelizers, will be moved out of the way so the trucks can get through. “Look where the signal is,” said Greene. “There’s a stop bar that’s back further. They have to stop at that stop bar for where that signal is, they can’t go the whole way up to where that signal is.” If a driver does drive past the stop bar to the light, it is not only illegal, according to Greene, but

it is also going to restrict the fire department from getting to a call. Greene said that there is a temporary switch for the fire department that can turn both sides of the light red so that traffic doesn’t go through. “Also, try not to block First

Street, that’s where the ambulance has to go out as well,” said Greene. After the council meeting, signs were placed at the intersection of Chestnut and First streets to remind drivers that the road should not be blocked.

Motorists reminded to use caution during Nanty Glo bridge project By Allie Garver

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Traveling through Nanty Glo will cause delays until approximately November due to the bridge on Chestnut Street being replaced. The issue with the location of this project is that it affects the town’s emergency services. Bryant Greene, first assistant chief for the Nanty Glo Fire Department, attended the April 2 council meeting to explain what precautions are being taken if a fire call occurs and the trucks need to exit the station in a hurry. “We are restricting a little bit of parking in our parking lot for the fire department,” said Greene. “If you see where the one signal is, it’s kind of close for, like, our first two bay doors to try to get out. So, actually, for us to get out we actually have to pull forward, back up, then are able to go right.” Greene explained that all of the parking from the end of the fire

Park and pool problems continue to plague Nanty Glo Boro PAGE 6 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

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Summer is quickly approaching, which means Nanty Glo Borough Council is working to make a decision on hiring a pool manager for the Park and Pool. Frank Kaschalk and Karen Tummino, board members on the municipal and recreation authority, were at the April council meeting to see if any headway has been made regarding the pool manager. “We received no actual applications,� said secretary Melissa Weekes. “We had two interests from Facebook, but nothing.� Kaschalk said that the only option the borough has right now, since no applications were received, is to have borough worker John Sava run the pool

and see if Isabella Miller, who worked at the pool last year, still has intentions on working this year. “She told us that she’s probably good for at least three years because she’s going to be going to a local college,� said Kaschalk. “She ran that pool last year, she worked as the manager up there, pretty much under John.� Kaschalk added that Miller planned on taking the chemical certification test, and she knows everything there is to know about the pool. “I’ll tell you what, she’s a responsible girl, she’s good,� said Kaschalk. “I have no idea if she had a change of heart since last year, or if she still wants it.� President Michaela Markovich said that council needs Miller’s

contact information to find out if she is still interested in the pool manager position. Councilman Chris Oldham contacted Miller during the meeting to see if she wants the position. Kaschalk also handed council a letter of interest to serve on the municipal authority’s board. The interested party told Kaschalk that he knows how to run a concession stand and is able to get free snacks. “If you’re going to have the pool, you’re going to have to have the concession stand,� said Kaschalk. “This guy knows everything about this stuff and he has the contacts.� Kaschalk asked that council keep the letter on file so the gentleman can be contacted down the road. Moving on, Kaschalk told the

Water tank at Pindleton Ridge requires work done by BVMA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Engineer Richard Wray explained an issue with the water tank in Pindleton Ridge at the March 28 Blacklick Township Municipal Authority meeting. Wray explained that both PAX Water Technologies and Mid Atlantic Storage Systems Inc. might need to be involved to fix the tank properly. Both entities requested a site visit. “The guide wires on the PAX, the center column, one decided to give a good yank on the side of the tank and it buckled the plate a little and caused a leak,� said Wray. “They have three options available on how they think they can fix it, but they want to make sure they understand the problem correctly.� Wray said that the water needs to be drawn down below the guide cables in the middle of the tank to assess and fix the issue. Wray added that it will need to be a 50 or 60 percent draw down. According to Wray, PAX said this is the first time this has happened and “they are very curious as to what’s going on.� Originally, Mid Atlantic wanted a dry tank so that ladders could be taken inside of the water tank, but Wray explained it “would cause a tremendous inconvenience to the operation of the system.� While on the subject of drawing down the tank, chairman Mike Pisarcik said that he would rather not waste the water in the tank. “It seems to me it’s a waste of water just to dump it on the ground,� said Pisarcik.

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One option Pisarcik and Wray discussed was using that water for the line flushing to be done in May. In other matters, Pisarcik said that he is working on infiltration in the sewer system and water leaks. “We’re finding a lot of clean outs broke off,� said Pisarcik. “I think that’s where a majority of the water is coming at us.�

Pisarcik said that they are checking manholes for leaks as well, but they were slowed down because of gas detection. In 2004 or 2005, gas detection equipment was purchased, but the sensors are outdated and they cannot be purchased. Pisarcik did purchase new gas detection equipment necessary for the job.

council that a new liner needs ordered for the kiddy pool before the swimming season begins. The liner barely made it through last season due to tears and leaking.

Although Kaschalk is not going to help with the actual maintenance and chemicals of the swimming pool, he will continue to help with maintaining the grounds.

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Flood Memorial to host friends group

The Johnstown Flood National Memorial is holding a friends group meeting Tuesday, April 17, at 6 p.m. This meeting will focus on the next steps and formal organization as a National Park Service Friends Group. All are welcome to this meeting; if you thought you were interested in becoming a member of this group but have not been able to attend any meetings, now is the chance to do so! A National Park Service Friends Group is established primarily to assist or benefit a specific park. A friends group can be the vehicle to provide an outlet for citizens’ passion about a park’s mission. Friends groups are a partnership between the community and the park. They may provide an avenue for public stewardship of park resources. Ultimately, they are a way to deepen public support for the park and the value of the park to the community. Traditionally, friends groups function in support of a park as volunteers and advocates, and provide additional financial resources through fundraising activities. Throughout the National Parks, friends groups partner with over 200 National Parks and do a little bit of everything, including providing guided tours, staffing historic buildings, hosting events, supporting critical research and restoration projects, enhancing educational opportunities and raising funds to rehabilitate centuries old structures.

Volunteer cleanup day at Prince Gallitzin State Park

Celebrate Earth Day in the park, Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. We will be holding several different cleanup and beautification projects throughout the day. There will be projects for all ages to help with, which may include litter pickup, trail work, raking, gardening, tree planting, simple construction and outdoor programming equipment maintenance. Free camping will be available to anyone volunteering for the entire day, and lunch will be provided to all who help out. To register or for more information, please contact the park office at 814-674-1000 or p r i n c e g a l l i t z i n s p @ p a . g o v. Meet at the pavilion at Pickerel Pond. An online calendar of events with information on all upcoming programs can be found at Access for People with Disabilities If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

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Nanty Glo Water Authority sets shut off precedent PAGE 8 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Customers who have not paid their bills and the impending shut off of water service to their properties was a topic broached at the April 4 Nanty Glo Water Authority meeting. Board member Diane Holby explained that many of the offending customers told her that a payment would be made on their water bill, but the secretary never

received payment. “We told them if you do not pay that in full, you get shut off,” said Holby. At the time of the meeting, eight people have not paid their bills. “They’re not off yet,” said Holby. Operator Larry Krampy said that laborers Tom Williamson and Donny Thomas didn’t shut off the properties because they wanted to know the board’s opinion. “I think so, that’s our policy [to shut them off],” said board member

Nancy McCreary. “There’s no sense in having a shut off date if we’re not going to implement it,” said board member Lynne Stock. Holby said there might be one exception because the individual who didn’t pay was in the hospital. According to Holby, the property owner paid $50, but still owes over $100 and hasn’t attempted to pay that off yet. “The thing of it is, you can’t make exceptions,” said Stock. “If

you do it for one, you’re going to have to do it for everyone that comes in with that excuse.” Stock added that the customers need to know when the shut off date is, and the authority will provide a warning before shutting off the service. Krampy said that he would let both Williamson and Thomas know the next day which customers have not paid their bills in full and should have their water turned off.

In other matters, the authority has been trying to set up a conference call with a representative from the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System to go over options for the workers. Solicitor Alex Svirsko said that the representative emailed him and asked to set up a date to speak with the board members. “Honestly, I think I should sit in on this,” said Svirsko. The board held the conference call April 9.

hear back from them and then we’ll move forward with a whole new uniform.” What Ray outlined for the borough regarding new uniforms is an external carrier, which “isn’t the tactical external carrier.” It looks like a shirt, and the vest will be worn on the outside. “It’s more comfortable for the officer to wear that way,” said Ray. “So the vest will go on the outside in the carrier and they’ll wear a shirt that has sleeves with a patch on one arm and the American flag on the other arm.” The pants Ray wants for the officers have six pockets, but they’re “hideable” pockets, rather than having the baggy pouches on the outside. Ray added that some officers request-

ed baseball caps, which he isn’t against, so he got prices on those as well.

While discussing uniforms, Ray said that he would like to purchase more bulletproof vests,

which could be done through

Nanty Glo Borough mayor researches new police uniforms By Allie Garver

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Since the beginning of Billy Ray’s mayoral term, he has been working to overhaul the Nanty Glo Police Department to make it more efficient and more professional. One of the first items Ray wanted council to consider is new uniforms, which was originally brought up at the March meeting. At that meeting, Ray said that he spoke with the American Polish Citizens Club about possibly making a donation to help purchase new uniforms. “I sent a letter, an estimate, to change the uniforms over to the Polish club, so it’s in their hands now,” said Ray. “We’ll wait to


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The risk factors for melanoma

A form of cancer that develops in the pigment-making cells of the skin known as the melanocytes, melanoma is a relatively rare form of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is more dangerous than basal and squamous cell skin cancers, which are the most common types of the disease, because it is likely to metastasize if not detected early. No one is invulnerable to the potential threat posed by melanoma, though some people are at greater risk of the disease than others. The following are some of the risk factors for melanoma, courtesy of the Skin Cancer Foundation.


Exposure to the sun can increase a person’s risk factor for various forms of skin cancer, including melanoma. The SCF notes that blistering sunburns suffered in early childhood especially increase a person’s risk of developing melanoma, though sunburns later in life also can increase that risk. In addition, people who live in places that get substantial sunlight, such as Florida and Hawaii, tend to develop more skin cancers than people who live in areas with less sunlight. Tanning booths and beds also increase exposure to ultraviolet rays, which increase one’s melanoma risk.


The more moles a person has on his or her skin, the greater his or her risk for melanoma. There are two types of moles: normal moles and atypical

moles. Normal moles are small, brown blemishes or beauty marks that appear in the first few decades of life. Many people develop such moles. Atypical moles known as “dysplastic nevi” can be precursors to melanoma, and people with such moles are at greater risk of developing the disease. It can be difficult to distinguish between normal and atypical moles, though the SCF notes that atypical moles that itch, bleed, crust, ooze, swell, or are elevated from the skin might be in particular danger of becoming melanomas. Atypical moles that are bluish-black in color or become persisting open sores are also at greater risk of becoming melanomas.


People with fair skin are at greater

Exposure to the sun increases a person’s risk of developing melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.

hair and eyes.


risk of various types of skin cancers, including melanomas. Such is also the case for people with light-colored

People whose immune systems have been compromised are at greater risk of developing melanoma than those whose immune systems are working at full strength. Chemotherapy, organ transplant surgery, excessive exposure to the sun, and diseases such as HIV/AIDS can weaken the immune system.


The SCF notes that roughly 10 percent of people diagnosed with melanoma have a family member who also has been diagnosed. People whose mother, father, siblings or children have developed melanoma are considered to be in families that are prone to melanoma. In fact, each person with a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with melanoma has a 50 percent greater chance of developing the disease than someone with no such family connection. Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. People with a family history of the disease or those who spend substantial time in the sun should be especially vigilant about protecting their skin.

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Allergies affect people of all ages. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that allergic rhinitis affects between 10 and 30 percent of the world’s population. In addition, the prevalence of allergic diseases has risen in industrialized nations for more than 50 years. Seasonal allergies tend to be the strongest in spring and autumn. Allergies can be exacerbated by many factors, including in homes where improvements are being made. Regular housecleaning can remove many common allergy triggers and help alleviate symptoms. Knowing which common home improvement mistakes can aggravate allergies can help homeowners avoid them.

Suit up

Before any cleaning begins, allergy sufferers should don face masks and rubber gloves to prevent themselves from breathing in allergens or having them touch their hands, where they can be transferred to the face or elsewhere. Those cleaning should also wear clothes that can be easily removed and laundered after a day’s work.

Clean windows singularly

Prolonged exposure to outdoor allergens, such as pollen, mold or ragweed, can aggravate allergies. Therefore, if windows are being cleaned, do one at a time and then promptly close the window. Having the air conditioning running can help filter the air as well.

Use exhaust fans

The AAAAI recommends using an exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathrooms to reduce the levels of moisture in these rooms and filter out potential allergens and odors. Moisture can eventually lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which isn’t healthy for anyone, including allergy sufferers, to breathe in.

Shampooing a carpet may cause moisture to become trapped in the carpet fibers, leading to increased dust mites or mold growth. Spotclean stains instead. Otherwise, hire a professional cleaner who will clean and dry the carpet as quickly as possible.

Invest in a HEPA filter

Vacuums with HEPA filters can trap allergens that are so small that they pass through regular vacuum filters. That means instead of containing them, these small particles are only being shot back into the air where they are easily breathed in. WebMD suggests vacuuming once or twice a week to keep carpets and floors as clean as possible. Plus, don’t forget to vacuum upholstered furniture and drapes as well.

Launder with hot water

When it comes time to wash linens, do so in hot water, which can kill dust mites residing in sheets and blankets. Employ mattress covers to further protect against dust mite allergies.

Damp dusting is better

When cleaning up dust or home renovation debris, use a damp cloth or a vinegar solution to wipe down surfaces. This helps trap small particles instead of sending them into the air.

Treat mold issues

Mold can trigger allergic reactions, so it is best to keep it out of a home. Solutions that contain at least 10 percent bleach can be effective at killing mold, but it’s best to prevent mold from growing entirely. That means keeping tabs of any moisture issues and addressing them immediately. Allergies can be problematic, but routine home cleaning in the right way can help alleviate symptoms.

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Found in balloons, rubber bands, bandages, and more, latex can trigger allergic reactions in some people. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, contact with products that contain latex can trigger allergic reactions, which may occur after breathing in latex fibers in the air or after skin has come into contact with latex. There are two types of allergic reactions to natural rubber latex. An IgE-Mediated latex allergy is an allergy to natural rubber latex proteins that occurs when the immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies produced by the body’s immune system react with latex proteins, resulting in allergy symptoms. IgE-mediated allergic reactions can be life-threatening.

Cell-mediated contact dermatitis is another type of reaction to natural rubber latex that, unlike IgEmediated latex allergy, is not lifethreatening. The AAFA notes that these reactions are usually a byproduct of a person’s sensitivity to any of the many chemicals used to create latex products rather than a reaction to the latex proteins themselves. Irritant contact dermatitis is another common reaction to natural rubber latex, though it is not an allergic reaction. Symptoms of allergic reactions to latex include itchy or swollen lips after blowing up a balloon; itchy, red or swollen skin after using a bandage; and swelling or itching of the mouth or tongue after a dentist uses latex gloves.

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How to create more time to relax

Finding time to relax is an elusive goal for many people. Busy professionals with responsibilities at work and around the house may feel like there’s no way to find a minute or two to exhale. Fitting relaxation time into a typical day can have a profound impact on a person’s overall health. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, relaxation techniques can help manage a variety of health conditions, including insomnia and anxiety associated with illnesses or medical procedures. Men and women having trouble creating more time to relax each day can try the following techniques.

• Turn off your devices. Technology has simplified life in many ways, but the amount of time many people spend on their mobile devices may be robbing them of time to relax. Data from

more likely to have received a raise or bonus in the previous three years than their counterparts who took 10 or fewer days off.

Flurry Analytics found that, in 2016, U.S. consumers spent five hours per day on their mobile devices. People scrambling to find time to relax may benefit by designating at least one hour per day as a device-free hour when they do not check updates on their smartphones, tablets and other devices. Use that hour to unwind and avoid potential sources of stress, such as work.

• Alter your commute. While few might associate mass transportation with relaxation, commuting to work via train or bus can be more relaxing than sitting behind the wheel in a rush hour traffic jam. Use the time on a train or bus to read a book, take a nap or do something else that’s relaxing, such as watching a movie or television show on a tablet.

age U.S. employee who receives paid time off had only taken 54 percent of that time off in the previous 12 months. So it seems that many people not only need to find time to relax, but also need to commit to using the relaxation time they have already earned.

Professionals should make an effort to use all of their available paid time off each year. Taking that time off may even prove beneficial to professionals’ careers, as a 2016 report from Project: Time Off found that workers who took 11 or more vacation days were

• Stop working during vacation. The Glassdoor report also found that many workers who are taking time off are still working while on vacation. In fact, two in three employees reported working while on vacation, while more than one in four indicated they were expected to know what was going on in the office while they were away, and even chip in if needed. Men and women who need more time to relax can resolve to leave the office behind when beginning their vacations, informing both their bosses and subordinates that they will not be reachable while away.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SINGING A TUNE • Use all available vacation time. A 2017 study from the job site Glassdoor found that the aver-

singing may release endorphins associated with feelings of pleasure as well as stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is found to alleviate anxiety and stress. Prevention magazine notes that choir singers, who often report feeling happy and free of significant anxiety, may notice their moods improving when they start to sing.

A person need not be auditioning for the next season of “American Idol� or “The Voice� to start belting out a favorite tune. According to the singing advocacy group Chorus America, more than 32 million American adults sing regularly in groups nationwide. Millions of children enjoy music education as part of their school curriculum as well. Although many people may restrict their singing to the shower or when no one is around to hear them, there are some surprising health benefits of singing frequently — and encouraging others to do so as well.

Singing and stress

Scientists say that singing can have a calm-


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Singing and immune system function

Singing can be a form of exercise that works the lungs and other parts of the body required to project one’s voice. Singing may lead to a stronger diaphragm and stimulation of circulation due to the greater amount of oxygen needed to carry a tune.

Finding time to relax can benefit short- and long-term health and is not as hard as many people may think.

Research conducted at the University of Frankfurt found that professional choir members who had their blood tested before and after an hour-long rehearsal displayed a greater amount of antibodies called immunoglobulin A after the rehearsal. These increases were not found in the choir members who simply listened to music. In the study, titled “Singing modulates mood, stress, cortisol, cytokine and neuropeptide activity in cancer patients and carers,� researchers found higher levels of cytokines present in the blood of those who sung for an hour in a choir, and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. See SING, page 12

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Vaccines are medicines that are administered to boost the immune system’s natural ability to protect the body against the infectious agents that may cause disease. Vaccines also can be helpful in preventing some types of cancer.


Vaccines are typically given to children and adults to prevent infections, such as those administered for varicella (chicken pox), measles and mumps. The American Cancer Society states that cancer vaccines work similarly to more traditional vaccines, but they help a person’s immune system attack cancer cells. Some cancer vaccines also may help prevent certain cancers from forming in the first place. Vaccines to help prevent cancer include those targeted toward certain viruses that can cause cancer. By protecting against these viruses, certain cancers may be avoided. These include strains of the human


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Singing and snoring

Singing may help alleviate snoring. A 2008 study published in the journal Sleep Breath found that the prevalence and severity of snoring among semiprofessional singers and nonsingers indicated that singers scored lower on the snoring scale. Singing strengthens muscles in the airway that can help reduce snoring. Furthermore, the breathing required to sustain a song may help improve lung function and reduce

papilloma virus (HPV) as well as hepatitis B (HBV).

HPV has been linked to cervical, anal, throat, and some other cancers. HPV vaccines, typically administered during adolescence, protect against the cancers linked to the virus. Chronic infections with HBV can cause a higher risk for liver cancer. Immunizing against HBV may lower some people’s risk for liver cancer.

symptoms of mild asthma.

Singing and memory

Singing may help improve mental alertness by delivering more oxygenated blood to the brain. For those with dementia, singing can improve concentration and memory recollection. The Alzheimer’s Society has a “Singing for the Brain” program to help people with dementia maintain their memories.

Unlike preventative, or prophylactic, vaccines given to healthy individuals in efforts to keep cancer from forming, therapeutic cancer vaccines are sometimes prescribed to cancer patients undergoing treatment. These vaccines are designed to stimulate a natural immune system response that will mobilize white blood cells to destroy cancer cells. The first experiments studying cancer vaccines were done in 1891, when Dr. William Coley tried to improve a patient’s cancer prognosis by injecting inactivated streptococcus pyogenes and serratia marcescens to rev up the immune system. The ACS says some therapeutic vaccines are made up of cancer cells, parts of cells or pure antigens. Antigens are a toxin or another foreign substance that induces an immune response in the body, especially in regard to the production of antibodies. The vaccines may be

Singing and social connections

Singing with a group can reduce loneliness by bringing together like-minded people engaged in the same activity. Websites like can help people find choir groups near them. Singing can boost confidence, improve mental function, help with immune response, and be a form of cardiovascular exercise.


Adequate sleep is important for children’s health, states the American Academy of Pediatrics. Quality sleep is just as important as well visits and protective immunizations. Babies and young children may sleep between 10 and 18 hours per day, but by the time a child reaches school-age, he or she may be well-rested after getting between 9 and 11 hours. Sleep is vital for the body to recover and rebuild and for the brain to process new information. The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital says that children who are not getting enough sleep may experience difficulty learning new tasks. Parents who want to foster good sleeping habits in their children can

try the following strategies.

• Set a smart bedtime and nap schedule. • Do not allow the use of electronics approximately one hour prior to bedtime. • Create a regular bedtime routine that includes winding down and cues that rest is coming. • Stick to the same schedule every day of the week — including weekends. • Make sure kids get daily exercise, which can make it easier for them to grow tired around bedtime. • Create a cool, comfortable and dark sleeping environment.

combined with other substances called adjuvants to stimulate the immune response as much as possible. Currently, the only vaccine to treat cancer approved in the United States is Sipuleucel-T, which can be used to treat advanced prostate cancer. The vaccine doesn’t cure cancer, but it can extend patients’ lives.

The National Cancer Institute says that, like other vaccines, cancer vaccines produce some side effects. The most commonly reported side

effect is inflammation at the site of injection, including redness, pain, swelling, warming of the skin, itchiness, and occasionally a rash. In addition, immune system responses may cause flu-like symptoms after a vaccine is administered. Such symptoms usually only last for a short time. Doctors and researchers are continually working on cancer vaccines to help improve the survival rates of cancer patients and also to prevent the onset of the disease.

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will not be exclusive.â&#x20AC;? She said it is a first come, first serve basis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to accommodate everybody,â&#x20AC;? Ligda said. Moving on, Ligda said the Parks and Recreation Commission is still looking to add bathrooms at the park with a flush toilet, as well as the addition of an awning installation to avoid the need for tents. Next, the supervisors heard from resident Rich Sheredy about a subdivision. He was asking to divide his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land into two parcels. Township solicitor Alex Svirsko said the plots already have access to public sewer and water, so there should not be an issue. Sheredy

would need to bring additional documentation from his engineer before it could be approved by the township. Sheredy said he would return with the appropriate paperwork. The supervisors then discussed the 2018 paving project. Terry Stafford said that because the township only has about $90,000-$100,000 to use for roads this year, he wants to hold off on naming roads to be fixed until the township knows for sure if they can address them. Stafford said once the township receives bids, they will know what they will be able to complete this year. The supervi-

provided by the borough every five years, said Ray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an officer working out there without a vest,â&#x20AC;? said Ray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got to find money somewhere. I would

never send a police officer out there without a bulletproof vest.â&#x20AC;? Ray is hoping vests can be purchased through a grant.


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Bishop Carroll drama club to present â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Once Upon a Mattressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

Bishop Carroll Drama Club members are preparing for a night of fairy tale laughs with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Mattress,â&#x20AC;? to be held April 19, 20 and 21. The show is an irreverent retelling of the classic tale â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Princess and the Peaâ&#x20AC;? by Hans Christian Andersen. Director Gabbi Lechak said that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a show to please everyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of jokes that will go over kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heads â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a good way.â&#x20AC;? Lechak also chose the show because she thought it would be a good choice for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to pick shows that highlight the kids,â&#x20AC;? said Lechak. The show features a cast of 17 students and nine stage crew members. This is junior Sarah Farabaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third musical performance at Bishop Carroll. She



sors made and passed a motion to advertise for bids in the newspaper for the Susquehanna

has previously performed in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello, Dolly!â&#x20AC;? In this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, she is portraying the Queen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very self-centered. Everything she does is for herself,â&#x20AC;? said Farabaugh, describing her character. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She does have a soft spot for her son, the prince.â&#x20AC;? Farabaugh described her excitement in performing the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very invigorating to have all my friends come together and put on a show,â&#x20AC;? said Farabaugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You feel so good because you worked so hard for it. You go on an emotional rollercoaster.â&#x20AC;? For senior Anne Way, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mattressâ&#x20AC;? is her eighth show at Bishop Carroll and her fourth musical performance. This year, Way stars as Princess Winnifred. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a princess from the swamp whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming to the kingdom to marry the prince,â&#x20AC;? said Way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unashamedly herself.â&#x20AC;? Like Farabaugh, Way is excited about

Township 2018 paving project. The supervisors also made and passed a motion to obtain three quotes for a new motor in the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 Ford truck.

opening night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This cast is amazing,â&#x20AC;? said Way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing how it comes together. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like a little family.â&#x20AC;? Way also wanted to use the show as an opportunity to recognize cast members from Bishop Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous productions. The students had posters made of the shows BC has produced in the past. Any BC Drama Club alumni who attend this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show are invited to sign the posters of the shows in which they were cast. The posters will then be hung in the hallway near the dressing rooms to recognize the talent and effort of BC alumni. Way reflected on her time in the drama club and what performing has done for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think drama was a unique way to spend high school. It gives you funny memories and friendships unlike any other club or sport.â&#x20AC;? Way also said that drama club is a good way to teach independence.

Stafford said the current motor is in need of a replacement. Lastly, the supervisors discussed the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garbage services and how that would

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If something goes wrong, we just figure it out,â&#x20AC;? said Way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Mattressâ&#x20AC;? will be held April 19, 20 and 21 at Bishop Carroll Catholic High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cafetorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door. Main cast members include Anne Way as Winnifred, Austin Oravec as Prince Dauntless, Brock Delauter as the King, Sarah Farabaugh as the Queen, Samantha Hilyer as Lady Larken, Nick Witham as Sir Harry, Andrew Crusciel as the Minstrel and Lexi Popma as the Jester. The ensemble cast includes Nicole Barnett, Lauren Bender, Maggie Blaisdell, Samuel Cunningham, John Hegemann, Kody Krug, Allison Kuntz, Josh Nealen and Valarie Nealen. Lechak hopes everyone comes out for a good time and a lot of laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good show for all ages. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a lot of fun.â&#x20AC;?

affect this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring cleanup. Ligda asked if the borough would be entering into a contract with Hugill Sanitation, and if they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, would they



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eliminate the spring cleanup event. The supervisors decided to wait until the reorganization meeting in 2019 to decide if the township will enter into an exclusive contract or if it will remain as is, with residents choosing their own garbage contracts. The spring cleanup will still take place this year May 15 and 16. The guidelines for the cleanup event will be the same as previous years. Ligda said residents can purchase extra garbage bags to use with Hugill Sanitation service. She did say that there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anywhere local, besides Cherry Tree, where Hugill customers can buy extra garbage bags. She suggested the township look at offering bags for purchase at the township office. The next Susquehanna Township supervisors meeting will be held May 1 at 7 p.m. in the township office.

NCMA discusses customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-year theft of services

MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - PAGE 17

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

On April 4, Northern Cambria Water Authority members discussed a case in which a resident removed their water meter and effectively stole water from the authority for an undetermined amount of time. Chairman Paul Weaver said that while the individual was paying the base rate, he never paid for his usage, which is theft of services. The authority sought the advice of solicitor Bill Barbin on the issue. Barbin suggested charging the indi-

vidual the average water usage plus a fee for as long as the meter has been inactive and a significant fee on top of that amount for the late payments. Authority secretary Evelyn Long said there is no exact date that they could pinpoint to when he removed the meter, but the last time the meter was functioning was in 2015. Long said the resident told her the meter froze two years ago and he removed it and replaced the area with a different pipe. Authority member Wilbur Kelly agreed that they should charge for

the months he did not pay as well as a fee. If the resident does not pay the amount, he encouraged the authority to pursue pressing criminal charges against the resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When he took the meter out without notifying the water authority, he already did wrong,â&#x20AC;? Kelly said. Weaver added that this is an issue because customers who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being charged for usage will use whatever they want, putting the burden of paying that difference on the other customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like people to realize they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t steal services, because when

that happens, we have to raise other customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rates to cover what they used for free,â&#x20AC;? Weaver said. The authority agreed to charge the customer for three years of average usage and late fees. If the resident does not pay in full, the water will be shut off and the case filed criminally. Weaver also pointed out that many authorities now charge a higher base rate and give the first 4,000 gallons at no charge. He said the authority should consider doing this as an option when they review the rates as it would protect against losses in

Next, vice chairman Joseph Vescovi brought up the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program seminar he recently attended. He said the program offers funding for unpaved and low-volume public roads in an effort to help eliminate stream pollution caused by runoff and sediment. Vescovi said he thinks this is a program the township would benefit from as there are a few unpaved roads near streams or that have

stream crossings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is something to think about,â&#x20AC;? Vescovi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it is out there, there is no reason why we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go for it because we could use it on these couple of big pipes under the roads.â&#x20AC;? To qualify for these grants, the township will have to send someone to a special training course. Once that is completed, that person will be able to apply for the grants and supervise the project to make sure it is done correctly.

According to the Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies website, the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program was enacted into law in April 1997 as section 9106 of the Pa. Vehicle Code, with $5 million in annual funding for â&#x20AC;&#x153;environmentally sensitive road maintenanceâ&#x20AC;? for unpaved roads. Vescovi said the funds are out there, and if the township can meet

Clearfield Township talks road project, grants By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

The Clearfield Township Supervisors met April 5 and discussed the 2018 road project as well as other funding options to finance future road projects in the township. When the 2018 paving project was brought up, chairman David Kibler said that the township should wait to hear what the bids and assessment costs are before they make a final decision on what work to do this year. He said he and the other supervisors will soon be doing a road review to assess the condition of township roads, but it depends on the weather.






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these types of issues and also allow for better stability for the authority. On the subject of filing criminally, Long mentioned that another account had also been filed criminally as the residents have disappeared and cannot be contacted to pay their balance. She said after the case is filed, a letter will be sent, and then a hearing will be held. If the customers do not attend the hearing, a warrant will then be placed for their arrest.

Cambria Heights High School to present ‘The Wedding Singer’ PAGE 18 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

Cambria Heights students will soon be paying homage to all things ‘80s in their April production of “The Wedding Singer.” Cambria Heights assistant musical director Debra Yablinsky said play goers should expect a musical that is fun, full of laughs, and filled with heart. The play, which will take place April 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, follows rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart in 1985. Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer and the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Thankfully, a quirky cast of characters intervene to help him rediscover love and happiness. Junior Christian Yarnish is accepting the demanding role of Robbie Hart. Christian is from Flinton and is performing in his seventh Cambria Heights show. “This show is completely different than what you’d expect from a musical,” Christian said, “There are some upbeat rock songs and then some slow R&B style songs. It brings a lot of diversity to the show.” Linda, Robbie’s love interest, who leaves him at the altar, is played by

junior Morgan Schreyer. Morgan is from Hastings and is performing in her sixth Cambria Heights show. Linda leaves Robbie for Glen, a hot shot businessman who is planning to marry her. Glen is played by senior William Hoover, who is from Dysart and performing in his eighth Cambria Heights show. While Robbie faces a lot in the play, he doesn’t do it alone. Robbie has the help of his bandmates Sammy and George, played by junior Brett Eckenrode and eighth-grader Peyton Gaida, of Dysart, who give him advice and keep the energy of the play moving forward. Eckenrode is from Ebensburg and is presenting his talent in his fifth Cambria Heights show. Eckenrode said “The Wedding Singer” is a more modern play that he thinks the audience, especially younger audience members, will find it easier to relate to than other classic plays. “This musical takes place only a little over 20 years ago. So the music, clothes and lifestyle are closer to our lives, making this musical much more relatable and enjoyable,” Eckenrode said. Juniors Jocelyn Rezk and Julie Snedden play waitresses, Julia and Holly. Rezk is from Patton and is

singing in her second Cambria Heights musical. Snedden is from St. Boniface and is appearing in her first Cambria Heights musical. Snedden said the play is “filled with characters who are funny, obnoxious and fun. The audience will enjoy the comedy and plotline of the show.” “The Wedding Singer” also features many actors in specialty roles from adorable elderly ladies to celebrity impersonators. Students who show their versatility in these roles are senior Erin Choby, juniors Davy Wallen, Aubrey Thiec, Gracie Turnbaugh, Zack Venesky and Michael Zenone, sophomore Abbey Krug, freshmen Andrew Christoff and Erin Eckenrode, and eighthgrader Ava Beebe. Ensemble members include juniors Skyler Fogle, Nathan Phillips and Cassidy Ringler; sophomores, Nicholas Burns, Jordan Delattre, Stephanie Rusnak and Joey Weber; freshmen Trinity Boland, Makayla Holland, Amelia Mozina, Amanda Price, Lydia Sherry and Taylor Yannitelli; and eighth-graders Autumn Duman and Courtney Venesky. Seniors Lee Miller and Zach Westrick will be playing in the pit orchestra for the show. Yablinsky also pointed out that the-

atrical productions cannot survive without the support of the stage crew. Taking the lead back stage are seniors Eric Carpinello and Amanda Venesky and juniors Paige McConnell and Ryan Peles as stage managers. Lighting, sound, props and set building are controlled by seniors Zach Westrick, juniors Morgan Chappell, Ethan Eckenrode, Brianna Franceschini and Morgan Shilling; sophomores Adam Carpinello, Sonya Craver, Isabella McConnell and Samuel Sottile;



the requirements, it could address some problem areas on these types of roads. The rest of the supervisors agreed and approved to send an employee to receive the required training. Lastly, the supervisors discussed equipment needs. They started by talking about one of the smaller township trucks. It won’t start and they are not sure why. Vescovi said it is time to

freshman Sabina Schirf; and eighthgrade helpers Haley Drass, Anastasia Foulks and Grace Jacobs. Because of the adult content the show contains, Yablinsky said “The Wedding Singer” production is recommended for those 10 years and older. Interested parties can reserve their seats by emailing Tickets cost $4 for those under 18 and $5 for adults. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door April 13, 14 and 15.

look into buying a new truck. “Its time,” Vescovi said. “I don’t even know what you could do with that truck.” The other supervisors agreed with him, saying they should look for a gas 450 or 550 truck, as it is not cost-effective to use diesel. The supervisors said they will bring options to the next meeting if possible. The next Clearfield Township meeting will be held May 3 at 7 p.m. in the township office.

Carrolltown council members change office hours, see audit results

MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - PAGE 19

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

At the April Carrolltown Borough council meeting, council members brought up the topic of changing the office hours to allow the most amount of work to be completed while still serving the people. This meant for the council to close the office to the public one day a week to allow the staff members to complete their work and alter the hours for the rest of the week. Councilman Luke Baker said coun-

cil and the municipal authority held a workshop to discuss this change. “We are trying to give people the right tools to get their job done and time to get their job done efficiently,” Baker said. Baker suggested that the office be closed on Mondays and have alternative hours Tuesday through Friday. He said they can adjust the hours to help residents as well. “I think we are hindering more than helping with what we have to do in the office with one full-time and one part-time person,” Baker

said. “I think it needs addressed and I think it needs to be done.” Councilwoman Darlene Lutch agreed that there is a lot of work the staff needs to complete without interruption, so having a day closed to the public would help immensely. Drew Thomas said the hours still need to work for the public, especially those who work late. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf advised against favoring a special few people as it would be unfair. He said if they stayed open late, they would also have to open early for people

who have to leave early. “You’re not going to make everybody happy. It’s pick one way, and it’s that way,” Batdorf said. He said there are other ways for people to pay their bills who couldn’t visit the office. They can mail them in, use bank draft payments or credit card payments online. He also said the borough office should not be handling cash at all, as it is a security issue that still needs addressed. The council decided to close the office to the public on Mondays and offer public hours from 8 a.m. to 4

p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Council also heard from Wessel and Company at their April meeting about their 2017 audit results. The audit showed that Carrolltown Borough had a clean audit that had materially correct statements. The audit showed that the borough had a positive net position at $252,000 at the end of 2017. The next Carrolltown Borough meeting will take place May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Carrolltown Borough building.

Gallitzin, Allegheny townships discuss paving Sutton Road By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Allegheny Township supervisor Ted Fudalski attended the Gallitzin Township supervisors meeting again April 5 to make absolutely sure the board didn’t want to split the cost of paving Sutton Road in 2018. “If we’re going to go with a project and we could work it out with [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation municipal advisor] Mike Bowser and try to get it done or are you going to wait until 2019?” Fudalski asked. He added that he didn’t mind if the township waited until 2019. Fudalski went on to discuss some tax monies collected from the residents

of the road and the liquid fuels funds both municipalities get for it. The topic of Sutton Road has been a hotly discussed issue between Gallitzin and Allegheny townships ever since two residents who live on the road asked Gallitzin to take over maintenance of it more than a year ago. Under an intermunicipal agreement, Gallitzin Township couldn’t meet the request of the residents because it already pays Allegheny Township a portion of liquid fuels funds for the upkeep. This is because the road is split down the middle by the township line. That agreement has been in place for decades and is automatically approved again every five

years unless one party exits the agreement. After the issue was brought up, Fudalski said his municipality would back out of the agreement and turn over Gallitzin Township’s portion of the road. However, there was an issue. The agreement dosen’t become open for discussion again until August 2019. The two municipalities agreed to discuss the matter then. But at the request of the residents on the road, Allegheny Township began pursuing the idea of splitting the cost of paving between the two boards. The paving would cost between $40,000 and $50,000. Gallitzin Township supervisor Joe Benzie

has been adamant on sticking to the originally agreed upon deal until it ends. After that, he is willing to talk, but not before then. Fudalski requested at the April meeting that the township forgo sticking exactly to the contract for paving the road in 2019 and start looking to put the project out to bid in April of that year. That way, work can begin as soon at the agreement ends. The two parties discussed the pros and cons of that idea and eventually agreed to meet again in the spring of 2019 to discuss it further. Fudalski added that he would speak to the Allegheny Township solicitor to make sure the aforementioned work could be done.

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