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CenCam seniors prepare for graduation

By Kristin Baudoux

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Tomorrow, members of the Central Cambria Class of 2019 will walk across the stage at Mount Aloysius College’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center to receive their diplomas and move on to their next stage in life. This is a busy time for graduating seniors. Many are finishing up finals, planning graduation parties and cleaning out their lockers for the final time. However, five Central Cambria seniors, Ohm Vyas, Sydney Shaffer, Joe Gagermeier, Nick Lasinsky and Ally Simmers, spared a few moments to look back on their high school careers and describe their plans moving forward. Though many of the students said they will miss their teachers and the atmosphere of high school, the students were excited to be moving on to learn more about their favorite subjects and follow the path to their dream careers. Vyas will be attending Penn State to major in engineering. Shaffer plans to stay nearby to attend Mount Aloysius College for medical imaging. Gagermeier is going to study history at Penn State-Altoona, but plans to transfer to Penn State-Abington after two years. Nick Lasinsky is heading east to Haverford College to follow his dream of becoming a librarian, and Ally Simmers is heading west to attend Allegheny College for biochemistry, and eventually to medical school.

While the prospect of college is exciting, the students did express some hesitation about the future. “I’m going to miss not having to pay for school,� Gagermeier said. Simmers said she was nervous about time management and getting used to leaving behind the structure of high school. Lasinsky mentioned that attending college and finding your place in the world can feel daunting. “College is the one chance you get to refocus yourself,� Lasinsky. While the idea of moving on may be a challenge, the students were up for it. Vyas said he looks forward to meeting new people, and Gagermeier said he can’t SEE SENIORS, PAGE 5

Central Cambria students Joe Gagermeier, Nick Lasinsky, Ally Simmers, Sydney Shaffer and Ohm Vyas discuss their future plans and their favorite parts of high school a few days before graduation. Central Cambria seniors graduate June 7. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.



    

        

  

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Carrolltown Borough sewer plant facing significant difficulties PAGE 2 - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

With so much construction and renovation going on around Carrolltown Borough, pressure is high for local politicians and borough employees. The state-mandated corridor project, originally supposed to cost the taxpayers nothing, recently was announced at a price tag of more than $200,000. Part of the project includes moving borough water and sewer lines to avoid conflicts with the project. However, local officials are concerned that another problem may surface in the coming months — a highly overstressed sewer plant. Most of the borough’s sewer system is quite old, including the treatment plant. Treatment plants in Pennsylvania and most other states require significant licensure and oversight, as well as at least one highly-trained individual to operate the system. Currently, Carrolltown is in danger of attracting attention from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state office in charge of monitoring sewer plant operations, capacities and runoffs. Attention from the DEP usually equates to expensive fees and mandated repairs or renovations.

The problem - rainwater infiltration and inflow The local sewer plant is currently licensed to handle 200,000 gallons of wastewater per day, which is more than enough for the current number of residents served. In an ideal world, all of the liquid that enters the sewer plant would be wastewater. Any liquid treated at the plant, including rainwater, costs exactly the same amount to run through the system. Treating fresh water amounts to wasted money, the cost of which is covered by residents via service rates from the municipal authority. If the system is in balance, the plant should process approximately the same amount of liquid as the town consumes. The plant is instead treating much larger volumes of wastewater then the town is actually utilizing, meaning that rainwater is making its way into the system via problems with the pipes, gutter runoff, sump pumps or some other means. The process of unwanted liquid making its way into the sewer system is called infiltration and inflow (I&I). Every system is designed with enough leeway to allow some I&I. However, if I&I causes the

plant to run too far above its licensed capacity, a DEP violation occurs alongside the money wasted treating infiltrated water. Each plant is allowed a few of these violations each year, but going over the limit results in DEP involvement and associated fines and repairs to the system. These “consent orders” can cost huge sums of money because an overloaded sewer plant may result in unlawful and dangerous waterway pollution. When a plant overflows, the wastewater has to go somewhere. Currently, Carrolltown’s sewer plant doesn’t pose known health risks for residents, but the concern is there. During an interview, plant operator Brad Kelly was visibly concerned about the water measurements for last year. Despite the plant limit of 200,000 gallons per day, Kelly showed a handful of measurements reading the plant around one million gallons per day following rainstorms. Besides costing residents hundreds of thousands in treating rainwater unnecessarily, Kelly is concerned the violations will attract state regulators. He also remarked that he is proud of his job as plant operator and would like to do his best for the town, but is worried serious repercussions will befall the borough if repairs are not made to the system. Kelly has in-depth notes, graphs and spreadsheets detailing levels of water at the plant, including what the weather was like at the time of gallonage spikes. In defense of claims that the municipal authority “hasn’t done anything” about the problem for years, Kelly also showed a binder of pictures detailing problem areas in the sewer mains, which are on the list for repair when possible. The municipal authority is working to document these problematic areas and fix them, and has performed a host of other maintenance and exploratory projects over the past several years. For now, it’s hard to tell how much I&I comes from municipal pipes and how much comes from resident pipes.

Fixing the problem The only way to solve the problem is to fix the sewer pipes or deal with runoff. Pipes are broken down into sewer mains and sewer laterals. Mains are the responsibility of the municipal authority, whereas laterals are typically the responsibility of residents. The municipal authority started

work on an ordinance to test sewer laterals last year, along with the borough solicitor and engineer. The ordinance would have required homeowners buying or selling property in the borough to have their laterals tested for leaks on transfer. Right now, many laterals around town haven’t been pressure tested in years, and many also don’t have observation ports required to do the testing in the first place. Ultimately, the ordinance was vetoed by the mayor after a split vote during the borough council meeting held May 6. The veto caused tension at the municipal authority meeting. The authority was angry they weren’t given warning of the impending failure of the ordinance, particularly because council member Tim Spangler sits on both the council and the authority. According to multiple members on the municipal authority, the borough council was aware of the ordinance for almost a year before it was voted down. The municipal authority turned to Spangler for answers. Spangler said that the council hadn’t heard enough info about the ordinance and didn’t want to place the responsibility on the taxpayers, but the solicitor remarked that the project was in the works for months before the vote at the council meeting. Ultimately, residents are going to pay for repairs and exploration one way or another, whether through taxes, municipal rates or personal payment for lateral repairs. If DEP levees a consent order, the price tag may be exorbitant and sudden. The question now is not who is going to pay, but when and how much. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf was firm on wanting to solve the problem before DEP intervention,

in hopes he and the authority could ease the burden on the residents. “We tried to word the ordinance in a way that allowed us to work with homeowners,” stated Batdorf. “I’m not interested in making residents dig up pipes in the middle of January, I just want to get this [I&I] under control.” He also explained that the municipal authority’s rules and regulations include measures for pressure testing lines, but that they can’t be enforced without an ordinance passed by the council. Batdorf explained the failed ordinance as an effort to both find problems in the system and show DEP that the borough is making an effort to move into compliance. The hope was the ordinance would buy more time to get the situation under control piece by piece instead of all at once. Fixing the system in one project could easily cost millions, but it may be what DEP requires if they get involved. The tests could also work as a

barometer for measuring the nature of the problem. Though only a handful of homes are bought and sold each year, the percentage of those homes with serious lateral problems could hint to the nature of the problem overall. “We need to show them we are doing something. Something is better than nothing,” explained Batdorf. “If they come in here with a consent order, we are going to have to do it their way, and that’s going to be rough.” In a separate interview, Spangler denied receiving emails about the situation last year, despite counter testimony from almost everyone else involved in the discussion. He also clarified that his concern was the ordinance wouldn’t fix anything “right now,” though no alternatives have been suggested in open meetings. He also explained the concerns he sent to the engineer were based on wording conflicts between the SEE DIFFICULTY, PAGE 4


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Prince Gallitzin holds archery class, plans summer events PAGE 4 - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

Pennsylvania state parks provide a huge number of services to residents and visitors to the state, and Prince Gallitzin State Park is no exception. Most residents are aware of the more renowned activities at the park, like boating, kayaking, fishing and camping, but the park also regularly holds a wide variety of educational classes at no cost to participants. One example of the park programs was held over the weekend. On Saturday, June 1, the park sponsored an archery class for all ages. Approximately 20 park-goers of various ages attended the event,

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ordinance and the authority rules and regulations, as well as practical matters. During the municipal meeting, the EADS Group engineer publicly stated that he couldn’t find the areas of concern Spangler referenced in the the rules and regulations. Spangler voiced concern about the price repairs could cost residents attempting to sell their homes, and skepticism about the source of the

which was led by environmental education specialist Tony Desantis and intern Ricky Wagner. Rangers set up a small target range at Muskrat Beach, where visitors met around 3 p.m. Wagner opened the course with safety instructions and a brief overview of group commands. He also covered best practices for removing arrows from the targets without injuring other class-goers. Following the instructional portion of the course, attendees were given compound bows and a bundle of arrows to try out their abilities. Everyone seemed to have a good time, but the kids especially enjoyed themselves. There were big smiles all around, particularly when

I&I. Despite Spangler’s claim that communication about the ordinance was poor, multiple officials allege possession of internal emails on the subject dated at least back to October. The emails allegedly include Spangler, the solicitor, the engineer and council members in the address lines, as well as borough employees. At the municipal authority meeting, Spangler claimed this is untrue and blamed the municipal authority for not

someone hit a bullseye. Most classes, walks and talks at the park are led by Desantis. During spring, he led multiple wilderness identification walks, a talk on owls of Pennsylvania that included a chance for class-goers to hear live owl calls at the park and a host of other activities, all at no cost. The park holds events nearly every weekend, as well as much larger festivities a handful of times per year. Scheduled for this month is a nature table June 9 at 2 p.m., located at the Muskrat Beach Area #2. Nature tables are installment-based talks to teach class-goers about various aspects of the outdoors and the treasures of our forests. The classes last about an hour.

being proactive about the ordinance. “I have asked for copies of those emails and no one has given them to me. I searched my email folder and didn’t find them,” Spangler said at an interview. Moving forward It is unclear what the next moves will be. The failed ordinance could be modified and go up for another vote, or some alternate solution may be discussed.

Outdoors for Everyone day will be held June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rangers will host multiple outdoor events, including disc golf, archery, fishing rod casting lessons, kayaking basics, geocaching and more. Families are encouraged to attend and are reminded about the importance of sunscreen. More events will be planned for the summer and fall seasons before the park shifts gears for winter fun. Residents interested in attending park events can find schedules online or contact the park office for information. Each event takes place in a different location. Events are held in the early morning, afternoon and evening depending on requirements for the class or walk.

Reports of residents upset about flooding in the borough are also beginning to surface, adding insult to injury. If something is not done about the sewer system, DEP will eventually get involved and make the process significantly more uncomfortable. Besides avoiding scrutiny from the state, repairs to the pipes would result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings for the municipal authority by limiting the amount of clean water run

through the treatment plant. “All that saved us last year was the fact that everyone had tons of rain,” said Kelly. “Eventually, they are going to start asking questions, and I’m only one person. I feel like [the borough council] is making it impossible for me to do my job.” Following the completion of this story, Kelly also appeared before council personally at the June 3 meeting to explain his concerns about the plant.


Carrolltown Borough to back debt for municipal authority

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By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

Following the public comment portion of the regular Carrolltown Borough council meeting, the group covered a handful of routine topics. While the meeting was primarily uneventful following an indepth public comment portion, borough solicitor Suzann Lehmier brought forward two issues for discussion. One was an urgent matter for financing the upcoming corridor project, and the other was an update on the borough-wide Comcast franchise agreement. First, the treasurer’s report presented by secretary Bernie Julick showed the borough up $27,000 this month, with total assets and

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wait to delve further into his favorite subject. “I’m just excited to learn about what I want,” Gagermeier said. Though the students may be ready for the next chapter of their lives, they did mention what they will miss from high school. Vyas, a member of the schools track and field and cross country teams, said he will miss participating in high school sports, however he plans to continue his athletic career at college. Shaffer and Simmers will also continue to play their favorite sports, volleyball and golf, in college as well.

liabilities amounting to just over $260,000. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf gave a brief manager’s summary, highlighting the short staffed borough crew with a long list of projects in the coming months. From there, Lehmier gave her solicitor’s report. First on it was a proposal to renew the cable franchise agreement with Comcast. The agreement permits Comcast exclusive access as a cable provider borough-wide in exchange for a percentage of revenues. The solicitor made it clear that the definition of revenue can be pretty ambiguously defined. Normally, this would be a routine matter. However, this particular contract has a term of 10 years,

much longer than the last one. Julick looked into the matter before the meeting, and the previous contracts with Comcast lasted only two years, with the last one signed in 2017. The council was unanimously skeptical about the greatly extended term length, and instructed Lehmier to look into possibly getting a shorter one or a better deal. The issue will be re-examined in a future meeting. Next, Lehmier brought up the most urgent matter at the meeting. Last month, the municipal authority secured a means of financing the $1.1 million required to front the cost of the upcoming PennDOT corridor project on Route 219. Most of the money will be refund-

The students also said they will miss the small, friendly atmosphere of high school and seeing their friends they grew up with every day. “There’s a lot of people you won’t reconnect with,” Lasinsky said. But as the students move on from high school, they wanted to share some advice with the underclassmen. “It [school] flies, man … Go to as much as you can,” Simmers said, urging the students to attend sporting events, musicals and more. Lasinsky expanded on Simmers’ statement, by telling

everyone to try new things. He said even though he doesn’t plan on being a lawyer, he still participated and enjoyed being involved with mock trial. “Now is your time to just try things,” Lasinsky said. Gagermeier also said high school is a good time to start thinking about who you are and what you believe. “It’s a good time to really start the foundations of what you believe as a person,” Gagermeier said. Though, at the same time, Shaffer said to enjoy it while it lasts. “And have fun,” Shaffer said.

ed by the state, but only if certain parameters are met. One of those parameters is completion of the borough’s pipe relocation responsibilities by September. The financing is to come from Ameriserv, and is a non-revolving line of credit. However, Ameriserv is now requiring the borough to sign responsibility on the loan taken by the municipal authority. Without co-signing for the costs, Ameriserv will not finance the operation. If Ameriserv doesn’t finance, there’s no way the borough government will be able to meet the deadline imposed by PennDOT, therefore breaching the refund agreement. “We are under the gun here. I need the borough to motion to advertise the ordinance. If the borough doesn’t do the guarantee, I

don’t think the municipal authority is going to have another option,” explained Lehmier. After realizing there were no alternatives that could keep everything on time for the state agreement, the council voted to allow advertisement of the issue. In short, the borough will likely be taking on final responsibility for the line of credit needed by the municipal authority. Lehmier explained that this is common, or even universal, because it is the borough council that holds taxation power. “I don’t mean to be this dire, but this is where we are at with PennDOT,” said Lehmier. The group motioned to advertise the requirement, but a series of legal actions will need to be performed before the backing is made official.


BVMA engineer provides Route 422 project update PAGE 6 - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

Chairman states he has received ‘nothing but praise’ on work By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

At the May 29 Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority (BVMA) meeting, engineer Rich Wray gave an update on the Route 422 east wastewater project. He explained that the update included the construction activity since April 25. According to Wray, a line revision needed to be taken care of near Tom and Shirley Lane. “We currently have borings that would go underneath [Route] 422 to give them service,” said Wray. “The line would be running up the north side of 422.” In reviewing that request from customers who wish to have that line relocated, Wray said that the contractor asked to move the line away from 422 and behind the homes. “I talked to all the people, and they would really prefer the service to be behind the house,” said Wray. “All we’re doing is taking this quantity of main line and moving it behind the homes.” Wray said that this also includes the Hilltop Bar, which will have the service behind the structure as well. “It gets the contractor away from overhead utilities, he’s uncomfortable with working with those overhead utilities in that location,” Wray said. “I think it would be good, the people actually want the service behind the homes.” Chairman Mike Pisarcik added that it takes away 10 homes that would need individual line boring under the road. “How quickly can we get replacement easement drawings?” asked solicitor Bill Barbin. “We cannot put a line in where we do not have an easement.” Pisarcik asked if he could get the individuals affected by the line movement to sign off on an “authorization to enter” form, then move forward with easements after that. “I understand not stopping construction, if he’s ready to go he’s ready to go,” said Barbin. Pisarcik added that he will

take a “right of entry” form to the property owners as soon as possible so that they can quickly proceed with both that line construction and easements. “If we do it within a month and a half, probably no problem at all,” said Barbin. In other project matters, Pisarcik said that he has been approached by a number of customers with the same question on tying into the system. “Being that they don’t have to go into a pump station, could it be possible these people could start tying into this system?” asked Pisarcik. “If the contractor relinquishes ownership of the system to the authority, [yes],” said Wray. Barbin said that they would have to give partial substantial

completion, after that customers would be permitted to tie into the sewer system. “But we have to be prepared to do final testing and accept a specific section of the project,” Barbin said. Pisarcik explained if customers can tie in at different times, it will also be easier on the authority because he and worker Drew Klezek would not be “bombarded all at one time for air tests.” “Really, anywhere along 422 could also come in phases as well,” added Wray. “I like the concept.” Pisarcik asked Wray when the project could be completed by, based on how the construction is moving forward now. “They could conceivably do

this by November now that I see a little bit of progress in the rate of construction,” Wray said. Pisarcik said that he has received “nothing but praise” on the work that has been done so far on the project by Kukurin Contracting.

Office manager Roxanne Pisarcik also said that the BVMA office will be open extra hours for new customers to pay tap-in fees. The first Tuesday of every month, she will be in the office from 4-6 p.m. to accept the payment.


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Locals attend ‘Stop the Bleed’ training in Carrolltown By Calem Illig

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Members of the Carrolltown Fire Engine Company, and residents of the community converged at the Carrolltown Fire Company Social Hall and Club May 28 to partake in specialized training that could potentially save someone’s life. Presented by the 1889 Foundation and the Conemaugh Health System, the “Stop the Bleed” initiative aims to train the public on how to treat and potentially save the life of someone who is excessively bleeding from a traumatic injury. Tom Causer, who is the trauma coordinator at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, said that just like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), learning to stop someone from

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bleeding is a tactic that everyone should learn how to perform. “Everyone knows how to perform CPR,” Causer said. “Just like how everyone learns to perform CPR, we need to also know how to stop the bleed. Just as CPR can save your life, so can ‘Stop the Bleed.’” Statistics show that 60 percent of patients who face a major laceration die due to blood loss before even reaching the hospital. In the United States Armed Forces, however, less than 3 percent of patients with major lacerations die due to blood loss. Causer said that in the military, each member is required to undergo training and is equipped with tourniquets. A tourniquet is a life-saving device that can restrict blood flow to open wounds. “The faster you can stop someone from bleeding, the better chance you have at saving

their life,” Causer said. People most commonly bleed to death in rural areas due to the lack of first responder care and distance required for first responders to travel to the emergency scene. Causer said that based on the severity of the injury, some individuals can bleed to death in a matter of minutes. In rural areas especially, Causer said it is crucial for all individuals to learn how to stop the bleed. “Everyone should learn how to stop someone from bleeding,” Kutchman said. “An ambulance can only make it there so fast.” While tourniquets are a common tool used to stop bleeding, the device may not always be available. To treat a laceration where a tourniquet is not available, or to be used primarily for a wound around a patient’s joints, a form of hemostatic gauze can be used to pack the

wound and stop the bleeding. While the common person does not carry around hemostatic gauze at all times, Causer said that everyone carries around an informal version of gauze. “The shirt off your back can be used to pack the wound,” Causer said. “Everyone has improvised gauze on themselves. Anyone could save a life… This is why it is so important to teach everyone how to stop the bleed.” Any person or organization wishing to receive “Stop the Bleed” training and equipment can contact Causer through the Conemaugh Health System. Causer said he hopes the entire community will take advantage of the opportunity. “Anyone could be called upon to stop someone from bleeding,” Causer said. “We want everyone in this area to know how to save a life.”

Ray Lenz: military and volunteer man

In this day and age, volunteers are hard to come by. Many organizations are having difficulty finding people to step up and volunteer. But for Ray Lenz, volunteering is a way of life. Ray Lenz has been active in his community for as long as he can remember. “Volunteering has been instilled in me since my childhood,” Lenz said. “I enjoy helping people and part of my reason is my faith because we are supposed to love one another.” Lenz has been active in the American Legion since 1955. Along with serving four terms as Post 174 Commander, Lenz has held every elective office on the post level, two terms as the 20th District Commander and served as the Pennsylvania Western ViceCommander in 1985. He was elected Department Commander at the 72nd Pennsylvania American Legion Convention held at Hershey, July 1991. During his year, the department hit an all-time high in membership. On the national level, Lenz was a member of the American Legion’s National Committee on Education, having served 25 years from 1988 to 2013. He is also a member of the Sons of The American Legion, and the Mainline Honor Guard, which performs military rites dur-

ing funerals. He also has served on the advisory committee at the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home since 2008. He also volunteers at the Cresson Food Pantry, which he has done for the past 20 years, and at the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Cresson. Lenz also had the unique opportunity to meet Tony Orlando and sing with him. “I was in Salt Lake City in 1995 for a meeting, and when I walked in, I saw Tony Orlando and I asked for his autograph,” Lenz said. “He asked me what my name was and then later on, when he was performing, he asked for Ray Lenz and I tried to hide away. They made me go up onstage and we sang the ‘Pennsylvania Polka.’” Lenz has a photo of him and Orlando singing together, along with the autograph Orlando gave him. Lenz used to be a member of the Past District Commander’s Association, 40 and 8, a life member of American Overseas Memorial Day Association and an honorary life member of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada. He also used to volunteer for the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company, Cambria Firemen’s Association, and was past president of the Gallitzin Lions’ Club and past president of the Cambria County Fair Association.

Lenz was a 20 gallon blood donor and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. He also served as an organizer, coach and volunteer for the Special Olympics and was a troop committeeman for Boy Scout Troop 92 of Cresson.

Lenz is a graduate of St. Francis University and the Pennsylvania State University. He taught special education for the Appalachian Intermediate Unit 08 at all levels for 34 years, before retiring in June 1992.

Ray Lenz is a life member of Gallitzin Memorial Post 174. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 195355. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf at the Summit Country Club in Cresson.


Carrolltown Borough Council addresses increased flooding

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By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

The Carrolltown Borough Council held its regular meeting June 3 at the borough building. Before the regular agenda, the council heard and discussed public comments for nearly an hour. Comments from the public centered around increasingly problematic flood trends in the borough. Wastewater plant operator Brad Kelly also came before the council over concerns about a recent veto of an ordinance designed to help combat serious problems at the sewer plant. Resident Sam Wagner came before the council with concerns about frequent and severe flooding. “I have a lot of water coming down through my yard, and I want you to fix it,� Wagner began. He went on to explain that water is running “like a river� on West Carroll, where it’s running down the alley and turning into his yard. From there, the runoff causes flooding in his basement. Council member Darlene Lutch confirmed the seriousness of the problem based on a video she saw detailing the situation. Wagner went on to explain that the water is dirty and has an odor. He also said that he installed French drains, ditches, barriers and blockades around his home to slow the flooding, all to no avail. He also said the price of his efforts has been in the thousands over the past decade. He then brought forward concerns about standing water that may breed mosquitos. When Lutch noted that Wagner’s property was far from the only one being affected by the flooding, Wagner clarified that he is “the only one with a big mouth.� In fact, multiple properties in the area and around the borough are experiencing distressing levels of runoff, partially because of record-breaking rainfall last year. Present at the meeting was an engineer from The EADS Group who recommended that Wagner contact the Cambria Conservation District to “get the ball rolling� on solving the problem. He noted that it’s illegal to discharge water to a neighbor’s property, which may inadvertently be happening at the properties in question. Wagner made it clear that he wasn’t interested in blaming his neighbors, but would contact whoever he needed to get the problem fixed. He also remained concerned about how long the problem will take to solve. “Financially, it’s crippling me. I’ve done everything I can as a homeowner,� he said. Wagner also brought forward a proposal that

the municipal authority abandon an unused water line affecting his property rights. Council member Tim Spangler said the issue could go on the agenda for next municipal meeting. “Can I get that in writing?� quipped Wagner. Next, plant operator Brad Kelly brought forward a soft-spoken report about problems at the sewer plant, as well as a list of efforts the municipal authority enacted to fix the problems in the two years of his employment. As far as municipal efforts, Kelly listed inflow and infiltration exploration, manhole checks, repairs to several mains around town, a replaced main near Dollar General and smoke tests to check for problematic lines. He also mentioned that many lines were videoed to look for problems. “I’m here because I’m thinking you may not know the situation down at the plant,� explained Kelly. Kelly explained that a storm last week dropped approximately .3 inches of rain on the borough, which almost immediately caused an overflow situation at the sewer plant. The engineer representing The EADS Group confirmed the problem, stating that such a huge overflow so quickly after the rain shows a serious amount of rainwater is making its way into the sewer system and back to the plant. Right now, it’s difficult to tell how much rain is penetrating the sewer system via damaged mains and laterals, sump pumps from homes, gutter runoff or a host of other possible issues. Kelly expressed hope that a new pump station slated for construction in the near future may help handle the problem by dosing the plant more slowly, but it will only be a portion of the fix. He also brought up concerns about the recent failure of the pressure testing ordinance. “I want to get this problem fixed, and I especially want to fix this before an agency gets involved. The ordinance is somewhere to start,� he said. The ordinance would have resulted in about 510 homes worth of laterals tested per year, which the municipal authority hoped to use as a gauge to determine the severity of lateral issues around town. Council member Mike Platt clarified that he voted against the ordinance because it “doesn’t solve anything right now� and may cost homeowners significant sums if they sell or buy a home. Council member Tim Spangler mirrored the view. Discussion about possible sources of flood and sewer concerns continued for about half an hour before the group moved on to the scheduled agenda. “We have to start somewhere,� said council member Drew Thomas about the problems.

Allegheny Portage Railroad to hold preview for visitor center renovation

By Gina Bianucci

of Mainline Newspapers

The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will hold an Evening on the Summit program for a preview of its new visitor center Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m. The visitor center will undergo a massive renovation by the end of 2019. The visitor center will have all new exhibits, with

the exception of the park movie, the model steam locomotive and the model of the historic places, such as the Lemon House, the incline plane and the engineer house. “The different sections for new exhibits are a section on Innovation, Technology and Travel, 1820-1860, the Immersive Canal Boat and Conduit for Commerce, Travel and Escape,� Elizabeth Shope, a

National Park Service guide, said over email. The center will have a selection on the underground railroad, new locations for the front desk and bookstore and new books tying into the new theme. They also have sticky wrapped pictures of places such as Pittsburgh, information on the port cities, new painted colors and more interactive and updatSEE CENTER, PAGE 19

  

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5 WAYS TRAVEL IMPROVES MOOD AND PERSONAL HEALTH

Vacations can be great ways to see the world, soak up some culture and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But traveling can have benefits that last longer than a one- or two-week vacation.

Traveling can have a positive effect on personal health and well-being, as various studies point to how travel can boost one’s state of mind and overall mood. The following are five ways that traveling can positively affect travelers’ mood and health.

1. Increases happiness: People are happiest when they have a trip coming up, according to researchers at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. A 2014 study from researchers at Cornell University confirms the findings, noting people get more happiness from anticipating a travel experience than from an object they can acquire.

2. Enhances creativity: The brain is influenced by new envi-

     

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ronments and experiences, which is the hallmark of travel. Researchers at the Columbia Business School found that travel can encourage people to embrace different ways of living and influence their outlook on life.

3. Stress relief: Travel is a great way to get away from obligations at home and at work, allowing the mind to reset without having to make decisions beyond figuring out which activities to do during the day or which foods to grab along the way. The mental wellness site Psych Central adds that vacations take people away from the places and activities that contribute to their stress levels.

4. Fosters change: Remembering pleasurable experiences from vacations when one returns home can be a positive behavioral intervention. Dr. Tamara McClintock Greenberg, a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist, says you can incorporate those feelings into daily life by recreating food or experi-

ences at home.

5. Encourages exercise: Vacations can be full of swimming, walking, sightseeing, or participating in other fitness pursuits. According to the World Heart Federation, moderate exercise lowers risk of heart attack by 30 to 50 percent, suggesting that traveling is good for the mind and the body. Exercise also has been shown to combat depression and help reduce stress and anxiety.

Traveling can improve one’s mental health and overall well-being. Making time to take vacations is an important component of staying healthy.


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Slow metabolism may indicate illness

Metabolism is a series of chemical reactions responsible for converting food into energy to run cellular processes. These reactions enable people to grow and sustain life effectively.

gain or difficulty losing weight. Recognizing that a slow metabolism is part of certain conditions, and treating those conditions, can help people regain their energy and start losing weight.

Even though the speed at which the body metabolizes food is different for every person, sometimes a very sluggish metabolism could be a sign of illness. A diet that has stalled or even led to weight gain can be more than faulty genes. According to experts at the Washington Endocrine Clinic in Washington, D.C., certain underlying illnesses can result in weight

• Cushing’s disease/syndrome: A similar phenomenon occurs with Cushing’s disease. This is an illness that occurs when there is too much cortisol in the body, according to The Pituitary Society. A tumor of the adrenal glands is sometimes to blame, while in other cases the body

just makes too much of the hormone ACTH, which causes cortisol levels to ramp up. Medications to control excessive production of cortisol can help.

feet occur when the arches don’t develop during childhood. Flat feet also can occur after an injury

or through wear and tear with age. Flat feet is generally a painless

Individuals who are following a dieting and exercise regimen may speak about having fast or slow metabolisms depending on how long they’ve been working toward a goal, and whether or not they have seen measurable results.

• Extra cortisol: If the body has too much cortisol, which is known as “the stress hormone,” it may think it’s under duress and needs extra calories for bodily energy. Normal amounts of cortisol can help burn fat if it is working synergistically with the rest of the chemicals in the body. When there’s too much, calories are hoarded.

symptoms. Supplementation with a synthetic form of thyroid hormone may restore function and enable weight loss.

• Low testosterone: This is a condition in which the testes do not produce enough testosterone. It affects nearly 40 percent of men aged 45 and older, says the Cleveland Clinic. Symptoms of low testosterone, such as increased body fat and fatigue, can derail weight loss efforts. Men can undergo testosterone replacement therapy to restore levels.

• Hypothyroidism: With hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland does not

WHAT ARE FLAT FEET, AND IS THERE CAUSE FOR CONCERN?

Parents want to be sure that their children are healthy from top to bottom. When parents see that their children may have fallen arches, sometimes referred to as “flat feet,” or discover it from a pediatrician, they may wonder if this is something to be concerned about.

Flat feet are quite common. A 2006 study of the condition published in the journal Pediatrics found that the prevalence of flat feet in a studied group of children between the ages of three and six was 44 percent. Whereas the prevalence of flat feet can decrease with age, it is a widely seen condition that will generally stay with a child into adulthood unless there is medical intervention.

The Mayo Clinic says that flat

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produce enough thyroid hormone, offers the Mayo Clinic. This causes any number of bodily functions to slow down and result in weight gain, fatigue, joint pain, and other

If weight loss has stagnated and it is followed by other symptoms, individuals should make an appointment with their doctors to discover if illness is behind this difficulty.


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SIX TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK

Work is an important part of our lives and can impart a sense of purpose and accomplishment. However, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five Americans struggles with mental health issues, and workplace stress is often reported as the primary cause. Among American employees, depression and anxiety are noted as the top two issues.

The result of all this is that absenteeism, loss of productivity and resignations are increasingly common in the workplace. Notable causes of work-related mental health issues are work overload, lack of recognition, precarious employment situations

and interpersonal tensions. Here are six things you can do to avoid or lessen the effects of these problems.

1. Take a break. You’re entitled to your break times, so take advantage of every minute.

2. Delegate tasks. If you have a heavy workload, don’t be afraid to unload some of your tasks to your colleagues.

3. Connect with co-workers. Make time in your schedule to socialize with your colleagues. 4. Drink sensibly. Avoid using drugs and alcohol to manage work-related stress.

5. Use workplace resources. Take advantage of any well-being or time management resources offered by your employer. 6. Resolve interpersonal tensions. Speak to your employer, or someone you trust, about interpersonal issues like intimidation or harassment.

Outside of work, make sure to eat well, get enough sleep and exercise regularly. In addition, remember that maintaining a supportive social network can be an effective way to prevent or mitigate mental health issues. And if you need to, don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor or other health care professional in your community.

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condition, but for some, fallen arches can contribute to problems in the ankles and knees because the condition can impact the alignment of the legs. Also, some others may find their feet tire easily when walking. Unless there is pain, no treatment is usually advised.

Doctors may refer some patients with flat feet to a foot specialist. He or she may advise use of shoe insoles to support the feet better and also explain which types of shoes to wear for utmost comfort. The NHS, the United Kingdom’s biggest health website and a world-leading health information service, says that surgery

is rarely needed for flat feet. However, it might be recommended if there’s a problem with the bones, tissues or muscles in the feet and other treatments haven’t worked.

Fallen arches are quite common and normally not something to worry about. Toddlers may grow out of the condition. However, even if flat feet are a permanent fixture, they should not affect a person’s ability to lead a fully active life.


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How exercise benefits your heart

Improved health is a primary motivator among people who routinely exercise. Exercise can help people feel better about themselves and their appearance, and it has considerable effects on various parts of the body, including the heart.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States,. Exercise can be one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk for cardiovascular issues like heart attack, high cholesterol and more. In fact, cardiologists at the New England Baptist Hospital say exercise is not only a risk preventative, but also a healing balm of sorts for heart health.

efficient and more capable of pumping blood throughout the body, says the health experts behind Kaiser Permanente health plans. Even light to moderate exercise can be highly effective at improving heart health.

Harvard Medical School says exercise also promotes positive physiological changes, such as encouraging the heart’s arteries to dilate more readily. Exercise also can help with the body’s sympathetic nervous system (which controls heart rate and blood pressure) to be less reactive.

Ischemic preconditioning is another way that exercise can potentially benefit the heart. According to a 2017 article in JAMA Cardiology, heart disease patients

who exercised found that exercise could trigger short periods of ischemia, or reduced blood flow to the heart. After resting for a few minutes, these people saw improved performance when they renewed exercise and got their heart rates up. It is believed that small doses of IPC can help the heart adapt more readily with ischemia and avoid a major response issue down the road. Those at the Cardiovascular Performance Program at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital found that IPC could reduce damage from heart attack by as much as 50 percent. Physical activity also allows better blood flow in the small blood vessels around the heart, potentially preventing clogs that

can lead to heart attacks. Furthermore, there is some evidence that exercise can help the body grow more blood vessel branches so there are additional routes blood can take if a usual path is blocked by fatty deposits or narrow arteries.

Johns Hopkins Medical Center says exercise also works like a beta-blocker medication that can slow the heart rate naturally to alleviate hypertension. It also can raise levels of HDL, the good cholesterol in the body, helping to improve overall cholesterol levels.

There are several reasons why exercise is important to heart health. It’s never too late to get with a fitness regimen to prevent or reverse cardiac episodes.

THE EFFECTS OF UV RAYS ON THE EYES

Exercise can help the heart become more

The sun can be both friend and foe. A warm, sunny day can improve mood and increase levels of vitamin D in the body. Exposure to sunlight during the day also can help regulate the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, known as the circadian rhythm. However, overexposure to the sun can be dangerous as well.

Many people recognize that exposure to the sun can lead to sunburn and long-standing skin damage, but they may not realize that the eyes also are susceptible to damage caused by the sun. The eye health resource All About Vision warns that extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to significant eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, pterygia, and photokeratitis. UV rays come in three types: A, B and C. The atmosphere’s ozone layer blocks virtually all UVC rays, which are the most potent, but UVA and UVB can be dangerous when exposure to the sun is significant. Exposure to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time can cause photokeratitis, which is essentially a sunburn

of the eye that can cause pain and redness. Prolonged exposure to UV rays without adequate protection may cause lasting damage, says the American Optometric Association. UV rays come from both the sun itself and tanning beds. Here’s a look at some of the common UV-induced eye conditions.

• Cataracts: A clouding of the eye’s natural lens, or the part of the eye that focuses the light a person

sees.

• Macular degeneration: UV rays may lead to macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of vision loss for older people. The macula is the center portion of the retina, essential for vision.

• Pterygium: This is a growth that begins on the white of the eye and may involve the cornea. The growth can eventually impede vision, says the organization

Prevent Blindness America.

Sunglasses and other protective lenses are essential to keeping the eyes healthy. AOA says that for sunglasses to be effective, they should: • block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation; • screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light; • have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection; and

• have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.

In addition, people can wear wide-brimmed hats to protect their eyes from the sun and harmful UV rays. This will shield the eyes and the delicate skin of the face. Learn more about protecting the eyes at www.allaboutvision.com, www.aoa.org, or www.preventblindnessamerica.org .


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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

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HOUSES FOR RENT

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HOUSES FOR RENT

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MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT

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

HOUSES FOR SALE

AIR BNB POTENTIAL HOUSE: Duplex remodeled & updated. Nice yard, large porch, multiple kitchens, baths, bedrooms. Patton, near Glendale Lake and Rock Run. $126,900. Call 674-8366 (leave message).

GARAGE/YARD SALES

ALVERDA (BROWNSTOWN): 500 Front St, June 7-8 8:30-5 p.m. Huge sale. Watch for signs at Alverda Service Station. Something for everyone.

GARAGE/YARD SALES

CRESSON: Slattery Dr. Friday & Saturday, June 7 -8, 8-3.

DYSART: 124 McMuldren St. 3-family, household items, books, clothes & more. Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8, 8-1 p.m. EBENSBURG: 3626 Admiral Peary Hwy. 6/8. 8-4. Huge multi-family garage/ patio sale. Rain/ shine. Something for everyone. EBENSBURG: 945 Winterset Rd. Saturday, June 15, 8 -1 p.m. ESTATE/MOVING SALE, NANTYGLO: 700 Church St., Blacklick Twp. Cardiff. June 6-7-8. Watch for signs off Cardiff Road, 6 miles west of Ebensburg. GIPSY COMMUNITY YARD SALES: June 7-8. Rain or shine. 9-? Multiple sales. Lots to choose from. HASTINGS: 223 Edgewood Dr. behind park. June 6, 7, and 8. 8-3. LILLY: 5298 Portage St. June 8 & 9 9-4. Items too numerous to mention.

CRESSON: 149 Apple Dr. Fri. June 7, 8-3 & Sat, June 8, 8-1. Furniture (kitchen, living room, and miscellanious bedroom & kids toys & books, most size clothing and shoes, bedding, collectibles, holiday & more. Nice clean sale. Rain or shine. CRESSON: 308 Powell Ave. June 8, 9-4. Two family. Lots of items. Rain date: June 15. CRESSON: Multi-family, 703 Powell Ave. June 7, 9-2, June 8 9-2.

GARAGE/YARD SALES

MULTI-FAMILY: Nanty Glo, 1385 Cardiff Road, June 8, 8-3. Something for everyone.

MUNSTER ROAD: 235 Dusty Lane, Portage Thursday 6/6, Friday, 6/7, and Saturday, 6/8, 8-3. NANTY GLO: 1048 Washington Ave. Saturday, June 8, 8-3. NICKTOWN: Town-wide June 13, 85, June 14, 8-5, June 15, 8-12. 14 multi-family stops. Maps available at all stops. All stops open Friday. Nicktown is located where 553 and 271 meet. PORTAGE: 1016 Washington Ave, Friday, June 7 & Saturday June 8, 9-3. TV stands, coffee & end tables, clothes, household items, books. PORTAGE: June 7 & 8, 8:00-? clothes, CD’s & DVD’s, antiques, car, jewelry, canning jars, washer & dryer & more. 903 E. Albright St. PORTAGE: Moving yard sale June 7-9 8-6 p.m. 1307 Spring Hill Road.

  

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VACANCIES Cambria Heights School District is accepting applications for the following permanent positions beginning the 2019-2020 school year: Health & Physical Education Teacher (PA Certification Required) Special Education Teacher (PA Dual Certification Required)

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Church building demolitions raise ire among congregants Destruction of history, memories, and a loss of opportunity

By Ron Portash

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With the complete demolition of St. Brigid’s School in Lilly and the same process about to happen at the former Sacred Heart Church building in Portage, the two communities will lose some of their history. “Many memories were made in those buildings, friendships forever, weddings, classmates, inspirational teachers,” said one former Sacred Heart parishioner, “The physical symbol of those memories is disappearing.” St. Brigid’s Parish was established in 1882 to serve a number of local Irish Catholic immigrant families. St. Brigid’s School was constructed by parish members in 1901 to allow the religious sisters to continue to teach the children of the parish. St. Brigid’s School, like the buildings at Sacred Heart Parish in Portage, have been vacant for several years, and the local parish is responsible for the cost of utilities and insurance. Similar to the situation in Portage, St. Brigid’s Parish was combined with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Lilly to become Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish. Mass locations were split between the two locations for a period of time. In Portage, Sacred Heart Parish

was combined with Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in the late 1990s and St. John’s Parish in the 2000s. Several years later, the church was again combined with St. Joseph’s Parish to form Holy Family Parish. All activities at Sacred Heart and Assumption parishes ended soon after, and the buildings were put up for sale. According to community members, a formal study was conducted on St. Brigid’s School in 2015-16, costing the parish $4,000. The results reported that the overall building was sound and in good condition. The parish council began discussions to accept an offer for the building shortly afterwards, however, talks of selling the building were silenced by church officials. There have been multiple offers for the building since. The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese brought in an architect who had retired from the Diocese of Harrisburg as a consultant to look at St. Brigid’s School and the Sacred Heart buildings. According to the diocese’s expert, St. Brigid’s School would require $1.2 million in repairs to bring the building up to code. Chad Pysher, of Stella Productions of Johnstown, twice put in offers for the St. Brigid’s School building in an effort to convert it into an art or community center, similar to the former St. Casimir

Parish he purchased several years ago. The former church building is now Casimir Cultural Center and has become a vital part of revitalizing the Cambria City section of Johnstown. According to Our Lady of the Alleghenies church member Jeannie (Leap) George, in 2016 the parish council voted to move forward with the offer and never rescinded the approved motion. According to George, Pysher agreed to all the conditions for the sale placed by the parish council. The talk of the sale was ended by Msgr. John Sasway, the pastor of Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish at that time. A similar engineering report by the diocese was done on the Sacred Heart buildings, outlining prohibitory costs to bring the building up to code. Additionally, the church cites the costs of separating utility lines to the four Sacred Heart buildings as too high, preventing the church rectory, school and garage to be sold separately. Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, of Johnstown, offered to purchase the Sacred Heart church building for $120,000, which was $40,000 over the asking price. There were at least two other offers to purchase the Sacred Heart buildings. As late as last month, Altoona businessman Jason Clapper, who had put in offers before, once again attempted to purchase the Sacred Heart church and rectory. Clapper explained that he would help pay to separate the utility lines that were cited as one of the reasons for not selling the buildings. At each of the churches, a change in parish priests occurred after attempts were made to sell the buildings. Fr. Kevin Queally oversaw the demolition of St. Brigid’s School and Fr. Tom Stabile was transferred into the AltoonaJohnstown Diocese to Holy Family Parish to oversee the demolition of the Sacred Heart buildings. The demolition of St. Brigid’s School cost Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish at least $34,000 for the demolition and an unknown amount for asbestos removal. The demolition of the Sacred Heart buildings, with the exception of the single-car garage, will cost over $40,000 for asbestos removal and another $72,000 for demolition. The demolition of both St. Brigid’s School and Sacred Heart Church is being completed by G&R Excavating and Demolition, of Tyrone. According to published reports, owner Glen Ray is “active member” in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. All the salvageable material from the demolished buildings is being resold by G&R. The small business website alignable.com lists information about the G&R’s material from demolished buildings available for resale. Antique stainedglass windows can sell for thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to collectors. The large wooden beams used as floor joints, hand-made wooden moldings and aged wooden planks are prized items for artisans, furniture restorers and custom builders. Other metals can be sold for reuse or scrap. With the demolition of these historic buildings, one thing is certain. Many parishioners are not happy. “With the history of the secrecy of the Catholic Church, maybe the Attorney General’s Office needs to look into this also,” George suggested.


Jackson Water Authority talks broken meters and billing

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

A question posed by Jackson Water Authority board member Bill Grubb at the May 28 meeting focused on broken meters and how foreman Fred Meier handles fixing that problem. The conversation started when Grubb asked for a more in-depth explanation of how billing works. “So about how many gallons are we actually billing?” asked Grubb. According to Buksa, the day of the meeting she billed out “5.2 million gallons for the full system.” “What I billed out today, I don’t have from Nanty Glo for two more months,” said Buksa. She added that Nanty Glo runs their cycle two months behind what Jackson does. “We’re going to have a lot that was billed out the next month coming,” explained foreman Fred Meier. “We got everything that came from CPV from filling the tank.” CPV filled a 2.7 million gallon water tank and a 66,000 gallon tank, according to Meier. “Our revenue is a little higher

because we got paid from Kiewit,” said Buksa. Buksa provided a chart to the authority that showed how much she billed each month. “In January, we purchased 9.9 million [gallons of water] and we billed out 4.1 [million gallons of water],” said Buksa. In February, she said that the authority purchased 9.6 million gallons of water and billed out 4.4 million gallons of water. “So what you’re saying is, what we’re paying out and what we’re billing people, it’s not the same water,” said Grubb. “But, if you got a bill from Nanty Glo for 10 million, or whatever gallons it was this month, that’s actually two months back?” Buksa said that she doesn’t have Nanty Glo’s bill yet, and it’s May. “The next bill I get will actually be back in April,” added Buksa. “What I’m trying to get a handle on is...are we gaining any ground at all on this leak stuff?” Grubb questioned. “Not right now,” said Meier. “It’s not so much the leak stuff, I mean we knocked the numbers down to where we’re at right now.” Grubb then asked if the authori-

ty is billing CPV and Buksa said “yes.” She added that last month, the authority billed out 7.48 million gallons of water. “That’s the highest we’ve ever billed out,” said Buksa. “But I don’t have a bill from Nanty Glo yet, so I can’t compare.” Grubb asked about the month prior, and what was billed out. According to Buksa, the authority billed Jackson customers 3.8 million gallons of water, and they received a bill from Nanty Glo for 10 million gallons of water. “3.8 [million gallons]?” asked certified public accountant Jim Deter. “That’s a 60 percent loss.” Deter said that the water not billed will also include anything that comes out of a fire hydrant as well. However, board member John Wallet said that they haven’t had any fires in the township. “It’s more than just leaks,” said Deter. “So it sounds like we still got a lot of work to do tightening the system up,” Wallet said. The authority is pumping around 300,000 gallons of water per night, according to Meier, but he said they should be down around 250,000 gallons.

“We’re never going to get down to 150,000 [gallons],” said Meier. “If we could get down to 250,000 [gallons] I would be really happy.” Grubb asked if there are still broken meters in the system. “Every time we read meters, there might be 100 of them that didn’t read that month,” said Meier. “So they have to estimate.” He explained that sometimes the meter reading system just doesn’t pick up a meter read. “Debbie gives us a list all the time and we’re constantly checking them,” Meier said. “We’ll go out and we’ll read it with our handheld, and everything reads with it.” Meier said that there are a lot of reasons that the software won’t pick up a reading. Grubb again questioned if there are broken meters, because he was under the impression that Meier and laborer Willy Evans work on them monthly. “Well, yeah it’s ongoing,” said Meier. “You’re never going to catch up to that because every month we read it’s different.” According to Meier, Buksa gives him a list of meters that are

constantly not reading or have the same read all of the time. Buksa added that 147 meters didn’t read that month. “If they’re broken, we bill them for the minimum, which is $34,” said Buksa. Grubb pointed out that broken meters could be a factor in water loss. If the authority is only billing the minimum because the meter is broken but the customer uses more than 3,000 gallons, it will cause a problem. “It could be a combination of the meter’s broken and the MXU,” said Buksa. “There are lots of variables.” Meier said that he does keep new meters and MXUs on the truck so that if he or Evans spots an issue it can be easily fixed at that moment. “If we’re not looking for a leak, we’re working on something else,” said Meier. The authority, Meier and Buksa are constantly working to match up the water billed out and the water purchased. Meier showed the authority what the billing reports look like so they can better understand how the meter reading process works.


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Sheriff sale of homes possible

By Allie Garver

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Over the past several months, the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority has been discussing a home that was close to being put up for sheriff sale due to unpaid bills for over five years. At the May 29 meeting, BVMA chairman Mike Pisarcik proposed the idea of the sheriff sale of homes. Pisarcik indicated that this is a problem for the authority, and a number of homes that are connected to the BVMA system are also guilty of high unpaid bills. Pisarcik told the board members that he would like to discuss taking steps to move forward with the sheriff sale of other homes if the customers do not start paying their municipal authority bills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying is, I think we ought to make a motion that we look into sheriff selling these houses that are high-ended [in their bills],â&#x20AC;? said Pisarcik. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A motion to authorize the chairman to select homes that owe more than $5,000,â&#x20AC;? added solicitor Bill Barbin. The board gave Pisarcik approval to begin looking into water and sewer bills, and find those customers who owe more than $5,000. In other matters, Pisarcik said that a water line was repaired in Vintondale. The average water usage per day while that line was leaking was 35,000 gallons, according to Pisarcik. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After fixing that line, we went down to 19,000 [gallons] a day, so

weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing pretty good on that end of it,â&#x20AC;? Pisarcik said. Moving on, Pisarcik said that in the near future the authority will need a new truck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Either weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spending money to repair this truck or we have to get another truck,â&#x20AC;? said Pisarcik. According to Pisarcik, he was looking into prices for a new body on the truck, but there is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;massive hole growingâ&#x20AC;? underneath the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat. He added that the truck is a 2004, and after 15 years of wear and tear it is showing itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to look at a truck, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get something smaller,â&#x20AC;? Pisarcik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That truck is too big for us, we really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need that big of a truck.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hate to do this, [officer manager] Roxanne [Pisarcik], but do you have any idea how much, in the last couple of years, we spent on that truck for repairs and stuff?â&#x20AC;? asked authority member Desmond Warzel. Roxanne Pisarcik said that she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any costs with her, but she could compile a list for the next meeting so the authority can see the numbers and make a more educated decision on repairing the old truck versus purchasing a new one.

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Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disenchanted,â&#x20AC;? the tale of Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses. In this hilarious hit musical with grown-up humor thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything but Grimm, these princesses tell you how they feel about everything from their personal stories in the fairy tales to their view on maintaining their â&#x20AC;&#x153;princessâ&#x20AC;? figures. Forget the characters you think you know â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disenchantedâ&#x20AC;? has played to sold out houses, rave reviews, and

several NYC award nominations including Outstanding OffBroadway Musical and Best New Off-Broadway Musical. (Please note: This show has mature humor and adult content.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disenchantedâ&#x20AC;? is directed by Wendy Stewart, music directed by Paul Seymour, choreographed by Emily Koch and costumed by Justin Davis. They will be joined by veteran actors Megan Marcaurelle-Jones (Belle in 2017â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;?) as Snow White, Mariah Duman (Claire in last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ordinary Daysâ&#x20AC;?) as Cinderella, and Rebecca Culp (the

Wardrobe in 2017â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;?) as Sleeping Beauty as well as Jessica Davis, Kelly Devett, Taylor Koenigsberg, Carson Long, Rhyleigh Shoff and Kaitlyn Shultz. Performances for the general public will be held June 18-22 and June 25-29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets for these performances are $15, $19 or $23 each (including all fees) and can be reserved online at www.cressonlake.com or by calling Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333. All sales are nonrefundable.


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ed exhibits. Park Ranger Doug Bosley will provide a sneak peek about where the new exhibits will be located and what they will look like. The program will also discuss the process by

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which the exhibits were selected. The event will be an hour long, and printouts of the new exhibits will be provided. The center is making these new renovations because the current visitor center is from the 1990s and all the exhibits

are from the 1970s. The Visitor Center used to be in the Lemon House. According to Shope, plans for the updates have been made for years and the meetings for the new plans started in 2015. The budget for the

new exhibits was approximately $500,000. There will be a reopening ceremony for the new center that will be open to the public at the end of 2019, when the renovations will be completed. There is no exact date for that yet.

The visitor center will remain open as much as possible during the new exhibit installation. The center may be closed for a brief period of time this summer, but restrooms and visitor information will still be available at the park.


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