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Ebensburg Planning Commission approves animal hospital addition

July 12, 2018

Construction will include two operating rooms

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

The Ebensburg Planning Commission is a five-member board appointed to prepare and manage land use control ordinances. The commission’s purpose is to review construction and zoning plans before they are given to the Ebensburg Borough Council for final approval. At their July 5 meeting, the planning commission approved the proposed plans for an approximately 2,600 square foot addition to the Ebensburg Animal Hospital, located at 922 Rowena Drive. David Duray, of CJL Engineering of Johnstown, attended the meeting to present the proposition of their client, contractor Ralph J. Albarano and Sons of Duncansville, to apply for a land development review for the project. According to Duray, the addition is to include two operating rooms, a CT scanning room and a conference room. The extension’s use is for hospital staff only and not for the general public. Duray said that the addition will be constructed on the south

end or rear of the building. The construction will not impede or change any of the entrances and exits to the building. The addition includes an exit for staff only or emergencies but no additional entrances and exits for the patrons. The hospital’s parking lot also will not be changed during construction. The plans also include conSEE ANIMAL, PAGE 4

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Toby Cree, Brandon Dick and Ethan Shuagis voulnteer at the Chernisky Classic 5K held at the Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg July 7. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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Chernisky Classic 5K raises funds for Cambria County Fire School PAGE 2 - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

Runners and walkers of all ages turned out for the Chernisky Classic 5K and 10K at the Ghost Town Trail trailhead in Ebensburg July 7. This is the fourth year for the annual run, which benefits the Cambria County Fire School, located outside of Patton. The fire school provides vital training for new firefighters and continuing education for sea-

soned veterans. The event has grown in popularity since last year. This year saw 187 participants compared to last year’s 136 participants. Tom Chernisky, Cambria County president commissioner and the founder of the event, said this is a way to make sure Cambria County firefighters are well-trained with the proper skills. “They’re volunteers,� Chernisky said. “We want to make sure they’re protected

also.� Chernisky said that 100 percent of the proceeds go toward funding the fire school. That way, more of the individual fire departments’ money from their fundraisers can stay within the departments. Fire companies from around the county and beyond, including Dauntless (Ebensburg), St. Michael, Cresson, Gallitzin, Conemaugh, Southmont and more, participated in the run. As an added bounus, firefight-

ers who ran or walked the race in full gear received points that go toward their score at the Cambria County Firemen’s Convention to be held in Gallitzin at the end of the month. Dauntless firefighter William Chittester participated in the 5K with members of his fire company. He said that the firefighters appreciate the funds to support the school. “It’s raising money for a good cause for firefighters every

year,� Chittester said. Race participants also were treated to Johnstown Tomahawks ticket vouchers. The event is held at the Ghost Town Trail, which has been nationally recognized as one of the best trails in the nation. Chernisky said that hosting events at the trail promotes one of Cambria County’s best assets. “It’s a win across the board for a lot of folks,� Chernisky said.

involved with the fair since she was a child participating in 4-H activities. She said the event is a way to give back to the fair, which was a large part of her life. “That’s [the fair] our home away from home.� Dorofey, her father and her friends started the event as just a basket raffle a few years ago. Since then, the event has grown with the added car show and a few new events this year. The event begins at 8 a.m. for vehicle registration. The show features numerous vehicle classes including stock cars, modified cars, stock trucks,

modified trucks, daily ride class, jeep class, sport compact, motorcycles, race cars and tractors. Three trophies will be awarded in each class along with a best of show prize. Participants also will receive dash plaques, and door prizes, along with a 50/50, will be awarded as well. For those looking to do some shopping the event also includes a car swap meet where enthusiasts can purchase auto parts, accessories, tools, vehicles and much more. Dorofey’s father, Dave Mastrine, said they had swap meets in the past and they

decided to start them back up again. “They used to have car swaps up there [the fairgrounds], so we decided to re-start them,� Mastrine said. “It’s a good time.� If you are not interested in cars, a craft and vendor show also will be held at the event. The Car-O-Rama also is hosting some new events this year. Kids ages 3-8 can participate in the Power Wheels Demo Derby. The derby starts at noon and costs $3. Participants must bring their own Power Wheels vehicles and wear helmets. During the derby, balloons are

attached to the Power Wheels vehicles. The last child to have their balloons popped wins the derby. Also available this year is the Kart Race beginning at 1 p.m. for those 9 and up. The fee is $5 per person and pedal karts will be provided. Dorofey said this event is fun for kids and adults alike. “They can let their inner kid come out,� Dorofey said. The Car-O-Rama promises to be a day of fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Dorofey at 814-5259466 or email at

bigger stormwater issue in the borough. Platt wanted to fix the issue with a storm box and ground regeneration without dealing with the engineer. Batdorf said it is necessary to work with an engineeer, as the transfer of water is highly regulated. After discussions, the council agreed to have engineer Pat Mulcahy of The EADS Group find a solution. Mulcahy said that they would install a storm inlet near the police station and run 143 feet of 8-inch pipe underground. He said the line needed to be small because there are a lot of utility lines that run

behind the building and the line would need to run over or under them. The pipe would then discharge water into a 4-by-15-by-4 foot underground stone retainage area

to catch the water and hopefully have it recharged into the ground. Any leftover water would be discharged down 63 feet of pipe to a rip rap area in an appropriate place. Mulcahy said

the emphasis with this project is to get as much ground regeneration as they can, so less water is being transferred downhill. After this work is completed,

Car-O-Rama car and vendor show this weekend at fairgrounds By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

Those looking for an afternoon of vintage cars, crafts and fun are invited to the American Legion County Fairgrounds in Ebensburg Saturday, July 14, for the Car-O-Rama car show and swap meet. Event organizer Liz Dorofey said this event is a way to raise money for the American Legion County Fair to keep it going strong year after year. “My father and I started this event with our friends from Carrolltown,� Dorofey said. Dorofey said she has been

Carrolltown Borough to address water in office parking lot By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

For a number of months, Carrolltown Borough Council members have been debating how to address the current water problems in the borough parking lot, which have exacerbated the deteriorating surface. Councilman Mike Platt said they could repave the parking lot, but unless the water is managed, the lot would deteriorate the same way a few years down the road. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf said it would need to be looked at by the engineer because it was a part of a



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Carrolltown Borough Council discusses access ramp location PAGE 4 - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

At the July 2 Carrolltown Borough Council meeting, the council members heard from borough solicitor Suzann Lehmier about an incorrectly placed access ramp to a local business. This issue arose when it was found that the ramp did not allow for the appropriate amount of accessible sidewalk space around the ramp. This also led to finding that the ramp had been



Paving project timeline brought into question

placed over a water main that needs to be accessed during emergencies. Lehmier said the original building permit drawings had different figures than are actually there, and the sidewalk that is there is not wide enough to meet regulations. Council member Darlene Lutch said she has heard numerous complaints from community members about how the ramp

struction of new curb, sidewalk, concrete pads, utility extensions, underground stormwater management facilities, bituminous pavement repairs, site grading and lawn restoration. The commission members asked about the project schedule. Duray did not have a set date for construction yet, but said it will likely get underway this year and hopefully, the project will be completed by the end of the year. The commission reviewed the plans and agreed that they were all within the borough’s zoning, subdivision and development ordinances and approved the plans to be presented at the next borough council meeting. The commission also took a few moments to remember former member Glenn Raymond, who passed away in May.

impedes those walking around it. She said the ramp needs to be removed. The council was in contact with the owner and went as far as to draw up an agreement to keep the ramp as long as she fixed the sidewalk issue and understood that if the water main needed accessed, the ramp would be torn down. Because the resident does not want to sign the agreement, Batdorf recommended the ramp be removed, as it is currently not allowed to be on the water main.



the borough will then repave the parking lot and fix some concrete issues with the walkway and accessibility ramp. Mulcahy also added that he would be looking at the stairs at

He said if the process was done correctly, the owner could have applied for a variance to the law, as it would be impossible to have a proper ramp placed at the entrance. As it is now, the ramp cannot stay there. Lehmier said she would look more closely at the case and be in contact to discuss the next steps. Batdorf said that since the paving project had been awarded last month, he has not heard anything about a project timeline. He said many paving projects in the area are behind schedule due

each of the borough entrances, which are also in poor condition as the stone they are made of has deteriorated. The council then made and passed motions to approve the road closures needed for the St. Benedict Church Festival on

to heavy rainfall. The council heard an update under streets on the issue of grass being discharged onto borough roads. The council was informed that seven violations have already been handed out to residents. The council reminds residents that they are not permitted to discharge cut grass onto the public roadways. Lastly, engineer Pat Mulcahy of The EADS Group said he has been looking into an issue on Old Dutch Lane concerning a crushed pipe and other complex water issues. He said he will have a full plan for the council to review at a later meeting.

July 27, 28, and 29 and the Fireman’s Jubilee to be held Aug. 11 and 12. The next Carrolltown Borough Council meeting will take place Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Carrolltown Borough Office Building.

BVMA permits moving forward for 422 East water project

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

For several years, the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority has been working to extend its sewer service to State Route 422 East. After some minor setbacks that prolonged the construction, engineer Richard Wray said that the permits are moving forward. “The permit comments that DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] sent to us at the beginning of June, we have not received any response or request for addition-

al information,� said Wray. Regarding other facets of the project, Wray said that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) financial consultant Mike Rudy asked that the audit be updated in the system with the newly-completed information. “[If] new financials are available, they will request that to be updated,� said Wray. According to Wray, the 2017 financials are much more complicated than the 2016 financials because of a rate increase and

the additional expenses pertaining to the Fords Corner project. “We’ll get into it and get it done,� said Wray. In other matters, chairman Michael Pisarcik said that solicitor William Barbin was ready to go to court with an individual that has not paid the authority’s bills in years. The hearing was scheduled for Friday, June 29. The authority and Barbin decided to put the house up for sheriff’s sale because the customer owes more than $16,000. Since that house will be put up for sheriff’s sale, Pisarcik said

that it caused a phone call from another customer who has not paid the bills. “We shut the water off for nonpayment,� said Pisarcik. “I think what she’s scared about is she’s next, that house is next, and she has every right to be.� Barbin was also working on receiving payment back for a fire hydrant struck by a driver last year. That hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 26. “I look for this to get scheduled before we go to court,� said Pisarcik. Moving on, Pisarcik said two

more fire hydrants were hit recently. The authority already received the insurance money for one of the hydrants and repaired it. The second hydrant has not been fixed yet, but will be soon. Pisarcik said that he’s not sure what’s happening, but the hydrants are not being knocked off at the “knock offs.� Instead, they’re “pulling right out of the shoe.� A representative from LB Water is going to look at the hydrants with Pisarcik to see if the problem can be resolved.

finished the interconnect with East Taylor,� said Buncich. “So this is a breakdown of what it will cost Jackson, as far as James Excavating services.� Buncich said that there was a total cost of over $16,000 so it needed to be divided by both authorities to get the final cost. “Jackson Township had purchased a meter and East Taylor had purchased some other

things, and the meter that you purchased was more expensive,� explained Buncich. According to Buncich, the official invoice will be sent in July and it can be approved at the July 24 meeting. After looking over the numbers, certified public accountant Jim Deter questioned the split in cost because there was a discrepancy.

Buncich said that she will review the numbers again and check with the East Taylor engineer before approving the final invoice. “As far as the project goes, [East Taylor’s engineer] told me that East Taylor’s going to check with DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] and see if there’s a final inspection that’s needed on their behalf,�

said Buncich. “But, aside from that, the project’s complete.� A standard operating procedures manual is being compiled by East Taylor, and once that is finished and reviewed, it will be distributed and reviewed by the board members. Moving on, foreman Fred Meier said he has been looking

Interconnect between Jackson Township, East Taylor complete By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

At the June 22 Jackson Township Water Authority meeting, engineer Stephanie Buncich said the emergency interconnect with the East Taylor Water Authority was finally complete. “[I gave you] a draft invoice from James Excavating, they




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Red light violations remain an issue in Nanty Glo Borough PAGE 6 - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Since the bridge replacement project began several months ago in Nanty Glo, the police department has been having trouble with drivers obeying the signs at the temporary stoplight in the borough. “The light out here is a continued issue,” said mayor Bill Ray. “There’s been a lot of citations and warnings written [and] a lot of angry people.” Police officer Ian Olsavsky said he has only had two or three

hearings after drivers have been cited for blocking the intersection or running the red light at Chestnut and Second streets. “People have just been pleading guilty because they know they’re wrong,” said Olsavsky. “I’ve had a few arguments.” According to Olsavsky, he has issued at least a dozen citations at the red light. “Is that more blocking the intersection or is that more people running the light?” asked councilman Chris Oldham. “It’s probably 50/50,” said

Olsavsky. “What I’ve been doing is, I’ve been citing them for [a] red light violation, which is a lesser fine but it carries points.” Olsavsky said that some people will take the hearing and, though he won’t forgive the citation, he can amend it to an obedience violation, which is a higher fine. “They don’t realize you’re cutting them a huge break because this is a construction zone, so everything out here could be doubled,” said Ray. “It’s not

because we’re trying to make money or do anything, it’s a safety issue.” Ray added that the people he has seen sitting in the middle of the intersection are on their phones. Councilwoman Diane Holby asked if a car is waiting at the light on the borough building side of the construction zone, and if no one is coming through the light, if it’s possible to turn left onto McCoy Street during a red light. “No, [and] a lot of people are

doing it,” said Olsavsky. Olsavsky said that he has seen the second and even the third car in line go out and around traffic to turn left onto McCoy Street. If the light is green, the drivers can turn onto McCoy Street, but not if it’s red. “It’s going to be ongoing probably clear up until October when this is all back to normal,” stated Ray. Drivers are warned that if they block the intersection or run the red light on Chestnut Street, there will be consequences.

from a resident who was interested in putting up a HAM radio tower on his property and wanted to know if there was any ordinance that would prohibit it. Svirsko said the township does not have any ordinance that prohibits this and does not have zoning, so the resident should be able to build the tower as long as he follows required building codes, obtains all necessary permits and has a license to operate the tower. The supervisors then made and passed a motion to accept the treasurer’s report approving the bills and expenditures as presented. The total bills paid for the month of June totaled $62,731.90. This was a more expensive month due to two

larger purchases which included the skid steer at $22,123.92 and the back hoe at $14,095.93. The bills for July as of the meeting totaled $3,685.01. The general fund account for the township as of July 2 was at a balance of $243,415.75. The state fund was at $134,803.52, and the bridge fund was at $7,400.16. The supervisors received reports from the police, the township manager and the road master detailing the proceedings of the last month. Of the 200 calls covered by the Hastings Police Department, only 30 were complaints in the township. The roadmaster detailed the crew’s progress, noting that many roads were

graded or hot patched, and a number of pipes under the roads were cleaned and replaced. Under parks and recreation, the supervisors reminded the residents that the Concert in the Park will be taking place July 29 from 2-7 p.m. Music will be provided by Last Chance, and there will be plenty of food options for guests to enjoy. Lastly, the supervisors made and passed a motion to approve

a resolution for disposition of records from 1989 through 2007. The township secretary said these documents are over 10 years old, but that the township is required to hold them for a period of time before they are properly disposed. The next Susquehanna Township supervisors meeting will take place Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Susquehanna Township building.

week incorporated core standards for reading, writing, math, music and science. The pirate theme had the children speaking pirate lingo and wearing pirate attire. Both camps were funded by the Central Cambria Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit

that supports educational enrichment opportunities for the Central Cambria School District. To contact the foundation for more information about its mission, please call Curt Mellott at 814525-4960 or email him at cmellott@cceducationfoundation.

Susquehanna Township approves tower, subdivision By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

On July 3, the Susquehanna Township Supervisors held their monthly meeting and discussed a few issues, from subdivisions to a resident’s questions on the installation of a radio tower in the township. The supervisors first looked at a subdivision for resident Richard Sheredy’s property that has been in the works for a while. Solicitor Alex Svirsko said the plans and paperwork were in order, but the plan needs notarized. He said the board can approve the request to be signed as soon as it is completed. Next, the supervisors heard

Jackson Elementary School hosts summer camps for children

Central Cambria School District’s Jackson Elementary School was a busy place this summer. June 18 marked the beginning of the annual summer Math Camp and June 25 the beginning of the summer Pirate Camp. The Math Camp was host to 25 fourth- and fifth-grade students. The camp stressed core standards in reading, writing and math, which were incorporated into fun activities. For example, on the first day the students were asked to role play various jobs involved with running a restaurant. The students took turns being servers, cashiers and customers. The Pirate Camp was open to all first-graders, and 35 students attended. Activities during the



into getting the office’s parking lot re-sealed. Meier compared prices from contractors, and also looked into him and laborer Willy Evans doing the work. Meier said the cheapest option he found was to have LTM Paving do the work. According to Meier, engineer Pat Mulcahy built money into the budget to have the parking lot re-sealed. “There’s $1,500 for it, the parking lot,” said Buncich. Meier said that the best option would be to have it done on a Friday and rope off the parking lot over the weekend. Bill Grubb made a motion to approve the sealing of the parking lot. John Wallet seconded the motion. The parking lot will also have to be done around the billing schedule so that it doesn’t interfere with customers dropping off their payments.

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County gears up for annual Regional Heritage Festival

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

The communities of Northern Cambria County are once again preparing for their yearly heritage celebration, which will take place this Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Northern Cambria Regional Heritage Festival was created by the Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation (NCCDC) after receiving grant funding to focus more on economic development in the northern part of the county. The first heritage festival held in 2016, was created, according to the executive director of the corporation Matt Barzack, “to make an immediate impact with a tangible project.� Since then the festival has grown, bringing in tourism and business for the festival each

year and giving the communities something to be proud of as they celebrate their heritage. Kathy Lamont, the community development director at NCCDC who now organizes the event, said it has been “fast paced and interesting,� but that it is not just her that makes this festival possible. “The staff from NCCDC and the volunteers from PRIDE of Cambria County North are supportive throughout the process. They will be on hand from start to finish on Saturday. Members of the area fire departments are extremely supportive as well,� Lamont said. It is a true community effort to organize and carry out, especially with how large the event grows each year. Last year, 10,000 people attended the event and Lamont predicts even more will attend this year. The event is so large that it not

only draws visitors from Cambria County, Altoona, Johnstown, Indiana and State College, but it also has drawn guests from Fairfax, Va., Knoxville, Tenn.; Marshville, N.C., and Woodstock, Ga., as well. Lamont said while there is a lot that goes into making this event happen, she is looking forward to the day. “I love how the electricity in the air grows throughout the week and especially watching the event take physical shape the morning of. I love watching the people enjoying all that the event has to offer,� Lamont said. “The event is designed to bring our communities together to remember our past, celebrate our present and shape our future.� Lamont said that the festival grows to encompass new events and entertainment each year and

that visitors should expect even more varied events, vendors and food options at the festival. Some of these events include: a firemen’s proficiency challenge for the public and for firefighters, a display of black and white prints and slideshow of vintage photos at the welcome tent (the public is encouraged to stop in to register for prizes), a presentation titled “Historical Pictures of our Area� by Jack Bartock in the social hall at Hope Fire Company at 1 p.m. and a puppet show depicting “The Kittanning Path - 300 Years� by ARTzKAMP 2018 at 3 p.m. and at 4 p.m. in the hall. This year also invites young people interested in a career in music or entertainment to meet the Giants of Science at 5:15 p.m. and the White Shadow Band at 6:15 p.m. in the social hall. There will be plenty of attrac-

Residents in the area have been concerned with the progress on these projects and hope to see the bridges fixed as soon as possible, as they said it affects travel time and convenience. The supervisors heard the residents’ concerns and started exhausting all their options to find a way to fund these costly repairs on their small budget. After applying for grants, the Frances Street bridge received some funding to help with the replacement, but as the planning moved forward, the super-

visors ran into some issues with obtaining easements, as well as the existence of a gas line by the bridge that would need addressed before it could be replaced. Township solicitor Alex Svirsko said he has had difficulty locating the owners of the gas line, as there were no records or easements for its existence. He said at this point, if no owner can be found, the township could ask the Department of Environmental Protection to allow them to pour concrete over the line, or they can cap

the line. He said he is still looking into the issue. The supervisors also discussed the Troy Street bridge. The supervisors had applied for grant funding for this project as well, but they did not receive any. Last month, they moved to purchase a pre-fabricated structure as a permanent overlay of an existing, shorter structure that has deteriorated. Bids will be opened at the August supervisors meeting. “We would like to get one of

tions for young children at the event as well including a children’s area, games to play for prizes, special appearances from Smokey Bear, free woodworking projects and a battle of the barrel competition for children ages 4 to 12. Lamont encourages everyone in the surrounding communities to attend, not just for the food, fun and special events, but for the bigger impact that this festival may hopefully have on the communities. “I am hoping that people see this festival as an opportunity to celebrate the community that is made up of 16 boroughs and townships that were shaped by the coal mining, lumber, rail and agricultural industries,� Lamont said. “I hope, too, that the festival initiates some discussions that lead to collaboration in shaping the future of the area.�

Susquehanna Township moves forward on bridge projects By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

At the July Susquehanna Township meeting, the supervisors discussed the steps to get both the Frances Street and Troy Street bridges repaired and back in working order. The supervisors were made aware of structural deficiencies at both bridges that required attention a few months ago. For safety, the bridges were closed, and ever since the supervisors have been trying to fund replacements to get the bridges back in use.





them done,� chairman Terry Stafford said, “So we’d like to advertise and get it going.� The supervisors expressed their understanding about how the bridge closures can be frustrating, but said that they are doing what they can as fast as they can to address the situation. They said they have to follow certain rules and regulations to ensure the bridges are correctly installed to current safety standards.

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Aging comes with several sensory changes, many of which people expect. Loss of hearing or diminishing vision are widely associated with aging. But one’s senses of smell and taste may diminish with aging as well.

The senses of taste and smell work in concert. The sense of smell is vital to personal health, not only because inhaling pleasant aromas can provide comfort and stress relief through aromatherapy and help trigger important memories, but also because smell enables a person to detect the dangers of smoke, gas, spoiled food, and more. The National Institute on Aging says that, as a person gets older, his or her sense of smell may fade, and that will also affect taste. The Mayo Clinic says some loss of taste and smell is natural and can begin as early as age 60.

Adults have about 9,000 taste buds sensing sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami flavors, or those corresponding to the flavor of glutamates. Many tastes are linked to odors that begin at the nerve endings in the lining of the nose. Medline says the number of taste buds decreases as one ages, and that remaining taste buds may begin to shrink. Sensitivity to the five tastes also begins to decline. This can make it more difficult to distinguish between flavors.

depression, diminish one’s enjoyment of food and cause harmful conditions, such as extreme weight loss from disinterest in food to problems associated with overusing salt or sugar.

Although aging is often to blame, loss of smell and taste also may be tied to early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. Cancer treatments, medications, lack of saliva, colds, flu, and other factors may contribute to sensory loss. Changing medications or treatments may help.

Similarly, especially after age 70, smell can diminish due to a loss of nerve endings and less mucus in the nose. With the combination of the reduction of these important sensory nerves in the nose and on the tongue, loss of smell and taste can greatly affect daily life. Changes in these senses can contribute to feelings of

It’s important to bring up diminished flavors or smells with a doctor to rule out something more serious and to determine what might help restore pleasure from smells and flavors. An otolaryngologist, or a doctor who specializes in diseases of the ears, nose and throat, may be able to help fix the problem, though some people may be referred to a neurologist or another specialist.

Continuing to use one’s sense of smell and taste by cooking, gardening, trying new flavors, and experimenting with different aromas may help slow down the decline these senses. Although age-related loss of taste and smell cannot be reversed, some such cases may be treatable.

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Digging into a bowl of pasta topped with a garlicky scampi sauce certainly may fill the belly, but such a meal also can lead to bad breath. Halitosis, or bad breath, is often the catalyst for jokes. But for many people, bad breath is no laughing matter. Many things may contribute to bad breath, and some causes may signal serious underlying health conditions.

STRONG FOODS Foods with strong odors, such as onions or garlic, tend to contribute to bad breath. That’s because the foods are initially broken down in the mouth, but then they have to travel through the digestive system until they are passed through the body. These odoriferous foods may leave their mark in the mouth, get carried to the lungs through blood in the circulator system and then be excreted through the pores on the body. Some may even linger on the skin after washing. Avoiding these types of foods can prevent bad breath, as brushing or rinsing one’s mouth may only temporarily staunch their power. POOR ORAL HYGIENE Food and beverage particles can linger on the teeth and gums if proper dental hygiene is not practiced.

may be a symptom of gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD, ulcers or other conditions of the stomach and intestines. If persistent bad breath is accompanied by heartburn and stomach pain, it’s worth a consult with a doctor.

The Mayo Clinic says that a colorless, sticky film of bacteria can form from the breaking down of food particles, which can cause tooth decay, periodontal disease and possibly bad breath. Daily brushing and flossing as well as routine dental cleanings are necessary components of proper oral hygiene. DEHYDRATION Failure to drink enough water can cause food — and the bacteria that feed on it — to stay in the mouth much longer. Drinking water helps flush away food particles. Similarly, dry mouth can contribute to bad breath. Saliva works all day and night to wash out the mouth. The

American Dental Association says inadequate saliva production can cause bacteria to multiply. SORE THROAT DISEASE Diseases of the throat, such as strep or tonsillitis, may cause bad breath. The same bacteria that can cause halitosis may also infect the tonsils and throat, causing the foul aromas, advises the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS The Journal of Medical Microbiology says that bad breath may originate in the gut. Bad breath


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While the vast majority of breast cancer diagnoses involve women, men are not immune to the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about one in 1,000 among men in the United States. By comparison, the risk for women in the United States is one in eight. While a man’s risk for breast cancer is considerably lower than a woman’s, the ACS still estimates that roughly 480 men will die from breast cancer in 2018, when more than 2,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men. Though breast cancer may be a disease widely associated with women, men should not hesitate to report any discomfort to their physicians, as the National Cancer Institute notes that men are often diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage than women. The ACS suggests that men may be less likely to report symptoms, thereby leading to delays in diagnosis. The more advanced the cancer is at the time of diagnosis, the lower the patient’s survival rate. Men are urged to report any discomfort or abnormalities in their chests to their physicians immediately.

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An umbrella term that encompasses various conditions, cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is a formidable foe. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of 17.7 million people across the globe every year, accounting for 31 percent of all deaths worldwide. If CVD statistics are alarming, then it’s important to note that many premature deaths related to CVD can be prevented. While the WHO notes that four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, men and women who learn to recognize the warning signs of heart attack may be able to

get help before things escalate. In fact, the American Heart Association notes that many heart attacks begin slowly with mild pain or discomfort. By paying attention to their bodies and learning to recognize these warning signs, men and women may be able to get help before heart attacks claim their lives. Chest discomfort: Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back is a telltale sign of heart attack. The discomfort may feel like pressure in the chest, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

fort or pain may occur in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath may be an early warning sign of heart problems. The AHA notes that this may or may not be accompanied by discomfort in the chest.

Discomfort in the upper body: Discomfort in areas of the upper body that are not the chest also may be a warning sign of heart attack. The AHA notes that such discom-

Additional signs: The AHA notes that some people suffering from a heart attack may break out in a cold sweat, experience nausea or begin to feel lightheaded.

Are symptoms different for men and women? Symptoms of heart attack tend to

What to do after suffering a sunburn

Summer fun routinely involves days spent soaking up some of the sun’s rays. Relaxing days at the beach, barbecues in the backyard or picnics at the park can make for fun summer activities that create lasting memories.

While spending time in the great outdoors is a great way to take advantage of summer weather, it’s important that revelers take steps to prevent sunburn when spending days beneath the hot summer sun. Sunburns may seem temporary, but the Skin Cancer Foundation notes that sunburn can cause long-lasting skin damage. In addition, the SCF notes that a person’s risk for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns. It can take several hours to notice the full damage of a sunburn, though some people may notice mild symptoms of sunburn more quickly than that. The SCF recommends that people get out of the sun at the first sign of sunburn, and then take the following steps to treat their skin.

COOL THE SKIN DOWN QUICKLY People sitting near cool water, whether it’s the ocean or a backyard pool, should take a quick dip to cool their skin. Make this dip quick so

your skin is not further exposed to the sun. After taking a dip, cover up your skin and get out of the sun, continuing to cool the skin with a cold compress. Do not apply ice directly to sunburned skin. Some people may want to take a cool shower or bath after suffering a sunburn. While that’s alright, the SCF recommends keeping the bath or shower short, as long baths or showers can dry the skin, and avoiding harsh soap that can be irritating.

MOISTURIZE SKIN WHILE IT’S STILL DAMP Apply a gentle moisturizing lotion while the skin is still damp, and continue doing so to affected areas for a few days. Avoid petroleum- or oilbased ointments, as they can trap the heat and make burns worse.

DECREASE INFLAMMATION A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen can help sunburned men and women manage the pain and discomfort associated with their sunburns. Symptoms such as redness and swelling may be mitigated with a 1 percent over-the-counter cortisone cream applied as directed for a few days. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHING Tight clothing can rub up against

sunburned skin and irritate it even further. Until sunburned skin returns to normal, wear loose, soft and breathable clothing to keep irritation to a minimum. MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO STAY HYDRATED Sunburns draw fluid to the surface of skin, taking it away from the rest of the body. So it’s important that men and women who have suffered a sunburn make a conscious effort to drink more fluids until their skin heals so they can avoid becoming dehydrated.

REPORT SEVERE SUNBURNS TO A PHYSICIAN Symptoms of severe sunburn include blistering of the skin, fever, chills, wooziness, and/or feelings of confusion. Report such symptoms to a physician immediately, and avoid popping blisters, as doing so can lead to infection. Sunburns can always be avoided. Men, women and children planning to spend time in the sun should take every measure to avoid sunburn, which can produce long-lasting damage to the skin.

be different for men and women. While the most common symptom for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort, women are more likely than men to experience additional symptoms. According to the AHA, women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and pain in their backs or jaws. The AHA urges fast action by anyone who suspects they or a loved one are suffering a heart attack. Acting quickly can save lives and help men and women avoid joining the nearly 18 million people who succumb to cardiovascular disease each year.






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Although dieting to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight is a year-round effort, many people opt to ramp up their dieting in the summer. That’s because clothes get lighter and shorter in summer, which also serves as swimsuit season. A focus on physique and being healthy comes back into focus. According to experts at the Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, calories are a measurement of energy. The number of calories in foods equates to the energy that the foods supply. If the energy isn’t used to fuel physical activity or metabolic processes, it may be stored for later, often in the form of fat reserves. In order to maximize weight loss, many people try to eat as few calories

as possible. However, this can be dangerous. According to Kelly Brownell, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Yale University and author of “The LEARN Program for Weight Management” (American Health Publishing Co.), women should not consume fewer than 1,200 calories a day, and men 1,500 on average. Cutting calories dramatically may lead to muscle loss, reduce the amount of nutrients acquired by the body, contribute to feelings of listlessness, and slow down metabolism as the body reacts to conserving residual fuel. A low-calorie diet also can put a person at risk for heart problems and gallstones. Coach Calorie, a diet and exercise advice site, advises against following blanket weight-loss advice about eating less and

moving more, as it’s not a onesize-fits-all regimen. Before beginning a weight-loss regimen, speak with a doctor and/or professional dietician. These people can create a diet and weight-loss plan that is healthy and effective and won’t cause detrimental side effects.


Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says four out of every 100 children has a food allergy, and such numbers are on the rise. While the mechanisms by which a person develops an allergy to specific foods remain something of a mystery, new research points to the skin as a likely culprit. And certain products that unsuspecting parents use on infants and children may make matters worse. A study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine says the factors contributing to food allergy include genetics that alter skin absorbency, skin exposure to allergens in dust, use of infant cleansing wipes that leave soap on the skin, and skin exposure to food from those providing infant care. These factors may be the ideal recipe for a food allergy to emerge. Even if a child has yet to ingest a certain food, it can still enter the body through the skin.

Baby wipes containing the synthetic cleanser sodium lauryl sulphate may be partially to blame. The top layer of the skin is made of lipids that create a protective barrier against allergens. Soaps and wipes can disrupt that barrier, explains Joan CookMills, a professor of allergyimmunology who was involved in a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Children with genetic skin-barrier defects also may be vulnerable to food allergies. When touched after an adult or sibling has handled peanut butter, eggs, soy, shellfish, or one of the other common food allergens, such children may experience a reaction. Adults should wash their hands before picking up or tending to infants and rinse off areas where wipes or other cleansers are used to avoid potential problems with decreasing lipid barriers against allergens.

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At the July 3 meeting of the Summerhill Township Supervisors, a request from the family of the late Don Knepper was discussed at length. His family had requested the bridge on Howard Avenue in the township be named after Knepper. The family would pay for the necessary signage. The motion was approved with discussion of how Knepper was instrumental in getting the bridge over Beaver Dam Run replaced in 2004-05. Knepper, a resident of Howard Avenue, was the driving force behind getting an old, weightrestricted bridge replaced, according to board chairman Darren Wilson. Wilson described Knepperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts as SEE BRIDGE, PAGE 16

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Summerhill Twp. Vol. Fire Company receives AED grant PAGE 16 - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

With the help of the Cambria County grant writer, Summerhill Township (Beaverdale) Volunteer Fire Company received a grant through Lee Initiatives for the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AED) to replace out-dated AED equipment in two of fire companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quick Response Service (QRS) vehicles and in the fire companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social hall. The county commissioners and fire company officials were displaying the newly acquired equipment at the Summerhill Township Volunteer Fire Company hall Friday, July 6. QRS designation is a Pennsylvania Department of Health certified unit of a fire company that does not provide transport services, but the responding vehicle does contain most of the life-saving equipment found on an ambulance. This allows crews to provide

care prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Care is continued to be rendered even after the ambulance arrives to assist trained EMS personnel. Fire companies respond QRS to provide fast medical assistance when a local ambulance is committed to another call and an EMS unit must respond from the next closest location, or when a medical emergency is severe in nature and additional trained manpower is needed. Volunteer fire personnel must be certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT) or emergency medical responder (EMR) or paramedic to provide QRS. AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, are small electronic devices designed to allow minimally-trained people to provide life-saving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs are small, lightweight and easy to operate. They are about the size of a lunch box and have adhesive electrode pads that rescuers attach to the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chest. An AED is programmed to tell res-

cuers exactly what to do using voice and visual prompts. Rescuers attach the adhesive electrode pads to the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chest. Through these electrodes, the AED is designed to automatically analyze the electrical activity of the heart to determine if a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shockableâ&#x20AC;? rhythm is present. An AED is so easy to use that nearly anyone can operate one quickly and correctly following the voice commands and prompts. Early defibrillation, especially when delivered within three to five minutes of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collapse from sudden cardiac arrest, provides the best chance for survival. AEDs are located in many public places, such as shopping malls, government buildings, social halls and churches. Summerhill Township Volunteer Fire Company tried for three years to replace the nearly 10-year-old AEDs in its vehicles. This Lee Initiatives grant application for $3,000 was completed with the assistance of the county grant writer. Cambria County commissioners Tom Chernisky, B.J. Smith and Mark Wissinger echoed that

collaboration with local organizations and county government can lead to results that improve the quality of life for county residents. Chernisky emphasized that the county grant writer can assist local governments and organizations whenever possible in applying for grants. QRS provided by fire companies around the state does not receive any payments or funding from a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance coverage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to note that QRS is not funded, so applying and receiving grants helps the local fire companies provide services that are needed in our communities,â&#x20AC;? Summerhill Township fire chief George Fedore said. Until 2012, Beaverdale Ambulance Service covered a portion of Summerhill Township. The service closed for financial reasons, leaving the area covered by Forest Hills Ambulance in St. Michael and Portage Area Ambulance Association. According to Brian Hendrickson, president of the fire company, about 80 percent

of the fire company calls are QRS. In June, the fire company had 25 calls, and 20 were QRS calls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get on scene before the ambulance about 98 percent of the time,â&#x20AC;? Hendrickson said. The fire company applied for and received $3,000 for an anticipated two AED units. With a commitment of $200 from the fire company coffers, because of price reductions, three units, along with replacement batteries, were able to be purchased with the grant. The service life of the batteries is four to five years. Commissioner B.J. Smith thanked â&#x20AC;&#x153;the volunteer firefighters for their service and going the extra mile to receive this grant.â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Mark Wissinger echoed his sentiment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is something available to help volunteer firefighters save lives, then we want to make sure that other departments are aware of it,â&#x20AC;? referring to the availability of the county grant writer for local volunteer fire companies and EMS organizations.

By Andrew Smithmyer

measure from the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pin to Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pin, which was 97 feet. Krozel talked to attorney Tim Burns about the situation. He said that he will send a letter to Lynch containing information about the survey and how he is encroaching the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If he [Lynch] wants to dispute our boundary line, then he needs to get it surveyed and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go from there,â&#x20AC;? said Krozel. Burns said the township should send a certified letter to Lynch about the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survey. Krozel suggested to send a letter or get ahold of Gary Lynch, the property owner, to try to settle the prob-

lem. If that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, Krozel recommended just sending a letter to Gary Lynch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we should send a letter to Gary [Lynch] to say he was notified,â&#x20AC;? said president Michael Taddei. The letter contained the address of both properties and how many feet Ronnie Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stake is in the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. According to the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pins, Ronnie Lynch is on their property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wrong. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. At this point, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what our survey says. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not looking for a battle,â&#x20AC;? Krozel said. Taddei wanted to make sure that the township is not liable if anyone were to get hurt at that spot. For the township to get the land surveyed again, it would cost between $500-$600 just to do the corners of

the property. That will only happen if the township has to do so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it up to the person disputing it to prove us wrong?â&#x20AC;? said councilman Larry Bem. Krozel agreed and said he would rather know where the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property is at. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we got another survey, what good would that be?â&#x20AC;? asked secretary Cathy Kent. The problem is that the township canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find the two stakes in the front of the park along Tunnelhill Street, which the township might have to get a metal detector to find the corners. Krozel went on to say that Ronnie Lynch is the one claiming that the park is part of his estate, not property owner Gary Lynch. Krozel was adamant that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want an argument from the problem.

Tunnelhill Borough addresses boundary dispute of Mainline Newspapers

Tunnelhill Borough is experiencing boundary line problems at the Tunnelhill Street Park that were discussed at the July 2 monthly meeting. Tenant Ronnie Lynch said his property includes 73 feet of the boundary lines at the park. Vice president Tom Krozel said he has a survey from CPS Surveys from 1998 disputing Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim, which is about six feet inside the park. Krozel said Lynch placed stakes in the park to claim his property. Krozel proceeded to

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By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Tunnelhill Borough Council agreed that two ditches need to to be cleaned out. During the July 2 meeting, the council decided that Steve Diehl Excavating will clean out



approximently 300 feet of a ditch between Sandusky and Portage streets. Vice president Tom Krozel said the clean up will cost $3,500 to remove debris and clear rough grade banks. Once SEE DITCH, PAGE 18

relentless. The old bridge, originally constructed near the turn of the 20th century, had deteriorated so badly that it had to be posted with a low weight limit. Knepper was concerned that the weight limit on the bridge would delay emergency services from reaching the homes in the area of Howard Avenue, which was a dead end road. The Beaverdale ballfields also are located on this road. In addition, simple conveniences, such as a delivery of furniture or heating oil, were impossible for Knepper and others, as the truck traffic could cause the bridge to collapse. As Summerhill Township supervisor Shirley Custer stated, Knepper talked to everyone possible, from township supervisors to state representatives to members of the U.S. House and Senate, and kept talking to them until the bridge funding was finally approved. Knepper also was the Summerhill Township representative to the Forest Hills Municipal Authority for a number of years, retiring in 2017 at the age of 87. As a member of the municipal authority, Knepper was active in the pursuit of getting sanitary sewer lines in the Howard Avenue area. Buckhorn Grange #1119 named Knepper as an outstanding area citizen in 1996 for his efforts to improve the Summerhill Township area. The next meeting of the Summerhill Township supervisors will be Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the municipal buildng in Wilmore

Gallitzin Twp. briefs over abandoned property

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Local Gallitzin Township residents voiced their opinions over an abandoned property at the July 5 township meeting. The property on Perry Lane has been let go for many years, and the new owners have not done anything with the property for at least two years. Trash, garbage bags, refrigerators, couches and tires are all believed to be on the property. There is also believed to be rats and rodents, and the property’s grass is about waist-high. Supervisor Joe Benzie said the township contacted the code enforcement agency about the property. Secretary Susan Balzano explained that she faxed a form to the code enforcement agency July 2, which will take care of the complaint. The code enforcement agency will send the township pictures of the property to show the extent of the trash and debris. Police chief Joe Hindinger surveyed the property and came to the conclusion that there were no tenants currently living in the dilapidated estate. He confirmed there was a pile of debris in the middle of the yard. Hindinger said he didn’t see any refrigerators or couches, just a mound of lumber. New trash and debris are showing up regularly, said neighbor Charlie Post. Post is afraid that the rodents coming from the property will harm his dogs. Post went on to say he can see the rodents crossing their driveway. “I actually like the high grass because it hides the trash. When people come to visit, I get embarrassed because you can see the trash,” Post said. Since there is trash, Benzie believes that the burning ordinance should take care of the problem. Hindinger seconded that the ordinance will work. The burning ordinance states the accumulation of trash is in the bylaws. “If you don’t know who the owner is, or how to get ahold of the owner, how can you fine them?” said Hindinger. Years ago, Post contacted the state police about a deceased dog on the property. Post thinks the dog died from malnutrition and dehydration. The state police told Post that there was no law against having a dead dog on private property. Hindinger said that it was untrue, and there is a law against having deceased dog on private property. Balzano said the problem will be taken care of soon, since the township has submitted the paperwork for the property and Benzie has already talked to the code enforcement agency. “I’m going to cut the brush down, so the trash can be seen,” said Post. The problem is, if Hindinger does a citation on information received, and sends the citation to the address, the citation will just sit there. The township would need to find the address of the current tenant to get the citation to their doorstep. Another problem may also occur. If the citation goes to court, the magistrate could keep pushing back the cleanup if the judge deems the resident doesn’t have enough time to remove the trash. It could be a long process, and the problem won’t get taken care of quickly. “The delays could continue to run on,” Hindinger said. Benzie said the township will make the appropriate moves to rectify the problem.

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Josh Gallagher visits Lilly Public Library reading program PAGE 18 - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

Local country music star Josh Gallagher took time out of his busy schedule to sign autographs and take photographs with members of the Lilly Library reading program held at Lilly-Washington Memorial Park July 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is an honor to ask Josh to do a summer reading program



Diehl calls and confirms the bid, Krozel said all that is needed now is to send emails to the affected properties. To be able to send out the emails, the council needs to get the addresses and names of each resident affected. Also discussed at the meeting was the ditch at the bottom of Sandusky Street that was washed out with the recent heavy rains. Due to the rain, water is ponding in residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; yards. Krozel estimated the ditch repair cost would be around $10,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ground canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take anymore water and is backing up,â&#x20AC;? said Krozel. Secretary Cathy Kent brought up the idea of preparing one bid instead of two for both projects. Krozel said that could work and could possibly be cheaper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be worthwhile to do the whole project,â&#x20AC;? said Krozel. Continuing with the ditch problem, Tunnelhill residents on Portage Street Extension have been battling to stop the water runoff going into their properties. Krozel called PennDOT to see if they could help the ongoing ditch problem, but they said they were not

for us,â&#x20AC;? said Lilly Library director Brenda Marsh. Nearly 60 children from the reading program packed the park and were star-struck to see Gallagher. The children all knew who Gallagher was once he gained fame after appearing on the hit TV show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Voice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have a local boy come back and do something for our kids was a great thing for him to

do,â&#x20AC;? said Marsh. Marsh has been pleased with the book reading turnout so far. Eighty-eight children have signed up for the program, with 60-70 participating each week. Because this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Libraries Rock,â&#x20AC;? Marsh thought Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance tied in well with the theme. Over the course of the program, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra paid a visit, as well as

responsible. Krozel continued to say that the water runoff is coming off Tunnelhill Street into Portage Street Extension right into the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; backyards. Krozel said this is due to the fact that PennDOT has a part of a paved road that allows the water to flow down the street. Krozel said that he talked to Diehl about the problem, but his

company is backed up and he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to give the township a price. Diehl suggested putting in a 15- or 18-inch pipe on the road where it experiences the most traffic. If the borough uses anything smaller, silt will back into the pipe and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow for proper flow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to consider this a long term plan as well,â&#x20AC;? Krozel said.

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local musician Frank Wozniak to teach the children different varieties of music and sounds. The children eagerly awaited Gallagherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival, as they lined up around the bleachers. Once Gallagher arrived, attendees had the opportunity to get hats, T-shirts and photos autographed and were able to get their pictures taken. Gallagher was more than happy to sign whatever the children had, even a phone case. He joyously took photos with every member of the reading program. After the signing and photograph session, the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faces were smiling from ear to ear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool seeing little kids eyes light up like that,â&#x20AC;? said Gallagher. Gallagher said that this experience wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like any other meet

and greets. He got to meet all his fans, which he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally get to do. Not only was meeting the kids an experience, returning to Lilly-Washington Memorial Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where he used to play baseball â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also meant a lot to him. For those who missed out, Gallagher will be holding numerous local concerts in August. On Aug. 2 heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at the Fayette County Fair. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also perform at the Central District Volunteer Firemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Convention August 18 in East Freedom and the Centre County Fair August 20. In the coming months, Gallagher plans to release two new singles. All of his current and new music can be found on his website,, and all of his social media platforms.





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Nanty Glo Centennial proves to be a successful event

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By Allie Garver

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After close to two years of planning, Nanty Glo Borough celebrated its 100th year last week with a five-day celebration. “Every event was so full,” said centennial chairperson Karen Tummino. “We were more than pleased. [It was] issue free, just how I like them.” The event kicked off with a military tribute and parade on the Fourth of July. The guest speaker at the military tribute was Ret. Col. Patrick Keating, who served in the Air Force. He spoke of his time in the small town and wished that the mountains surrounding Nanty Glo could talk so its people could hear all the stories they

have. The parade featured grand marshal Michael Kaschalk, who is a Blacklick Valley graduate. He currently works for Disney Animation Studios. Several fire departments and ambulance services brought their trucks and other emergency vehicles, complete with lights and sirens, to wow the crowd. The days that followed were packed full of entertainment, from live bands to historical walks and kids activities to guest speakers. The culminating event took place Sunday, July 8, and featured a music festival with a lineup of six bands playing for an hour each. The bands created a fun atmosphere leading right up to the closing

ceremony. To open the final thoughts, an ecumenical service was given by local clergymen Bill Warwick, John Snyder, Bob Westrick, Geno Bartoletti and Fr. Leonard Voytek. “We’ve gotten in touch with our history,” said Bartoletti. Following the religious ceremony, a tree planting took place. The American chestnut tree was struck with a horrible blight in 1904, and by 1950, they virtually disappeared. “Town doctor” Michael Tatarko and his wife, Lori, were able to germinate the tree after they were given the seeds years ago. “Today, we honor our past with the strength and heartiness of a chestnut tree,” said Blacklick Valley superintendent

William Kanich. Michael Tatarko added that he never thought there would be life in the south branch of the Blacklick Creek, and now there is. He hopes that with the planting of the two American chestnut trees, life can once again start in Nanty Glo. “We’re putting life back in our town and I love it,” said Tummino. To end the closing ceremony, a time capsule was filled with items and will be buried in September. The capsule will be opened again 25 years later in 2043. The crowd’s participation was required at the end because 100 balloons were released into the sky as a final salute to the last century and also as a look forward to the next 100 years.

Portage Municipal Authority continues line replacements By Ron Portash

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The Portage Municipal Authority started their July 5 meeting with a 40 minute executive session for personnel matters. Once out of the executive session, authority superintendent Ron Cadwallader reported that a water level probe and recording module that was damaged by a lightning strike earlier this year is covered by insurance. The equipment was replaced with the cost, minus the deductible covered by the insurance carrier. Cadwallader said the Meadow and Groggin lanes projects have been completed with the exception of some grass seeding. Work is expected to begin on the Frazier Avenue supply line replacement project this week. Frazier Avenue is the final portion of a major in-house line replacement project slated for this year. The authority added a replacement project on Country Lane to increase the water pressure of the residences in that area. A larger diameter supply

Cost to repair old backhoe would be $18,000

line will be installed. Residents in that area suffer low pressure when several residents turn on their water at the same time. The project will remedy the low pressure situation. The authority approved a motion to finance a loan to replace the current backhoe. The authority will borrow approximately $61,486 from 1st Summit Bank for the purchase of a new John Deere backhoe at a price of $86,486. The current backhoe suffered a catastrophic transmission failure several months ago. The expected repair price for the 10-year-old Case backhoe was reported to top $18,000. The machine has over 5,000 hours of use. The authority discussed previously that a used machine purchase would cost more than $50,000 and have a limited warranty, if any at all. This option was ruled out last month. Several banks offered comparable loan rates. There was extended discussion at the June meeting concerning the prices received

under the state CoStars contract. CoStars is a state-operated program that provides prenegotiated lowest bid prices on equipment and supplies for municipal agencies across the state. Under the CoStars program, local, county and state agencies do not have to place out for bid any equipment that can be purchased through the program. There was concern by board members if the three Case buckets for the current backhoe would fit onto the John Deere backhoe. The three different sized buckets cost approximately $700 each when purchased for the Case equipment. The board previously believed the $11,500 offered for trade of the old machine by the Case dealer was too low to accept. Cadwallader reported that there is a coupling made for the John Deere backhoe that would allow the use of the Case brand buckets. The John Deere dealer offered $25,000 for trade-in of the old machine, bringing the

$86,486.31 purchase price down to $61,486.31. The Case price was listed at $94,420 with $11,500 offered for trade-in. Authority engineer Joe Beyer, of The EADS Group, reported that the requested emergency action plan was submitted to the state. The plan was submitted pending the change in state regulations that are expected at the beginning of next year. In addition, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection is anticipating lowering the annual average rainfall numbers for

planning purposes next year. This change in anticipated rainfall, along with changes in report requirements, will require the authority to complete a revised emergency action plan with new dam breach and flood data. This will require the authority to have the engineering firm redo the survey data next year, at a cost anticipated to be approximately $10,000. The emergency action plan is required by every state, county and municipal agency that controls a body of water such as a reservoir or flood control dam.

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