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American Legion County Fair to return Sept. 1-7

August 15, 2019

‘We’re glad to be able to keep it going’

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

Labor Day is just around the corner, and with it comes the American Legion County Fair, which is being held Sept. 1-7 this year. “It’s a great time,� said fair board president Phil Rice, “It’s a long-standing tradition in our area.� Admission for the fair is $8, and includes all grandstand shows, agricultural buildings and rides. Parking for the fair is free, and Tuesday features an admission price special of $5 per person. The week is once again packed with events for the whole family to enjoy. Sunday will feature the fair queen crowning at 11 a.m. This year six young women will be competing for the coveted title. In the evening, Bullride Mania will put on a show at the grandstand at 7 p.m. Locals who believe they have the guts to handle a bucking bull, or the agility to try barrel racing can sign up to participate before the event. Kids between the ages of 4-6 can try their hand at “mutton busting,� or riding a sheep. Parents must sign a waiver

beforehand and children must wear a helmet. Labor Day, Sept. 2, brings Grammy-nominated act Dailey & Vincent to the grandstand for one show only at 7 p.m. According to their website, Dailey & Vincent perform “all American music: with country, bluegrass and gospel.� After the show, be sure to stick around for some fireworks at SEE FAIR, PAGE 2

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Ian Zadzilko, Jensen Byrne, Tanner Byrne and Finn Gresh enjoy the music of Jill and Leah Gontkovic while playing together at the Concert in the Park in Ebensburg Aug. 9 Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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dusk. Tuesday and Wednesday nights feature the popular truck pulls at the grandstands. Tuesday, Sept. 3, features the street stock and super semitruck pulls at 7 p.m., and Wednesday night will showcase pick-up truck pulls at 7 p.m. Those who’d like to see if their truck has what it takes to compete in the pulls can sign up before the show. The primary focus of the fair is agriculture, and many of the fair’s participants are children involved in 4-H programs. As part of their hard work raising livestock to show at the fair, Thursday, Sept. 5, will feature the Cambria County Youth Livestock Sale at 5 p.m. Like the truck pulls, another traditional event at the fair is the demolition derbies on Thursday and Friday night. The small car demo derby will take place Thursday night, and the large car demo derby will be held Friday night at the grandstand at 7 p.m. All rules and regulations for the derbies can

be found on the fair’s website. Another special event for the kids is a Power Wheels Demo Derby Friday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. for kids ages 3-8. Like the adults, kids can slam into each other to try and pop balloons on the other contestants’ cars. Registration begins at 4 p.m., and kids must provide their own vehicle and helmet. For the fair’s final event, KSR Motorsports is once again returning with its popular Night of Fire and Destruction monster truck show at 8 p.m. This highenergy show features motorcycle stunts, giant monster trucks and more. Photo-ops with some of the shows trucks are available before the show at 6 p.m. While the grandstand shows are some of the fair’s biggest events, the fair has much more to offer as well. On display will be numerous agricultural exhibits including animals, fruits and vegetables and prepared foods like jams and pies. Local artisans work in needlepoint, quilting, photography and more will be showcased throughout the fairground

buildings. Besides the exhibits, Tropical Amusements will be providing rides and games. Rides open at noon on Sunday, Monday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (weather permitting). Plenty of food stands will be spread across the midway, providing a variety of foods from apple dumplings to funnel cakes. For those looking for some local fun for the whole family to enjoy, Rice said to look no further than the fair. “It’s like a reunion,” Rice said. “We’re glad to be able to keep it going.”


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Rosmus’ auto body work to appear on Amazon Prime series PAGE 4 - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

‘It was a good experience I never thought I’d be able to have’

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

For some, it’s a dream to appear on a national television show. But for one local man, appearing on TV because of his life’s work feels even more special. Matt Rosmus, owner of Hometown Collision in Ebensburg, will be featured along with two vehicles he worked on for the Amazon Prime series “Hauk Machines� now available for streaming. According to the description on Amazon’s website, “Hauk Machines follows Kenny Hauk and his crew as they create oneof-a-kind off-road vehicles with a twist,� and that “[h]is team specializes in creating theme-based off-road vehicles that marry form and function.� The series is based out of Hauk’s shop in Chambersburg, Pa., though some of the work is outsourced to shops like Rosmus’ shop. Rosmus said that appearing on the show has been a unique expe-

rience. “It was neat,� Rosmus said. “It was a lot of work in a small amount of time.� For the show, Rosmus worked on a 1955 Chevy Pickup and a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. “It was a little rough,� Rosmus said of the Chevy. He said the vehicle came to his shop in pieces coated in black primer from its previous owner. After over 230 hours of work, the Chevy now features a lustrous blue and white paint job. Rosmus said working on the truck was exciting because classic trucks are his favorite vehicles to restore. “I’m a truck person,� Rosmus said. He said the Jeep restoration was an easier job, but it came with its own challenges since it needed some body work done after experiencing a front-engine fire. Rosmus said he found his way onto the show a little over a year ago through a friend who was friends with one of Hauk’s

employees. Hauk’s shop was looking for someone to do some body work, and Rosmus’ friend recommended his shop. He said he has been doing auto body work full time for about 15 years, but has been dabbling with cars since he was a kid. And just recently, he celebrated the third anniversary of his own shop in Ebensburg. Appearing on a television show has been a new experience for Rosmus, who described working among cameras and being interviewed in his small shop as being a bit awkward and nerve-wracking. “It was different,� Rosmus said. He recalled one particular scene when Hauk came to Ebensburg to visit his shop. He said a few camera operators stopped by beforehand to film Hauk’s entrance. To prepare the shot, Rosmus said the camera operators even brought a drone equipped with a camera to show Hauk driving down Tanner

Street toward the shop. However, despite the camera operators hovering closely while he worked, Rosmus said the show was a positive experience. “It was a good experience I never thought I’d be able to

have,� Rosmus said. “[It’s] not something I thought I’d ever do.� The new season of “Hauk Machines� premiered on Amazon Prime Monday, Aug. 12, and is available for streaming.

      

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Northern Cambria Borough Council hears Heritage Fest report

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By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

The Northern Cambria Borough Council held its regular meeting Aug. 12. Despite a large level of attendance, the meeting was relatively quiet and public comment was fairly benign. The group discussed and passed a handful of routine motions, including a bid acceptance for upcoming paving work. Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation representative Matt Barczak also spoke briefly during public comment. Barczak appeared to offer a report on the recent Northern Cambria Heritage Festival and car show held in the borough over the summer. The report was glowing, with a note that participation seems to be growing each year. The car show boasted around 200 vehicles and good participation despite “terrible weather.� According to Barczak, 47 local businesses and 78 vendors participated in the Heritage Festival. “Everything went great. I really don’t have anything bad to say,� said Barczak.

Barczak also noted that some readjustment may be necessary for next year’s festival, considering crafter participation is down but local business participation is up. Barczak is also a key player at Hope Fire Company, and he took the opportunity to explain the company’s participation in mutual aid agreements with surrounding companies. One resident asked, rather forcefully, why the company is willing to go on calls at a distance of over 20 miles. Barczak explained that the company is in a mutual agreement to help any fire company that contacts Hope for help, particularly

because other companies are totally willing to help local firefighters at their request. Hope Fire Company has special equipment, training and manpower that fire companies in the area may need to rely on in certain situations. Councilman Jim Rocco said that refusing to help other companies would be unethical, and Barczak agreed. The resident also asked why Hope is unwilling to help the Spangler Fire Company, but Barczak corrected her. “We will help anyone,� he said, again noting that help is always available on request. Following public comment, the

council accepted a bid from Quaker Sales for about $194,000 worth of paving materials for a large swath of town. They also accepted a price of $4,200 for the demolition of a structure at 604 Gray Ave. pending a property transfer to the borough. The group went on to discuss changing a parking ordinance for a local church. Details on how to do so without disrupting snow removal and general travel will be discussed in coming meetings. The group covered several personnel adjustments for borough employees, and instated a rotation list for towing services to be used by Cambria County 911. The rota-

tion list is the culmination of pressure for transparency in how local tow companies are chosen by police at the site of an accident. Brandi Wargo was appointed to the Ward 5 council position for the remainder of the term. She will take now-mayor Lisa TomalloMays’ position on the council. The group also motioned to advertise for bids on a 2005 Jeep Cherokee and property near the old shirt factory location. The meeting was adjourned a few minutes before 8 p.m. The next council meeting will be held the second Monday of September at 7 p.m. in the municipal building.

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Prince Gallitzin State Park clears up algae concerns

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By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

Last week, a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) scare caused concern at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The affected shorelines were closed out of an “abundance of caution,� but were reopened Friday, Aug. 9, after an investigation showed conclusively that the health of swimmers was not at risk. An algae bloom did in fact occur at the park, leading to the testing that eventually ruled no safety measures were in order. Most algae species are not harmful and actually form a backbone for the ecosystem, providing oxygenation and an ample supply of food for certain water creatures. However, some

species are problematic in large amounts. Certain species bloom aggressively and can cause significant irritation for pets, humans, ecosystems and even local economies. During blooms, the algae population explodes and creates what is sometimes described as patches of “floating paint.� As the algae dies off, the water can take on a bad smell and irritate other living organisms. Some species also produce toxins. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a concern for lakes and other aquatic ecosystems across the nation and the world. In this case, the algae bloom was not determined to be dangerous and quickly regulated itself.

“We took samples of the algae bloom on Wednesday and they came back clear, and by the next day the bloom had passed. We have no elevated bacteria or algae levels. The beach was reopened on Friday. We closed it out of an overabundance of caution in case there was a health risk, and indeed there never was,� said park manager Jessica Lavelua. Operations are now back to normal at the park, but the episode does highlight the importance of monitoring and testing for recreational water facilities across the nation. Prince Gallitzin puts a good deal of time and energy into monitoring the park and educating residents and visitors about harmful aquatic species.

JETSA talks projects, odor control By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Although Jackson/East Taylor Sewer Authority (JETSA) engineer Dan Carbaugh couldn’t attend the Aug. 8 meeting, he did send an update for chairman George Burkey to review. The Fords Corner project has been a constant topic of conversation at JETSA meetings because the authority has been working on permitting various aspects of the project in order to receive Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) funding. “The project is in the funding for the October PENNVEST board meeting,� read Burkey. Carbaugh had been waiting to receive a joint permit for a stream because of a “high quality wetland� area the sewer project has to go through. At the July meet-

ing, Carbaugh said that the line had to be constructed through that wetland because it is the lowest point in the project area. Also, at the July meeting, Carbaugh explained that there are native trout reproducing in the stream, which is why it is considered a high quality wetland. In the written update, Burkey read that right-of-way meetings need to be set up to acquire the remaining easements from Jackson Township residents. They also need to gain ownership of the pump station sites and get subdivision drawings. The letter also stated that Rural Electric has easement forms that to be signed so the electrical lines can be constructed. As far as the Leisure Village project is concerned, Burkey read that Carbaugh is waiting to hear back from SEE PROJECTS, PAGE 10

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Steelers defeat Buccaneers in preseason opener

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By Calem Illig

of Mainline Newspapers

While it was only the first game of the preseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers already got a good look at some of the roster battles that will occur as training camp continues. After the Steelers 30-28 victory over Tampa Bay Aug. 9 at Heinz Field, the team now holds a 1-0 preseason record. The most prominent position battle of the night was that of backup quarterback. Josh Dobbs got the start for the game, and both Mason Rudolph as well as Delvin Hodges earned time under center to show what they were capable of. “I like the overall presence of all the young quarterbacks that played,� Tomlin said. “I thought all three moved the units. It was just a good night all in all when you look at it.� Dobbs completed five of eight passes for

85 yards, and he showed off his footwork as he added two carries for 44 yards. “I’ve always liked his prudent use of agility and escapability,� said Tomlin. “I thought it’s been an asset to him in the past. It was an asset to him tonight. The key is the prudent use of it. He did a nice job.� While Dobbs looked solid in his start, Rudolph stole the spotlight. He completed five of eight passes for 91 yards and added two touchdowns. Now a second-year player for the Steelers after being drafted out of Oklahoma State in last year’s draft, Rudolph looked much more comfortable in the pocket and utilized his timing to make a few key reads. He connected on an 8-yard TD with James Washington, who was his teammate at Oklahoma State. In the third quarter, Johnny Holton caught a short pass and ran 59 yards to set up a 3-yard touchdown pass to recent fifth-round pick and tight end Zach Gentry.

“Not an extended look, but I liked what I saw,� Tomlin said of Rudolph. “He’ll continue to write that script. Not only him but all of them. I liked what I saw from all three guys that played under center tonight.� After a rough rookie season, Washington caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. “I would say I’m a lot more comfortable than I was last year,� Washington said. “But it’s just the first preseason game. I just got to keep building off this. I can’t get too high. I just got to stay steady and keep going.� Nearly solidifying his spot as a starter in the lineup was Devin Bush, who the Steelers selected with the 10th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. He had six tackles in the first quarter alone and finished the game with 10 total takedowns. Bush nearly had an interception and played a key part in a critical fourth-and-one stop in the second

quarter. “I just went out there and played my game and had fun,� said Bush. Bush only played in the first half of the game and lined up at right inside linebacker. “I was less concerned about his productivity and more concerned about his demeanor,� Tomlin said. “I liked his demeanor. He was present. It wasn’t too big for him. He handled the communication responsibility associated with his job. He was alert. Those were good signs.� In the battle for placekicker, Chris Boswell seemed to have cooled his critics for now after a disastrous 2018 season. After finishing just 65 percent last season, Boswell connected on both of his field goal tries, which he hit from 47 and 33 yards. Matthew Wright, who is competing against Boswell for a roster spot, tallied a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Croyle Twp. residents concerned about mining activity By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

A number of residents from the Benshoff Road area attended the Croyle Township Supervisors meeting Aug. 6 to discuss the drinking water situation in their area of the township. The residents were asking for the supervisors’ support in dealing with the Croyle Township Water Authority and

the Forest Hills Municipal Authority to request extending water and sewer services into the Benshoff Road area of New Germany. The residents informed the supervisors that one home in the area has lost its well due to suspected underground mining activity. The residents at the meeting expressed concern about contaminates getting into their well water. The iron and

mineral contamination has turned the residents’ well water orange or brown, and even though the residents have installed expensive sediment and treatment systems, they require frequent cleaning and filter replacements due to the high amount of mineral contamination. The supervisors agreed to look into the issue and said they hope that getting their state represen-

tative involved will get some attention on the matter. A sewer and water line extension under U.S. Route 219 to the Benshoff Road and Tower Road area was proposed several decades ago when a portion of land near the New Germany interchange was considered for a specialized steel mill. The proposal fell through due to several economic reasons, including the cost of adding the

necessary infrastructure to that area. Pennsylvania is second only to Michigan in the number of private wells, with over 1 million wells serving over 3 million residents. In response to underground mining activities, the state legislature passed the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act SEE MINING, PAGE 9

  

  

     

      

 

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Jackson Twp. resident brings sewage concern to supervisors

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By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The Aug. 8 Jackson Township Supervisors meeting brought about a discussion between Ed Smith and solicitor Bill Barbin regarding, in Smith’s words, the “massive� sewage project being done in the city of Johnstown. “I think it’s important that you gentleman be at least as aware as I am what’s going on with this,� said Smith. According to Smith, the air pressure test that sewer authorities require should not be required in an area like Johnstown and the surrounding communities. The reason Smith, a Jackson Township resident, is showing concern is because the Jackson/East Taylor Sewer Authority (JETSA) has its sewage treated in the city. JETSA customers pay two sewer bills, one for treatment and one for collection. “There is no other way to stop overflows into the river, and the

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JETSA proved that,� said Barbin. “The JETSA system overflowed their pumps every time it rained until they required pressure testing.� Barbin added that it was the same thing with the Pegasus Sewer Authority. He also said that the Forest Hills Sewer Authority never overflowed their system because they required pressure testing from the very beginning. “Well that’s an interesting point,� Smith said. “But I would also maintain that Johnstown, Pennsylvania ... arguably [is] the last place in the nation where it ought to be imposed.� Not only does Smith not like the pressure testing, he also dislikes what he alleges will be debt incurred by the sewer project that the city will not be able to pay. “My concern is this, in my opinion that’s not self-liquidating debt,� Smith said. “I don’t think there’s any way that the taxpayers in the city of

(BMSLCA) of 1966 to protect aboveground structures. In 1996, Act 54 was added to modify BMSLCA to include

Johnstown, within the city limits, are going to be able to afford to [pay their monthly bills].� Smith said that replacing the entire sewer system in a city is a “very bold move� and something he has never heard of. He said that if any city were “bold� enough to do that it would have to be a city that has a “sustainable economy,� which Smith said Johnstown doesn’t have. “They were terra-cotta lines, Ed, they were clay lines,� Barbin said. Since the lines were terracotta, they needed to be replaced, according to Barbin. “If the bonded debt cannot be paid by the city of Johnstown, who’s going to pay it?� asked Smith. “That’s why I’m here. Who is going to pay it?� Smith said that the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority intends “for all property owners in the service area, including Jackson Township, to pay for Johnstown’s debt.� “There is talk, the City of

provisions to protect and restore water supplies affected by mining and additional remedies for structural damage. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of

Johnstown is trying to sell the sewer system to the redevelopment authority,� Barbin said. “If the redevelopment authority would buy the sewer system from the City of Johnstown, and as far as I know the numbers are way far apart right now on a purchase, but if they would buy it there would be a separate rate district.� Barbin explained that the money put into the Johnstown sewer system would stay as a separate rate. “What you’re concerned is happening is not legal,� said Barbin. “I understand that that would be something unjust and unfair, and you’re right, and it would also be illegal to charge the other customers, outside customers, the cost that are related solely to the city system.� According to Barbin, the redevelopment authority is paying to rehabilitate interceptor lines. These lines carry sewage through the city to the treatment

Mining Operations, Pittsburgh, has not responded to inquiries about the Madison Mine and the residential water loss and contamination. Pennsylvania case law and action from

the state legislature requires that if proof exists that mining activities negatively affected a water supply, the mining company is responsible to provide a suitable alternative water supply.

        

         

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plant; JETSA has an interceptor line. Smith said that his purpose of attending the meeting was to “alert� the supervisors “about the prospect of a financial problem� or what he calls a “financial debacle.� In other matters, Smith also thanked the supervisors for a quick response when he had water in the basement of an unoccupied structure he owns on Harmony Drive. Moving on, the supervisors approved the resignation of part-time police officer Shaun Gregory. They also approved the hiring of Steve Suckenick as a part-time police officer. Ellen Pentrack’s resignation as a member of the township’s zoning board was also approved. With no other business to take care of, the meeting was adjourned. The next supervisors meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. in the municipal building.

                   

     

 

 


Cresson Lake Playhouse announces auditions for ‘Of Mice and Men’ PAGE 10 - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the audition dates for the second play and final show of its main season, “Of Mice and Men.� Adapted from John Steinbeck’s great novel, “Of Mice and Men� tells the story of two drifters, George and Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land.� To earn money for their own place, the two men find work on a ranch where George finds himself tasked with caring for the man-child Lennie. When tragedy hits the ranch, George is faced with a moral question: How should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands? Steinbeck based the novel on his own experiences working alongside migrant farm workers as a teenager. The gritty drama and tragic themes led the play to be chosen as Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle when it first opened on Broadway. Later, the first film adaptation received four Academy Award nominations. Auditions for Cresson Lake Playhouse’s production of “Of Mice and Men� will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eleanor Lantzy Rehearsal Hall,

429 S. Center St. in Ebensburg across from Agway. (At the back of the former Sun Seekers building.) The show will be directed by Steve Guice, of Altoona. “Of Mice and Men� has nine roles for men and one female role and they include two main characters: George, an affable migrant farm worker, and Lennie, a towering simple-minded pleasantly humble young man. Each auditionee will be asked to complete a reading from the show which will be given to them at auditions. Also, auditionees are asked to please bring their calendars. They will need to list all rehearsal conflicts ahead of time at auditions. It is vital in casting that we know of any work conflicts or vacations in advance, so that we can work around them. Resume and headshots are optional. “Of Mice and Men� performances will run at the Cresson Lake Playhouse October 3-12. Show days are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for these performances will be $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 final.

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the system. “That is 55 gallon of water and two gallons of their odor stuff, so we mixed it up and took the pump down and installed it,� said Tim Burkey. He explained that the mister tubing was installed into the wet well and every 15 minutes for 10 seconds it will spray the odor controller into the station. “We’ll see how it works,� said Tim Burkey. According to Burkey, the mister was installed several hours prior to the meeting, so he had no update of how it was working yet.

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the owner of trailer court to set up a meeting time and date to review the project. According to Burkey, the owner said the project is “all right,� however that individual hasn’t seen the property since the construction has been done. “He [Carbaugh] said ‘no way,’ we want them there to see what it is and sign off,� Burkey said. In other matters, inspector Tim Burkey said he has been working on odor problems in the system. The day before the meeting, he and State Chemical programmed a mister into

                       

  

               

         

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State funding at center of Portage Area School Board meeting PAGE 12 - Thursday, August 15, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

At the Portage Area School Board meeting Aug. 7, district superintendent Eric Zelanko identified a serious complication with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Basic Education Formula (BEF). This newly discovered complication will cost the school district roughly $50,000 to $70,000 in state funding. Although statistically correct, the complication in the formula is developed from how data is collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and a wide margin of error involving household income levels in the school district. This data will have a detrimental effect on every municipality, authority, fire company, library, park or organization pursuing state grant money. Every grant application that requires the median household income to be included will be affected by the wide margin of error in the numbers. The state legislature enacted the BEF in 2016 in response to claims that the previous way public school funding was distributed was the most inequitable in the nation. The formula is complicated, involving three steps and including 14 different factors to determine each school district’s funding share in the state’s annual budget. The issue arises due to the state using the U.S. Census Bureau’s Median Household Income Index (MHII). To develop this data for the approximately 2,600 households in the Portage Area School District, the bureau sends out 80 surveys to local households each year to develop a 400-household base for the fiveyear income estimate. The 134 question survey is sent to random households in the district and never to the same household in consecutive years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2016, the survey’s responses placed the five-year MHII for Portage Area at $40,097-$47,097 for the 2018-19 school year. The state uses the median household income $43,840 in their BEF. The U.S. Census Bureau stated that there is a 90 percent certainty with the statistics, leaving a 10 percent margin of error. For the 2017 data used to calculate the BEF this year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the five-year median household income index as $44,870-$60,214 with the median income as $52,542. That is a 16 percent rise in the median household

income in the Portage area in a single year. There is no visual evidence within the school district that the average income has increased over $8,700. The increase would be equivalent to a $4.18 per hour wage increase for a 40-hour work week for all residents. These same numbers are injected into the BEF along with three other factors used to determine the district’s state funding. This same survey also determines the number of students living at or below the poverty level. In another factor, the survey numbers are then used to determine the students’ poverty concentration. Additional funding is provided to schools with more than 30 percent of the population below poverty level, including Portage Area. This is how Portage Area School District received additional state and federal funding for its free

breakfast and lunch programs. The survey also is used to determine the Local Effort Capacity Index. According to the BEF, this is the school’s ability to raise local funding (school taxes). The higher the median household income, the more the state says the school district should raise money through local taxes. The amount Portage Area School District is losing through this funding formula is equivalent to 2.5 mills of taxes. “We can’t raise taxes 2.5 mills, people cannot afford it,� Zelanko said. Zelanko has been in contact with several state officials about this situation, but he doesn’t hold a lot of hope that the legislature can figure out a correction. “Our staff and administration have been working hard to contain costs

   

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

ATTN SFU/ MOUNT STUDENTS: TW Rentals now accepting applications for summer, fall 2019. Applications available in office. Hours 11-3, MWF or call for info 814-241-8384 or 616-570-1269.

EBENSBURG: 1 bedroom, first floor apartment suitable for one person. Off street parking for one space. No smoking/ pets. $525. 421-5274 EBENSBURG: 1 bedroom on 1st floor. 510 W. Highland Ave. Stove & fridge. Remodeled. Off-street parking. Laundry on site. No pets. $500 +electric. 814-659-1302. EBENSBURG: 2 bedroom. Water, heat, sewage, garbage included. No smoking, no pets. Call Kevin 4727707. EBENSBURG: Eff, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. 2 bedroom town homes. Varying utilities included. $460- $850/ month. Call/ text 814-626-8830. EBENSBURG: One bedroom, 2nd floor and two bedroom, 1st floor. Call 472-7850. LORETTO RD: 1 bedroom, $450. All utilities included except electric. Security deposit. No pets. 814-3306294.. LORETTO RD: 2 bedroom apt. All utilities included except electric. Security deposit. $595/ month. No pets. 330-6294. MARKET STREET COMMONS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity. NANTY GLO: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor. Appliances & utilities included. $600/ month. No smoking/ pets. References, credit check, and security deposit required. 814-242-7773. NEW GERMANY: Townhouse style. 2 bedroom, kitchen appliances, laundry hookups. Deck off kitchen, basement, $690. Includes heat, water, sewage, garbage. No pets/ smoking. Call 495-9426.

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 1011 Elder Ave. Large 1 bedroom apt, includes water, garbage, sewage, stove and fridge. No pets. 814-951-0303.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Large 2 bedroom, 1 bath apt. Water, garbage, sewage included, no pets. 814-9797426. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Large 2 bedroom, 1 bath apt. Water, garbage, sewage included, no pets. 814-9510303. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom duplex apt, 1 1/2 bath, kitchen, living room, family room, laundry room. Will consider pets. Rent $550/ month + utilities. 814-341-9154. VINCO: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, livingroom and sun room. 2 car attached garage, natural gas heating, fridge, stove. No pets, no smoking and security fee required. 814-322-1438.

COMMERCIAL FOR RENT

NANTY GLO: Storage units for rent, all units inside climate controlled, various sizes and prices available, heat, lighting and security included. Call to visit and reserve your unit today. 814-659-6337. Mainline Newspaper: P.O. Box 777 Ebensburg, PA 15931 mainlinenews@verizon.net

HOUSES FOR RENT

CRESSON: 3- bedroom, 1.5 bath, large yard. Call 886-4627.

DUNLO: 4 bedroom house. Freshly painted. $650. 814-495-4217. EBENSBURG: 2 to 3 bedroom house for rent. 814-472-6806, 814-7493266. NANTY GLO: Full house, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, $800/ month + utilities. No smoking. References, credit check, security deposit required. 814-2427773. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house for rent, available Sept. 1, includes stove, fridge, washer/ dryer. No pets, $600. 814-9510303. VINCO: 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, natural gas heat, fridge, stove, livingroom, 2 car attached garage. No pets, no smoking, security fee required. Great for retiring or first home. 814-322-1438.

  

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CRESSON: Laurel Woods, cute 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 1/2 wide. $45,000 can walk to Mount or drive to SFU. Serious inquiries only. 814-515-6642. EBENSBURG: Wise’s Trailer Park, two bedroom trailer for sale on rented lot. Nice enclosed addition in back, and enclosed porch. Serious inquiries only. 814-341-5867

GARAGE/YARD SALES

COLVER: 258 2nd St., Sat 8/17, 9-4. Multi family yard sale. TV’s, computer, clothing, other misc items. CRESSON: 7657 Admiral Peary Hwy. Fri & Sat., August 16 and 17, 94. EBENSBURG: Mylo Park, 303 Forest Dr. Friday, 8/16 and Saturday, 8/17, 9-3.

SOUTH FORK: House for Rent option to buy. 2 bedroom, $450/ month, basic/ monthly sewage and trash pick-up. 814-487-7871.

EBENSBURG: Ten family garage sale. August 16, 8-3. Five miles west of Ebensburg toward Mundy's Corner, turn up Ogden St. off Rt. 22, fourth house. Tons of stuff, rain or shine. HASTINGS: 364 3rd Ave. 8/17, 9-3. Moving yard sale. NANTY GLO: 890 Church St. (Cardiff), 8/17, 8/18. 7-?. Huge multifamily. Lots of great items at great prices. Tools, furniture, household items, etc. Something for everyone. SUMMERHILL COMMUNITY SALES: Sat. 8/17, 9-4. Town wide plus surrounding roads. Maps available at antiques & used on Rt. 53. VINTONDALE: Aug. 16, 8-4. Aug. 17, 8-12. 2nd St., reloading bow, back to school, household.

HELP WANTED

BARTENDERS: Apply within. The City Hotel. 814-951-0303.

MECHANIC: Auto/ Heavy truck. 814344-8500. Call 8-4.

  

VEHICLES FOR SALE

HONDA: 2008, Accord LX- P. $3,600, OBO, one owner, 194K miles. 814-322-8587.

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HELP WANTED

CAREGIVERS AGENCY: Background check and TB test required. All shifts. EOE. 814-266-5337.

COOK WANTED: Part-time. Must have some experience. Apply Deeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 3802 Bigler Ave., under the Polish Legion, Northern Cambria. 420-8275. COUNTER SALES/ STOCKER: Various hours including evening & weekends. Apply within. Dial Beer, 115 Main Street, Portage. DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS for intellectually disabled adults. Competitive hourly wage. Part-time and full-time available. All shifts. 814-410-6197. EOE. EBENSBURG: Lake Inn is now hiring for the following: Bartenders, Housekeeping, Cooks. Apply within. 814472-9400. FULL-TIME DRIVER: Propane delivery, CDL license with HAZMAT and Tank endorsements. Call ALGAS 886-8451. ITALIAN VILLAGE PIZZA in Ebensburg is now accepting applications for Cashiers, Servers and Delivery Drivers: Morning and night. Applicants must be reliable, high energy and friendly, must possess reliable transportation. Previous restaurant experience is a plus. If interested, call 472-2202 or inquire within. Apply in person. WAITRESS & COOK: Beaver St. Cafe, Hastings. Apply within.

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PERSONAL CARE AIDE NEEDED: Full time, no experience needed. Apply, 628 Pike Road, Mundys Corner, PA 15909. 749-5100.

PERSONAL CARE AIDES: All shifts. High school diploma or GED required. We drug test. Apply in person at the Northern Cambria Rebekah Manor, 814-948-5500. EOE. REZKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BURGER LOUNGE & PIZZERIA: Two part time clerks/ food prep positions available. Applications can be picked up at: 4021 Crawford Ave., Northern Cambria. 814-4208525.

HELP WANTED

RECEPTION/ ASSISTANT: Gittings Protective Security is hiring a full time receptionist/ assistant for our Ebensburg location to fill the giant shoes left by our beloved Linda Clark, who is retiring after 29 years. Please send resume to Dean@GittingsSecurity.com Hours will be 8-4, M-F. Salary will be negotiated.

THERMOALL REMODELING: Metal roof installers and siding installers needed. Must have equipment and truck. Good pay, call 814-233-7040.

MISCELLANEOUS

FREE: Case of wine bottles, and four 1 gallon wine jugs. 344-8174

SERVICES

DUNK TANKS AVAILABLE FOR RENT! Great fun! Any occasion! 814938-2346

GREG PETRISKO MASONRY & REMODELING: Brick work, chimneys, block work, foundations, siding, metal roofing & shingle roofing, decks, electrical work, new electrical services. Free estimates. 814-322-7535.

SERVICES

HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166.

R&S CLEANING: We haul anything! Cleanouts! Houses, apartments, garages, storage bins, $50 to $75. Fully insured. PA contract #080816. 3300150. RICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S REMODELING/ HANDYMAN: All home improvements and paint, wallpaper, ramps/ decks. Powerwashing PA#045341. 814-8865504.



 

   

   

   

  

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Cresson Twp. residents make formal complaint against resident

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Neighbors’ issues include manure, noise and numerous animals

By Gina Bianucci

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cresson Township Supervisors listened to 11 residents make a formal complaint about a neighbor of theirs at the supervisors’ Aug. 8 meeting. According to the residents, the neighbor in question has not been properly taking care of his manure. He also has numerous birds and other animals that have been making a lot of noise causing a nuisance in the area. “You know, I can understand somebody needing some chickens for some fresh eggs, but you don’t need 75 [chickens],” a resident said during the meeting. “I know there’s probably a

dozen turkeys. I don’t know how many guineas there are. It’s ridiculous.” The residents complained that the noise, which is caused by his roosters and other animals, is 24/7, and that the newest manure pile is near one resident’s property near a trampoline. They claim that the neighbor had egg shells piled up on the side of the chickens’ pen for a month until they were discarded. They also said that they have been seeing mice and rats in the yard. Other complaints they had were how his manure piles keep getting washed down to their houses and how random vehicles are coming up their drive-

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ways to look at his animals. “The amount of traffic that’s in and out now, I’ve had people park in my driveway and I go out and question them and they say, ‘Oh, we’re here to look at the animals,’” a resident said. “I’ve caught a guy peeing beside my truck and he said, ‘Oh, we’re looking at the animals,’ and my vehicle was robbed.” The neighbor in question lives near Broad Avenue and St. Joseph’s Street, which is where the other residents live too. The area is considered a residential area and not farmland. One resident contacted manure management through Penn State, which explained that no matter how large the farm is regarding size, the neighbor has to have some kind of manure plan on display and has to prove that he has the land for the manure. The residents said they also called the Department of Environmental

Protection, and DEP representatives left because the neighbor told them that the ditch that runs along his property wasn’t an issue for the water supply. However, when it downpours, the ditch gets full of water that floods into the residents’ houses. The residents said the neighbor used to haul the manure away, but he has since kept it nearby. According to the residents, the air quality is terrible and they have to pay around $600 a year more in air conditioning because they can’t open up their windows in the summer. Supervisor Scott Decoskey said that the residents coming to the meeting gives the supervisors a starting point for rectification. He said he has heard from others about the issues, but he never had anybody formally issue a complaint about the situation. According to Decoskey, more people are owning farm animals

like chickens, and the supervisors are looking for the solution in regard to the township’s ordinances and how much land should be set aside for these animals. Decoskey said that the township needs to review some of the paperwork the residents have against the neighbor. Solicitor Gerald Neugebauer said that he could be in violation of the nuisance ordinance and ordinances covering vermin since some residents saw rats and mice on the property. The residents said they will return for an update after the supervisors and solicitor have reviewed the situation. After the residents had left, the township supervisors and officer Shawn Dishong discussed the complaints about neighbor and how the situation is progressively getting worse. Dishong said the neighbor will probably be issued a non-traffic citation.

Cresson Borough Council talks retention pond, motorcycle ride Draft being created between Cresson borough, township and school district

By Gina Bianucci

of Mainline Newspapers

Cresson Borough resident Arlene Dunmyer attended the Cresson Borough Council meeting Aug. 11 because she was informed that the borough is going to participate in the stormwater retention project on the school district property. Dunmyer was also informed by a former council member, whom she refused to name, that there is an agreement that the borough would maintain that retention pond. However, no one can find that old agreement. Borough solicitor C.J. Webb said that no one, not the secretary, the township, or the borough members, can find the

agreement. Dunmyer said that the agreement was part of a grant that the USDA gave to the school district to build that storm retention pond back at the high school and that there has to be an agreement to make someone liable for it. “I want to know who’s responsible,” Dunmyer said. “So in 10 years when I get water, I don’t have to come for five years and tell you I’m getting water. And nobody’s looking at that retention pond.” In July, two heavy storms caused flooding throughout the area and many people said that the retention pond was a reason for the flooding. They claimed that the pond needs cleaned and that it keeps overflowing

because it is not very deep. Webb said that he recalls that there was a meeting and a discussion about sharing the costs of maintaining that retention pond, but no one has taken any official action. Currently, a draft is being made that would have the borough, township and the school district in a joint partnership. “We have no agreement anywhere where that thing has ever been more than a handshake deal, as far as we know, that there’s any agreement to maintain it,” council member Tom McConnell said. “That’s where we’re going, with trying to join forces, because all three people have a foot in it.” During the meeting, the council members said they discussed with the other two entities about each putting in one third of the costs to dredge the pond and maintain it going forward. Penn Cambria would mow the grass, clean the leaves and take care of the general maintenance. The borough would have someone inspect it either annually or biannually. An official agreement hasn’t been set up yet. In other public comments, Brian Risban, the public relations officer for the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, asked the council if they could hold their benefit ride in Cresson again this year. They will be starting from the Cresson Legion Aug. 24, and registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Risban asked if the borough would block off Sixth Street, right past the fire hall, like they did last year. In case anything were to happen, the fire trucks still have room to exit. When the bikes leave, they will make a right at Ashcroft Avenue. The only place they plan to block off is right next to the fire hall and part of the next road for safety purposes, since around 500 bikes will be leaving the Legion. The council granted Risban’s request.


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