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Ebensburg Borough Council approves paving contractor

By Gina Bianucci

of Mainline Newspapers

The Ebensburg Borough Council approved a bid from Quaker Sales about the upcoming street resurfacing project at their meeting Aug. 26, but not without some opposition and questions. The council opened bids for street resurfacing south of High Street July 31, and bids were received from Quaker Sales, Grannas Brothers and New Enterprise. Quaker Sales was the lowest bidder at $522,870, however, some council members were worried about Quaker Sales being able to complete the work in a timely manner. Sippel Development, the wastewater project contractor, subcontracted Quaker Sales to perform the basic resurfacing work following the completion of the wastewater project. However, Sippel has been behind on the project for quite some time. “Are they [Quaker] not keeping up their end of things? I mean, why is it that we cut everything and we’re waiting this long for them?� council member Dave Kuhar asked. “Is it their fault or have we done something or Sippel?� Borough manger Dan Penatzer said they will have to address these issues with them. “I don’t know why Sippel didn’t know, why they didn’t have the means. There was plenty of work [and] there is still is plenty of work,� Penatzer said. “It doesn’t all have to be done in one stretch, but now it does. There’s so much

milled now awaiting the final code and so much more milling yet to do [that] it’s getting late in the year for that.� Quaker has to mill a ditch line for Sippel. As far as the borough’s resurfacing project, Quaker will have to mill the streets from curb to curb, which is a bigger project. Some council members questioned awarding the bid to Quaker, due to the wastewater project being behind schedule, but borough solicitor Blair Pawlikowski reminded the council that it is required to accept the lowest bid if the bidder meets all of the bid requirements, which Quaker did. Council member Scot May was SEE PAVING, PAGE 2

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The 2019 American Legion County Fair Queen court members are (front) Molly Itle, Young Miss; (back row, from left) Alexis McMullen, ambassador; Sierra Tessari, ambassador; McKenzie Watt, Fair Princess; Lauren Itle-Szpala, Fair Queen; Brooke Driskel, ambassador; and Jade Lynn Wallace, ambassador. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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Hearing held on the impact of more passenger trains By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, The Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee held a hearing on railroad issues at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. The museum’s auditorium was packed with local officials from Cambria and Blair counties, railroad advocates for both freight and passenger service, the media and private individuals who share an interest in railroads. The hearing was set up by state representative Louis Schmitt of the 79th district, which includes Blair County. Schmitt is the chairman of the railroad subcommittee of the full House Transportation Committee, and 10 of the 25 members of the House Transportation committee attended the hearing. Public input or comments were not permitted, and testimony from the “witnesses” was submitted in writing prior to the hearing and attached to the agenda. The witnesses then read their testimony or summarized their written testimony to the committee. The first to present testimony was Jennie Granger, PennDOT deputy secretary from multimodal transportation. The first point she brought up was the feasibility study for passenger rail service from Altoona to Pittsburgh, completed in September 2018. The railroad tracks from Harrisburg to the Ohio line are owned by Norfolk Southern railroad, and any Amtrak service along the Altoona-Pittsburgh corridor is over Norfolk Southern rails. Currently, only one train runs east and west each day from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, and scheduling requires two days to travel from Altoona or Johnstown to Pittsburgh and back. The westbound train has an evening schedule, and the eastbound train has an early morning schedule. Granger presented what could be interpreted as a negative result of the study. Basing their study on peer commuter and intercity rail lines, the startup requirement would be three to six trains in the morning and peak afternoon hours. Currently, the Harrisburg to Philadelphia passenger rail service runs 14 trains each way on a one-

hour schedule between trains. This allows workers to commute approximately 100 miles in less than 2 hours. Any passenger train scheduling between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh is dependent on Norfolk Southern. Although federal law requires freight railroads give priority to passenger service over freight, Norfolk Southern regulates the scheduling. Granger went on to outline that their study forecasted only 531 to 840 daily one-way riders and made no mention of commuters or business employees who would travel round-trip daily. Granger said that the capital costs to have the commuter passenger service on the Altoona-Pittsburgh corridor would be $1.2 billion to $3.7 billion. This cost does not include what Norfolk Southern would charge Amtrak to allow them to use their rails. “At this time, based on the findings of the study, the department will not be advancing detailed study of dedicated service between Altoona and Pittsburgh. However, the department continues to strive to improve passenger rail service to western Pennsylvania,” Granger said. She then moved on to her second point — adding a second passenger Amtrak train from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. According to Granger, it all comes down to money. “The commonwealth would need to provide additional subsidies to Amtrak for the additional service, and potentially invest capital improvements on the rail line in order to avoid any conflicts between existing NS [Norfolk Southern] freight service and additional passenger service,” she said. Granger said that PennDOT

received a proposed time table/schedule from Amtrak for an additional round-trip service, and PennDOT forwarded the proposed timetable to Norfolk Southern. According to her, PennDOT is working on a deal with Norfolk Southern to pay them to look at this proposed timetable. Due to federal law, PennDOT is responsible for the operating costs of Amtrak’s Keystone and Pennsylvania services, which runs $16 to $20 million a year. Half of that is funded by the $450 million obtained from Act 44, which requires the Pennsylvania Turnpike to provided funding for public transportation. That $450 million will be reduced to $50 million in the next several years. “I want to remind the committee that public transportation is available in some form in every county,” Granger said. Next to present testimony was Rudy Husband, vice president of government relations for Norfolk Southern. Husband outlined the new “TOP21” precision scheduled railroading (PSR) recently instituted by Norfolk Southern. PSR is a business model for railroads across the globe to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Using this customized model for Norfolk Southern, the railroad has taken nearly 700 locomotives out of service and laid off nearly 2,500 employees, including 50 at the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, along with closing several marshaling/bump yards. PSR is designed to reduce idle time for freight cars and locomotives, and it has increased the length of freight trains, with some trains nearly 2 miles long. In his written testimony, Husband referred the committee to testimony printed in 2016. One principle outline in his 2016 testi-

mony was that “[Norfolk Southern] will receive fair compensation for use of its transportation corridors.” Additionally “[Norfolk Southern] will factor in any new equipment (including Positive Train Control) and costs as well as additional property and other taxes that would not be incurred absent passenger service.” Positive Train Control (PTC) is a system designed to prevent trainto-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speeds, unauthorized train movements in work zones and the movement of trains through switches left in the wrong position. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires class 1 railroads, including Norfolk Southern, to install PTC in their main line rails because of hazardous materials, not because of passenger service. Mark Spada, of Western

Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail, presented testimony advocating for additional passenger rail service. Previously, Spada has spoken to the Forest Hills Regional Alliance about rail passenger service through the area. Spada emphasized that if more passenger train service is available, more people will use it. Spada referred to ridership numbers from 1996, the last year two trains ran from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. In 1996, there were 362,000 riders on the two Pennsylvania trains. In 2018, there were only 214,888 passengers on the single Pennsylvanian passenger train, a reduction of 40 percent. There were almost 1,000 passengers a day/seven days a week in 1996 compared to the 500-800 estimated by PennDOT who would use a six train commuter service by their estimate in SEE TRAINS, PAGE 4

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Central Cambria’s Murin gives state of curriculum report PAGE 4 - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

An item that has been integrated into Dr. Tricia Murin’s position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and professional personnel at Central Cambria is a state of curriculum report. At the Aug. 19 school board of directors meeting, Murin gave a brief overview of the report. She said that the report includes the district’s updated Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), Keystone Exam, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and Future Readiness Index scores. “We want to make this report an annual document with updates throughout the year as needed,� said Murin. “We wanted to share this information with students, parents, family members and community members so they know about the exciting happenings and important updates here at Central Cambria for the 20192020 school year.� She added that new initiatives and new hires are listed in the report as well as safety updates. The state of the curriculum audio and slideshow is available



‘We want to make this report an annual document’

under resources on the district website. In other matters, Murin had some updates on the federal programs, including Title 1 and Title 2. Murin said that she, along with Jackson Elementary principal Dane Domonkos, will be leading Title 1. She said Title 1 helps students achieve proficiency with state academic standards. “Jackson Elementary School and Cambria Elementary School operate as Title 1 school-wide programs,� Murin explained. “With this money, Central Cambria is able to offer extra academic assistance through three reading specialists at Cambria Elementary School and one reading specialist at Jackson Elementary School.� The Title 1 funds will also be used to upgrade technology, like iPads, in kindergarten and first grade. More information about Title 1 is available on the district’s website.

the only council member to vote against awarding the bid to Quaker Sales. He explained that he does not like that Quaker is subcontracted for Sippel and worries about delays in the resurfacing project in the future because of delays from Sippel’s project. Substantial completion of the wastewater project is planned for the beginning of September and final completion is expected by October. In other street-related matters, Kishmo has completed work for the new Triumph Street sidewalk project, but PennDOT inspectors rejected the modifications to two handicap ramps on Triumph Street at South Center Street. The ramps, designed by L.R. Kimball, were previously approved by PennDOT, however, Kimball’s drawings were incorrect because of faulty data from an earlier project.



the 2018 study. Lucinda Beattie, vice president of transportation for Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, testified to the rebound of Pittsburgh into an ever-growing economic powerhouse fueled by technology companies. Beattie focused on the growing demand for workers, and how the increase in passenger service could benefit Pittsburgh and areas serviced by passenger trains. By providing a more available area from which to draw workers, these areas would see a positive economic impact. The committee also heard the

Moving on to Title 2, Murin said that it “is a much smaller chunk of federal funds designed to support� schools with development for teachers and school leaders. “These funds also are applied to create full-day kindergarten classes and also small class sizes and Jackson Elementary School and Cambria Elementary School,� Murin said. This year, Murin said that the funds will be used for AmeriCorps workers in the district. Murin then said that under Title 4, funds were used to hire a career and college advisor. Title 4 funds are set aside for career readiness. “These career services will help every student [kindergarten] through 12,� stated Murin. She explained that for the younger students, the advisor will teach career lessons. In the middle and high school, students will be met with one-on-one and in groups on career interest inventories, among other topics.

All the parties have to agree to a new design, and Penatzer said they are still scheduling for them to be replaced. Kishmo has agreed to return to remove the handicap ramps and install new ramps and curbs in those areas. In other business, Regional Aviation Conservation Recreation Authority (RACRA) president John Glass addressed the council and asked them to approve a grant for RACRA to mill and overlay the airport runway. The estimate for this project will be around $500,000, and RACRA asked if the borough would provide 5 percent in matching funds. This runway work is part of an ongoing project to update the Ebensburg airport, and, according to Glass, the runway hasn’t been paved since the 1970s. The council approved to apply for the grant to resurfacing the runway at the airport and to provide the 5 percent in matching funds.

testimony on the proposed House Bill 1424 that would require freight trains to maintain a crew of two. Norfolk Southern under their TOP21 PSR program is considering reducing the crew of a freight train down to one person, citing technology updates as improving safety to allow the second crew member to be eliminated. Additionally, two representatives from short-line railroads testified about efforts to allow larger and heavier trucks on Pennsylvania highways. Currently, 51 short-line railroads service industries run on spur lines throughout the state. Kimberly Smith spoke on behalf of the York

Railway. The 42 miles of track on this line services the clay, cement, coal, food, feed products and forest products industries and bulk consumers. Todd Hunter, of North Shore Railroad Companies, spoke on behalf of the Keystone State Railroad Association. Both speakers testified to the detrimental effects heavier trucks would do to the rail industry and to the highway infrastructure in the state. This hearing was part of a factfinding tour being conducted by the House Transportation Committee. The day after the hearing, the committee members toured the Juanita Locomotive Shop in Altoona.


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Prince Gallitzin State Park holds program on insects

By Jack Thompson

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On Friday, August 30, Prince Gallitzin State Park environmental education specialist Tony DeSantis led a program on the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insects. A group of eight attended the event, allowing for more personal interaction than is often possible at the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educational events. DeSantis commented that it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a good number for this type of program.â&#x20AC;? The park holds educational meetings and other activities year-round, including workshops, lectures and tours. Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program was a simple installment. DeSantis set up a light trap to attract insects after dark. Once the bugs start-

DeSantis sets up light trap to attract specimens

ed to arrive, DeSantis gave details about the creatures and their roles in the local environment. The light trap is somewhat mysterious. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common knowledge that insects are attracted to light, and humanity has known that for generations. Still, why exactly bugs swarm to ultraviolet light remains a question without an answer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We set up a light trap that attracts insects. It is a simple set up: an ultraviolet light with a white sheet as a backdrop. Insects see in the UV spectrum, unlike us. For some reason, which has yet to be fully explained, it attracts insects,â&#x20AC;?

said DeSantis. Once the sun went down and the number of insects started to grow, DeSantis counted and explained the critters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a fair number of moths, some caddisflies, a few wasps, some leaf hoppers and different types of flies,â&#x20AC;? he said. DeSantis gave special attention to wasps. While we tend to think of hornets and other nesting bees as representative of our wasps, DeSantis clarified that the vast majority of them go totally unnoticed. Pennsylvania is home to hundreds of wasp species, and most are tiny or solitary nesters.







Wasps play a key role in controlling the populations of various other insects, and in some cases small animals. They tend to get bad press for aggression, but like most animals, wasps are not interested in harming human beings and will take pains to avoid contact with them. DeSantis also spoke on the huge diversity of moths and talked a little about the tiny scales present on moth and butterfly wings. Contrary to the popular belief that these scales are needed for flight, moths and butterflies fly just fine without them. The scales appear to us as a powdery residue if the wings are han-

dled and provide the colors and patterns we associate with moths and butterflies. DeSantis covered Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moths in some depth in a recent program during National Moth Week. DeSantis also documented some of the bugs the group lured, and showcased some of the tiny insects that usually go totally unnoticed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you get a good view of them, you realize how colorful and amazing they really are,â&#x20AC;? DeSantis said. Prince Gallitzin State Park holds educational programs almost every week. Events and updates are available on the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official website.

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Rep. Thompson Ebensburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dakota Grace wins Dog Days of Summer Contest holds federal grant,

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine not having herâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

All dogs are special, especially to their owners and to those who love them. But one dog can call herself the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top dog. Dakota Grace, owned by Bobbie and Carlos Lobo of Ebensburg, is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner of Mainline Newspapersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dog Days of Summer Contest. The Maltese-Shih Tzu mix received the highest number of votes and her owners were awarded a $100 prize. According to the Lobos, little Dakota Grace is the first dog the couple has had since theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been married. She was born Jan. 20, 2017, and became part of the Lobo family nine weeks later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine not having her,â&#x20AC;? Bobbie Lobo said. Dakota Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite activities include playing games and chasing the robins and rabbit in the Loboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back yard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She goes out there every day trying to catch it [the rabbit],â&#x20AC;? Carlos Lobo said.

Dakota Grace, a Maltese-Shih Tzu mix owned by Bobbie and Carlos Lobo of Ebensburg, is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dog Days of Summer Contest winner. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

And when the snow falls, you can find Dakota Grace out in the back yard playing in the snow. Car rides are another one of her

favorite hobbies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She knows where Dairy Queen is because of her papa,â&#x20AC;? Bobbie Lobo said. Dakota Grace always gets a biscuit treat when heading through the drive through. In fact, she is a well-traveled pup whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visited other states and has even gone kayaking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She loves it,â&#x20AC;? Bobbie Lobo said. But on an average day, Dakota Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite activity is seeing all her four-legged friends at Admiral Peary Doggie Lodge in Cresson, where she attends doggie daycare and is affectionately known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Dakota.â&#x20AC;? Sometimes, after â&#x20AC;&#x153;schoolâ&#x20AC;? or on weekends, the Lobos will make a special trip to the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site for walks around the trails. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our child as far as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned,â&#x20AC;? Bobbie Lobo said. Proceeds from the Dog Days of Summer Contest will be donated to the Cambria County Humane Society.

financing briefing

By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

On Aug. 27, U.S. representative Glenn â&#x20AC;&#x153;GTâ&#x20AC;? Thompson held a federal financing and grants briefing. The get-together, which took place at the Ebensburg Municipal Building, attracted business owners, representatives from non-profits and others who may benefit from a knowledge of how to procure grant funding and small business assistance. Money from both the state and federal governments is made available to groups and municipalities via grants. Procuring government grants is an in-depth process, usually with very high degrees of competition from other municipalities and groups across the state. Large organizations often employ grant specialists and writers as full-time positions. Understanding how to apply for and utilize financial opportunities requires a significant amount of experience with proper grant writing and governmental protocols. In local meeting after local meeting, residents appear before governmental boards under the assumption that grant availability means easy money, but the process is complicated and in no way guaranteed. Thompson opened the meeting with a few warm words and a welcome for the group. He first introduced himself and then spoke highly of his guests. He also explained that he likes to be called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Representativeâ&#x20AC;? instead of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congressman.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I prefer the title â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Representativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because it implies a relationship,â&#x20AC;? he said, and clarified that part of his job was to help communities receive grant opportunities. Thompson had three speakers give overviews on how their organizations can help provide resources for local communities. Present were speakers from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration. The speakers gave background SEE FEDERAL, PAGE 6






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BVMA engineer outlines â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;major issuesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on wastewater project

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Contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main office and crew foremans given three-page list Wray and the authority has is the condition of Red Mill Road. He said that a meeting was held Aug. 22 with the contractor in regard to those issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The contractor agreed that more effort is necessary on paving,â&#x20AC;? Wray said. According to Wray, the finish grade crew has not conducted restoration activities yet, which is when the ditch line will be fixed. He added that roadmaster Rich Miller will be involved with the restoration process conversation when the time comes. Another problem that has occurred in conjunction with the project is that water has been found in the Red Mill Area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve isolated it, primarily,

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Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority (BVMA) engineer Rich Wray outlined the â&#x20AC;&#x153;major issuesâ&#x20AC;? that have transpired due to the construction of the 422 east wastewater project at the Aug. 28 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We developed a list of issues for the contractors, it was three sheets of paper long, that [chairman] Mike [Pisarcik] and I felt that needed addressed,â&#x20AC;? said Wray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That list was given to their main office [and] it was also presented to each of the crew supervisors or the foreman so that they can start working through the items that belong to them in particular.â&#x20AC;? One of the biggest concerns



information, contacts and an overview what they could best do to provide financial backing for local projects, both for governmental groups and

organizations. Each speaker also answered questions from the audience. Multiple audience members expressed interest in applications. In an interview with

to two sections of line,â&#x20AC;? said Wray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We already knew that the contractor had to dig up two manholes and conduct, basically, they have to remove the manhole, put a new section of manhole down and then rebuild the manhole up again.â&#x20AC;? He said that the manhole is leaking and there is an area in that same stretch where â&#x20AC;&#x153;it appears the pipe has egg-shaped a little bit.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve notified the contractor and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to get in there, dig it up and find out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on,â&#x20AC;? said Wray. According to Wray, over 5 miles of sewer line has been installed, and this water problem is occurring in a 500 foot area.

Thompson, he said that his goal was to provide these opportunities to his constituents and looked forward to seeing people receive grants and financial guidance as a result of the briefing.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;That whole Red Mill Road is going to be re-evaluated,â&#x20AC;? said Pisarcik. Pisarcik explained that his understanding on the paving is that the contractor is going to run a strip the length of the road, instead of paving certain areas and skipping over other ones. He added that the ditch line will be pushed back and then the road will have a berm installed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to take care of it,â&#x20AC;? said Pisarcik. Pisarcik added that the evaluation of Red Mill Road took about two hours. Wray moved on to an issue initially brought up at the July meeting, which involved a portion of corn crop being taken out parallel to Route 422. He said in July that the farmer was

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to put together a cost estimate so restitution can be made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corn restitution has not been made to the farmers as of this date [Aug. 28],â&#x20AC;? Wray said. In other issues, township resident Jack Blickendorfer said that since an easement has been issued through his property with the project, individuals driving quads have found it and are using it to ride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I got a quad problem, and I got rails cut in there for my own walking purposes, they found them,â&#x20AC;? said Blickendorfer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turned into a ... race track.â&#x20AC;? Pisarcik asked if stones could be placed to block the quads from using Blickendorferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private property as a trail. Blickendorfer said he has no problem with that solution.





Steelers fall to Panthers, 25-19, in final preseason game

PAGE 10 - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

Pittsburgh opens regular season against New England Sunday night

By Calem Illig

of Mainline Newspapers

The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking to go a perfect 4-for-4 in the preseason, but traveling to Carolina to face the Panthers Aug. 29, some crucial mistakes cost the black and gold its fourth preseason victory. Carolina snuck away with a 2519 victory to close out the exhibition stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Largely, it has been a good preseason in terms of guys getting an opportunity and providing some clarity, working and competing,â&#x20AC;? Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll proceed with the necessary process. We understand what that is.â&#x20AC;? The Panthers nearly started the scoring just under five minutes into the game, but as Joey Slye and the Carolina special teams unit lined up to kick a 48-yard field goal, Ulysses Gilbert jumped in front of the kick to get the block and deny Carolina the scoring opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big play in special teams, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proven to be helpful in those areas,â&#x20AC;? Tomlin said of Gilbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s block. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably get an opportunity to help there before he does on defense like all young guys, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to see him productive.â&#x20AC;? The Panthers looked to be in scoring position yet again late




in the first quarter, but the pesky Steelers defense stepped up and put six points on the board this time. Jay Elliot stripped the ball out of the hands of Carolina rookie quarterback and West Virginia alum Will Grier. Elliot returned the ball 88 yards to the house to give Pittsburgh an early lead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the way we attacked the ball,â&#x20AC;? said Steelers defensive end and captain Cameron Hayward, who did not dress for the final preseason game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we had a lot of fumbles. I thought we took a lot of steps toward getting more sacks, having a lot more turnovers. Only time will tell what we do in the regular season.â&#x20AC;? Carolina continued to push on its next drive. Sutton Smith earned a sack, but Slye hit a 59-yard field goal to cut the lead to four. While the Panthers were gelling on offense, Pittsburgh struggled. With Josh Dobbs getting the start, the Steelers went 3-and-out on their first drive and had the ball for only 10 snaps on the second drive. Dobbs was quickly pulled from the game as he went 3-for-5 with only 21 passing yards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always control that,â&#x20AC;? Dobbs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You always wish you could get more plays.â&#x20AC;? Mason Rudolph entered the

game, and the offense quickly found its stride. Rudolph led the Steelers on a 10-play, 52yard drive that ended with a missed field goal by kicker Matthew Wright. His attempt was from 47 yards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a second-year guy, like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve asked all second-year guys, I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken a significant step,â&#x20AC;? Tomlin said of Rudolphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only in consistency and production, but just awareness and communication, overall general readiness. Like a lot of the other second-year guys, I thought he came in physically ready from a conditioning standpoint. He carried that knowledge of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a good process for him.â&#x20AC;? Carolina needed only five plays to travel 63 yards down the field. Grier found Aldrick Robinson on a 34-yard passing connection to give Carolina the lead. Rudolph quickly led the Steelers back down the field. He found Johnny Holton on a deep 44-yard pass to set Pittsburgh up in scoring position, and Wright converted on his second field goal attempt as he nailed a 49-yard kick with only 34 seconds left in the half. Carolina tried to heave the ball up the field with time ticking on the clock, but Cam Sutton intercepted Grierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pass

to set Pittsburgh up in excellent field position at the 31-yard line. On the ensuing play, Rudolph found Holton in the end zone on a beautiful passing play to give Pittsburgh the lead at the half. Rudolph ended the evening 7-for-11 with 125 passing yards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did a good job moving the ball,â&#x20AC;? Rudolph said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had great protection all night. The turnover gave us second life.â&#x20AC;? The third quarter saw little action between either team. The Steelers punted five consecutive times, and the Panthers called their punter onto the field in three separate occasions. Marcelis Branch forced an interception late in the third quarter, but the Steelers offense could not make the Panthers pay with Devlin Hodges at quarterback. Hodges, a rookie out of Samford, went 10-for-20 with 73 passing yards. Carolina quarterback Taylor Heinicke hit Jordan Scarlett for an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and a critical mistake by Hodges cost Pittsburgh the game. Hodges attempted the pass to rookie tight end Zach Gentry, but his pass was intercepted by Jordan Kunaszyk and put Carolina only 34 yards from the end zone. Just a few plays later, Heinicke connected with

Temarrick Hemingway for a 21-yard scoring pass. The Panthers converted on the twopoint attempt to make it a 2516 game. Matthew Wright added three points to the board with a 42-yard field goal to solidify the final score. With this being the final preseason game and with roster cuts imminent, the Steelers gave extensive playing time to players such as defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs, outside linebacker Sutton Smith, running back Benny Snell, tight end Zach Gentry, wide receiver Diontae Johnson, cornerback Justin Layne, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III and tackle Derwin Gray. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More than anything, I wanted to see guys leaning at the tape,â&#x20AC;? Tomlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long process, a tough process in a lot of ways for young people, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see guys limp across the finish line. I wanted to see them lean in, I wanted to see tremendous effort and growth.â&#x20AC;? The Steelers travel to New England Sunday, Sept. 8, to face the defending Super Bowl champions for the regular season opener. The game starts at 8:20 p.m. and will broadcast on NBC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really excited about getting our season started and meeting the challenges that await us,â&#x20AC;? Tomlin said.


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Jackson Water Authority foreman finds leaks in system PAGE 12 - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - MAINLINE EXTRA

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Finding leaks in the Jackson Township Water Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system is a top priority for foreman Fred Meier. At the Aug. 27 authority meeting, Meier said that a number of leaks have been found over the past month that have since been fixed. Meier explained that a leak on Mackall Street was found on a 3 inch line. He said it was listed as a 4 inch line on GIS, so it will need to be changed for documentation purposes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a saddle, luckily we found parts for it and got it fixed,â&#x20AC;? said Meier. According to Meier, leaks

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were also found on Loraine Road, at Leisure Village, Venture Street and Flagstaff Street. He added that there is another leak on Flagstaff Street that needs to be fixed as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My plans are to just change the whole line out,â&#x20AC;? Meier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about 100 feet of 1 inch line that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to replace. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just tired of it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had too many problems with it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot.â&#x20AC;? Meier said that there is a gas line near that specific water line and he thinks that the electrolysis is coming off the line and affected the copper, causing leaks. A blowoff on Blackburn Road was also fixed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You definitely can tell weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

tightening the system up because as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tightening stuff up itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popping stuff everywhere else,â&#x20AC;? Meier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of them were service line leaks.â&#x20AC;? Authority member Robb Piper asked if the leaks were found using the new leak detection equipment purchased earlier this year or if customers have been calling the leaks in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all surfacing,â&#x20AC;? said Meier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the people are calling in [leaks]?â&#x20AC;? asked Piper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat community eyes and ears.â&#x20AC;? Moving on, engineer Pat Mulcahy said that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much to report on, but said engineer Stephanie

more months until everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completed, or until we have a firm plan on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on,â&#x20AC;? said Meier. He said the relocation project will probably take place in the spring of 2020.

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The Cresson American Legion, along with the Sons of the American Legion, installed a new mural on the left-hand side of their building Aug. 30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We choose this mural because it is not battle specific,â&#x20AC;? Rodney Lewis, secretary of the Sons of the American Legion, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that all veterans can relate to.â&#x20AC;? The mural, called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fallen Solider Battle Cross,â&#x20AC;? is dedicated to all living and deceased veterans. The mural was actually put up in time for the Memorial Day celebrations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They [Cresson American Legion] have this beautiful wall right here,â&#x20AC;? Lewis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when you stand in front of the building here, this side of the building was lacking something.â&#x20AC;? On the right side of the front of the building is a memorial wall dedicated to veterans, where people can put up photos and memorials of deceased veterans. The new mural is supposed to compliment the memorial wall, which was built in 2009. Lewis said he came up with the idea for the mural about two years ago when he attended the Memorial Day services in Cresson. He thought that the left side of the building was lacking something, and he proposed the idea to the Sons of the Legion. The Sons were happy to support the idea and paid for the mural. The Cresson Legion and Sons of the Legion members who came to the ribbon cutting event were Thaddeus Mikolajczyk, Harold Templon, Bruce Moulhern, Bryan Rabish, Garrett Anderson, Lewis, David Humm and Harry Lewis. Four of them are Legion members and the others are Sons of the Legion members. According to Lewis, the battle cross is symbolic for someone who has been killed in battle. It was used before dog tags and started during the Civil War to identify bodies on battlefields. The Sons of the Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice veterans. They are part of a program of The American Legion, meaning many Sons are dual members. The American Legion is the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest wartime veterans service organization and advocates for patriotism and honor. Both organizations promote Americanism and serve the community.

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HVAC/ PLUMBER POSITION: Experience a bonus. Not necessary, will train. Send to: HVAC/ Plummer Position, P.O. Box 1158, Northern Cambria, PA 15714.

NANTY GLO BOROUGH: Is accepting applications for Police Officers including one full time at 40 hours per week with the Nanty Glo Borough Police Department. Experience preferred. PA Act 120 training required. Applications may be mailed or delivered to the Nanty Glo Borough Police Department at 1015 First Street, Suite 2, Nanty Glo, PA. EOE. OFFICE HELP NEEDED: Part time work, Office & Quickbooks experience a plus. Send resume to: Wilkinson Bus Lines, P.O. Box 95, Cresson, PA 16630. PENN CAMBRIA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Is accepting applications for Title 1 Intervention Teacher (Elementary certification PK- 4 or K- 6) required, Special Education or Reading Specialist dual certification preferred) and Full- time custodians. Visit for more information. Applications due by noon on September 10, 2019. EOE PERSONAL CARE AIDE NEEDED: Full time, no experience needed. Apply, 628 Pike Road, Mundys Corner, PA 15909. 749-5100. THE CITY HOTEL: Is now hiring Cooks & Bartenders, Apply within. 814-951-0303. EOE.

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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. SABELLA PAVING: Parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, repairing/ sealcoating. Free estimates. PA #041032, 948-8330. SHAFFER TREE SERVICE, LLC: Tree removal, tree/ shrub trimming, stump grinding, fertilizing, landscaping. Free estimates, fully insured. Owner Rick Shaffer 736-4168.


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Blacklick Township Supervisors extend fencing at ball field

By Allie Garver

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The fencing at the baseball field on Sherwood Lane has been completed, according to Blacklick Township supervisor Rich Miller at the Aug. 20 meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had that raised up from 8 feet to 10 feet so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hit those new dugouts,â&#x20AC;? explained Miller. The fence was also extended out past the dugouts. The only other items that need completed are adding six caps on the pipe and a gate latch, but Miller said that he spoke with the fencing company before the meeting and those items will be taken care of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It does look good,â&#x20AC;? said Mesoras, who is on the recreation authority. Miller said that instead of mowing the field all the time, he is going to contact a farmer in the area to see if he would be interested in planting the lower section. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would save us a lot of time with keeping that mowed up over there,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who takes care of that, Rich, the recreation authority or the township?â&#x20AC;? asked township resident Jack Blickendorfer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, both of us, we work together,â&#x20AC;? Miller stated. According to Miller, the township takes care of the outer sections of the baseball fields and the recreation authority maintains the actual fields. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You might have missed my question, Rich, but financially, who has been taking care of the bills on that ball field, the taxpayers or the recre-

authority?â&#x20AC;? asked ation Blickendorfer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been mostly the taxpayers,â&#x20AC;? said Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the way it was supposed to have been laid out, was it?â&#x20AC;? asked Blickendorfer. Miller said that $75,000 was set aside to help with the costs of the ball fields. Blickendorfer then questioned how many teams play at the fields. Miller said they have had at least three, but he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure how many, if any, played there this summer. According to Blickendorfer, there was one pony league team through the Twin Rocks VFW that played there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on too, the rules and the regulations for the park over there, so that we can get something set up,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a lot of improvements going on down there, and who the hell is going to be saddled with them, the taxpayers?â&#x20AC;? Blickendorfer asked. Miller explained that once the rules and regulations are set, the goal is to make it a self-sufficient entity under the recreation authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s care. Mesoras explained that the reason no Little League teams played on the field recently is because the field needs dugouts and a fence, which the lower field doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have yet. Mesoras said that volunteers are always welcome to help out with the maintenance and other aspects of the field.

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Jackson Township Water Authority talks new computers

MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - PAGE 15

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Jackson Township Water Authority chairman Walter Ditchcreek introduced Guy Ellenberger during public comment portion of the Aug. 27 meeting. “[He’s] here to explain what our computer system needs to get caught up to the present age,” said Ditchcreek. Ellenberger said that he stopped at the water authority office prior to the meeting to get a basic idea of what the board’s future plans are for the next five years in regard to software. “Right now, you don’t have a whole lot of system requirements, which means I can go to a lower-end type computer,” Ellenberger said.

He added that he won’t go to the lowest-end computer, but would like to get the authority at least five years out of it. “I will upsize it a bit, making it a better, longer-lasting machine,” said Ellenberger. “When I do stuff like that, I’d like to know what else we may or may not be looking at down the road.” According to Ellenberger, the machines are outdated and running Windows 7, which will be obsolete in January 2020. “You can continue to play with Windows 7, however there are no updates for it,” Ellenberger said. He said one machine will stay in the office because the antiquated software will not run on Windows 10. The reason to keep one of the old computers is to be able to pull up documents from the past.

“Most of this, I believe you’d have here on paper somewhere in a file, if the machine would blow up in the future, so you have backup of paper in boxes,” said Ellenberger. “It’s much more convenient if she [office manager Debra Buksa] needs to dig something up, turn the machine on and pull it up.” He added that the computer monitors would stay; it’s just the modem that need updated. The approximate cost is $800 per machine and the authority needs two. “Generally what I do is, I come up with a general specification of what I’m looking for, I work with various vendors,” said Ellenberger. “I’ll go to them and say, ‘These are the models I’m looking at, what do you have available?’” The modems would all feature brand

new software, according to Ellenberger. He suggested that the authority continue to have two office computers because there are often two workers, and it is good to have a backup as well. “What’s your take on all of this computer stuff?” board member Robb Piper asked Buksa. “Anything to add to what he said?” Buksa said the bank recently came to the office to give the authority a new check reader, but the Windows Processor is too old so the reader cannot be updated. “We’re just running into things slowly,” said Buksa. “Apparently, Windows 7 is not the way to go.” Ellenberger said he will put a cost estimate together and report back to them.

Sankertown VFW replaces front porch for WWII veteran By Gina Bianucci

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Sometimes when the news in the world isn’t that great, it’s always nice to read about a good thing that happened in the community. In this case, members of the Sankertown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7377 worked to replace one of its member’s front porch Aug. 6. Francis “Shuts” Beck’s front porch, banister and stairs were rotting and in disrepair when Post commander Mick Hoover and

trustee and service officer Tom Williams visited his house to ask him if he was attending the membership appreciation day in September. The two then saw the state of Beck’s porch. “His daughter told me she was surprised that he let me in,” Hoover said. “I asked if he would mind if I came in and he said he didn’t mind.” The Sankertown VFW reached out to Mark Wolsgale, of the Johnstown Home Depot, to see if he could help Beck. The VFW and The Home Depot had worked

together before when the VFW received a grant from the company two years ago to redo the cement and fencing at a community park in Sankertown. This time, Wolsgale and Home Depot representatives looked at the front porch and decided that it would take too long to apply for any grant money. Instead, the Home Depot team decided to just donate the supplies and their time to help rebuild the porch. “We mainly did it for safety reasons,” Hoover said. “He [Beck] told me he plans to live until he is

100 years old, so we needed to replace it.” According to a press release released by the VFW, VFW members Hank Colyer, Hoover, and Tom Williams removed the old porch by 10 a.m. Soon after, the Home Depot team, consisting of Mark Wolfslagle, Rick Link and Nick Mosgrave, replaced the front porch, along with steps and railing, and finished around 5 p.m. Beck served 18 months in northern France during World War II, and after the war, he worked for 35 years at Bethlehem Steel. He also

had five stints put in his heart over the Memorial Day holiday. He originally was a member of the Lilly VFW but joined the Sankertown Post when the Lilly Post closed. The Sankertown VFW helps veterans, military families and communities, and they work on behalf of veterans. As part of their responsibilities, the Sankertown VFW will fix wheelchair ramps and front porches if they need repaired or replaced. The members plan to do future projects for older veterans if they are contacted or they think repairs are needed.

(NCCHF) will be inducting five individuals and the 2008 Northern Cambria girls’ basketball team into the community list of individuals and teams deserving recognition in Northern Cambria. According to NCCHF’s Facebook page, this year's event marks the sixth annual round of inductions. NCCHF was formed to "celebrate Northern Cambria's extensive history of academic and

athletic excellence and community presence,” and recognizes both alumni and residents of Northern Cambria. Inductees are recognized for their leadership, integrity, morality, contributions to society and entrepreneurial aptitude. Six inductions are planned, all of whom were nominated by members of the community:

for Pete Jennings' World News Tonight, and was a talented musician and skilled computer operator. Duke's work has become a staple for news programs across channels and changed the way Americans consume media.

variety of scholarships and trust funds for the benefit of Northern Cambria.

Northern Cambria Community Hall of Fame to induct six

By Jack Thompson

of Mainline Newspapers

On Sept. 28, the Northern Cambria Community Hall of Fame

Alberto Rey Alberto Rey received political asylum through Mexico in 1963 and moved to Miami, Florida in 1965 before relocating to Barnesboro in 1967. Rey is nationally and internationally acclaimed author, artist and researcher now residing in New York. He's exhibited work at the American Embassy in Vatican City, gone on aquatic research trips around the world, written and illustrated two books and teaches visual arts and new media at the university level. Ray Duke Ray Duke, now deceased, was a Northern Cambria graduate and award winning artist. He received artist of the year four years running in high school and went on to develop Emmy-Award winning graphics for TV news. He worked for 24 years as lead graphic artist

Charles Miller Charles Miller, deceased, graduated from Spangler High School in 1932. Miller worked a variety of jobs during his life, including tenures with the Worlds Fair, Steelcoat Paint and a host of night clubs in the St. Louis Area. In his later years, Miller became a selfmade millionaire with his company Central Travel in Toledo, Ohio and took a place as a stand-out donor and leader in the Northern Cambria community.

Samuel Rocco Samuel Rocco, deceased, was a research chemist and Northern Cambria teacher. Rocco graduated from St. Francis University on a football scholarship in 1957 before entering Carnegie Tech for coal and petroleum engineering. He went on to become a teacher and football coach back in Northern Cambria from 1966-1993 and was instrumental in obtaining funding for the construction of the school track. Rocco also helped form a

Deacon Ann Staples Deacon Ann Staples spearheaded the founding of the Coal Country Hangout Youth Center in 1996 and has served as its director since 2001. Coal Country is a full-service youth center that provides services to economically depressed youth and strives to explore ways to respond to the educational, cultural spiritual impacts of the loss of the area's coal mining industry. Staples has cultivated relationships with a range of local officials and works tirelessly at Coal Country, and she also serves as deacon in charge at St. Thomas Parish.

The 2008 Northern Cambria girls basketball team The 2008 Northern Cambria girls basketball team was the area's first girls basketball team to win the state championship. The team also took the Heritage Conference Championship, the District 6 AA Championship, and finished with a record of 29-2. The team was Northern Cambria’s best performing basketball team in decades.

This year's induction banquet will be held Sept. 28 at the Northern Cambria ElementaryMiddle School.

Grief support group

Family Hospice, part of UPMC, is offering a free bereavement support group beginning Sept. 18 at the Cambria office for Family Hospice, 118 Ebony Road, Ebensburg. The group meets six consecutive Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 18 and ending Oct. 23.

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