September 7, 2017
Ebensburg denies street sweeper request
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
Since the last Ebensburg Borough meeting when the council spoke about the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper, the matter has been further discussed with Cambria Township, borough manager Dan Penatzer said at the Aug. 28 meeting. â€œWe met again with the township and suggested to them that we just simply follow the terms of the existing inter-governmental agreement,â€? Penatzer said. The agreement details the use of the sweeper by the two municipalities. The machine is in Ebensburgâ€™s name and is supposed to be maintained by the borough as well. Cambria Township is supposed to be billed for its share of that work based on use. Penatzer said a log detailing use based on engine hours was also suggested to the township along with following the original agreement, but the township didnâ€™t think that would work. Instead, the supervisors suggested the township sell its share of the sweeper to the borough like the borough offered them, according to Penatzer, who said that wouldnâ€™t work either because a fair price would have to be negotiated. According to previous appraisals, the price could range SEE REQUEST, PAGE 2
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Ebensburg decides against outdoor burning ordinance By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
The Ebensburg Borough council unanimously decided against changing the outdoor burning ordinance at its Aug. 28 meeting.
A resident had filed a complaint about the burning at the councilâ€™s June meeting. The following month, borough manager Dan Penatzer presented a draft of a new ordinance for the council to consider. Following a dis-
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from $25,000 to $38,750. â€œBut weâ€™re not wild about doing that. While it would alleviate the inconvenience that we spoke about last month, having access to the sweeper, the sweeperâ€™s too large a machine for us,â€? Penatzer said. â€œThe biggest issue on our minds is the amount of maintenance that a machine that old is going to soon require.â€? At the July meeting, Penatzer discussed purchasing a new, smaller street sweeper with the council. He explained that, in his opinion, the current sweeper is too large for an area like Ebensburg and that the agreement between the borough and the township hasnâ€™t worked thus far. He opined it was better to sell the boroughâ€™s share of the sweeper to Cambria Township and purchase a new one at a cost of around $200,000. The council wasnâ€™t receptive to the idea. At the August meeting, Penatzer suggested the council consider working a new street sweeper into the budget when planning for it begins next month. Having had a month to consider the idea, president Doug Tusing told Penatzer that the council isnâ€™t necessarily opposed to purchasing a new sweeper in the future, but the suddenness of the idea was unappealing. Given time to research a new machine and discuss the issue, he said it is possible the borough may go through with the purchase. Councilman Dave Kuhar questioned if the borough would be â€œfurther aheadâ€? to keep the old machine for now, at least until the upcoming wastewater project is completed. He contended that with the amount of abuse a street sweeper will endure during that project, it probably would not be smart to use a brand new machine. Penatzer argued that with the amount of use the machine will get, it would be smarter to purchase a new one because the old sweeper will need more â€œexpensive maintenanceâ€? due to the hours put on it as the project is completed.
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cussion about the issue, the council requested the current ordinance to review alongside the drafted ordinance. â€œThis is one of the things where Iâ€™ve gotten more comments than I thought,â€? councilman Dave Kuhar said. He explained that he had been approached by residents who prefer to keep the ordinance as it is. Kuhar added that he didnâ€™t think there were that many complaints in the first place, and he suggested the proposed ordinance for outdoor burning seemed to come from a desire to appease a few squeaky wheels. Councilwoman Theresa Jacoby said sheâ€™d heard residents with similar comments and agreed the ordinance didnâ€™t need to be adjusted or amended. The current ordinance allows anything but garbage to be burned on Tuesdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday mornings.
The only stipulation is that a metal receptacle, stove, or fireplace be used. The ordinance Penatzer suggested to the council essentially banned all burning aside from recreational fires. According to him, there was no real reason for any other type of fire in the borough. â€œIt doesnâ€™t sound like anybody wants to change it,â€? president Doug Tusing said. â€œAt this point, the ordinance will remain as it is.â€? In other business, councilman Joseph Miller covered an issue with a local bridge. According to him, the bridge on Tanner Street is made of a large corrugated metal pipe and I-beam girders. The beams are reportedly rusted and the pipe is rotted. Bricks inside the pipe are also collapsing. Miller said the most costeffective approach would be to
replace the bridge altogether. In its place, a pre-formed box culvert would be set. The borough is looking to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportationâ€™s traffic improvement plan, which would reimburse the borough for 80 percent of the project cost. However, to be added to the plan, a formal bridge inspection is required. Miller put a motion on the floor to have L.R. Kimball perform the inspection at a cost of $4,380. The motion was approved. Tusing asked if there was any need for a weight reduction, and Penatzer responded that a study of the bridge hadnâ€™t yet been completed but that one will be prepared. He added that the only issue is the borough will have to put the money up for the project and it could be some time before Ebensburg is reimbursed.
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By Megan Riner
of Mainline Newspapers
This is the third installment in a series highlighting the high school marching bands in the Mainline area. Central Cambria senior Kate Griffith, a percussionist in the high school’s marching band, has read research that drummers’ hearts sync in time to the music they play, which only proves that the students really do put their hearts into their performance when they step onto the field each Friday night. “Our minds go into it, our hearts go into it, our souls go into the music,” she shared. However, before the students are ready to perform in front of a stadium full of fans, they must first learn the basic marching, choreography, music, drill, etc. that comprises a halftime show. Much of this is introduced during a mini-camp in May, where the students receive their music to practice over the break. Then, the color guard members meet weekly in the summer to learn their routines, and the drum majors gather to get a jump start on their music. The whole ensemble participates in an intense week of band camp and after-school rehearsals on Fridays. “It’s hundreds of hours of preparations for a seven minutes halftime show,” band director Michelle Kokus explained, adding that she tries to keep band camp lighthearted with theme days and by celebrating the stu-
dents’ successes. Central Cambria will debut its Journeyinspired halftime show tomorrow, Sept. 8, after two weeks on the road. The music should be recognizable to fans of all ages, and Kokus said the students have worked really hard over the past month on this year’s show. “When people see the show, they just see the show, they don’t see all the hard work we put in to accomplish that,” explained senior drum major Ryleigh Shoff, “People may think marching band is easy, but when you take into account all the things we have to do to get the show to where it is, it’s a lot more difficult than someone may think.” Junior percussionist Nick Lasinsky noted that the hardest thing about marching band is putting it all together. “Your feet have to be in the right position, and then you have to be playing the right notes and you have to remember to look up at the drum major, and then you have to make sure you’re all in a line, you’re in step, you’re in beat, you’re in note — it’s a lot of levels,” he said. “And then you dance.” All of these aspects don’t necessarily come second nature to the students like the music does, and most of the students admitted that marching is tough to master. “You have to count on everyone to step off at the same time and be at their spot at the right time,” Shoff said, “and everyone has to have trust in everyone else that they’re
going to do the right thing.” “Even if you make a mistake, you have to keep going,” senior clarinetist Caitlin Machuta said. “You can’t call time and rewind,” senior saxophonist Evan Berkihiser added. That means teamwork is key. “One wrong step and it can mess up the whole thing, but the one right step can make the show look perfect and amazing,” Griffith shared. Luckily, all of the practices and camps and rehearsals allow the band members to grow close, and many think of the band as their second family. The relationship the band students have with each other was a driving reason junior percussionist Kaylee Hunt joined this year. It was also what helped Berkihiser feel welcome when he moved to the district last year. “Everyone here has the same sort of mindset,” he said. “If you work hard, if you practice, if you do your job, you succeed.” Unlike Hunt and Berkihiser, most students don’t remember the exact moment or reason they decided to join Central Cambria’s marching band. For some students, marching band runs in deep in their family. For others, it was the natural progression of their school music career. Still others were inspired by Kokus. “It’s wonderful to see all of the aspects come together,” Kokus shared, “but more importantly, I am reminded each season
what this means to the students that participate in the marching band. It’s rewarding to see and feel their sense of accomplishment and pride, but to witness the respect and love they have for what they do and the other members of the band is the best part of my job. They are creating memories that will last their entire lifetime.” Despite all the work, focus, and discipline that is demanded from marching band members, it is an overall rewarding experience the students aren’t likely to forget. The Forest Hills marching band will be featured next week, Sept. 14.
The Indiana, Pa., Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is sponsoring a recital at the Ebensburg Presbyterian Church in the upstairs sanctuary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Local organists and other members of the guild will perform a variety of music. The recital will end with a traditional hymn-sing from 1:30-2 p.m. The recital is free, but any donations will go toward the church’s organ restoration project.
Scanlon questions E’burg council about lack of business
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Shaffer: “I want to know what we can do to bring the business back to small business.”
At the beginning of the Aug. 28 Ebensburg Borough council meeting, Bill Shaffer asked why the borough had stopped doing business with Scanlan Electric Supply last year. “I don’t want to make this a sales call, but I want to know what we can do to bring the business back to small business,”
Shaffer said. He claimed he had been told by other small business owners in the area that the borough no longer does business with them either. Shaffer said his goal in addressing council that evening was to try and fix the issue. President Doug Tusing told Shaffer that the borough is “very supportive” of small businesses. Tusing cited the council’s recent decision to remain a customer of
Cresson Lake Playhouse is pleased to announce the evening’s entertainment for its third and final performance of CLP Unplugged 2017. The first and second Unplugged events of the year were a huge success with great talent. The final Unplugged performance will be held Sept. 11 at 7:30 pm. Each Unplugged concert featured a variety of musicians performing different songs and styles of music. No performance is duplicated on any of the evenings. The line-up for Sept. 11 includes several duets and many solo performances. Music genres range from country to Christian to Broadway to pop. Performers include locals such as Joseph Caroff, Kate Wolf,
Josh Duman, Scott Getz, Libbie Lees, Trevor Tarwater, and Altoona natives Emily Volpe and Rick Herbster, to name a few. Many of these performers are CLP audience and local favorites returning to the barn stage. This promises to provide all music lovers with a great evening of musical entertainment. The third 2017 CLP Unplugged will be held at the Barn Theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased either at the door, by calling 814-4724333, or by visiting w w w. C r e s s o n L a k e . c o m . Seating is limited, so reserve your seats early. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase. All sales are final.
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
Cresson Lake Playhouse announces third Unplugged performance
Ebensburg Insurance as an example of the borough’s support. He also told Shaffer that the council doesn’t necessarily choose the vendors from which the borough purchases services. Tusing deferred to borough manager Dan Penatzer for further explanation. According to Penatzer, a few items contributed to the decision to cease business with Scanlan. He explained that prior to public works director Jeff Evans’ return, the borough was hiring Scanlan employees for some electrical work. “Some of it was electrical work that now that Jeff’s [Evans] back we’re doing that again inhouse,” Penatzer said. Another point he made was that “some time ago” the borough decided to begin using
what was in stock. Penatzer explained that the municipality has obtained various items over the years and kept them in the garage and basement, and instead of buying something new, the borough workers have been using what was already there, including water supplies, according to Penatzer. “We just ended up with, like, a supply house here of our own buildup over time,” Penatzer said, “so we haven’t been buying a whole lot of that stuff.” Additionally, he said the borough’s records show that it continues to buy from other small businesses, like Ace Hardware and The Long Barn. Penatzer assured Shaffer that the municipality is still buying locally, but he stated that there was no reason Ebensburg couldn’t start buying from Scanlan again.
Shaffer said the company wants to make sure it is available to the borough. He brought up an example of vendors that can supply USB receptacles for residents to charge their cellphones at community events. He stated that Scanlan Electric Supply is willing to do anything to support the borough, as long as the borough supports the company. Penatzer then mentioned a third reason why the borough stopped purchasing from Scanlan. He said some items, like street light bulbs, are now purchased in bulk through Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program, COSTARS. Tusing noted that there was no intention of never doing business with Scanlan again. Shaffer said he knew that wasn’t it and again offered his and Scanlan’s services to the group.
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Grace Mosley: a life full of love, laughter, and dancing
By Amber Stich
of Mainline Newspapers
Grace Mosley has lived many places in her lifetime, but the story of the soon-to-be 82-yearold started in Spangler. Mosley was born on Sept. 17, 1935. She said the town has changed a lot since she roamed the streets playing with her friends in those days. Mosley said her most memorable moments during childhood were spent outside playing from the time their homework and chores were done until dusk when they had to go home. She recalled anxiously waiting for the first day of winter to play in the snow and pretending to be jungle people in the grape vines. Through it all, Mosley said the constant was the close-knit and caring community she loved. She said she knew every neighbor for at least six blocks on her childhood street of Crawford Avenue, and everyone kept an eye out for each other. As she grew, Mosley said, that spirit grew with her and her classmates. She cited her high school graduation night in the spring of 1953 when the whole class went to the Sunset Ballroom, a popular dance hall in
the area, and danced to the jazz music of Les Brown and His Band of Renown. Brown was one of the last bands to play at the Sunset before it became a skating rink and later burned down. â€œIâ€™ve loved to dance, and I danced all my life until I couldnâ€™t do it anymore,â€? Mosley said. Mosley then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and worked at an insurance company. She lived in an all-girls home with a friend and enjoyed her free time exploring the dancing scene there until she moved back to the area. After working in the area again for a few years, Mosley was married and moved to Maryland with her husband. There, she had six children while her husband worked for Woodward and Lothrop company delivering furniture. She said after the area changed and became more unruly, with riots happening near the Washington, D.C., area and the increased cost of living, the family decided to move back to the local area again. While living in Bethel, Pa., Mosley tended bar and said she controlled the bar like she controlled her household. She was the boss and wouldnâ€™t take any-
thing from anyone, but she said unruly situations, thankfully, didnâ€™t happen too often. It was around this time that Mosley lost her husband at the age of 36. Mosley dedicated herself to providing for and raising her children, and she prides herself in the tight-knit family she still has today. Mosley said she wishes the world would be more full of love for one another, so she is happy her family has that bond. With 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and another on the way, holidays can be sort of hectic, but Mosley said she enjoys sitting back and letting her children and grandchildren cook with the recipes she taught them that she learned from her mother. Regardless of how busy they get, she makes sure her family always meets for these occasions. â€œIâ€™ve told the kids that six days out of the year I expect us to be together as a family and happy,â€? Mosley said. â€œThey may think Iâ€™m old, but Iâ€™ve told them I will live to 100, and they will find out there is no messing with me because I am still going to be the boss.â€? Mosley lived in Nanty Glo for 18 years and in Ebensburg for
Ebensburg receives promise on completion of SCADA system
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
At its July meeting, the Ebensburg Borough council unanimously agreed to send a letter to Severn Trent requesting the supervisory control and data acquisition system project be completed within 30 days. The company has been working on the SCADA system for nearly a year, having been awarded the contract in October 2016. The project was supposed to have been completed in February. At the July meeting, plant supervisor Mark Wirfel told the council that the SCADA system is operational at the water plant and 90 percent complete at the wastewater plant. He had hoped the remaining 10 percent would be completed the next week, but at the Aug. 28 meeting, the project still remained incomplete. â€œIâ€™ve been assured by the engineer, who will be here tomorrow, that heâ€™s going to finish it up in the next three days,â€? Wirfel said. â€œI told him, â€˜You better have it done this
month,â€™ and he assured me he will.â€? President Doug Tusing asked if the engineer was speaking about the water and sewer plant, and Wirfel said thatâ€™s what he was told. The SCADA system allows for the pumps, Saltlick system, treatment plant, and storage facilities to communicate with each other and has been regarded as critically important. Borough manager Dan Penatzer asked Wirfel about â€œcommunications issuesâ€? at the water plant with the various components in different sites and if the completion of the project would be delayed due to these issues. Wirfel said he was told that part of the issue arose from existing equipment. He said he responded that the contract stated new equipment was to be installed, and told them not to use that as an excuse. Penatzer said a number of reasons could be leading to these complications. Public works director Jeff Evans commented that it could be very easy to fix as well, â€œitâ€™s just a matter of
determining what the problem is.â€? He added that it could be as simple as a firewall having to be taken down for a moment or something being incorrectly named. Moving on, the council made a motion to pay off the remaining amount of the loan that was taken out for the Young Peoples Community Center. According to councilwoman Theresa Jacoby, the loan was acquired in 2001 for the amount of $600,000. There was $61,000 remaining with four years left. The funds to pay off the loan are coming from the boroughâ€™s reserve fund. Councilman Dave Kuhar asked Penatzer if the borough would be â€œOKâ€? taking the money out of that account, and Penatzer assured him it would be and that there were no concerns.
20, but she makes frequent trips to the Northern Cambria Senior Center to visit with many of her old friends and neighbors. She said it is important for her to get out and do something instead of staying home all day. â€œI donâ€™t want to sit at home. If I sit at home, Iâ€™m going to grow old,â€? Mosley said. â€œIâ€™m not old yet.â€? Mosley spends most of her youthful energy at the center each day, playing cinch and
chatting with old friends, enjoying the same close-knit community she remembers from her younger days with just as much laughter. â€œThe people here are great. If you would ever come here and listen when the cinch club plays cards, you would wonder what kind of people we are,â€? Mosley said. â€œWe do a lot of laughing, and we probably sound like a bunch of young kids. We do have a good time.â€?
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A good example leads to long careers
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Soisson brothers have worked for a combined 105 years
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
Back in the day, putting in a good dayâ€™s work was a noble feat, and boys learned from their fathers how to work with their hands, be self-reliant, and take care of any problem that might arise. For the Soisson brothers, Don and George, this was exactly how they were brought up. With those lessons in mind, the pair turned their skills into careers. George Soisson is 77 years old, and Sept. 1 was his last day of work at Vale Wood Farms after 50 years. Don Soisson, on the other hand, is 82 years old and still works part-time at Bradley and Sons in Cresson, where heâ€™s been working for 55 years. Both men credit their father, Leo Soisson, for their dedication to the job and
YPCC bike rentals a possibility
By Allie Garver
of Mainline Newspapers
At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority, program and communications coordinator Leanna Bird said she wants to partner with Ebensburgâ€™s Young Peoples Community Center for bike rentals. â€œWeâ€™re going to try to apply for a mini grant,â€? said Bird. â€œThe YPCC has said that they can use their front desk person as the liaison for the bike rentals so that there will be someone to pay and go unlock bikes for people. Weâ€™re looking at applying for 10 bikes to start SEE BIKE RENTALS, PAGE 10
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longevity. â€œHe was a worker â€” an amazing man,â€? George Soisson said. â€œHe could do anything,â€? Don Soisson added. Leo Soisson worked up until he was 87 years old at Soisson Electric, according to his sons. The pair said the man had a variety of skills, including electrical, plumbing, heating, and carpentry skills, and he used them for the betterment of the community, like his sons have. George Soisson said he started working for Monsignor Paul Lenz in Loretto after high school. In 1958, when construction on St. Michaelâ€™s School had begun, he and his father installed the plumbing, heating, and electric for the facility, which took close to two years. Following this job, the pair moved on to the Vale Wood dairy barn, which Don Soisson helped with as well. George Soisson was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1963. He said one moment that sticks out from that time is that when he was getting his physical,
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. After basic training, George Soisson was sent to West Point, N.Y., where he held a job supporting the cadets, he said. He served his two years and worked for a short time with his brother at Bradley and Sons, then he took a job at Vale Wood, where he is commonly referred to as â€œMr. Fix-it,â€? being able to work on nearly every machine at the company. George Soisson also helped construct the large cooler on the premises as well as the workshop. He said the last 50 years have gone by pretty fast and he kept working that long because he could, but when the time came, he decided to hang up his tool belt. â€œI didnâ€™t want to work until I couldnâ€™t,â€? George Soisson said. He jokingly added that his wife, Betty Ann, also told him heâ€™d worked long enough. George Soisson has served on the Loretto Borough council for the last 25 years and currently
holds the position of vice president. He inherited the position from his father, who had also served on the council. George Soisson said he wasnâ€™t sure if he had any sort of lesson to impart on those he was leaving, but he said he always believed that â€œif you didnâ€™t make a mistake, you didnâ€™t do anything.â€? Don Soisson, on the other hand, doesnâ€™t plan on retiring for at least a little while still. He began his career at Soisson Electric when he was 16 years old, doing odd jobs in the summer. He worked there after school until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1957. In his two years, Don Soisson went to Fort Knox, Ky., and served 13 months in Korea, but after the conflict had ceased. Before being discharged from the Army, he said he married Donna, his wife, and when he was back home, he picked up his career at Soisson Electric again for a short while. He also worked at Vale Wood for a couple of years, until Nick Sandy,
who was an employee of Bradley and Sons, recruited him to that shop. Don Soisson explained that he was well known in that community because of working for Soisson Electric, and he jokingly said Sandy â€œcame afterâ€? him to work at Bradley and Sons. Over the years, Don Soisson has done bathroom and kitchen remodeling for the company, as well as plumbing and heating work. â€œSome days, itâ€™s a little rough, some days, itâ€™s not,â€? Don Soisson said. But the length of his career at Bradley and Sons is because he enjoys what heâ€™s doing as well as getting to meet different people. He commented that he might retire in the spring, but heâ€™s not sure. Don Soisson said that he took up modern western square dancing as a hobby 25 years ago and also enjoys woodworking. He has a shop at his home that he hopes to use a little more after he does decide to hang up his tool belt.
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out with: six adults and four kid bikes.â€? Bird explained that Ebensburg Bicycle has offered to donate bikes â€œat cost from last yearâ€™s model.â€? â€œIt would be extremely, extremely awesome because theyâ€™re Fuji bikes,â€? commented Bird. The YPCC would be the applicant for the grant. The liability for the bike rentals would be something that Bird needs to look into with CCCRA solicitor George Gvozdich. Another grant process into which the CCCRA is looking is for the knotweed that has overtaken sections of the countyâ€™s trails. Doug Berry, from Natural
Biodiversity, and Gail Munster, who is a biology professor at St. Francis University, applied for a knotweed study grant for the Jim Mayer and Path of the Flood trails. The grant is through the Department of Environmental Protection, and Berry and Munster will know within the next few months if it is approved. A few months ago, Bird applied for a youth philanthropy grant for interns, and although the CCCRA did not receive the grant, she is still hoping to get kids out on the trails to help. â€œIâ€™m still hoping to make it work so that we can have high school students actively engaged, ideally in an employment capacity, if not in a volunteer capacity, on building trails in the county,â€? said Bird. â€œI think
itâ€™s a great opportunity and I want to see more of it for sure.â€? Moving on, Bird told the board members that a legacy funding meeting was held and someone wants to leave his inheritance to the county trails. â€œWeâ€™re very humbled and honored that he wants to leave his inheritance to us,â€? said Bird. The final item Bird mentioned was that the trails will be featured on next yearâ€™s geocaching coins. Visitors or residents can receive a special coin from their geocaching adventures once they complete a certain number of trails. â€œI think itâ€™s going to be very big for the trails,â€? said authority member Josh Yoder.
Laurel Crest picnic
Laurel Crest employees are holding a reunion on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Duman Lake Park pavilion No. 2. Please bring a covered dish and your own drinks. For more information, call 814-242-2919.
Steelers top Panthers, add key pieces By Jake Oswalt
of Mainline Newspapers
The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded its preseason slate with a thrilling, come-from-behind 1714 victory over Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 31. Late plays from rookie quarterback Joshua Dobbs and receiver Marcus Tucker helped turn a 14-10 deficit into a triumph to end the preseason schedule with a 3-1 record. â€œWe played ball and played ball to win tonight. It is good to get a win, itâ€™s good to get young people in those types of scenarios and watch them perform and grow,â€? Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. â€œJosh Dobbs did and others did, which is good. This is the end of the journey in terms of the preseason.â€? Pittsburgh forced a three-andout to regain possession with 47 seconds left in the game trailing 14-10. Dobbs hit Tucker, who ended with a game-high of five catches for 83 yards, for consecutive gains of 15 and 34 yards to set up the Steelers up at the Panthersâ€™ 1. On the ensuing play, Dobbs found no one open and scrambled to his right for the score with just two seconds left. â€œIt was great to see the guys around you rally and come out and execute in clutch situations,â€? said Dobbs, who finished 16-for-23 for 212 yards and a touchdown. â€œIt was a great play by Tuck in the play before the touchdown. You could see what he was thinking when the corner hit him, he was thinking Iâ€™m gonna get in. When he couldnâ€™t get in he did a great job of getting out of bounds to stop the clock with no timeouts, so that was great situational awareness in that situation.â€? Running back Terrell Watson led the Steelers with 89 rushing yards on 19 attempts. Watson earned a spot on the 53-man roster to edge out veteran Knile Davis, who signed a 1-year free agent deal in March, and incumbent backup Fitzgerald
Toussaint. â€œHe has a definite run demeanor. Heâ€™s downhill, heâ€™s a one-cut runner. It serves him well,â€? Tomlin said of Watson. â€œHe has a distinguishing trait and he consistently puts it on display. I thought he did a good job and made a nice accounting of himself.â€? Pittsburgh made a flurry of out-of-character moves last week to fortify its roster. Tight end Vance McDonald was acquired in a trade from San Francisco in an exchange of draft picks. After hours of getting cut by Cleveland, two-time
Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Steelers. Safety J.J. Wilcox was traded to Pittsburgh to bolster its secondary depth. McDonald will likely become the top target at tight end to supplant Jesse James. The 27year old is signed through 2019 with team options for 2020 and 2021. McDonaldâ€™s best season came last year when he hauled in 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. â€œWe just wanted to get the interjectory element of it out of the way, to have something to
talk about as we continue to teach him. So from that standpoint it served its purpose,â€? Tomlin said of having McDonald log snaps against Carolina. â€œHe got his feet wet, heâ€™d been in the huddle with us a little bit. Itâ€™s going to be a nice catalyst as we proceed to educate him.â€? McDonald is dangerous after the catch to give Pittsburgh a vertical threat down the seam Ladarius Green was expected to be last year. Haden will start at cornerback opposite Artie Burns. Injuries SEE STEELERS, PAGE 12
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Young cadet uses training to assist choking brother
MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - PAGE 11
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
The state-police run Camp Cadet program teaches the children who attend it important lifelong skills. Some of these skills are taught in a relaxed classroom setting, others are taught during moments of stress so the cadets can learn to remain calm when a time of urgency and action arrives. This training paid off for the Niebauer family when Annaliese Niebauer, 12, sprang into action to save her younger brother Burke, 9, from choking. â€œI didnâ€™t even think,â€? Annaliese
said. On Aug. 21, Annaliese, Burke, their sister Arie, and their grandmother Beverly Smith went to lunch at Applebeeâ€™s. Annaliese said she and Burke, who was sitting beside her, decided to order a steak and split the food. She wasnâ€™t more than a couple of bites into her meal when she heard Burke begin to emit a â€œgasping noise.â€? Annaliese admitted that at first she thought her brother was joking, but when Smith recognized the panicked look on his face and questioned him, he could only gasp in response. Annaliese grabbed her brother
and immediately administered the Heimlich maneuver she learned just three weeks before at Camp Cadet. She said sheâ€™s â€œvery thankfulâ€? she had the opportunity to learn everything she did at the camp because without it, her brother may not be here. Heather Niebauer, the childrenâ€™s mother, said she is proud, grateful, and thankful that her daughter was able to help out in a dire moment, but she added that it took a minute for the gravity of situation to sink in. Heather Niebauer considers her daughterâ€™s actions impressive and commented that she is glad
Annaliese was able to think quickly and remain calm. Even though a price canâ€™t be put on her sonâ€™s life, Heather Niebauer said she still wanted to express her appreciation to Annaliese. She was rewarded with ice cream and some art supplies she had been wanting. â€œOne thing like this makes the whole year of planning and fundraising worth it,â€? said state police trooper Scott Urban, the director of Camp Cadet at Mount Aloysius College. Every day of the camp serves a purpose, according to him, and the training for procedures like the Heimlich maneuver is done during
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Mount Aloysius receives funding for therapeutic art program PAGE 12 - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Joshua Byers
of Mainline Newspapers
For the second year in a row, Mount Aloysius College will receive funding from the Creative Health Impact Grant through the 1889 Foundation and Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance for the collegeâ€™s Opening Minds Through Art program. Don Talbot, professor of English and fine arts at the Mount and head of the OMA program, said the college will be working with Laurel View Village in Davidsville and Richland Woods Assisted Living in Johnstown this year, which is an expansion from last year when the college worked solely with Laurel View. The goal of these classes, which will take place for 10 weeks in the fall and spring, is to empower the artists
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who have dementia or Alzheimerâ€™s disease. â€œItâ€™s a real person-intensive program,â€? Talbot said. Each artist has a volunteer that is specific to them. Other volunteers deliver and remove supplies. Talbot explained that the 35-45 minute sessions are designed to be completed in one sitting. The art is considered â€œnon-representational,â€? which means that though the class works with colors and shapes, it doesnâ€™t paint landscapes or baskets of fruit. This is because attempting to create something along those lines may cause the artist to become frustrated. A new project is introduced every week and includes a set of instructions using the best supplies possible. Each step allows the artist to choose between several options. For example, if the instruc-
have hampered the 28-year old to just 18 games over the past two years. Haden picked off three passes last year and is an upgrade over Ross Cockrell, who was traded to the New York Giants. â€œOnce I got released my agent let me know the options that I had. There were a lot of teams interested, so that was nice,â€? Haden said. â€œBut when he talked about Pittsburgh, the interest, how excited they were and I was available. It wasnâ€™t too hard of a decision.â€?
tions call for red and blue paints and the artist doesnâ€™t want either one of those colors, the red and blue are swapped out for colors the artist does want. The class also helps the artists through repetition. The artists are asked to fill out their own name tags. If thatâ€™s not possible, the volunteer assists them, but still asks them to spell out the name. The artists also put on a white apron before the sessions, which Talbot said becomes a symbol for them and helps the artist get into the mindset that itâ€™s time to work. After a piece is completed, Talbot said the artist is asked to name it and choose a way to display it. An art show is held at the end of each session. One of the goals is to get the artists to respond verbally to the art as much as possible. Talbot said itâ€™s about getting
Having faced Pittsburgh twice every year since he was drafted with the seventh overall pick in 2010, Haden is quite familiar with Pittsburghâ€™s stabile franchise. â€œWe had Oakland, the Cowboys and New Orleans then Miami. Those were the other ones,â€? Haden listed other interested teams. â€œIt just felt like a fit for me. They were super interested in me and I just felt like once I was free I wanted to have a chance to be able to play in some meaningful games. I know they donâ€™t really miss the playoffs so I just want to be a part of some-
them to stay connected to creativity and to their past. The first class is set to begin at the end of September. Talbot said he is currently short on volunteers and is asking anyone interested to contact him by calling 814886-6470 or sending an email to email@example.com. The OMA program was created by Elizabeth â€œLikeâ€? Lokon in 2007 and is headquartered at Scripps Gerontology Center in Ohio at Miami University. According to the website scrippsoma.org, â€œOMA enables people with dementia to assume new roles as artists and teachers and leave a legacy of beautiful artwork.â€? It also provides the artists with an area for social engagement and creative expressions as well as the volunteers with â€œopportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging.â€?
thing where I could play in the playoffs.â€? Wilcox is signed through 2018. The 26-year old brings physicality and strong special teams play to the table. Wilcox was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round in 2013. Pittsburgh also traded wide receiver Sammie Coates to Cleveland for a 2018 sixth-round pick on Saturday. Other notable cuts include: wide receiver Demarcus Ayers, 2015 second-round cornerback Senquez Golson, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, 2017 sixth-round long snapper Colin Holba, and tight end David Johnson.
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Burns urges 72nd District entities to apply for grant programs
MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - PAGE 13
State representative Frank Burns is urging municipalities to contact his office for help in applying for state grants to assist with traffic signal and rail freight upgrades. Burns said the grant programs, operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, are: · The Green Light-Go Program, which provides approximately $40
million annually to assist municipalities with improvements and upgrades to their traffic signal operations, and will accept applications from Sept. 2 through Nov. 9. · The 2017 Rail Transportation Assistance Program and Rail Freight Assistance Program, which provide financial assistance for investment in rail freight infra-
structure, and will accept applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 29. “This money is going to be awarded – but to get some of it, you’ve got to apply by the deadlines,” Burns said. “As an elected official, I’ve made it one of my missions to inform everyone in the 72nd Legislative District of these
grant opportunities and to offer my office’s help in the application process.” Toward that end, Burns recently replaced a retiring legislative staffer with Brittany Blackham, an experienced grant writer whose expertise in that area is being offered free to municipalities in Burns’ district.
Anyone interested in obtaining grant-seeking help or direction is asked to contact Burns’ office at 814-472-8021. Burns said additional information can be obtained by searching “Green Light-Go” at http://www.dot.state.pa.usand by searching “RTAP” or “RFAP” at www.penndot.gov.
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
DORM REFRIGERATOR: $50. 814943-1849.
APARTMENTS FOR RENT
EBENSBURG: 2 or 3 bedroom. Large kitchen. Back yard. 814-7493266.
EBENSBURG: Newly remodeled 1 bedroom, stove, refrigerator, heat, water, sewage included. Call 4729557, 8:30-4:30. EBENSBURG: One bedroom apartments and two bedroom apartments. No pets and no smoking. Call 4727850. EBENSBURG: Private 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, deck and yard. Stove/ fridge included. Off street parking. $475/ month plus utilities. No smoking. 472-5919. EBENSBURG: Small and large 1-2 bedroom, 2-bedroom townhouse with 1.5 bath, all include heat/water/sewage/garbage, off-street parking. No pets. Storage available. $460$850/month. 471-0462. EBENSBURG: Spacious 2 bedroom apartment at 510 W. Highland Ave. 2nd floor. $725 +electric. Laundry onsite. Lots of storage. 814-659-1302. GALLITZIN: 2 bedroom. $450/ month. Heat/ water included. 814934-1531. MARKET STREET COMMONS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity.
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APARTMENTS FOR RENT
MUNSTER: 1st floor, 1 bedroom. Newly remodeled. New stove, refrigerator. Includes heat, water, sewer, garbage. Washer/ dryer hook-ups available. Off-street parking. Security deposit required. No pets/ no smoking. $500/ month. 814-937-1760 or 814-931-7694.
NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Heat, water, garbage, sewage included. No pets. 948-8392. PATTON: 1 bedroom. Water, sewage, garbage, heat, stove, fridge, laundry hook-ups included. No pets. $450/ month. 814-691-8247. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom apartments. 251 Church Rd. and 921 Sonman Ave. 814-341-9154. PORTAGE: 2 bedroom, $310/ month, credit check, security deposit. 814691-3203. SIDMAN: 2nd floor. Very spacious. 1 bedroom. No pets. Reference required. Heat, water, sewage, appliances included. 10 minutes from Johnstown. 814-418-0977. SOUTH FORK: 1 bedroom, 1st floor. Handicapped accessible. Heat, water, sewer, electric included. $550/ month. Security deposit. No smoking/ pets. 814-487-4238.
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EBENSBURG: Office space. 300 sq. ft. Includes off street parking and utilities. $300/ month. 814-472-8440. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Commercial store/ office front. Great location. Water, sewage, garbage, heat included. $500/ month. 814-691-8247. PATTON: Medical office for rent. Completely remodeled. Excellent high visibility location. 814-674-5806.
HOUSES FOR RENT
CRESSON: 2nd floor. 1.5 bedroom, access to bathroom. Right side, 1 bedroom, access to bathroom as well. Extra fridge downstairs. Small animal allowed. $300/ mo. for 1.5 bedroom. $250/ mo. for 1 bedroom. Serious inquires only. 381-6644.
GALLITZIN: 2 bedroom, $400/ month. Water, sewer, trash included. Pets OK. SD, background check. Archie 886-2100. NEW GERMANY: 2 bedroom, recently updated, laundry hook-ups, stove/ refrigerator. No pets or smoking. 814-495-4454.
CRESSON/ LILLY AREA: Limited time special, 1st month free with paid security deposit, 3 month minimum. Storage units, 10x10 and 10x20 units available. 814-215-1093.
HOUSES FOR SALE
COLVER: 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Remodeled, open concept. Living room, kitchen, dinette, newer roof, siding, furnace, plumbing, electric, windows, appliances, hickory cabinets, large garage, corner lot. 472-6188, leave message.
COLVER: 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, 1st floor laundry, some remodeling, dining room, living room, some new windows, eat-in kitchen, newer roof & furnace, closed-in front porch. 4726188, leave message. ST. BENEDICT: Small 3 bedroom hosue on 9/10 acre. Car port, storage shed, public water & sewage. Located at 114 Arble St. Contact at house.
ASHVILLE: Moving sale. 9/8, 10:305. 9/9, 8:30-?. Schoolhouse Rd.
PORTAGE: Moving sale. Fri. 9/8Sat. 9/9. 8-2. 1510 Jefferson Ave.
BARTENDER: Hastings Fire Club, 289 Beaver Street, Hastings. Stop in to apply. 247-8770.
BARTENDERS: Ebensburg Country Club now hiring. Flexible schedule. Call 472-8365 or stop in to fill out application. CAREGIVERS AGENCY: Background check and TB test required. All shifts. EOE. 814-266-5337. CDL DRIVER - TRI-AXLE: Local hauling. Minimum 3 yrs. experience or 25 yrs. of age required. Clean driving record. Send resume or apply at: Krevel Trucking Co. Inc., 265 Swamp Road, Clymer, PA 15728.
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EBENSBURG: A little over 4000 sq. ft. 601 W. Lloyd St. Call Kevin 4727707.
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CDL DRIVER: Hospitalization, MSHA required. 5 years experience. Call Ron 814-322-7412 or Lisa 659-2320.
CLEANING COMPANY HAS POSITIONS in the following areas: Gallitzin: Tuesday & Thursday, 3 hours, after 5 p.m. Ebensburg: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2.5 hours, after 5 p.m. Call 724-537-0705. WAITRESS & COOK: Beaver St. Cafe, Hastings. Apply within.
COOKS (MORNING/ EVENING), BARTENDERS, SERVERS, HOUSEKEEPING: Apply within The Lake Inn, 1001 Rowena Dr., Ebensburg. 814-472-9400.
DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS for intellectually disabled adults. Competitive hourly wage. Part-time and full-time available. All shifts. 814-410-6197. EOE. DOLANâ€™S WELDING & STEEL FAB., INC. is now accepting applications for Welders, Press Brake Operators, Blasting & Painting. 814749-8639. Email resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org. DRIVERS: Immediate openings. $80,000 yearly average! BC/ BS/ UPMC, dental, vision, 401K, etc. 1yr. Class A & B Tanker End. No Hazmat required. 855-205-6364. EXPERIENCED BARTENDER: Evening shift. Must be available Fri. & Sat. evenings. Apply in person at Penn Gables Restaurant in Ebensburg.
SUBSTITUTE OPENINGS: The Northern Cambria School District is currently accepting applications for the following positions: â€¢ Substitute Teachers â€¢ Substitute Nurses â€¢ Substitute Cleaning/ Custodial Workers â€¢ Substitute Cafeteria Workers â€¢ Substitute School Aides
Please submit Letter of Interest, application, resume along with Act 24, 34, 114, 151 & 168 Clearances and Health Form/ TB Test, to Mr. Robert J. Rocco, Superintendent, 601 Joseph Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. Applications are available at the Central Administration Office; a link to the Clearance Applications (34, 114 and 151) is available on the district web page. EOE.
HVAC/ PLUMBER POSITION: Experience a bonus. Not necessary, will train. Send to: HVAC/ Plummer Position, P.O. Box 1158, Northern Cambria, PA 15714.
PENN CAMBRIA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting applications for Substitute Custodian, this position may lead to filling a vacant permanent position. Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances are required. Send a letter of interest and resume to Penn Cambria S.D. 201 6th St., Cresson, PA 16630. Application and guidelines are available at www.pcam.org. EOE.
PART-TIME NURSE AIDES: Must be knowledgeable, compassionate AND able to pass a background check and drug screen. $9.50/ hour for CNAs and $8.50/ hour for non-certified Nurse Aides. Apply in person at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc., 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE. WAITRESS AND KITCHEN help wanted. Apply at Starlite. 948-4809.
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HUMAN RESOURCE COORDINATOR: Health Ride Plus, Inc., a leading area Specialized Passenger Transportation provider, is accepting applications for the position of Human Resource Coordinator. The Human Resource Coordinator is responsible for handling all hiring, training development, and credentialing of driver and office personnel. The Human Resource Coordinator handles all staff evaluations, performance reviews, rewards, corrective action plans discipline and terminations. Also supports the ongoing development of driver and staff ability, training and promotion opportunities. Maintains personnel records, compliance standards and related documentations. Ideal candidate must have a background in Human Resource management, have excellent communication skills, computer knowledge and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of federal and state employment regulations sufficient to execute duties in an effective and compliant manner. Three years relevant experience and college degree and/or Human Resource certification required. Salary commensurate with experience, benefits after 90-days, paid time off, 401k plan with company match and great work environment. Interested parties should apply online at www.healthrideplus.com, through the local career link or send resumes by mail to: Attn: Director, Health Ride Plus, 406 Magnolia Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. Applications will be accepted until September 22, 2017. PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPING/ DIETARY STAFF: Must be knowledgable, compassionate AND able to pass a background check & drug screen. Apply in person at Saint Benedict Manor, Inc., 600 Theatre Road, St. Benedict, PA 15773. EOE.
PART-TIME CHILD CARE positions available. Must be 21 years or over to apply. We are seeking Child Care Workers to assist the youth with their daily activities. Requirements include minimum of High School Diploma or GED, Associates degree preferred, but not required. Previous work experiences with at-risk teenagers a plus. Applicant must be 21 years old, have a valid PA driver’s license, be eligible for FBI, Act 33 & 34 Clearances and be able to complete other trainings. To apply please send resume to CHJ, Inc., 1100 Edson Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15905 or email email@example.com. PART-TIME/ FULL-TIME CARE AIDE & PART-TIME CARE AIDE SUPERVISOR wanted at personal care home in Cresson. Call Debby at 886-7961.
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TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS COORDINATOR: Health Ride Plus, Inc., a leading area Specialized Passenger Transportation provider, is accepting applications for a full time Operations Coordinator. The Operations Coordinator is responsible for maintaining a smooth and efficient non-emergency medical and nonmedical transportation system. The Operations Coordinator assists with day to day oversight and supervision of vehicle operations, as well as driver resources. Performs a variety of functions directly related to transportation operations especially vehicle utilization, maintenance and care. Coordinates resources utilization to meet daily trip demands by working directly with Dispatch Supervisor and the Dispatch Department. Coordinates maintenance and service of vehicles by working directly with the Service Manager. Ideal candidate must have a background in Operations preferably in a transportation environment, have excellent communication skills, computer knowledge and can multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Familiarity with mobile technology, vehicle maintenance and service preferred. Three years relevant experience and college degree required. Salary commensurate with experience, benefits after 90-days, paid time off, 401k plan with company match and great work environment. Interested parties should apply online at www.healthrideplus.com, through the local career link, or send resumes by mail to: Attn: Director, Health Ride Plus, 406 Magnolia Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. Applications will be accepted until September 22, 2017.
FREE 25” SYLVANIA TV: Call 3448174.
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.
HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166. PARTIES, WEDDINGS, SEMINARS, SPECIAL EVENTS: Cresson American Legion ballroom. 886-8567. R&S CLEANING: We haul anything! Cleanouts! Houses, apartments, garages, storage bins, $50 to $75. Lawn care. Fully insured. PA contract #080816. 330-0150. RICK’S REMODELING/ HANDYMAN: All home improvements and paint, wallpaper, siding, decks/ ramps. PA#045341. 814-886-5504. 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. TREE TRIMMING, REMOVAL, STUMP GRINDING: Free estimates. Veteran owned and operated. Jake Miller: 814-937-5318 or 814-9373851. USE HAPPY JACK mange medicine to treat horse mane dandruff and lice. Kough Feed Service (814-7436723). kennelvax.com.
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LIFE Program an option for seniors affected by state’s Medicaid changes
About 8,000 seniors in Cambria County who receive long-term services through Medicaid will need to choose a new plan by Nov. 15 under the state’s new Community HealthChoices Program. The state began informing affected persons last week via mailed information about Community HealthChoices. Community HealthChoices is a managed care program modeled after the state’s successful LIFE Program. The LIFE Program is an option for eligible persons age 55 and older under Community HealthChoices. LIFE stands for Living Independence for the Elderly. The LIFE Program provides an array of health care and support services for Medicaid-eligible seniors 55 years and older to help them remain living in their homes and communities. Under Community HealthChoices, persons receiving Medicaidfunded long-term care services will need to choose either their local LIFE Program, or one of three state-contracted managed care organizations to coordinate their health and long-term care services. The changes will be finalized by Jan. 1, 2018. Senior LIFE is the local LIFE Provider in Cambria County. Located at 429 Manor Drive in Ebensburg, Senior LIFE has been helping southwest PA seniors live independently in their homes for more than 10 years. There are no costs for any LIFE Program service for those that are Medicaid-eligible. To help consumers understand the changes in Medicaid and the LIFE option under Community HealthChoices, Senior LIFE will hold three informational meetings open to the public and the media. Those that cannot attend any of the meeting dates can schedule an appointment at a more convenient time. Transportation can be provided to the Senior LIFE Center. Senior LIFE outreach staff is also available to visit consumers in their homes. The LIFE Program is an alternative to nursing and personal care homes. There are no costs for services for Medicaid eligible persons. Senior LIFE services are customized to meet the specific needs of each individual and include physicians and specialists, nursing care, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, personal and home care, medications, meals and nutritional counseling, eye, dental and foot care, durable medical equipment, transportation, and more. For more information, call 814-472-6060 or visit at SeniorLIFEebensburg.com.
Lens on Litter contest seeks photography entries
The notorious litterbug continues to remind us about the environmental and economic problems that litter can cause. Last year’s Lens On Litter contest showed him that the people of Pennsylvania really do care about the litter that spoils the beautiful countryside, quaint towns, and busy city streets. Unfortunately, the battle is not yet over. Every effort must be made to eradicate this creature. To focus attention on this ugly and avoidable environmental problem, the Pennsylvania Resources Council announces its annual Lens On Litter Photo Contest, with a deadline of Oct. 31. Use your camera or mobile device to identify the worst examples of litter in your Pennsylvania community. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Entries should help bring awareness to how litter threatens public health and safety, scenic beauty, property values, the environment or wildlife. Entries will be judged on six criteria: anti-litter message, originality, photographic technique, quality of photo, originality of title, and severity of the litter. Contestants will be divided into two classes—students and adults. Six prizes, three to each group, will be awarded with the first place winner receiving $1,000 in cash, second place $500 and third place $250. Entrants are also encouraged to initiate a cleanup of the subject area and provide a photo of the results of your efforts. Entries (limit five per person, no smaller than 4 inches by 6 inches and no bigger than 8 inches by 10 inches) should be sent to PRC Lens On Litter Contest, 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073. High resolution digital submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. On a 3-by-5 inch card, all entries (including digital) should include the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, title given to photo, and location of litter site. Students should also include age, grade, and name of school. Photos will not be returned and will become the property of PRC. Sponsors for the 2017 contest include Sheetz, Inc., Wegmans, Sustainable Solutions Corporation, and The Fresh Grocer. Questions may be directed to email@example.com and additional information, as well as previous winners, can be found at prc.org/lens-litter/.
SFU to host family game nights
The St. Francis University Toy Lending Library is hosting several Family Game Nights in September and October. Children ages 3-12 will enjoy a night of fun playing a variety of new and classic board games, puzzles, and yard games (played inside). The purpose of the Toy Lending Library is to lend toys free-ofcharge to families in the community. The Lending Library was founded in 2009 by Occupational Therapy professor, Dr. Lorie Rowles. The program is designed to meet the needs of our community that children have the opportunity to engage in play for development. Game nights will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, and Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Francis University DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness.
County commissioners buy budget transparency software
MAINLINE EXTRA - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - PAGE 17
By Ron Portash
of Mainline Newspapers
At the Aug. 31 meeting of the Cambria County commissioners, Eric DiProspero, of OpenGov, Inc., provided a presentation on the services his company could offer in streamlining the county’s budget process and providing better public transparency of the budget process. DiProspero said, “OpenGov, Inc. provides Cloud-based, easy-to-use government performance solutions to power more open, effective, and accountable government.” OpenGov, Inc. deals only with governmental agencies. More than 1,500 public agencies in 48 states participate in OpenGov’s Smart Government Cloud to achieve better budgeting and improve reporting and operational performance, comprehensive transparency, and open data. According to DiProspero, OpenGov clients span from villages and boroughs to counties and cities, such as Allegheny County and the cities of Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. The commissioners look at this as a way to build the public’s trust during the budget process. County controller Ed Cernic sees this as a way for officeholders and the public to have real-time information about the state of the county budget. Department heads and officeholders will be able to keep better track
of their budgets, with data being entered daily. Commissioner Mark Wissinger stated that they have been talking about implementing a system like this for several years. The commissioners unanimously approved a motion to accept a five-year contract with OpenGov Inc. at a cost of $45,690 per year. President commissioner Tom Chernisky stated that the county will use its current system and the OpenGov Budget Builder and Intelligence software for the end of the year. It is hoped the new system will be fully implemented by the start of the new year. Chief clerk Michael Gelles stated that “considerable historical data will be uploaded to the system so to help identify historical budgeting trends.” The commissioners and controller hope the better transparency will reduce the number of Right To Know requests filed with the county, thereby reducing time and funds expended in providing the Right To Know information. Cernic said all budget information that is permitted by law to be accessible by the public will be available through the new system. In other county matters, the commissioners approved a bid of $121,920 from Danchanko Inc., of Johnstown, for window well and stair improvement on the
north side of the courthouse. The south side of the building underwent the same improvements three years ago. The south side is used by the sheriff’s office for prisoners being transported to and from the courthouse. According to Gelles, four bids for the work were submitted, with Danchanko Inc.’s bid coming in substantially lower than the others. A number of service contracts for the county’s Children and Youth, Drug and Alcohol, and Office on Aging departments were approved by the commissioners. The commissioners then authorized the
Tax Claim Bureau to strike from the tax records mobile homes that were removed from five properties without permits. These structures were removed from properties lacking municipal permits, which would notify the tax assessor the structures were no longer on the property, thus no longer taxable. The properties of five different individuals were removed anywhere from 2002 to 2014. During that time period, taxes were assessed on the property, including on the trailers. A single property was struck by the Tax Claim Bureau, as it was double assessed in 2015-16.
CCCRA partners with Nathan’s Divide for education center
By Allie Garver
of Mainline Newspapers
A new project that could be coming to the Ebensburg area was discussed at the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority meeting on Aug. 18. Program and communications coordinator Leanna Bird said there were some site visits for Nathan’s Divide, a watershed education center. “This is a project that’s been brought up in several capacities for a few years now by Dave Lester, and it includes trail development around the Ebensburg reservoirs, it includes a watershed education center and adventure outdoor infrastructure, like climbing walls, a tree canopy walk, exciting things,” said Bird. “It’s a great concept SEE CENTER, PAGE 18
Individuals repsonsible for preparedness PAGE 18 - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - MAINLINE EXTRA
By Ron Portash
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set September as National Preparedness Month. This is the second in a four part series covering FEMAâ€™s theme of â€œDisasters Donâ€™t Plan Ahead. You Can.â€? With the devastation of Hurricane Harvey that has dominated the news lately, there have been many stories of neighbors and strangers helping out in local areas to rescue and provide for the victims of the disaster. Week 2 of FEMAâ€™s National Preparedness Month is â€œPlan to Help Your Neighbors and Community.â€? In times of disaster, emergency management agencies, police officers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and firefighters do an incredible job of keeping the public safe, but they canâ€™t do it alone. The public must embrace the individual responsibility to be prepared. Being prepared contributes to the safety and security of all. The less strain that is put on emergency responders and supplies, the more effective and widespread the help to everyone can be. A 2009 nationwide survey found that 29 percent of Americans are not prepared because they think that emergency responders will help them. More than 60 percent of Americans expect to rely on emergency responders in the first 72 hours following a disaster. The reality is that first responders may not be able to reach everyone right away. In addition, utility providers may not be able to restore critical services, such as electric, water, or natural gas, right away. It is up to the individual and household to be able to survive on their own for three days. Being self-sufficient for three days and having evacuation and shelter plans ready is vital to mitigating the effects of a disaster. Community preparedness should be a key priority that helps lessen the impact of disasters. Community preparedness is
only effective when it occurs on all levels: government, private sector, neighborhoods, individuals, and households. The government has the responsibility to prepare for and coordinate response and recovery. The private sector, including nongovernmental and voluntary organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, is responsible for most of the critical infrastructure (utilities, telephone, and cellphone services). Services and goods provided by the private sector, like shelters, emergency food supplies, and medical services, are critical for response and recovery. Many of these organizations provide specialized services that help individuals with special needs and disabilities. The most vital key in preparedness is the individuals, households, and neighborhoods. The individuals are the help until help arrives. Emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders arenâ€™t always nearby. Individuals may be able to save lives by taking simple actions immediately, and the Pennsylvania Good Samaritan Law protects those who provide first aid or assistance during those life-threatening situations. By reducing hazards in and around their homes, preparing an emergency supply kit and household emergency plan, and monitoring emergency alerts and communications carefully, individuals and households can help themselves. FEMAâ€™s website, Ready.gov/September, has a number of links to web video training. The 30-minute video â€œUntil help arrivesâ€? outlines the first step in helping the community. After completion of the training video, the viewer will be issued a certificate from FEMA and the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agencyâ€™s website, ReadyPA.org, has information and booklets available on disaster preparedness.
Central Cambria collecting items for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
In times of need, Americans come together to help each other. It is simply the right thing to do. Recognizing this, the Central Cambria School District has adopted the Deweyville Independent School District as the focus of its Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Covering the towns of Deweyville and Orange, Texas, along the Sabine River, the district has many students and staff members directly impacted by flooding. Central Cambriaâ€™s goal is to raise funds to purchase gift cards for impacted families, which will be distributed to students and families in need by officials at Deweyville ISD. Central
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plan. Itâ€™s in the initial stages, still, as far as funding is concerned, but itâ€™s something we decided to partner along with as far as helping with the trail development.â€? The goal, according to Bird, is to make this area a destination that people from all over the country want to visit for recreation. Brad Clemenson has been a part of the project since the beginning, said Bird. â€œThey need to put together a good, solid plan for the marketing study to determine how far and wide people would come in to this visitorâ€™s center,â€? said Clemenson. â€œIt would be focused, primarily, on water and water quality stuff. Itâ€™s a great idea.â€? The CCCRA received some advice on funding from the planning commission for the
Cambria will have maximum impact by focusing on direct financial relief to impacted students. Monetary donation boxes will be placed in each of the school buildings, as well as at the football stadium for its home opener on Friday, Sept. 8. Every dollar helps. In addition, the district is partnering with its transportation contractor, First Student, to collect needed items to restock supplies in other impacted areas of Texas. First Student will have a bus parked at Central Cambria High School and at Jackson Elementary on Thursday, Sept. 7. Items needed include diapers,
hygiene products, disinfectant wipes, pet food, unopened canned or boxed food, large trash bags, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. You may bring those items to the buses during school hours, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The load of supplies will be headed to Texas on Friday. Central Cambria encourages all of its community members to participate in any way that they are able to become a small part of the recovery process for families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. For more information, contact any of the districtâ€™s schools.
trail development portion of the project. â€œThe cool thing about the location of it is that itâ€™s located along the Eastern Continental Divide,â€? Bird commented. â€œThis Nathanâ€™s Divide would hook up, eventually, once we have the Ghost Town Trail Extension to Loretto in place, itâ€™s real close to that, which follows the Eastern Continental Divide.â€? Bird added that once the other trail systems are hooked up, Nathanâ€™s Divide would also connect to Ebensburgâ€™s pool, providing a safe way for families to walk to the pool. â€œItâ€™s a great idea â€” beginning stages, like Brad [Clemenson] said â€”but itâ€™s something to think about,â€? said Bird. CCCRA executive director Cliff Kitner said the reason the authority is getting involved in the project is because it can
eventually connect to the Ghost Town Trail. â€œIt becomes a destination point,â€? said Kitner. â€œWhenever people are in using trails, theyâ€™re looking for other things to do. There are hidden gems that we donâ€™t want to keep hidden. We want people to see what is in this area.â€? A major consultant will be visiting the area in September, according to Bird, to give some advice for the development of the watershed education center. Bird is helping plan the phases of the project. â€œCurrently, theyâ€™re thinking about in the fall, this fall, focusing on the trail development portion, which a lot of that can be done at no cost and by volunteers,â€? said Bird. For more information on the Ebensburg site of Nathanâ€™s Divide, visit www.nathansdivide.org.
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