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Legacy coach to take on Central Cambria football program

Vol. 167 No. 23

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Ebensburg, Pa.

By Amanda Datsko and Calem Illig

of Mainline Newspapers

The Central Cambria School Board members voted unanimously to hire Donald Fyfe to the position of head football coach for Central Cambria High School, effective the start of the 2022-23 fall sports season during their monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 10 The former Shade coach said following the Monday evening that the move, “just felt right.“ Fyfe will replace outgoing Central Cambria football coach McGregor, who Shane announced his resignation from the program in November. In McGregor’s time as head coach, the Red Devils built from the ground up and helped the team reach new heights. Central Cambria advanced to the postseason for the first time in several years in 2020, and an injury-riddled Red Devils team managed to secure four wins this past fall. Central Cambria’s new coach brings plenty of varsity football head coaching experience. Fyfe spent 14 seasons as head coach of the Shade football program, coaching the team during two tenures from 2000-04 and 201220. Under his leadership, Fyfe’s Panthers went 11-2 in 2018, winning the WestPAC and District 5 Class A crown. Fyfe was preparing for another season as head coach this past fall until the Shade football program announced it would be joining a co-op with Conemaugh Township, leaving him without a job. He instead

Don Fyfe will begin the fall 2022-23 season as Central Cambria High School varsity football coach. Submitted photo.

spent the 2021 football season as offensive coordinator of the Bishop McCort football team. “I’m looking forward to getting started again,“ said Fyfe, who is no stranger to the sidelines. “I’m hoping to bring to the table some of the same successes that I was able to see from Shade.“ Fyfe went to high school at Chestnut Ridge and was a standout quarterback for the team in the late 1980s, and he went on to be an assistant coach for five years with the program. Fyfe has proven success at building a program and helping

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it reach the next level. He produced Shade’s only two winning seasons in his time at the helm, and with plenty of weapons in his arsenal at Central Cambria, the Red Devils have an opportunity to be contenders in 2022. Another motion was made for all football varsity coach and all junior high assistant coach positions to be opened and that the administration be authorized to post the positions and advertise them, if necessary. An approval letter of commitment for continued participation in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference for the 2023 through 2027 school years was also approved during the Monday evening meeting. Moving along, under the education committee report, the board members approved their academic course catalog for the 2022-23 school year. Dr. Thomas Woods, who chairs the committee said the offerings for students are impressive, giving students different opportunities to pursue subjects that will set them up for future success. While on the subject of successes, the board members took an opportunity to recognize high school senior Robert Lazer who received the National Merit Commended Student honor for scoring higher than exceptional on the PSAT exam during his junior year [last school year]. Lazer’s score on the SAT was among the top 3 percent across the country. Amotion was also made to post the position of substitute school police officer, with the daily rate at $150.

Munster Twp. holds reorganization meeting, talks winter plowing

By Amanda Datsko

of Mainline Newspapers

The Munster Township Supervisors held their first meeting of the new year, Monday Jan. 3, for the purposes of reorganization. The meeting was facilitated by township secretary, Alice Mento as the township’s chairperson, Gene Orlosky was not able to attend. Mento called for a single motion, approving the following nominations for the board of supervisors: Orlosky was reappointed as chairman of the board, Pat Lee was reappointed as roadmaster and Francis Hoover was reappointed as vice chairman. The approval of bond for treasurer in the amount of $100,000 was also made, as was

the reappointment of Mento as secretary/ treasurer. Lee was also appointed as the township’s assistant secretary. Other reorganizational reappointments for 2022 include Daniel Stants as the township’s solicitor, Richard Wray as the township’s engineer and Denny Hines as the vacancy board’s chairman. The township will retain First National Bank as its depository and EMC Insurance with Fink Insurance as the township’s insurance provider. The township approved the 2022 mileage reimbursement rate at the IRS standard of $0.585 per mile before also approving Lee as the township’s emergency management director, representative for the Laurel Management Inspection Agency and second representative for the Cambria County Association of Township Officials. Gene Orlosky was appointed as the township’s first representative for the CCATO. Wage rates for 2022 for operators will be $15 per hour, with

laborers at $10 per hour. The secretary wage rate for 2022 will be $450 per month. The supervisors will continue to hold their monthly meetings at the township’s municipal office on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. Once the reorganization portion of the meeting concluded, the supervisors began the regular meeting, entering into a public comment period to discuss plowing of Jimtown Road. The supervisors made a motion at a meeting in 2021 to take over plowing the road, previously maintained by Portage Township. Due to an increase in costs, Munster Township decided it would be more beneficial and cost effective for them to take it on themselves. Concerned citizen, Vince Kalwasinski asked whether the roadway would be cleared in the morning hours, as his wife travels for work at 6:30 a.m. Lee answered that he saw no real reason as to why it wouldn’t be,


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Central Cambria High School senior Robert Lazer is presented with a recognition award from assistant high school principal Lisa Asashon for his exceptional performance on the PSAT exam during his junior year. Lazer scored in the top 3 percent in the nation. Photo by Amanda Datsko.

Love for reading

Natalynn Garzarelli has found a love for reading while attending a recent bookmobile event held Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Ebensburg-Cambria Public Library. Photo by Amanda Datsko.

Old sewer bill continues to raise stink at Loretto Borough meeting

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Loretto Borough Council held its regular monthly business meeting Jan. 10, one week following the required reorganization meeting. Newly elected councilperson Bonnie Resinski took her seat on council at the reorganization meeting. Resinski replaces former council person Michael Zabrzeski who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor. Zabrzeski was censured by council at his final meeting on

Dec. 13, 2021. The censure outlined seven points of conduct detrimental to the borough and its officials. One of these points of contention involves a $50 sewer bill from several years earlier. Zabrzeski contends that he should have received the $50 credit to his sewer bill because the water was used to fill his outdoor swimming pool and it did not enter the sewer system. The second issue raised over Zabrzeski’s actions regarded the


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