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Cambria Township increases full-time police staff to five Vol. 160 No. 23

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By Jim Lauffer

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Companies often maximize profits by hiring mostly part-time workers. What may work — and questions about the effectiveness of the practice exist — for big business is, no doubt, less than ideal

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for a municipal police department. Parttime workers often must work more than one job to make ends meet and, when fulltime work becomes available, avail themselves of the opportunity when it presents itself. Currently, the Cambria Township Police Department operates with three full-time

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officers — including Chief Mark Westrick — and five part-time officers. Beginning Jan. 6, when one part-time officer moves into a full-time position and a new fulltime officer joins the department, Cambria Township will be served and protected by five full-time and four part-time officers. Township supervisors approved the

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change and the addition to the department at their Dec. 23 meeting when they authorized the promotion of Walter Maul to a full-time position and the hiring of Kristy Vaught as a full-time officer — the department’s first female officer. Both

Ebensburg decides on officers

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By Rachel Vasilko

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Newly-installed officers pose with some of the past masters of Summit Lodge #312 after the installation ceremony on Dec. 10. Pictured are (front row, from left) past master Gerald Fox, junior warden Paul Rosenbaum, worshipful master Philip Rice, senior warden Eric Neves, secretary Greg Mason, (back row, from left) past master Bill Carlisle, past master Earl Hockeberry, treasurer Raymond Berkheimer and Richard Capraun. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

Ebensburg Mason Lodge welcomes new leaders

By Rachel Vasilko

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The Free and Accepted Masons at Summit Lodge #312 in Ebensburg elected and installed new officers for the coming year during their meeting on Dec. 10. While the Mason’s meetings are usually closed to the public, the installation ceremony was open to family members and other visitors.

Masonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization. It is based on the belief that each man has the responsibility to help make the world a better place, and it is demonstrated through the organization’s culture of philanthropy. The mission of the Masons is guided by the principles of the fraternity - brotherly love, relief and truth. Bill Carlisle, I member and past master of Summit Lodge #312, said that the Free and

Accepted Masons is a fraternity dedicated to helping people in the community. He said that the Lodge in Ebensburg often holds blood drives, or collects money for local people and organizations. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, he said he and his fellow Masons were out ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. “That’s our bag,” Carlisle said. “That’s

The Ebensburg Borough council made the decision to promote Sergeant Rob Sapp to the position of assistant chief during the regular meeting on Dec. 16. The council also authorized the advertisement of a full-time police officer position. The council administration committee, made up of council members Joe Lutz and Susan Barber, said that Sapp has satisfied all of the prerequisites for the position of assistant chief, and he has been serving as acting chief when needed. Council approved his promotion, and agreed that his pay will be $22.73 per hour. His new position was effective on Dec. 23, 2013. The position of assistant chief was last held by officer Tony Sebetich. The council administration committee also reported that it is necessary to hire an additional fulltime police officer due to extended illness in the department. Staff recommended that the position be advertised, and applications be due at the end of January. Council

Bishop Carroll, All Saints team up to support area veterans SEE MASON, PAGE 11A

SEE OFFICERS, PAGE 16A

By Rachel Vasilko

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Students at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg and All Saints Catholic School in Cresson have teamed up to collect items for Tomorrow’s Hope, a transitional housing and service center for military veterans located in Coalport. “Both schools saw the need to help those individuals who sacrificed so much on our behalf this holiday season,” said Robin Zavada, eighth grade teacher at All Saints. Zavada’s class led the rest of the school in collecting items to donate to Tomorrow’s Hope while Jonathan Nagy’s AP senior history class organized the collection at Bishop Carroll. Students donatSEE VETERANS, PAGE 4A

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and All Saints Catholic School teamed up to collect items for Tomorrow’s Hope. All Saints eighthgraders (front row, from left) Olivia Sawinski, Alyssa Novak, John Hegemann, Alyssa Martinazzi, Nick Moschgat, Jake Nadonley and EJ Muriceak and Bishop Carroll student ambassadors (back row, from left) Haley Krug, Abby Kline, Gina Spinner, Brooke Mento, the Bishop Carroll Husky (Dave Maruca), AJ Ratchford, Jessica Lee, Marissa Kaufman and Taylor Peruso prepared the items to be delivered last Thursday, Dec. 19. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.


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