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MAI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 164 No. 7

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Since 1853

Newsstand Price 75¢

(814) 472-4110

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Ashton Brewer, Mark Galluppi and Madison Brewer sample some of the good food available at Ebensburg’s PotatoFest, held Sept. 29 in downtown Ebensburg. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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Pam and Alyshia Sechoka explore the booths near Penn Eben Park during PotatoFest. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Dollar General seeks Ebensburg Borough Council’s approval

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

At the Sept. 24 Ebensburg Borough Council meeting, local developer Joe Sinclair asked the borough council to rezone the former Central Cambria Middle School football field from single-household residential to mixed usevillage commercial to move forward with his project. The project, which has been named Central Commons, looks to bring a

Store to be part of proposed Central Commons plaza

Dollar General to the borough, along with Ebensburg Fitness relocating to the back portion of the lot in exchange for a 10-year lease on the property. Sinclair said Central Commons has a signed contract with Dollar General and is in the process of working with Ebensburg Fitness. Sinclair is asking to see if the project can get access to a part of borough prop-

erty so the stormwater system does not have to take up a big chunk of the land. Borough manager Dan Penatzer said there are two problems with rezoning. The first problem, and the easiest to solve, is the stormwater issue. Penatzer said the piece of the property Sinclair most likely wishes to use for the stormwater is owned by the municipal authority, and Sinclair should consult

with the authority. Penatzer said as far as the zoning is concerned, Sinclair’s request would require complete rezoning rather than a variance. If the borough plans on going forward with the project, their first step would be to refer the project to the borough planning commission and would

County commissioners approve senior housing, overdose tracking

By Andrew Smithmyer of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria County Commissioners approved the resubmission of a grant application to construct senior housing units in Northern Cambria, and voted in favor of a data sharing agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of

Health during their Sept. 27 meeting held at the Cresson American Legion. The application was filed jointly by the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and the Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation in the amount of $436,720 from the Pennsylvania Department of


Community and Economic Development’s HOME Investment Program for the senior housing development project. HOME requires an income limit for any funding, no matter what the project. The project will consist of one structure with two single-family

Admiral Peary to hold open house

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

King and Queen

Bishop Carroll’s Homecoming King and Queen are Trevor Hogue and Victoria Wirfel, who were crowned at the dance held Sept. 29. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

For those interested in obtaining a career in a technical field, Admiral Peary VocationalTechnical School is hosting an open house for prospective students and parents Oct. 11. The open house will be broken into three sessions that day: 9-11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Skilled workers are in high demand and make up one of the fastest-growing and most economically promising portions of the modern-day work force. In many fields, there is more demand for skilled workers than trained workers are able to fill. Vocational training at Admiral Peary offers an unmatched educational and career pathway to the future. Students attending Admiral Peary can


earn industry certifications and college credits to continue in higher education and prepare for a career. Admiral Peary Vo-Tech has earned the Career and Technical Education Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for having over 75 percent of its students scoring advanced in the NOCTI testing. NOCTI is nationally-recognized testing and assessment system required by the PDE Bureau of Career and Technical Education. NOCTI provides students with workforce competency credentials that are essential to employers, educators and job seekers. Nearly 80 percent of Admiral Peary’s graduating seniors have an employment offer or acceptance to post-secondary education SEE OPEN , PAGE 6A

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