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Vol. 163 No. 14

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Ebensburg, Pa.

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Ebensburg delays decision on fluoride Thursday, November 30, 2017

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By Calem Illig

for Mainline Newspapers

The Ebensburg Municipal Authority decided to delay its decision on whether to continue adding fluoride to the water or not during its meeting on Nov. 20. The authority had decided at its October meeting to cease the practice of fluoridating its system’s water. Out of the 16 water systems in

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Cambria County, Ebensburg is the only remaining water system that currently fluoridates its water. The Greater Johnstown Water Authority recently decided to end the practice in its system, which provoked Ebensburg to end the practice as well. Several dental professionals from the area

SEE FLUORIDE, PAGE 3A

A couple of turkeys

Megan and Katie Gentile run the Ebensburg Turkey Trot dressed as turkeys on Nov. 23. Photo by Megan Riner.

Cambria Twp. considers firefighter credit, budget By Calem Illig

for Mainline Newspapers

Tax credits for eligible volunteer firefighters under Cambria Township’s jurisdiction were approved by the supervisors on Wednesday, Nov. 15. For the past six months, the supervisors have been working diligently with representatives of the township’s fire departments to reach feasible terms to allow the credit. The two departments that represent Cambria Township — Cambria Township (Colver) and Revloc volunteer fire departments — both announced interest in receiving the credit. Under Act 172, volunteer firefighters in Cambria Township are now able to receive a 20 percent credit on property taxes, along with a $200 credit on earned income taxes. Supervisor Tim Bracken said the goal of the credit is to both retain and recruit members to volunteer in the community. “The number of volunteer firefighters in this area has decreased,” Bracken said. “We believe this will be a suitable system to help bring that number back up.” The number of volunteer fire-

fighters in the area has been on the decline in recent years. At the October meeting, firefighter Steve Verbosky informed the supervisors that the Cambria Township department has under 30 active members. Supervisor Jim Melnyk said finding people willing to volunteer has been a difficult process. “It’s getting tougher and tougher to find people to get involved,” Melnyk said. “We were hoping to find a system to help recruit. If it takes incentives to increase our volunteers, then that’s what we have to do.” Verbosky added that his department is pleased with the results and is hoping that the newly approved credit will entice more residents to volunteer. “We’re looking for all the help we can get,” Verbosky said. “I’m hoping this system will encourage more people to join.” To protect taxpayers, there are certain guidelines the volunteers must meet annually to receive the credit. Volunteers must respond to 20 percent of their company’s emergency calls, participate in 16 hours of training, and conduct 12 hours of administrative services. Volunteers must be a member of good standing for at least one year before gaining eligibility to receive the credit. Each company’s fire chief must also submit a notarized list of all firefighters who have met the SEE CREDIT, PAGE 4A

Gobble, gobble

Township approves liquor license

Brian Dillon, Lois Smith, and Caroline Dillon don turkey hats for the Ebensburg Turkey Trot on Nov. 23. Photo by Megan Riner.

By Calem Illig

for Mainline Newspapers

Cambria Township held a public hearing to discuss the possible transfer of a liquor license into the township. Martin General Stores, located on Route 22, required the approval of the township’s board of supervisors before it could apply for Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approval. The license, which will be transferred from Patton Borough, will allow the store to sell alcohol on the site’s premises. There are certain regulations Martin General Store will need to follow to meet PLCB criteria. The store must separated into two separate purchasing areas: one for alcohol and food, and one for all other general retail. The store will also undergo renovations to enhance the number of seats in the building. Supervisor Tim Bracken said that due to the numerous approvals Martin General Store must receive, the store “probably SEE LICENSE, PAGE 6A

First day deer

Ally Simmers, 16, shot this 9-point using a Marlin 30-30 while hunting with her dad and Uncle Shawn on the family farm in Cambria Township on the first day of the season. Submitted photo.

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