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Township clinches $179,000 grant for Crestwood Vol. 159 No. 31

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Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Infrastructure project to begin this spring

By Ian Wissinger

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Cambria Township has received word that it has qualified for and will receive the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener grant, a $179,000 sum that will aid the municipality in completing a Crestwood-area stormwater infrastructure project. Chairman Robert Shook said that the township will pledge approximately $30,000 toward the project, matching 15 percent of its total cost. He praised Engineer Keith Vasas, representative of the EADS Group, for helping secure the grant, which Cambria had applied for in December. As explained on DEP’s website, Growing Greener grant money is distributed via a number of channels; Cambria Township will receive its share through the Pennsylvania Investing in Infrastructure Authority, or PENNVEST. Of renovations that need performed on the Crestwood system, Shook said that a new crossover pipe will be installed, along with wider pipes for the entire stormwater collection unit. Storm inlets and headwalls will be replaced, and the entire network will see resurfacing. Since the project involves a lot of underground service work, it has been contracted out instead of attempted in-house, Shook noted. The project is slated to begin this spring, as Cambria Township must complete grant acceptance paperwork by March 29. “This is great news,” the chairman said, to which Vasas added, “We really needed it.” The engineer noted the Crestwood system’s close proximity to Howell’s Run, a trout stream, and cited this as a primary reason for Cambria’s receipt of the award. In other news, the board of supervisors, convening on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 25, approved a road bond release for Superior Lumber Company, on Rorabaugh Road. The board also signed off on a sewage facilities SEE TOWNSHIP, PAGE 3A

Wine Time!

Above, members of the Ebensburg Rotary Club celebrate the fifth annual Wine Time in the Mainline, held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Young Peoples Community Center. Six wineries were featured in the event. Below, Chris Kutchman (left) and Jim Fouse of Coal Country Brewing serve up a glass of their wine to customers. Photos by Ian Wissinger.

CenCam, agencies coordinate active shooter drill By Ian Wissinger

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Though no one ever wishes to face an emergency situation quite like that faced by Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers and students on that fateful December morning last year, local school districts have begun to consider options on how to best prepare for a similarly unthinkable scenario. Central Cambria Superintendent Dr. Vincent DiLeo first announced his intent to hold an on-campus, active shooter drill at the district’s Monday, Feb. 11 school board meeting. Despite the cost of this complex exercise – one not originally included in the district budget – DiLeo argued the drill’s importance, especially in a day and age when anything is possible, and pushed for its implementation. By Monday, the superintendent had made necessary

arrangements with law enforcement and emergency personnel, and sent a letter home with students indicating the district’s plan to ultimately hold an active shooter drill on Friday, March 8. “The Central Cambria school community is committed to providing a safe environment for students and staff to access both academic and extracurricular oppor-

tunities in all of our school facilities,” DiLeo wrote to parents. “With that goal in mind, the district works continuously with school personnel and area emergency responders to develop procedures that are comprehensive, relevant and recognized by individuals who may be faced with implementing crisis protocol.” Though he championed the

cause as something personal, DiLeo revealed via the letter that he had also received encouragement from the Pennsylvania State Police to proceed with the measure on the dual basis of “preparedness and prevention.” In a separate statement, the PSP reasoned that the best way to ensure

Borough hires development director By Ian Wissinger

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On the evening of Monday, Feb. 25, Ebensburg Borough announced the hiring of Danea Williamson Koss, who will take the helm as Community Development Director, effective March 11. Koss’ hiring comes on the heels of Shawna Drop’s notice that she would be stepping down from the position at the beginning of the year. The borough immediately launched a search to fill this void, an especially integral role in the upcoming months as

SEE DRILL, PAGE 4A

Ebensburg looks to begin its series of spring, summer and fall events. Art in Bloom, Ebensburg’s first calendar event, is slated for the last weekend in April. The borough received a total of 64 applications for the position, 19 of which it took under serious consideration. After the first round of interviews, the borough’s administrative committee whittled down the list of prospective candidates, ultimately choosing Koss for her experience and background. As a resident of Emerald Estates, Koss has already seen SEE DIRECTOR, PAGE 4A


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