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CenCam students plan walkout to draw attention to safety concerns Vol. 163 No. 29

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Ebensburg, Pa.

By Joshua Byers

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In response to the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school in the middle of February, two students from Central Cambria High School have decided to stand up for the safety of their fellow classmates. Joe Gagermeier and Rhyse Long, both 16 years old, have decided to stage a “walkout” March 14. Both boys had been separately planning a protest, but they decided to combine forces to see what they could achieve. “This is sort of like our own little movement,” Long said.

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The boys were inspired by a mural on the back wall of their Advanced Placement history classroom that depicts social and political movements throughout the history of the country. Gagermeier and Long said they’ve learned that a lot of those movements were started by students around their age, people who wanted to make a difference and took action to do so. Both mentioned learning about the protests in Berkley, Calif., in the 1960s and how those students had such a huge impact on the Civil Rights movement. Gagermeier and Long said they want to show solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

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School, raise awareness about mental illness, and try to do more to keep students safe. Though Long and Gagermeier agreed gun control could probably help keep mass shootings from happening, it is not necessarily a conversation they want started at their protest. The pair took a realistic approach to the conversation. Instead of wasting time arguing about who is right and who is wrong, they changed the message. Gagermeier said the message of their protest is implementing better safety measures for schools. “We shouldn’t have to go to school fearing,”

E’burg agrees to collect specs for roof work at YPCC, tennis center


By Joshua Byers

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Cambria Elementary students Alizae Kelly, Kyler Bodenschatz, Kaden Legros, and Chloe Ficker sport mustaches in honor of Read Across America Week. Photo by Megan Riner.

CCCRA talks extension By Allie Garver

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Cliff Kitner, executive director of the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority, has been working to extend the Path of the Flood Trail. “We’re trying to get the trail extended from the end of the trail to the ballfields,” explained Kitner. Kitner has been talking with representatives from Rosebud Mining Co. about the possibility of the trail and of creating a hiking path near its haul road because the view is beautiful and shows the route taken by the floodwater. Kitner had a meeting Feb. 16 with the Cambria Somerset Authority because it owns easement rights with a pipeline through the area as well. “It’s still a work in process, but I got to do this quickly,” Kitner said. Kitner is hoping to have a more concrete answer on the plans by the March meeting. Moving on, Kitner spoke about the $2 million grant the CCCRA received to remove the Stineman Piles and add a trail. “My job now is to come up with a budget for the project,” said Kitner, “so I’m going to be working on that.” The CCCRA does not have to provide any matching funds for the project. The grant money came from the

Department of Environmental Protection at the federal level, according to Kitner.


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The matters of Ebensburg’s recreation committee were handled by councilwoman Theresa Jacoby during the Feb. 26 meeting. Jacoby covered two important matters: the investigation into expanding the Young Peoples Community Center, and the need to work on the roofs of the YPCC and the tennis center. As far as the expansion is concerned, Jacoby explained that a joint meeting between the council’s recreation committee and the recreation board was held Feb. 8 to discuss the concept. “During the meeting, there were a lot of good questions that came out in regard to some of the numbers,” Jacoby said. As a result of this feedback, a “more comprehensive proposal” is going to be prepared and brought back to the recreation committee. Moving on, Jacoby addressed the water leaking from the roofs of the YPCC and the tennis center. She explained that L.R. Kimball has studied the problem and it has been determined that the source of the leaking is because the roof insulation vapor barrier is compromised. This means that in some places, like around the purlins, there are gaps that allow warm air to reach the cold metal roof, causing condensation. Replacing the metal roofs and adding new insulation can be expensive. Instead, the roofs can be retrofitted with new insulated panels. According to Jacoby, that option would eliminate the condensation and also lower heating costs. However, the work is still expensive. For the 8,200 square foot YPCC, it will cost $28,000. At the time of the meeting, there was no estimate for the work for the tennis center. That building would need a total of 24,000 square feet replaced. SEE ROOF WORK, PAGE 6A

Cambria Elementary students Quinten Vorhauer, Bryant Nipps, Jacob Wilson, and Tanner Nihart participate in Read Across America Week activities Feb. 28. Photo by Megan Riner.

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