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Vol. 163 No. 34
Thursday, April 12, 2018
CenCam student receives scholarship to performing arts institute in NYC
By Kristin Baudoux
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Performing on a Broadway stage may seem like a pipe dream for many in this area, but Keara Sweeney, a junior at Central Cambria High School, is on her way to making her Broadway dreams come true. Keara has received a full scholarship to The Institute for American Musical Theatre in New York City to train to become a professional musical theater performer. IAMT is a post-secondary, twoyear professional training program, according to the school’s website. Its purpose is to train young students with the passion and desire to pursue a career in musical theater, specifically Broadway. Here, Keara will be strengthening her skills in dancing, acting and singing. On top of her performance on stage, her classes and workshops also will focus on the audition process and one-on-one critiques.
“If you want to be on Broadway, you go to this school to train for Broadway,” said Keara. Keara will attend a summer session at IAMT through June and July before she starts at the school full time in September.
Keara has been dancing since she was two years old. She has danced every genre including ballet, tap, hip-hop and jazz. At age 10, she started to attend the famous Abby Lee Dance Studio in Pittsburgh. After a trip with Lee and her students to see “Newsies” on Broadway, Keara told her mother, Stacy, that she knew theater was her passion. “She came out at intermission and said, ‘Mom, this is what I’m going to do,’” said Stacy. Now, Keara is considered an independent dance student. She takes dance classes at various studios including IAMT in New York and Millennium Dance Complex in Pittsburgh. Stacy said that friends and family are often shocked when they hear about the lengths she and her husband, Daniel, go through to help their daughter pursue her dreams. SEE STUDENT, PAGE 3A
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Historical show ‘n tell to be held April 18
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Carrolltown Borough discusses stormwater issues, road project
By Amber Stich
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Carrolltown Borough council members held their monthly meeting April 2. The main topic of discussion was the condition of borough roads and recent stormwater pipes that have collapsed and require extensive repairs. Luke Baker, of the borough’s street committee, said the stormwater pipes that collapsed on Old Dutch Road also collapsed in a resident’s concrete driveway and have caused multiple issues.
He said that the borough never gave the resident permission to put a driveway in that area, and that upon further inspection, the borough realized there are multiple water, sewer and stormwater lines under the driveway with boxes and confusing tie-ins. This will require the engineer to look into the issue to find a solution. Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf said he will check the lines with the camera to see what collapsed. Regardless of the condition, Batdorf said this area will be a significantly expensive fix. “The amount of stormwater that funnels and drains into that area is going to require probably different pipe sizing and stormwater calculations,” Batdorf said. The pipe cost alone could total around $12,500. Batdorf said the project’s cost estimate is around $50,000, but the borough will
know more once the lines are checked with the camera. Next, the borough addressed their paving plans for 2018. Baker said they are having someone assess St. Joseph Street to determine the cost of milling and repaving. He and Batdorf said the road definitely needs repaved, especially after the new Sheetz was built, since new lines had to be run through the road. Baker said the road is 961 feet long and 21 feet wide. He said it would take about 700-800 tons of blacktop to do the job, not including tie-ins. Due to its scope, this project would take up most of the borough’s $63,000 in paving project funds. Baker said that if the bids for this project come in way too high, SEE PROJECT, PAGE 4A
Emilia and Sophia Kline get ready to play with their friends at Holy Name School’s Family Literacy Night April 9. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
By Ron Portash
Matt and Matthew Kordish spend some time together at Holy Name School’s Family Literacy Night held April 9. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
The Cambria County Historical Society will hold the second lecture of its spring lecture series Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Kimball Conference Center, located at 219 W. High Street in Ebensburg. This lecture will be an interactive presentation. Anyone wishing to can bring one or two items to “show ‘n tell.” The participants are asked to give a short talk on the historic significance of the item to them or family. This will be an informal evening full of fun and interesting objects. The show ‘n tell lecture will provide
an opportunity to show off a family heirloom and even gain more perspective on the historical significance of the items. There could be surprises in what can be discovered with this presentation. What may just be a family heirloom could turn out to be a significant artifact in history. In addition, other attendees may be able to provide a wealth of information about an object that the presenter may not know. Who knows what may show up? The only way to see if there are any hidden historical gems is to attend. This year’s spring lecture series began with the lecture by Dr. Renee SEE HISTORIC, PAGE 3A
Holy Name School preschool students recently visited Dr. Cavalier’s office to learn more about the work orthodontists do. Benjamin Giles and Chase Brezovec experience sitting in a dentist’s chair. Submitted photos.