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Vol. 160 No. 41

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Since 1853

(814) 472-4110

Chinese students tutor at CC Elementary

Newsstand Price 75¢

32 Pages

By James Kane Jr.

of Mainline Newspapers

Kyler Zimmerman has a new buddy. He instantly becomes friends with K-9 Hero as he attends Sheriff’s Department fundraiser at the YPCC. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

Lidia and Simon Russell have their game faces on, as they show their excitement for the K-9 fundraiser at the YPCC. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

Ebensburg YPCC hosts fundraiser for sheriff’s K-9 Amanda Petrunak

of Mainline Newspapers

Everyone needs a sidekick, someone to look up to, a hero. For the Cambria County Sheriff’s Department, there is no greater person for the job than their trusty K-9 friend. He is fully certified and ready to patrol the county. Deputy Steve Szymusiak

and his partner, Hero, are on call 24/7. This dynamic duo even makes special appearances at local school districts to teach drug awareness to students. On Saturday, May 17, from noon-5 p.m., the Ebensburg Young People’s Community Center hosted their second annual Sheriff’s K-9 Unit Fundraiser. To help aid in the cost for training and taking care of Hero, there

was a basket auction in his name. There were over 50 baskets full of goodies donated by local community members and businesses. There were also several vendors and crafters present to help out for the cause. Door prizes were drawn throughout the day, and there were special activities for the younger children, such as face painting and

Stormwater fee prompts community response SEE K-9, PAGE 5A

Borough has yet to draft ordinance, smooth details By Ian Wissinger

for Mainline Newspapers

News of Ebensburg Borough’s plan to initiate a stormwater utility fee for property owners has incited concern among residents and business owners, and one local figure approached borough council on the evening of Monday, May 19, to express his thoughts on the subject. Monsignor David Lockard of Holy Name Parish said he had read an editorial in a local daily

Students’ walk shows school spirit

newspaper, published on May 5, that provided a tentative outline of an as-yet undrafted stormwater fee ordinance. He observed that, while the borough projected an annual fee of $48 per year for all residential properties, this sum will be significantly higher for businesses and institutions, especially those that count parking lots and other non-permeable surfaces among their property assets. At Ebensburg Borough’s April meeting, where the future ordinance was last discussed,

officials stated that this annual fee could run as high as $2,800 per year for larger properties. Council also entertained the idea of setting a cap on the fee. As of May 19, no official ordinance language has been introduced, but the law is expected to take effect next year. Lockard, who referred to the fee as a tax (“It is a utility,” replied Council President Doug Tusing), asked council how it expected the parish, which not only includes a church but a

parochial school (and therefore, a sizable parking lot), could expect to cover the yearly sum? A parish, unlike a business, does not have customers, Lockard pointed out. “We’re not charging them to come here,” the monsignor said. “Should we ask [parishioners] to contribute an extra five dollars to the collection plate every week? That is grossly unfair. The borough wants to treat churches like businesses and tax us.” Lockard clarSEE FEE, PAGE 3A

At Central Cambria Elementary School, you could find a unique program in the enrichment room on Fridays during this school year. International students from China who attend Bishop Carroll High School came into the elementary school during this last year and helped tutor the Central Cambria Elementary students in Mandarin. During the school year, the elementary students were not only able to learn a foreign language from older students who were from the country of the language’s origin, but they also were able to learn about the culture from students who live in SEE TUTOR, PAGE 4A

“Our Town” airs tonight

“Our Town: Ebensburg” will be premiering on WPSU-TV at 8 p.m. tonight, May 22. The show features stories about the Ghost Town Trail, Cambria County Historical Society, local food scene, family memories, and several others. During the live broadcast, viewers can purchase limited edition versions of the show on DVD and pledge their support to WPSU. Tune in to see your friends and neighbors share their stories.

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Covering 3.2 miles, the Holy Name students and staff walked through the town of Ebensburg on Friday morning, May 16, to raise money for their Catholic school. Each student was sponsored by family members or local businesses, who provided a certain amount of money for each mile walked. Monsignor David Lockard said the opening prayer, and the students were set for their challenge. The intermediate, primary, and SEE WALK, PAGE 4A

The Holy Name eighth-grade class lines up before the walkathon begins. Students and staff members completed 3.2 miles to help raise money for the Holy Name Home and School Association. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

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