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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 160 No. 39

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ebensburg considers solution to flooding along Candlelight Drive Since 1853

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By Rachel Vasilko

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“This is every single downpour that these people endure flooding down there,” said Ebensburg Borough manager Dan Penatzer in regard to the recurring flooding at the intersection of South Center Street and Candlelight Drive. The flooding issue and possible solutions were discussed during the Ebensburg Borough Council meeting on Monday, April 28, and council authorized borough staff to proceed with stormwater repairs, subject to the execution of easements with property owners. Councilwoman Theresa Jacoby abstained from the vote due to prop-

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erty ownership in the area. Penatzer told council that flooding at the intersection occurs during very heavy rains, and the water usually recedes rapidly once the rain stops. However, he said the repeated flooding has already damaged the parking lot at Rebekah Manor, and has flooded the residential property on Lakeview Road in Cambria Township. Penatzer said the problem begins when debris collects at the corner of the field along Candlelight Drive. In addition, the section of 36-inch pipe under the road flows into a basin that is too small to manage the flow. From that basin, Penatzer said, there is a 54-inch pipe in good condition

Area Boy Scouts earn badges at Cambria County Fire School John Schmidt, Savannah Bahork, Elizabeth Pellpschi, and Aaron Fenchak prepare for the Central Cambria High School Prom on Saturday, May 3. Photo by Anne Troxel.

By Megan Riner

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During the first weekend in May, Boy Scouts troops from all over Cambria County earned merit badges and gained valuable experience at the county fire school, located on Ott Road in Patton. The reason for the Boy Scouts spring

camporee was two-fold: to allow the boys to earn their merit badges in either fire safety or search-and-rescue, and to spark an interest in becoming a firefighter. “The boys have an opportunity to earn merit badges and get a taste of the fire service along with merit badges to advance in their rank,” explained Len Whiteford, district commissioner for the Keystone

School board remains at odds with district’s education association By James Kane Jr.

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The Central Cambria school board met for their monthly public meeting on May 5. The meeting, for the most part, was standard, reviewing the different reports for the last month and approving several new hirings of teaching and athletic personnel, but toward the end of the meeting, things became tense when the board started to address issues with contract talks between the district and the teachers’ union. At the end of the meeting, the board decided to talk about negotiations between the district and the teachers union over a new agreement, specifically that the two sides were struggling to come to terms on the healthcare portion of the agreement. The Central Cambria Education Association responded by standing as a group in front of the board to show their unity. They also refused to talk about the negotiations in public, per to the agreement they had made with the board prior to the beginning of the contract talks.

They did voice their disappointment that the board had brought the struggles of the negotiations public and hoped that the board would agree to sit down and try to work things out, since the two sides have been trying to come to agreement for over two years. During the personnel committee report, the board agreed to approve the hiring of several positions. Jason Moore, who will be hired to become the new K-12 curriculum director, will be responsible for K-12 curriculum, overseeing student accounting information, transportation, access and other duties as assigned by the superintendent. Andrew Paronish will be hired as the new assistant high school principal, and Jennifer Mesoras will be hired as the principal of Cambria Elementary, where she SEE BOARD, PAGE 4A

District of the Boy Scouts. “We’re trying to show them some things we do that’s somewhat fun to build an interest,” said Jerry Burkhart. Many local fire companies actually have a junior program for 14-year-olds who are interested in firefighting at a young age. Scouts spent the day Saturday rotating between the different training stations

Prom night


taught by state fire instructors and experienced firefighters. At the burn building, the boys were able to try on some of the gear firefighters wear and used teamwork while operating the fire hose. In the maze building, teamwork was also important, as the boys crawled through a dark maze filled SEE SCOUTS, PAGE 4A

Seth Hull, Laura Maykovich, Taylor Peruso and Ian Dunmyer are all smiles following Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s promenade in the school’s cafetorium on Saturday, May 3. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

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