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Vol. 163 No. 43
Wheels and Wings rolls into town June 21
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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By Kristin Baudoux of Mainline Newspapers
Thunder will roll into Ebensburg once again for the 14th annual Wheels and Wings June 21. Though, hopefully for community development director Danea Koss, the only thunder this year will be from the motorcycles and classic vehicles making their way to town. “Hopefully, the weather cooperates this year,” Koss said, referring to previous rainy years. But the rain won’t keep the fans away from the event, which is a part of Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally weekend. One of the highlights for the event is the car, motorcycle and truck show downtown. Registration for vehicles begins at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Caroline and High streets. The first 150 registrants will receive a commemerative dash plaque, and the show kicks off at 6 p.m. Vehicles will be judged in different classes, and the top three winners in each class will receive trophies. Judging categories for cars include pre-‘50s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and post-‘80s. Motorcycle classes are cruiser, sport bike and custom bike. There is one class for trucks. The wing-off also brings the crowds downtown to try savory, spicy and sweet wings and other great food from multiple vendors. This year’s wing vendors include The Castle Pub, Cindy’s Munchies, Hostettler’s Concessions, Rik-N-Nik’s, The Grove/Nikki D’s Wings, Pappy’s Dixie Smoker, L&B Concessions, Our Place Pizza and Pub, Our Station House, Pit Stop Concessions and Wing Nutz.
Allison Wirfel, Evan Berkihiser and Lauren Mackey get ready to receive their diplomas at Central Cambria’s graduation held June 9 at St. Francis University’s Maurice Stokes Center. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
SEE WHEELS, PAGE 4A
PennDOT meets with Carrolltown Borough on Route 219 project
Expected start date of May 2019
By Amber Stich of Mainline Newspapers
At the June 4 Carrolltown Borough meeting, the council members were paid a visit by Nicki Donahue and Brian Waters from PennDOT with information regarding the planned 219 project which will not only address the road through Carrolltown, but also the sidewalks and stormwater issues as well. This project has been more than two years in the making with the borough working closely to develop a good plan to address all of the issues with 219 as it passes through town. This plan includes taking measures to slow down traffic as it passes through town as well as addressing the current parking situation along the roads, which PennDOT says is unpredictable and dangerous. Parking after the project will be solely parallel to the road, and Donahue said they have managed to retain the same
number of spaces throughout the town, even if the spots have been shifted a bit. Donahue said she was there with two agreements for the borough to sign. One was a sidewalk maintenance agreement and the other was a drainage facility agreement. She said that PennDOT would maintain from curb to curb and above the road after the project, the borough will then take over maintenance of the pipes, inlets, stormwater and sidewalks. PennDOT will install 60 new inlets throughout town to solve some of the stormwater issues for residents and improve water runoff on roadways. Donahue said PennDOT is currently working on the right of way process now. She noted the intensive utility work needed for the project has adjusted the timeline. PennDOT is planning to move about 30 utility poles and underground electricity, more work than what was first anticipated. PennDOT hopes to start the project in May 2019, and it will run, Donahue said, pretty late into 2020. She added that work will also be dependent on the weather and speed of utility SEE 219, PAGE 14A
Relay for Life
Alicia and Kennedy Wrabley and Danielle and Kassidy Newman work at the Monopoly booth at the Relay for Life event at the Central Cambria Track in Ebensburg June 9. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.
Keep on truckin’
Jeff Bender shows off his 1958 Dodge Powerwagon at Cambria Care Center’s Car Show June 2. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.