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Speed reduction denied for Manor Dr.

Vol. 162 No. 50

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Since 1853

32 Pages

By Joshua Byers

By Joshua Byers

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Since the Ebensburg Borough meeting in June, the council has received word back from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation about the request to improve the entrance to the borough pool. At the July 24 meeting, councilwoman Theresa Jacoby informed the council that a speed reduction isn’t allowed in that area of Manor Drive, as requested by residents Brian and Vickie Soyka, because of a lack of residential housing there, according to PennDOT. “PennDOT did state that a Hidden Driveway and Watch Children sign were previously permitted there and were likely removed when they did the recent paving,” Jacoby said. She added that she drove past the pool entrance before the meeting and confirmed that those signs had been installed again. Borough crews also cleared brush in the borough’s right of way on the entrance side of the road in an attempt to provide a better line of sight. Tree removal was considered as well but deemed unnecessary because the issue isn’t with the trees but with the slope of the hill. The council also considered limiting the exit from the pool road to a right turn only, but that was also deemed unnecessary. Another resident request discussed during the meeting was that of Pete Spinelli. He also attended the June meeting to see if anything could be done about the water issue on his property. Spinelli contended that the water issue was a direct result of a paving project the borough did and stated the curb now isn’t high enough to divert the water away from his home. Because of this, water is getting into his basement and outside stairwell to the basement. “There is a short-term and a long-term solution to this,” borough manager Dan Penatzer said. He explained that the short term is curb replacement along the 300 feet of Beech Street that is affected. However, by ordinance, the curbing is the responsibility of the property owners, Penatzer said. Additionally, once that curb is put in, the water will simply move farther down the road to where the recent stormwater project was completed near the fairgrounds. “The fast stormwater that we’d be diverting farther north on Beech Street isn’t going to get picked up by that project,” Penatzer said.

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Scott Griffith, Kate Griffith, Sally McWhorter, and Cindy Martin enjoy going back to their Welsh roots during the annual Salem Homecoming in Cambria Township. Photo by Megan Riner.

The Ebensburg Borough council approved additional costs for the paving of a county parking lot during its July 24 meeting. Borough manager Dan Penatzer told the council that the paving on the lot across from the courthouse had been completed the previous week and that the project “looks good.” Some of the signs for the lot were also installed on the day of the meeting. The only issue was that a cost of nearly $29,000 needed to be added to the project’s already approved $33,679.90 price tag. This brought the total to $62,329.25. “Our intention was to just mill the surface and overlay with an inchand-a-half blacktop,” Penatzer said. However, upon beginning the work, the crews realized there was no base to the parking lot, according to Penatzer. Because of this, there was no way to complete the original plan. “There was 4 1/2 inches — three times the material — that had to be taken out and then a new base applied and then a top coat,”

Bird hopes youth get involved with trails


By Allie Garver

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The Salem Homecoming Association honored past president Jack Pryce (second from right), who turned 100 this year. Pictured with Pryce are his son-in-law Ed Webler, daughter Christine Webler, and grandson John Rhoades, who also serves as president of the association. Photo by Megan Riner.


Tie dye party

Members of the South Ebensburg 4-H Club show off their tie dye towel projects at the recent 4-H pool party. The members have also created shirts, pillowcases, and soon shoes to show off their unique individual taste in color and art. Submitted photo.

One of program and communications coordinator Leanna Bird’s goals for the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority’s future is to get youth more involved in trail projects. Bird recently went on a hike with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies youth philanthropy interns. The group walked on the Path of the Flood Trail from the Franklin baseball field to the Staple Bend tunnel and back. “The kids had a lot of fun going up to the top and taking pictures,” Bird said. “We had lunch there and got to walk through the tunnel a bunch of times.” Bird talked to the interns about the trails’ importance to the surrounding communities and how they help with community engagement. The community foundation will soon be offering a “Claim Your Alleghenies” grant of up to $25,000. The goal of this grant is to create a more positive connection between young people and the county, according to Bird. “Cliff [Kitner] and I have talked about a few possibilities relating to getting young people working on some of our trail extension projSEE YOUTH, PAGE 3A

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