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Central Cambria High School responds to threatening message Vol. 92 No. 18


By Ian Wissinger

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On Tuesday, April 23, two Central Cambria High School students stumbled upon a message, scrawled on a boys’ bathroom wall. The words, “school shooting,” accompanied by a date of May 3, did not offer any informa-

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tion as to who, where or why, but were enough to prompt administrators, in conjunction with local police, to launch a full-scale investigation while informing parents of a potential public safety threat.

That morning, Principal Kimberly McDermott faced the challenge of not only coordinating this response, but also diffusing rumors that had circulated via social networking sites and reached the majority of the stu-

dent body a mere minutes after the message’s discovery. By the end of Tuesday, the administrator had arranged for a schoolwide assembly, and on Wednesday letters were sent home with students, detailing what was already

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Jackson Elementary School third-grader Nathaniel Beyer performs during his class’ violin recital on Friday, April 26. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Blue Goose, Jackson Township fishing derbies set for Saturday

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The Blue Goose Kids Fishing Derby and the Jackson Township Fishing Derby are scheduled for Saturday, May 4. Both offer young anglers an opportunity to land a trophy trout. The details for each derby are given below.

Blue Goose The Blue Goose Sportsmen’s Club has been holding its annual Kids Fishing Derby for a long, long time. The club sponsored a derby before the large pond on its grounds was built in 1971 and has held one at the new pond every year since May 6, 1973. Thus, the 2013 edition of the derby — open and free to the public for anglers age 15 and younger — will be the club’s 40th at the pond. That’s a lot of years and a lot of trout and a lot of happy children and teenagers. The derby will be held Saturday, May 4, with registration opening at 7 a.m. The young fishermen and -ladies may begin casting for trout at 8 a.m. and may fish until approximately 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

known about the incident. “There’s been a problem with misinformation,” McDermott acknowledged as of last Friday. “A lot of [inaccuracies] have been floating around on social media.” To beef up security measures, the school has welcomed local

Jackson Twp. receives clean audit By Jim Lauffer

By Jim Lauffer

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The club is located at 500 Duman Road, just outside Belsano. The limit for the derby is three trout per angler. Prizes — including 50 fishing rods and four bicycles — and 38 trophies will be awarded during the derby. First-, second-, and third-place trophies will be given to the anglers who catch the three largest trout. In addition, trophies will also be given to those who catch the first five limits of trout and to the anglers who catch one, or more, of the 30 tagged trout. The club stocked 1,200 trout for the derby, including more than a dozen lunkers. “We’re putting in 14 trout that are longer than 25 inches,” said Lenny Hartman, president of the club. The stocking is always a festive, community affair with many parents bringing their youngsters to help pour the fish from a galvanized can into the pond. One fish, however, was gently lowered by net into the pond’s depths — a 30inch brown trout that, no doubt, could not be curled into a can. Hartman added that the club had also SEE DERBIES, PAGE 6A

Terence Shook, a partner in the accounting firm of Barnes, Saly and Company, Johnstown, briefly summed up his firm’s audit of Jackson Township’s 2012 financial records: “It was a very good, very clean audit.” Shook shared the findings — “I’m just going to give highlights,” he said — with those present at the Thursday, April 25, meeting of the Jackson Township Board of Supervisors. After noting that he had no negative comments about the audit findings, Shook said that the audit — which was completed on March 19 — showed nothing unusual in the township’s bookkeeping, that the audit revealed no disagreements among the township’s financial records, and that the


audit uncovered nothing that needed to be corrected. Following his comments — which were truly brief — Shook thanked township officials for their cooperation before and during the audit and asked whether anyone had questions about said audit. When none were asked, Shook departed. Township manager and treasurer Dave Hirko presented the monthly financial report, which gave the following fund balances as of April 25: general ($42,980.23), capital reserve ($1,080,059.86), highway aid ($324,098.72), and senior center ($26,920.02). Following Hirko’s report, supervisors approved the payment of bills from the following funds: general ($148,712.93), highway aid ($15,335.74), SEE AUDIT, PAGE 4A

Dylan Frederick, 7, helps Joe Kopsic empty a can of trout into the pond at the Blue Goose Sportsmen’s Club on Monday. The club’s annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, May 4. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Blaze consumes storage building of Laurel Mountain Structures By Ian Wissinger and Jim Lauffer

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A structure fire in Cambria Township has claimed a locally owned and operated business;

thankfully, emergency responders confirmed that no persons were injured in the blaze. Laurel Mountain Structures, located off Route 22 near where it intersects with Route 219, went up in flames on the evening of Wednesday, April 24. Dauntless Fire Company, Revloc and Colver Volunteer Fire Companies and at least three other units responded to the call, at about 6:30 p.m. As soon as firefighters arrived onscene, Dauntless Chief Jeff Evans said, they realized the only thing they could do was control the blaze

and keep it from spreading to adjacent buildings, especially a nearby office on the Laurel Mountain property, which was ultimately spared. “We had plenty of water, plenty of help, but the fire was too advanced by the time we got there,” Evans said. Because of the proximity of several other businesses along this stretch of Route 22, responders were able to tap into a water main with especially strong water pressure, but flames had reached and enveloped the tin roof of the Laurel Mountain building by this point. One

bystander said only five-to-10 minutes had elapsed before the entire frame was engulfed. It took firefighters at least three hours to extinguish the blaze. After the majority of the flames had dissipated, the building’s owner used an excavator to remove the now-collapsed tin roof so that responders could focus on the embers and smaller fires within. Evans said Dauntless did not leave the scene until about 10:30 p.m. As far as determining the fire’s cause, the Dauntless chief said he could not speculate, though he ruled

out anything suspicious. “The cause is undetermined, because the building was so totally destroyed,” Evans observed. Sometimes, in the instance of such a fire, a state marshal is called in to investigate, but Evans said that the property’s owner will likely be calling his insurance company to arrange an inspection. Laurel Mountain Structures — which manufactures log and timber frame houses, as well as a patented wall system — was founded 20 years ago by Wes Kestermont of SEE BLAZE, PAGE 5A

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