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NGFD commemorates milestone with 100th Anniversary Banquet Vol. 92 No. 21

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By Jim Lauffer

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“May they know what heroes they are to all of us.” So prayed Geno Bartoletti, pastor of Nanty Glo First Baptist Church, near the end of his blessing of the dinner shared by attendees of the Nanty Glo Fire Department’s 100th Anniversary Banquet, held at the fire hall during Saturday evening, May 18. Members of the department and their guests gathered to celebrate the firemen’s 100 years of faithful, dedicated service to its community and region. Bartoletti’s own neighbors include four members of the NGFD — John Novak, Greg Schilling Jr., Joe Villa, and Matt Villa — and he lauded their and their department’s devotion to duty — a devotion clearly evident each time he sees them respond to the fire whistle’s wail. He also

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offered a note of encouragement to the first-responders: “When you respond, people are praying for you.” The pastor also praised the firemen’s willingness to step up and take action. “This fire company did not last for 100 years by people sitting back and waiting for others to do something,” Bartoletti said. Pat LaMantia, president of Nanty Glo Borough council, likened the banquet to a family gathering. She asked attendees to look around the hall. “You’ll see grandfathers, fathers, sons,” she said. “That to me doesn’t mean a fire company — that means family.” She should know. She is married to Joe LaMantia Sr., a longtime department member, and is the mother of Joe LaMantia Jr., the department’s current chief. “What a legacy!” she continued. “It’s considered an honor and a privilege to join the fire company.” She praised the fire-

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Brittany Foreman and Nanty Glo volunteer fireman Tom Williamson plan to enjoy their heaped plates during the Nanty Glo Fire Department’s 100th Anniversary Banquet, held Saturday evening, May 18. For additional pictures, please see page 11A. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Game Commission seeks leads in illegal shooting of bald eagle Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region Director Pat Anderson recently announced the agency is seeking information on the illegal shooting of a mature bald eagle in Allegheny Township, Cambria County. The eagle was found injured by a concerned citizen on May 10 in the vicinity of Lincoln and Sharpe

Vintondale passes new nuisance ordinance

SEE BANQUET, PAGE 11A

roads in Allegheny Township and reported to the commission. Wildlife Conservation Officer Shawn Harshaw responded and was led to the injured bird by the caller. The injured eagle was captured and taken to the state vet laboratory in State College where the bird later died of its wounds. A necropsy of the bird indicated that

it had suffered at least one gunshot wound. “WCO Harshaw is investigating this incident and we are looking for any information that may lead to the successful prosecution of the person or persons responsible,” Anderson said. “This was a senseless act. Although still rare, only recently have sightings of eagles

become more common in Pennsylvania. The fact that someone shot one is an absolute shame.” “I am asking the public for help,” Harshaw said. “If anyone knows or hears anything about this incident, I encourage them to call our regional office. Any information we do receive will be held in strict

confidence. This senseless act sickens me and I will pursue every lead to find the responsible person or persons and bring them to justice.” The agency's Southwest Regional office number is (724) 238-9523. The Game SEE EAGLE, PAGE 5A

By Jim Lauffer

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In a roll-call vote, members of the Borough of Vintondale council unanimously passed a new nuisance ordinance — officially known as Ordinance No. 157. The ordinance, which had been advertised previously, became effective five days after its adoption at council’s regular monthly meeting, held Thursday, May 16. The borough had an old nuisance ordinance on the books; however, solicitor Joseph Green described that ordinance as “antiquated” and “lacking bite.” “The new ordinance is basically designed to force people who have junk and rubbish all over their property to clean it up,” he said about the new ordinance. In its introduction, the ordinance sets forth its purpose — “prohibiting nuisances, dangerous structures, abandoned or SEE ORDINANCE, PAGE 4A

BVHS scholarship winners

The following Blacklick Valley High School seniors were awarded scholarships during the school’s 43rd awards ceremony, held Wednesday evening, May 15: (first row, from left) Kimberly Thomas, Jackie Sheesley, Brooke Rhoades, Jessica Simmons, Rebecca Gongloff, (second row) Heather Marsh, Emmalie Gongloff, Shawn Jones, Emily Hancharick, Stephanie Connell, and (back row) Corey Hoover, Johnny Sheesley, Matthew Worthington, and Randy Vicini. For a related story and additional pictures, please see page 14A. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

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