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Legacy coach to take on Central Cambria football program

Vol. 101 No. 2


Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Since 1921


Newsstand Price 75¢

(814) 472-4110

20 Pages

By Amanda Datsko and Calem Illig

of Mainline Newspapers

The Central Cambria School Board members voted unanimously to hire Donald Fyfe to the position of head football coach for Central Cambria High School, effective the start of the 2022-23 fall sports season during their monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 10 The former Shade coach said following the Monday evening that the move, “just felt right.“ Fyfe will replace outgoing Central Cambria football coach Shane McGregor, who announced his resignation from the program in November. In McGregor’s time as head coach, the Red Devils built from the ground up and helped the team reach new heights. Central Cambria advanced to the postseason for the first time in several years in 2020, and an injury-riddled Red Devils team managed to secure four wins this past fall. Central Cambria’s new coach brings plenty of varsity football head coaching experience. Fyfe spent 14 seasons as head coach of the Shade football program, coaching the team during two tenures from 2000-04 and 201220. Under his leadership, Fyfe’s Panthers went 11-2 in 2018, winning the WestPAC and District 5 Class A crown. Fyfe was preparing for another season as head coach this past fall until the Shade football program

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Donald Fyfe will lead the Central Cambria High School varsity football team in the 2022-23 fall football season. Submitted photo.

announced it would be joining a co-op with Conemaugh Township, leaving him without a job. He instead spent the 2021 football season as offensive coordinator of the Bishop McCort football team. “I’m looking forward to getting started again,“ said Fyfe, who is no stranger to the sidelines. “I’m hoping to bring to the table some of the same successes that I was able to see from Shade.“ Fyfe went to high school at SEE FYFE, PAGE 2

Autumn and Cassidy Nikolishen clear off their bingo cards for a new game during the bookmobile event sponsored by Central Cambria School District and PTO Sunday, Jan. 9. Photo by Amanda Datsko.

BVMA discusses wastewater infiltration, rules and regulations

By Amanda Datsko

of Mainline Newspapers

Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority chairman Mike Pisarchik provided an update on several matters during the Dec. 29 meeting. Pisarchik stated that the last few days had been more chaotic than usual. “We’ve got a lot of infiltration coming in on the sewer lines,“ he said, adding that the plant has been continually pumping water. Pisarchik said they were also going to be working on hitting the manholes so they can start going through the system to try and locate where the water is infiltrating from. “What will happen as soon as the rain subsides — then in two days, we’re back to normal again. We’re going to be going in and doing a lot of legwork on that,“ Pisarchik said. He mentioned that while working in Vintondale that same day, they hit six cleanouts. “Out of the six, there were three of them that had water coming into the system,“ Pischarik said. “The old Catholic church, there’s nobody there and we have water [infiltration] coming in,“ said Pisarchik. “So again, that’s going to be the customer, whoever owns it, is going to be responsible for that.“ Pertaining to the cleanouts, Pischarik stated they’d probably look into getting lids and putting

them on, at the expense of the customer. “Because unless they [the customer] understand that’s their responsibility, they’re not going to take care of it,“ he said. During the evening meeting, Pisarchik addressed another issue pertaining to water loss. “Another issue we are facing in our wastewater distribution is these disinfecting wipes,“ he said. Authority engineer Richard Wray and Pischarik discussed various types of cleaning wipes that are commonly flushed down residential toilets. “They won’t break down. You can’t pull them apart, and I don’t know other than getting out to the public — we would appreciate you not flushing those down,“ Pischarik said. “They’re designed not to tear and rip,“ said Wray. “I didn’t realize they were that tough and I get that it’s out of sight, out of mind but eventually what can happen is it’s going to back up their own system.“ Moving along, the authority members discussed their rules and regulations. “We’re going to start to revamp them. There’s some things that we need to change,“ said Pischarik. Billing problems and water turn-ons and shutoffs are among some of the items the authority would like to make redactions to.

Nanty Glo Water Authority holds first meeting of new year

By Amanda Datsko

of Mainline Newspapers

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Gabrielle Alexander and Lydia Russell pick out books during a free bookmobile event sponsored by Central Cambria and held at the Jackson Township Fire Hall \ Sunday, Jan. 9. Photo by Amanda Datsko.

The Nanty Glo Water Authority opened its first meeting of the new year, Wednesday Jan. 5, starting with the reorganization of its members. Harry Gearhart was reappointed as the authority’s chairman, Lynne Stock will remain as the authority’s vice chairman. Nancy McCreary was reappointed as treasurer and Diane Holby will retain her position as the authority’s secretary. Steve Mikesic was also reappointed to the authority, as well as reappointments for the authority’s engineer, Joel Romagna of Stiffler McGraw and solicitor Alex Svirsko. The authority will continue to hold its regular monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Nanty Glo Municipal building.


Following the reorganization portion of the meeting, the authority members discussed a proposal from Davis Hill Development requesting to install solar panels on top of one of the authority’s plant sites. According to Gearhart, the area would encompass about 35 acres. “Where at, did they say?“ asked Holby. “Yeah, they have it marked on the paper there from the spillway up on both sides,“ Gearhart said, “which probably wouldn’t be a very good idea.“ Arriving late to the meeting, Svirsko said the authority would need to timber the area, as the authority had previously discussed. Svirsko also added that some negative implications can come along during the installation. SEE AUTHORITY, PAGE 19

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