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Vol. 93 No. 7

JOURNAL ISSN:1529-9910

Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

email: (814) 472-4110

Admiral Peary student expelled for one year Since 1921

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By Rachel Vasilko

of Mainline Newspapers

After a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 5, school officials at Admiral Peary Vo-Tech confirmed that the student who brought a 9mm handgun to school on Jan. 24 will be expelled for one calendar year. The student was accused of stealing a handgun from a relative before taking it to the school for protection. He had told the administration that he feared he would be attacked by another student after school that day. He had the weapon hidden in his waistband until administrators found and removed it without incident. He was automatically suspended for 10 days pending the hearing. Admiral Peary executive director Ken Jubas said that the student, his

Nanty Glo Borough talks state surplus program


By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Family of fishermen

The Lindroses — Tucker (left), Eric, Jon, Jonah, and Oliver (standing) — get ready for some ice fishing on Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park. The program was led by the Fish and Boat Commission Saturday, Feb. 8 to introduce ice fishing as a family activity. Photo by Megan Riner.

Ebensburg to host benefit for playground

Officer Michael Oyaski sat down with the Nanty Glo Borough Council to discuss the state surplus program on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the borough office. “We would be able to receive first aid kits, weapons, and armor from the state,” said Oyaski. Previously, the program had been charging approximately a four percent service charge for property received through the 1033 program. After further review, the company wants to restructure the fee. There will not be a fee per item, but there will simply be one solid annual fee for the equipment. “The annual fee is more appropriately charging for the ongoing service that is being provided. The structure will be based on the SEE SURPLUS, PAGE 17A

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Central Cambria is happy to announce that they will be having a spaghetti dinner, basket raffle, and silent auction to help benefit the inclusive playground the school district plans to build in the spring. “It was our former principal’s dream to build this park. We were on a field trip last spring, and we have a few students with disabilities at the school district. Luke Lansberry noticed that the students could not participate in any of the activities, so he helped the students participate, since they were unable to do so on their own,” said Alysia Wirfel, PTO member. She went on to add that after that field trip, Lansberry was inspired to do more for the community. He wanted to create a playground that would benefit all students. He wanted a place where no one would be left out. The plans for the playground’s construction will start in the spring. The playground will open to the community after school hours, and SEE PLAYGROUND, PAGE 15A

Blacklick Valley students and friends Jeremy Smith, 15, and Avery Robinson, 11, in green camo, and his sister Harley Robinson, 1, all share a tumble after a ride on a sled that Jeremy’s dad made for the Winter Fun Day.

Kids enjoy fun in the snow Kayla Prevost stops for a hot cocoa between runs.

Despite the much deeper than anticipated snowfall, Winter Fun Day went on as planned at the Nanty Glo Park and Pool. More than 30 children were sledding, snowboarding, and just generally having fun in the snow this past Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, kept warm by a blazing fire and treats from the Women of the Moose, Chapter 516. According to Jen Newman, Senior Regent of the WOTM, this is the first year that the Women of the Moose have participated in the Winter Fun day, providing some financial support and hot cocoa for the event. In addition, the park supplied hot dogs and marshmallows for all to cook over the fire. This is the fourth or fifth year that the park has held the event, with the sledding area created and maintained mainly by Jay Evans and Ken Smith. There were approximately 30 children sledding and snowSEE SNOW, PAGE 7A

Anthony Motchenbaugh holds on for dear life as he enters the flats of the sledding area. Photos by Chris Hochrein.

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