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Vol. 92 No. 6

JOURNAL ISSN:1529-9910

Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Since 1921


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40 Pages

NGFD 2013 line officers

The 2013 line officers for the Nanty Glo Fire Department are as follows: (from left) Asst. Chief Engineer Byron Bishop Sr., Chief Engineer Joe LaMantia Sr., 2nd Lt. Greg Schilling Jr., 1st Lt. Tom Williamson, Capt. Brandon Younkin, 2nd Asst. Chief Bryant Greene, 1st Asst. Chief Tom A. Bracken, Deputy Chief Rich Brown Jr., and Fire Chief Joe LaMantia Jr. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Nanty Glo Blacklick Valley School District District council Preliminary 2013-14 budget Board accepts resignation addresses includes 5.63-mill increase of high school principal rumors, approves settlement By Jim Lauffer

By Jim Lauffer

At its Wednesday, Jan. 30, meeting, the Blacklick Valley School District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the proposed preliminary general fund budget for the 2013–14 fiscal year. The budget estimates revenues of $8,781,177 (up five percent from 2012–13) and expenditures of $10,586,520 (up nine percent). It includes an estimated beginning fund balance of $1,845,011 and an ending fund balance of $39,668. The preliminary budget also includes a 5.36-mill increase in the

The Blacklick Valley School District will immediately begin a search for a new high school principal. The district’s Board of School Directors voted unanimously — following superintendent Dr. John Mastillo’s recommendation — to ratify the resignation of Michael McDermott as principal of the Blacklick Valley Junior-Senior High School. The vote took place at the board’s regular monthly meeting, held Wednesday evening, Jan. 30. Mastillo had accepted McDermott’s resignation at an unspeci-

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By Jim Lauffer

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The members of Nanty Glo Borough Council dealt with full slate during their Tuesday evening meeting — addressing rumors about the police department, approving settlement of a civil action, and receiving an update about fire department events — in addition to taking care of their regular monthly business — approving minutes, accepting the financial report, paying the bills, and hearing the mayor’s report.


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Jackson Twp. brings senior center into compliance with required pressure test By Jim Lauffer

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Rumors Resident Bonnie Saintz began speaking to council with the words, “There are rumors going around town.” As soon as he heard the word “rumors,” Mayor Steve Szymusiak interrupted and said, “We need real names, not rumors. Who told you these things?” Saintz reply was that the rumors — which had yet to be revealed — were told to her in confidence and that she didn’t want to say anything if she had to attribute what she planned to say to a specific person. After being assured by various SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 18A

‘Tis the season

Amber Collins and her dad, Darwin, enjoy a sled ride at Nanty Glo Park and Pool. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

For each meeting of the Jackson Township Board of Supervisors, manager Dave Hirko prepares an agenda for all who attend, whether or not they attend as observers or in an official capacity. Near the beginning of each meeting, supervisors give the public an opportunity to comment on agenda items. At last Thursday evening’s meeting, one item in particular caught the attention of township resident Eugene Kist — an $11,500 payment to Joe Kanuch Excavating for pressure-test compliance work done at the Jackson Township Senior Center. The work was done so the building’s sewer lateral — the pipe connecting the building to the main sewage line — would pass the pressure test requirement of the Jackson-East Taylor Sewage Authority. To pass the test — required of all JETSA customers — the lateral has to hold five

pounds of pressure for 15 minutes. Kist, who said that he himself has performed such tests, opined that the payment was excessive and asked supervisors whether they were privy to the actual work done at the center. Supervisor John Wallet said that the supervisors themselves — one or more of them — had personally been at the center during the work, which involved tearing up floors and installing pumps because of insufficient gravity flow in the pipes. Wallet added that the age of the building and the design of its sewage system largely determined the work required to comply with JETSA’s test. “If you’d seen what needed done, you’d understand the cost,” Wallet said to Kist. With that, chairman Bruce Baker began moving through the meeting’s agenda items. Under new business, supervisors unanimously approved the renewal of SEE TEST, PAGE 4A

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