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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 97 No. 10

JOURNAL ISSN:1529-9910

Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Since 1921


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(814) 472-4110

32 Pages

Owner of Big Bend School given until March 9 to get permits ‘This one’s the most dangerous right now’

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

One fish, two fish

Rebekah Beiler and Danica Gailey cuddle up with a good book during Blacklick Valley’s Dr. Seuss celebration on March 1. Photo by Allie Garver.

Engineer discusses easement with Jackson Water Authority

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

The main item engineer Stephanie Buncich had for the Jackson Township Water Authority board at the Feb. 27 meeting was the easement the authority approved at the January meeting.

In January, Nathan Smith asked the board if it would be interested in either selling or providing an easement so he could construct a driveway. The board approved the easement request, pending the review of its solicitor, C.J. Webb. “I have been working with him [Webb] to get that complete,” said Buncich. A concern was brought up regarding whether the easement could be revoked or if the authority could get the property back to use it if necessary. “I would think that’s something difficult to do after you get an easement, but I’ll pick his [Webb’s] brain about it,” said Buncich.

The dilapidated state of multiple buildings in Blacklick Township was brought up during the public comment portion of the supervisors meeting Feb. 20. The main building the supervisors have been looking into due to a lack of safety is the Big Bend School. For months, the supervisors have asked Roger Shaffer, who owns the building, to have it torn down. Shaffer said the contractor he hired is supposed to be applying for the permit soon so work can begin. Chairman Rich Miller said he spoke with code enforcement and the contractor told Shaffer that special equipment would have to be rented because they don’t have anything large enough to do the job. “This one’s the most dangerous right now,

that’s why we’re working on it,” Miller said. Shaffer questioned why the school building is dangerous. “It could fall,” explained Miller. “It’s noncompliant right now.” Miller added that the only way the building will be put into compliance is if a new roof is installed. “You have your roof and your upper floors are downstairs now,” said Miller. “All that rain and snow we’ve had all winter long, that’s going to start shoving those walls out, and that building was gray all winter because there’s no heat in it. There’s no roof on it, so there’s no heat in it. It’s non-compliant.” The supervisors made a decision to give Shaffer until March 9 to have all of the permits for tearing down the building. If the permits are not in hand by then, the supervisors will file SEE PERMITS, PAGE 4A

Red fish, blue fish

Blacklick Valley students Faith Sekerak, Kayla Woods, and Laikan Hopkins wear pajamas for Cuddle Up With A Book Day in celebration of Read Across America. Photo by Allie Garver.

BV drama club tackles ‘High School Musical’ SEE EASEMENT, PAGE 4A

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Children and parents who have watched the Disney Channel are familiar with the success of the “High School Musical” franchise. This year, the Blacklick Valley Musical Theater Department decided to take on the first movie after “years of begging,” according to the show’s director, Jessica Strazisar. “They had been begging for years to tackle ‘High School Musical,’ and each year, I stood behind a firm ‘no,’” explained Strazisar. “I’m not sure why that was my response — I had no idea what the show was about since I wasn’t even familiar with the original movies. I just knew it wasn’t the right choice — that is until now.” According to the show’s synopsis, “The overwhelming Disney Channel sensation of

‘It wasn’t the right choice until now’

Shaylynn George (front row, from left), Cheyenne Mitchell; (back) Nate Schilling, and Nevin McIntosh-Higgins play the lead roles in Blacklick Valley’s production of “High School Musical.” Submitted photo.

‘High School Musical’ rides the waves to the stage to delight audience members of all ages. Featuring the ‘star-crossed’ budding high school romance between Troy and Gabriella, the story is a great modern retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ At East High, the jocks, brainiacs, thespians, skater dudes, and more must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities, especially the basketball championship, the science decathlon, and of course, auditions for the high school musical.” Strazisar added that the “journey to this year’s production actually began last March.” The show from last year barely had SEE MUSICAL, PAGE 3A

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