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BVMA chosen for EPA samples study newspapers

Vol. 98 No. 19


By Allie Garver

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Samples that the Protection Environmental Agency (EPA) asked the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority (BVMA) to do were explained at the April 24 meeting by chairman Mike Pisarcik. According to Pisarcik, he was sent two boxes through FedEx with the required testing equipment, then he has to take samples for three days. “What we do is, we take samples from the Ebensburg side and the Nanty Glo side,” said Pisarcik. “What they’re looking for, this is algae and, basically, what the algae effects have on humans. We got picked for the study, I don’t know how we did it.” Pisarcik thought the authority was chosen because it has “two

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consecutive water systems, Ebensburg and Nanty Glo.” “They kind of got to be able to ‘kill two birds with one stone,’” said Pisarcik. Engineer Rich Wray added that “they’re both independent surface sources.” According to Pisarcik, the samples are taken for approximately eight weeks. Once the samples are taken, Pisarcik said that he needs to take them to FedEx that same day and ship them out. SEE SAMPLES, PAGE 5A

Big fish

Ella (front row, from left), Reece, Cole, Lauren (back) and Chick Crowell show off the fish caught during Blue Goose Sportsmens Club’s fishing derby May 4. Photo by Allie Garver.

Blacklick Valley softball seniors Kaitlyn Stevens and Hailey Sheesley were honored at their game April 30. Photo by Allie Garver.

What a catch

Lucas and Julia Shuniak and Preston Gillin show off the big fish Julia caught during the Blue Goose Sportsmens Club fishing derby May 4. Photo by Allie Garver.

Vintondale Police Department update given by mayor By Allie Garver

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An overhaul of the Vintondale Police Department has been happening since mid-March, and mayor Teresa Shestak said at the April council meeting that it has been going well. Borough police chief Harry Rager has

been helping Shestak with updating the department. “It’s just a brief summary,” said Shestak about the police

report. “I’d like to note that in the last month we actually had eight citations.” Shestak said that she included

the expense report with the police report because she wanted the council members to know what is going “in and out” as far

as finances. Rager said that he has spent a


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