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Blacklick Valley welcomes new high school principal Vol. 92 No. 37


Nanty Glo, Pa.

she is a graduate of Northern Cambria High School. Dr. Laura Fisanick Following her secis a little more than a ondary education, week into her tenure she attended Indiana as principal of University of Blacklick Valley Pennsylvania, graduJunior-Senior High ating with a Bachelor School. “My first of Science degree in week has been very biology, with a minor good,” she said. “The in chemistry. She staff has been welalso obtained certificoming, and the stucations in biology, Dr. Laura Fisanick dents have been very chemistry, general nice.” science, and middle “I do compliment them on how school math. well they’ve handled not only the She was awarded a master’s change in administration,” Dr. degree in curriculum and instrucFisanick continued, “but also the tion from Penn State University changes to the school.” The prin- and completed her doctoral work cipal pointed out that students at IUP, graduating with a Doctor received their locker assignments of Education in curriculum and on Monday, Sept. 9 — two weeks instruction. into the school year. The new Her desire to become a princilockers were purchased and pal evolved during her 25-year installed as part of the project to teaching career (one year at renovate the high school build- Glendale and 24 at Cambria ing. Heights). She is also an adjunct Dr. Fisanick and her husband, SEE PRINCIPAL, PAGE 4A Basil, reside in Nicktown, and

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Derek Brothers memorial tourney garners support By Jim Lauffer

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According to his peers, Derek Brothers was quick with a smile and quick to make friends, regardless of where he was or what he was doing. Derek died in a single-car accident last September, and his friends’ subsequent reminisces revealed their affection for a young man described, in the words of Chase Dill, as being “like a brother to everyone. His passing brought everyone together from other

schools like I’ve never seen.” To commemorate their son’s life, his parents, James and Beth Ann Brothers, established the Derek Brothers Memorial Scholarship, to be given each spring to a student from each of the high schools that Derek attended: Bishop Carroll, Blacklick Valley, and Central Cambria. The first awards were made at awards assemblies held during the end of the 2012-13 school year.

CenCam board approves personnel-related motions By Jim Lauffer

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Following the recommendations of superintendent Dr. Vincent DiLeo, the Central Cambria school board, at its Monday, Sept. 9, meeting, approved a number of personnel-related motions. Board members unanimously voted to grant permanent contracts to Jamie Dixon (special education, Cambria Elementary School), Adrienne Hoffman (gifted support, Cambria and Jackson elementary schools), Erica McKnight (itinerant emotional support teacher, Cambria Elementary and Central Cambria


Middle-High School), Ashley Miller (special education, Cambria Elementary), Timothy Miller (technology education teacher, Central Cambria High School), Theodore Rakar (physical education teacher, Cambria and Jackson elementary schools), and Kirsten Makosey (life skills teacher, Cambria Elementary). In addition, following the recommendations of the Athletic Committee, the board approved the following hirings: Jessica J. Gallo as cheerleader advisor at the high school — retroactive to Aug. 12, the start of the fall sports season — and eighth-grade science teacher Krista Sossong as girls’ junior high assistant basketball coach — effective at the start of the 2013-14 fall sports season. Both Gallo and Sossong will be paid stipends in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement (pending negotiations) SEE MOTIONS, PAGE 4A

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Garrett Dishong prepares to begin his “keyhole” ride during the youth horse show held Friday, Sept. 6, at the Cambria County Fair. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Church of the Brethren’s book, yard sales support variety of ministries

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The doors to the Nanty Glo Church of the Brethren’s seventh annual used-book sale opened early Saturday, Sept. 7, and remained open to midafternoon. “We actually were here at eight o’clock, and people were asking whether they could come in, so, of course, we said, ‘Sure!’” said Darlene Rankin, a deaconess at the church.

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“This morning, we did really well.” Funds raised from this year’s sale will go toward the church’s trick-or-treat night, which is held during the evening of Nanty Glo Borough’s trick-ortreat night. “We have coffee and tea for the parents,” Darlene said, “and we give the kids coloring sheets, toys, and treats.” In addition to the used-book sale, the church SEE MINISTRIES, PAGE 4A

Members of the 2013 Cambria County Fair’s royal court are (from left) Queen Chelsey Driskel of Gallitzin, Young Miss Cambria County Fair Kailee St. Pierre of Cresson, Ambassador Emily Daughenbaugh of Mundys Corner, and Princess Tatiana Schilling of Nanty Glo. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

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