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Community, brotherhood aid benefit for fire chief By Jim Lauffer

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The raw numbers for the Nanty Glo Fire Department’s benefit for its chief, Joe LaMantia Jr. — who’s recovering from an infection that nearly took his life — require suspension of belief. Last Sunday, during the six hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the volunteers used 38 gallons of spaghetti sauce, 160 pounds of spaghetti noodles, and more than 2,000 meatballs and served 850 or so dinners — an estimated amount since they ran out of adult meal tickets. In addition to enjoying a spaghetti meal, supporters could buy tickets for 300 colorful and eye-catching baskets that had been donated for the event. And buy tickets they did! So many basket tickets were purchased that the firefighters were in danger of running out of them until the fire companies from Colver and Jackson Township donated additional tickets. Of course, an event like this cannot be defined by mere numbers. Its significance lies beyond the weighing of noodles or the counting of tickets — as interesting as these quantifications are. On the one hand, the private and public support for the benefit revealed the immediate community’s concern for one of its own, and on the other hand, the overwhelming support of firefighters and firstresponders from outside the geographical community displayed the powerful sense of comaraderie that firefighters and other firstresponders share. The outpouring of support for





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the benefit caught LaMantia off guard. “I am truly taken aback by the huge show of support for my family and me,� he said. “Words can’t even describe what it means to me. I truly didn’t expect the turnout we had.� “It was great to see the community come together,� said 2nd Asst. Chief Bryant Greene. “The support from the community and surrounding areas was phenomenal. ... Everyone just wanted to help out in any way that they could.� And help they did, by donating time, food, and baskets. Thanks of the highest magnitude are in order. But where to begin with such an undertaking? LaMantia began with those who set the proverbial ball into motion — the members of the Nanty Glo Fire

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Department. “I would like to thank the members of my department who took it upon themselves to plan, organize, and successfully run this benefit,� he said. “It was never asked for by me or my family, but they wouldn’t take no for an answer — even when I told them they didn’t have to do it.� Greene also lauded the local firefighters: “Our members came through and got everything set up. As soon as the event was posted, our phones started ringing and didn’t stop. Ron Brown and Tom

Williamson took on most of the work of organizing the baskets and setting everything up for the meal — though serving the meal itself was a joint effort, involving most of our members.� The baskets lined table after table. Although individuals, organizations, and businesses from inside and outside the community donated baskets, Greene noted that most were given by local residents and establishments. “The outpouring of baskets was mainly from the community,� he said. “They are the people that really made the basket party possi-

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ble. I’m still amazed by the number of baskets we received and couldn’t possibly name everyone who donated one.� Although it wasn’t in a basket, one item offered for raffle drew particular attention. A large wooden swing was donated by Blacklick Valley Foundation and Ambulance Service, whose members purchased the materials to build the swing, which was then designed and fashioned by the service’s head supervisor Steve Cummins. “We built it so the proceeds could benefit Joe,� said Cummins. “It’s an opportunity to give back.� Cummins added that LaMantia, in addition to being the community’s fire chief, is an emergency medical technician with the ambulance service. A benefit meal wouldn’t be a benefit meal without food, and many individuals, organizations, and groups donated the victuals that made Sunday’s event a success. According to Bryant, the Revloc Volunteer Fire Department donated all the meatballs, and the Vintondale Fire Company provided the rolls. Anthony Previte’s Shop ’n Save also donated food and gave discounts on the purchase of pasta and sauce. Keeping up with the demand for spaghetti sauce was a challenge during the six-hour meal. As the locals exhausted their supply, they tapped into the sauce reservoir brought by the Excelsior Fire Department of Bellwood. When that supply ran dry, the volunteers from Jackson Township donated sauce, which also was soon used up, necessitating a visit to Shop ’n Save to purchase the pasta sauce stock on the store’s shelves. That’s a lot of sauce! Bryant added that the desserts for the meal were donated by members of the community and by the Cresson Volunteer Fire Department. It goes without saying — and nearly without writing — that many, many people were involved in providing the food enjoyed by benefit attendees. “We would like to thank the support from everyone involved,� said Greene.

LaMantia extended the thanks to members of the fire companies who not only made donations and offered assistance, but also attended the benefit. “I would like to thank all of our local fire departments who showed a tremendous amount of support with donations, and the many offers for assistance,� he said. “I would also like to say a special thank you to the Excelsior Fire Department of Bellwood who prepared food during the event.� The volunteers from Bellwood showed up Sunday morning and promptly assumed many of the kitchen duties. Members of the Gallitzin Fire Company also helped out. “Not only did Excelsior come up to help out with the event,� said Greene, “but they brought their own supplies to help cook.� “This wasn’t their first time with an event this large,� he continued. “They are accustomed to serving large quantities of food in a short time — they were a great help.� Greene, like LaMantia, acknowledged the support of other fire companies and firstresponders. “The show of support from our neighboring departments was outstanding,� he said. “It was a true example of the brotherhood of the fire service.� Among those he mentioned are the following: Blacklick Valley Foundation and Ambulance Service, Ebensburg Area EMS, Jackson Township EMS, West End EMS, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company, Revloc Volunteer Fire Department, Dauntless Fire Company, Colver Volunteer Fire

Company, Nicktown Volunteer Fire Company, Vintondale Fire Company, Cresson Volunteer Fire Company, Carrolltown Fire Engine Company, Hope Fire Company, Spangler Fire Company, Patton Volunteer Fire Company, Ashville Fire Department, Gallitzin Fire Company, Portage Fire Company, Lilly Community Volunteer Fire Company, East Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Company, Conemaugh Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin Fire Company, Riverside Volunteer Fire Company, Summerhill Fire Department, Richland Township Fire Department, and Johnstown Fire Department. Greene estimated that 90 percent of the fire companies from Cambria County supported the benefit in one way or another. He added that firefighters from outside the county — from Armagh, East Wheatfield Township, Indiana, and Creekside, to name but four — also attended the event. LaMantia summed up his feelings and thoughts about the collective effort made on his behalf: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way, through donations, basket donations, attending the event, and all of the thoughts and prayers. It means more to me than anyone will ever know, and my family and I are truly humbled and forever grateful to everyone. It’s been really inspiring to see a brotherhood and a community come together.� 0*/  0% #0'(2

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Open forum to address closing of SCI Cresson set for tonight

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By Justin Eger

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Though it has been just a little over three weeks since news broke that the State Correctional Institution at Cresson would be closed on or before June 30 of this year, it seems as if there has been a great deal that

has occurred in these weeks. Prison employees have already been tasked with deciding where they want to go, while prisoners have already been moved from the Cresson facility to other locations around the state. Hearings on the matter have been held in Harrisburg, spurred by the suddenness of the announce-

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“We’ve taken some criticism for how long it has taken to get this set up,” said State Representative Gary Haluska of tonight’s meeting at the Cresson Fire Hall. “But this really is just as soon as we could get it together, to line up Senator [John] Wozniak’s schedule with mine and get up to Cresson.”

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Commissioner pens letter to Corbett By Ian Wissinger

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Tonight, Pennsylvania State Representative Gary Haluska, joined by other lawmakers, will host an event at the Cresson Fire Hall regarding an inescapable issue that has been weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of not only SCI Cresson employees, but local business owners, families and elected officials as well. With the closing of that particular correctional facility, announced by the state Department of Corrections earlier this month and tagged with a June 30 deadline, officials such as Haluska and State Senator John Wozniak have voiced their intent to reach out to Harrisburg with the intent of somehow altering the proposed timetable, or easing the transition for the soon-to-be affected area. Meanwhile, on the county level, while President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder and his counterpart Mark Wissinger have acknowledged the impending challenges associated with SCI Cresson’s closing, Commissioner Tom Chernisky has taken the concern a step higher, directly issuing a letter to Governor Tom Corbett. Chernisky’s missive, which was also sent electronically, begins by describing the economic conditions of the Cresson area, and much of Cambria County at large, beginning with the loss of the coal mining industry in the 1980s. “A whole generation of former miners retrained themselves as prison guards and helped salvage what remained of the region’s economy,� Chernisky wrote. “Never did those hardworking men dream they’d see those prison jobs pulled out from under them overnight, in a move as traumatic as any mine closing ever was.� He went on to describe the resulting scenario as a living “nightmare� for some employees and county residents. While addressing the state’s budgetary pressures, no different from what the county faces on a daily basis, Chernisky called the decision to close SCI Cresson as “a classic case of stepping over dollars to pick up quarters,� or abandoning a facility in which it has already invested so many taxpayer dollars, and essentially abandoning an area that will suffer inevitable economic woes, woes that ripple out and hurt the Commonwealth at large. “And to be sending the jobs to the county in the state that already has the lowest unemployment rate only adds insult to our very grave injury,� Chernisky wrote, referencing Centre County, which houses the newly completed SCI Benner and which recorded an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent as of November of last year. Even if Corbett does not heed Chernisky’s advice, the commissioner asked the governor to at least consider two alternative steps for the prison. First, Chernisky proposed that the deadline be extended by an additional year, facilitating a gradual, or phased shutdown of SCI Cresson. Second, the commissioner recommended that this additional time could be used to “find a way to keep the still-valuable building open for an alternative use,� such as a geriatric prison. Chernisky cited this particular example because geriatric inmates have proven low-risk to society. “My primary concern in here is for the people involved, this county and this Commonwealth’s greatest natural resource,� Chernisky wrote to Corbett. “I know that your office said they can bid on jobs at the State College facility or at any other in western Pennsylvania. But the reality is up to half of the employees are going to lose their


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jobs, and they never saw it coming. If you postpone that date by a year, then the employees and their families can have a little time to prepare and try to find new employment.� In the second half of the letter, the commissioner expanded on the local business impact of SCI Cresson’s demise. Chernisky cited vendors, restaurants and retailers in the Cresson area as additional victims, individuals who rely on business from the prison and its employees for their livelihood. With an additional year to prepare, Chernisky argued that these same business owners could formulate a plan to make up for the impending loss of revenue. Chernisky reminded Corbett that SCI Cresson is still a highly efficient facility despite its age, having seen electrical system upgrades, housing additions, improvements to infrastructure and communications, and the construction of relatively new buildings such as a dining hall and drug and alcohol unit. “Some employees have mentioned that it could be used as a specialized group facility and certainly this should be considered,� Chernisky pointed out. Copies of the letter have been forwarded onto the offices of Haluska, Wozniak, State Representatives Bryan Barbin and Frank Burns, the Greater Johnstown Regional Partnership, the Cambria County

Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance. Chernisky, who expects to attend tonight’s meeting at Cresson Fire Hall, scheduled for 6:30 p.m, said he would also share the letter with other interested parties. The commissioners’ office can be reached at (814) 472-1604. Corbett’s office has yet to respond to Chernisky.




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Ebensburg Borough Council: Winter parking fines to increase

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By Ian Wissinger

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Even though Ebensburg Boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter parking ordinance has been in effect since Nov. 1, frequent violations and repeat offenders have prompted borough council, at the recommendation of its police department, to increase the fines associated with disobedience of this law. The ordinance applies to a majority of the boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down-

town streets. Up until 5 p.m. during any given week, street parking is permitted on one side. From 5 p.m. until the early morning hours, parking is still allowed, albeit on the opposite side. The areas in which the ordinance applies are clearly marked with signage. On the evening of Monday, Jan. 28, Ebensburg Borough Police Chief Terry Wyland said that he had issued 108 citations for the previous month, somewhat of an indication that residents had not taken the


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ordinance seriously, or had continued to violate the law for the sake of convenience, even if it meant incurring a fine of $5 each time. After discussing this matter with Ebensburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s street committee, Wyland suggested upping penalties for breaking the street parking law, from $5 to $15. Likewise, where failure to pay oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking citation within the prescribed seven-day window originally caused fees to jump to $15, the chief asked that this late penalty also be increased, to $35. Taking the conversation a step further, council entertained the idea of boosting meter violation fees as well. Presently, the cost for motorists who leave their vehicles unattended in a metered parking spot beyond the time limit is a miniscule $3. After seven days, this fee jumps to $15. With councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval, the new, adjusted penalties would be $5 and $15, respectively. Ordinance 604, as offered by the street committee, encapsulates both of the aforementioned ideas into a single law. Before a motion could be made to pass it, however, Council President Doug Tusing offered a few observations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personally, I think tripling the winter parking fine is a bit much,â&#x20AC;? he noted. Tusing also said that he agreed with the general principal of increasing penalties to further deter errant motorists. In reply, Wyland told Tusing and council that he had conducted a study in which he examined what neighboring county seats had elected to charge for similar offenses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In most county seats, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at anywhere from $15 to $20,â&#x20AC;? the chief pointed out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Hollidaysburg, there is no winter parking. You only have 24 hours to move your car, or they have it towed, and you end up having to pay $300.â&#x20AC;? When it came time to cast a vote in favor of or against Ordinance 604, at least one â&#x20AC;&#x153;nayâ&#x20AC;? could be heard among the members of council. To clarify the matter, a second, roll-call vote was conducted. Councilors Deb Nesbella, Susan Barber, Cecelia Houser, Terry Illig and Dave Kuhar voiced their support of Ordinance 604, which Tusing distinguished himself by again voting â&#x20AC;&#x153;no.â&#x20AC;? The newly passed law will be advertised for public inspection in the coming month, and placed on

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Ebensburg Boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s February agenda for final consideration. In the meantime, Chief Wyland and council want to remind residents to get into a habit of adher-

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Business Alliance seeks new website to increase membership

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By Ian Wissinger

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The Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance has decided to move forward, and its first objective of the year involves a complete retooling of its website. On Thursday, Jan. 24, about a dozen members of the nonprofit organization met at Xtreme Physical Fitness in Northern Cambria to discuss future events and innovations, and to focus on how to increase membership and relevance in an especially trying economic time. A mention of the impending shutdown of SCI Cresson prompted Vice President Ernie Sekerak to urge business owners to â&#x20AC;&#x153;come together,â&#x20AC;? with Fran Filkins adding that complacency among owners would likely yield unfavorable results. Presently, the NCABA has received 59 membership dues for 2013. Typically, the organization welcomes about 100 members each year, though it fell short of this goal in 2012. President Chuck Contres observed that in the past, many businesses have sought participation in the NCABA as a means of self-advancement, but this does not fit in entirely with the allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy. According to its mission statement, NCABA members should be â&#x20AC;&#x153;committed to the economic and social welfare of the [local] community,â&#x20AC;? and to â&#x20AC;&#x153;promoting and providing strong educational opportunities and community development programs to increase the economic vitality of the region.â&#x20AC;? Filkins added that the allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive committee had met a week prior to discuss the future of the NCABAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Previously, the alliance had been hosted by a private webmaster, the same individual who had created a web address for Northern Cambria Borough. This individual recently announced that she would be stepping down due to strain from other commitments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She really helped us along in our first 10 years,â&#x20AC;? Filkins noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown and need to move on.â&#x20AC;? Filkins stressed the importance of maintaining a professional, up-to-date website that provides

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a platform for advertising and information sharing for its members. She said that the NCABA has been in talks with Precision Business Solutions, an NCABA member, about the possibility of creating a new incarnation of the website, a measure that had met with approval on behalf of the executive committee, and that presently passed with a unanimous vote by meeting attendees. Under the Vinewire application offered by PBS, the alliance would be able to create a sixpage site and have complete creative control over its design and operation, Filkins explained. Though startup fees would cost slightly over $2,600, Filkins said subsequent yearly fees would amount to no more than $600. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would have more freedom, a better product â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well worth it, and something our members deserve,â&#x20AC;? she said. Features would include an â&#x20AC;&#x153;About the Allianceâ&#x20AC;? page, a member directory, an online FAQ and questionnaire and an events page with downloadable registration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would be able to update the site every five minutes, if we needed to,â&#x20AC;? Filkins pointed out. Individual businesses could elect to advertise through the website,

a concept that paid off the former websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upkeep. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This would increase our membership, having a more professional look,â&#x20AC;? Filkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plus with tech support, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a phone call away,â&#x20AC;? observed Sekerak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could get problems fixed the same day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, what we have now is nothing, and that deters [prospective members],â&#x20AC;? Jeff Lantzy said. Lantzy, like other members, agreed that startup costs associated with the website were worth the potential benefits. Moving on, the organization discussed its full calendar of events for 2013, a much more eventful list than had originally been proposed. The NCABAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest fundraiser, the Big Kahuna Golf Tournament, is set for Wednesday, July 3 at the Cambrian Hills Golf Course in Hastings. Last year, the NCABA raised $4,000 from this one-day outing, through which it was able to provide a scholarship for a local graduating high school senior. This year, the alliance needs volunteers to help prepare, but still anticipates a rousing success. An additional springsummer mixer may be planned for the Ebensburg Country Club,

Filkins said. Also, the NCABA will reprise its Wine Tasting event, fresh off results from its inaugural attempt. This event will be held at the Hope Fire Hall on Nov. 23, and will feature four wineries, live music and even a fortune teller, according to Filkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought it would be something neat, something different,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People can drink wine and have their palms read.â&#x20AC;? Another collaboration with the Hope Fire Department, a Duck Race, will coincide with the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car show on July 7. Funds raised from the Duck Race will go toward the local American Youth Soccer Organization chapter, which plans to install a playing field in

the Bakerton area. Though no dates have been announced, the NCABA is pursuing both a career fair and caregiver fair, though these events will likely be scaled down or reformatted to better suit businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. The alliance will also host Cambria County grant writer John Dubnansky for a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Prepare for a Grant.â&#x20AC;? Finally, the alliance pointed out events at which it will participate in the near future, including an assembly concerning SCI Cresson, hosted by State Representative Gary Haluska, on Thursday, Jan. 31; a seminar on small games of chance, also hosted by Haluska, at the Cresson Fire Hall on Feb. 7; and a Career Day at Northern Cambria Catholic School on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

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Mainline area Post Offices will have window hours reduced By Sean Wechtenhiser for Mainline Newspapers

In mid-December many local residents received letters discussing potential changes to window hours at their local post office. Residents were given a survey to complete, asking them to choose what they felt was their favored option for changes to window hours at the post office. On Jan. 24, a meeting was held at the South Fork Senior Center to discuss the result of the survey from South Fork residents, possible options for window hours at the South Fork Post Office, and to allow residents to give input into this process. Curtis Williams, Manager of Post Office Operations for the United States Postal Service, met with approximately 20 residents. Williams began the meeting by discussing the reasons that the USPS is looking at making changes. He stated that the USPS is not federally subsidized, and does not receive money from the government. The Post Office is funded strictly by the sale of stamps and money taken in through mail and package delivery. He cited the increase in email, electronic bill paying, and other electronic messaging options, along with the economic downturn as reasons that there is not as much mail. According to Williams $40 billion in mailing transactions have been lost over the last few years. He told the residents that the USPS has been monitoring the decline, and has been looking for ways to reduce costs. They have restructured their organization in Washington, D.C. Administration salaries have also been frozen. Through their review they have learned that their network is too large. Williams stated that there are too many post offices and mail processing facilities. The Post Office is looking to streamline. They have reduced their mail processing centers from three to one. They are also looking at ways to save on transportation costs. Williams stated that transportation costs increase by one million dollars when gas goes up one cent. Overall, he said that the USPS is currently losing $25 million per day, and lost $15 billion last year. One year ago the USPS looked at closing post offices that were open for two hours a day or less. However, residents in those areas did not want to lose their post offices. Williams also stated that the closures were not approved during congressional oversight. This led to the USPS to look at other options. Williams stated that all post offices nationwide were studied, looking at mail volume, window sales, and other data. Through this review, the POST plan was created. Under this plan, some post offices were identified for reduction in window hours. Post offices identified for reduction in hours were designated as two hour, four hour, or six hour window operations. South Fork was designated for six hours of window operations, down from the current eight hours it is now open. Residents will still have the same access to their boxes in the lobby. Mailbox drop hours will also remain the same. The only change will be the hours the window will be open. Williams said that the USPS is looking to stagger hours for post offices in nearby towns. Williams then reviewed the information from the surveys, and discussed the possible hours that the window will be open. Williams told the residents in attendance that 1,238 surveys were mailed out to residents. There were 440 surveys returned. Residents were asked to

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choose from one of four options on the survey - Realignment of Hours (from eight hours to six hours), Delivery Option (no window hours, but mail delivery would continue), Village Post Office Option (a local business, library, local government building would take over post office operations), or Nearby Post Office Option (the window at the South Fork Post Office would close, so residents would have to do window business at a nearby post office). The survey results showed that 398 people (90 percent) selected Realignment of Hours, 14 people (three percent) selected the Delivery Option, no one chose the Village Post Office Option, six people (one percent) selected the Nearby Post Office Option, and 22 people (five percent) made no selection. Williams said that those 22 people may have written in something like â&#x20AC;&#x153;keep the hours the same,â&#x20AC;? or something else, but people were limited to one of the four selections. Williams asked if anyone in attendance was interested in hosting a Village Post Office at their business or location. No one responded to this question. Based on the results of the survey, and also of the review by the USPS, Williams told those in attendance that it looks like the South Fork Post Office will have window service for six hours per day. The likely hours the window will be open are

from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The window would be closed daily from noon to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. Saturday hours will not be affected. The hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Williams said that the next step in the process will be for the USPS to review the information from the public meetings. He said that a letter will be posted in the post office one week from the date of the meeting telling what the definite number of hours the post office will be open. Another letter will be sent at a later date detailing the exact hours the window will be open, and the implementation date for the hours. According to Williams, the USPS would like the new window hours to be implemented nationwide by September 2014. One resident asked if other post offices will be affected. Williams said that bigger post offices, such as Ebensburg and Johnstown, with larger mail and window volume, have eight hours of window work per day, and will not be reduced. Williams said he did not have specifics on other local post offices. According to the USPS web site, local post offices that will have their window hours reduced from eight hours per day to six hours per day include: Beaverdale, Lilly, St. Michael, Salix, Sidman, Summerhill, and Gallitzin. Reduction in window hours from

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eight hours per day to four hours per day will affect: Dunlo, Mineral Point, Revloc, Twin Rocks, and Wilmore post offices. Cassandra Post Office will see a reduction from eight hours per day to two hours per day for window service. Public meetings for these communities have been held, or will be held in the next week. Another resident asked if the hours were set. Williams said that they are looking at possibly tweaking the hours. It is possible the window could open at 8:30 a.m., if the mail can make it to the South Fork Post Office by then. Williams also said that the USPS is looking at coordinating hours for neighboring post offices, with some being open a little earlier or a little later. When asked by a resident if the hours could be staggered so that the window could be open later into the evening one night per week, Williams told the resident that doing that would create additional transportation costs, and would not be cost effective. Williams stressed that the USPS is not looking at closing any post offices, as was discussed last year. He also stressed that they are researching and gathering data so they can make informed decisions about local post offices. A question was asked about the status of the current employees at the South Fork Post Office, and what will happen to them. He told

those in attendance that the USPS has a no lay-off policy, so if any positions are cut at a post office that the employee is put in a similar position at another post office. Williams said that someone will be losing two hours per day, due to the reduction in window hours. However, he did say that the current plan is for the four employees in South Fork to stay at the South Fork Post Office. There are no plans in the near future to move anyone. Williams talked about Postmasters as well. He said that the move is to have part-time Postmasters, and also talked about regional Postmasters. This will also be a savings for the Post Office as well. A resident asked if there would be another meeting once the definite window hours are decided. Williams told the resident that once the hours are decided the decision will be final. There will not be any further public meetings to discuss the hours. Once all questions were answered, Williams closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their comments. He again told everyone that a letter will be posted in the Post Office in one week telling how many hours the window will be open, and that another letter will be sent later detailing the window hours and date they will take effect.

Township: Stop dumping snow on roads Supervisors stress safety, threaten fines By Ian Wissinger

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The Cambria Township Board of Supervisors want to remind residents that the act of moving or dumping debris onto a township road carries with it a summary offense. Vice Chairman Tim Bracken, who filled in for Chairman Robert Shook at the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monday, Jan. 28 meeting, emphasized this message, noting that he and other supervisors had received a number of calls in the past few weeks, pertaining to the deposit of snow, dirt and slush on township roads â&#x20AC;&#x201C; debris that had been moved from private driveways by homeowners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone out to plow these roads,â&#x20AC;? Bracken recalled of one particular day, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and when we came back through,â&#x20AC;? some residents had already used snowblowers and similar means to clutter the roadways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our concern here is safety,â&#x20AC;? the vice chairman said, to which Supervisor Dave Hoover pointed out the townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liability in the instance of a vehicular or other accident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anybody getting hurt,â&#x20AC;? Bracken summarized. Upon receiving the above mentioned complaints, the board originally sought to establish an ordinance that would punish anybody who continued to dump debris on township roadways in this fashion. Bracken said he had located a sample ordinance as offered by the state. However, a closer look into the matter uncovered an existing law, published by the township in 1990, that sets restrictions and penalties in regards to â&#x20AC;&#x153;public road obstructions.â&#x20AC;? In the document, enacted by Shook and former supervisors Fred Sauger and John Makosy, the township outlines that no â&#x20AC;&#x153;deposits / obstructions of trees or parts thereof, snow, ice, slush, dirt, mud or any other debrisâ&#x20AC;? may be moved onto any public road, street, highway or alley. Any person in violation of the ordinance is subject to a $25 fine. In the sample law referenced by Bracken, the penalty associated with said offense is instead $50. The board presently said that it would likely seek to increase its

own fee to fit this standard; however, with Solicitor Dennis Govachini absent from the meeting, the board will have to wait at least two weeks to advertise an amended ordinance. In other news, Bracken and Hoover signed and forwarded a promulgation that enacts an Emergency Operations Plan as developed by the county Department of Emergency Services. The board also acknowledged that it had received a letter from Martin Oil Company, regarding a spill prevention and response plan for its Ebensburg Bulk Plant on Admiral Peary Highway. Township Secretary Norma Cicero noted that Martin Oil has submitted this notice on an annual basis. While the board approved a subdivision plan under recommendation of the Cambria Township Planning Commission, the supervisors also rejected a construction proposal. The individual who submitted the proposal, according to Township Engineer Keith Vasas, still has to â&#x20AC;&#x153;go through the proper channelsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that is, the planning commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and gain permits in accordance with the municipalityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stormwater management and land development ordinances.

Finally, the supervisors approved the Cambria Township Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report for the month of December 2012, and moved to pass Ordinances 214 and 215. The former law seeks to repeal Cambria Townshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in the Cambria County Sanitation Committee. The latter eliminates exemptions from real property taxes for new construction (via the LERTA program). Each of these matters had been addressed during prior meetings.

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will have. In turn, those comments can be forwarded on to the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office via political channels and, Haluska hopes, the media. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the chance to explain what is happening,â&#x20AC;? the representative explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To put everything out there and get all that documented.â&#x20AC;? Like many who are now feeling the looming impact of the prisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing, Haluska was not short on words with regards to how the matter has been handled, both personally and with regards to his constituents. He described the matter as â&#x20AC;&#x153;aggravatingâ&#x20AC;? to elected officials like himself, who were bypassed completely as the decision to close this prison, and its sister facility in Greensburg. Add to that the fact that the DOC announced last week that this decision was underway as much as eight months ago, and Haluskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ire could only grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have the audacity to just pull the plug and not sit down with the people who represent those who will be impacted the most?â&#x20AC;? Haluska questioned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just pushed us aside and made this decision without taking into account any of the hardships that this will inflict on the prison employees, or their families, or the communities where these prisons are situated.â&#x20AC;? Further thoughts Haluska addressed included the million in tax dollars spent to upgrade SCI Cresson over the last few years. Fire alarms, elevators, boilers, computer networks, and more have all been upgraded or outright replaced recently, all to the tune of approximately $60 million. With rumors that the facility will just be mothballed and set aside as surplus property following the closing, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a

lot of money to just be ignored, enough to make Haluska and his compatriots wonder about the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you just walk away from all that money that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve invested? And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more money that the state is going to have to pay out to fulfill contracts that the DOC agreed to with these communities and businesses,â&#x20AC;? Haluska pointed out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the governor pushing through this privatization of the lottery, and trying to privatize the liquor stores, are the prisons next? Will he close Cresson and, in a year or two, open it back up under a private contractor? It worries me a lot that this could just be the tip of the iceberg, that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got something up his sleeve and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeing the big picture here.â&#x20AC;? All that and more will likely be discussed during tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Cresson Fire Hall. While many people will be given the opportunity to speak, Haluska asked that organizations who wish to present information nominate a singular spokesman to offer comment on behalf of the group, whether it is a municipality or coalition of businesses. Haluska noted that he had also declined to meet privately with Cresson Borough Council, as had been previously requested, with the representative citing the need to have all of the information available publicly. Still, he has little hope that whatever is presented tonight will be little more than an airing of grievances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impact the closing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already been decided,â&#x20AC;? Haluska admitted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it will help us show that the governor is not being a good custodian of the taxpayerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money or their welfare.â&#x20AC;?



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Raising money for others has become an annual tradition for members of the Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club Recreation and Rescue. Since 2009, the club has raised approximately $6,600 and distributed that money to various people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a variety of needs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the community. This year, club members are soliciting donations and prizes to support their fundraising efforts on behalf of two-and-a-half-year-old Graison Daughenbaugh, whose mom passed away last year. The culmination of the fundraising effort will be a club-sponsored poker run that will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Ridge Runnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clubhouse, located at Mitchell Park in Vinco. All monies collected before and during the event will go toward Graisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s care. The poker run will be held rain or shine, with or without snow. If the

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Forest Hills Senior Center Customer asks for clarification of bill welcomes new director

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Dayton looks forward to expanding programs

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Those who frequent the Forest Hills Senior Center have encountered a new face recently, with new director Kristen Dayton taking the helm. In a phone interview, Dayton discussed her excitement in taking over the position and briefly detailed her plans to expand offerings at the center, as well as her hope to improve daily attendance. Dayton is a native of Geistown, where she still resides. After graduating from Johnstown High School, she attended Penn Highlands Community College, from where she received an associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in human services. Before coming to the Forest Hills Senior Center, Dayton worked as the assistant director at the East Hills Senior Center. Upon the retirement of former director Debbie Porborsky, Dayton was promoted to director at the Forest Hills center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My first day was Jan. 2, so





Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here just a little under a month,â&#x20AC;? Dayton said. When asked about her impression of the Forest Hills center so far, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it. The people are amazing! So friendly and so welcoming. They make any trials that we might encounter worth it!â&#x20AC;? Dayton added. Many of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular and beloved activities will remain unchanged, said Dayton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They love their bingo. That wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change,â&#x20AC;? she explained of many of the seniors favorite activity. However, Dayton does already have several new activities set up for the near future. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the senior center will hold a canvas painting class, which Dayton said will go over the basics and is great for people of any experience and skill level. Also planned is a lottery ticket bingo for Wednesday, Feb. 13. Dayton described a typical week at the Forest Hills Senior Center, listing an array of activities sure to appeal to a widerange of interests. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the center prepares and delivers meals to homebound people in the community in the morning. After eating lunch themselves, bingo follows in the afternoons. On Tuesdays, seniors take a shopping trip. Dayton said their destination rotates between places like Stagerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store, Aldiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the Market Basket, and similar places. On Thursdays, afternoons are spent playing cards. Activities on Friday afternoons vary between playing board games and taking trips to Dollar General. Dayton also noted that Camtran provides transportation for seniors throughout the week. SEE DIRECTOR, PAGE 15




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A customer addressed the board of the Jackson Water Authority at its Jan. 22 meeting, asking for clarification about his bill. With a cordial manner and a calm voice, he questioned two $25 fees that appeared on his bill after heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d made payment on that bill. He was told that the $25 fee is the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard fee for posting a notice on a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property when his or her balance is overdue by 60 or more days. Board members assured the customer that charging the fee was part of the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standard operating procedure and was in accordance with its rules and regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our standard fee,â&#x20AC;? said board member John Wallet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not being singled out.â&#x20AC;? The board noted that properties are posted every month, and during his report, foreman Karl Smith confirmed this by telling the board that 40 postings had been made during December â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 32 for the water authority bills and eight for Jackson-East Taylor Water Authority bills. The customer pointed out that a second $25 fee had been added to his next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill after heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d

paid more than one-half of the previous bill. Office manager Debra Buksa explained that posting a property and adding the fee resulting from that posting are based on how many days overdue all or part of an account is. So even though the customer paid more than half of his accountâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balance during the previous month, when the next billing cycle ended and the bill sent out, his accountâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balance still contained an amount that was 60 days or more overdue. Thus, his home was posted, and a second posting fee was added to his bill. The postings and fees will continue until the account is current. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You used water and owe money for that water,â&#x20AC;? said chairman Walter Ditchcreek. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not denying that I used the water,â&#x20AC;? said the customer, adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;charging me $25 isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t helping me much.â&#x20AC;? After acknowledging his situation, Wallet concluded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best thing you can do for yourself is to get the bill current.â&#x20AC;? Complicating the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation is his claim that he never received at least one bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a problem with the mail at the trailer park,â&#x20AC;? said Buksa, referring to Leisure Village Trailer Park, where the customer resides.

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IRS simplifies home-office deduction for 2013 tax returns By Kathleen Pender

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The Internal Revenue Service has just announced a simplified way to take the home-office deduction. Instead of filling out a 43-line form (8829), people will have the option of deducting $5 per square foot for up to 300 square feet of office space, or $1,500. The new deduction canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be taken on 2012 tax returns. It starts with 2013 tax returns, which most people will file in 2014. Taxpayers will still have the option of taking the deduction on Form 8829, if that provides a bigger tax saving and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind the extra paperwork. The National Association for the Self-Employed, which has been lobbying for a simplified home-office deduction for 10 years, hailed the new development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is as good an option for a standard (home office) deduction as we possibly could have hoped for,â&#x20AC;? says Keith Hall, the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national

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For lovers of snow and snow sports â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and assurances have been made that lovers of both inhabit the region â&#x20AC;&#x201D; last winter and most of this winter have challenged their belief in Boreas, the Greek god of the frigid north wind and the bringer of winter. Last winter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of the mildest in recent memory â&#x20AC;&#x201D; few bitter winds blew into the area and little snow was delivered. This winter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least until the Christmas season descended â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seemed as though it might just be a repeat of its immediate predecessor. Fortunately for fans of Borean snow and winds, the past six weeks or so have seen enough snow fall and accumulate to encourage local skiers, snowboarders, and tubers to hit the hills and slopes in the area. One destination that should be on the minds of sledders and tubers of all ages is the Nanty Glo Park and Pool, where Jay Evans and Frank Kaschalk have fashioned a sledding run of more than 1,200 feet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a bank of snow that serves as a starting â&#x20AC;&#x153;gateâ&#x20AC;? and enables sledders to get a nice start and to gather momentum for the journey that lies ahead. Actually, â&#x20AC;&#x153;sledding runâ&#x20AC;? might be a bit of a misnomer, since, for some readers, sleds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as the Flexible Flyer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; run on metal runners. The parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run is meant for the modern version of the sled, round saucers or rectangular toboggan-



eligible back among the top 10 who is not yet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is his third year as a finalist; the next vote takes place Feb. 2 in New Orleans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sixth-best running back in the NFL should be in the Hall of Fame,â&#x20AC;? said Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, who helped draft Barry Sanders when he worked for the Detroit Lions. Added former teammate Hines Ward, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what more anyone can ask of a running back, especially his size. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know any running back as big as he is and to be sixth all-time speaks volumes for JB.â&#x20AC;?, a respected website that often takes alternative looks at statistics, ranks Bettis as the best big back in NFL history. It uses 240 pounds as the cutoff for describing a big back (Bettis weighed between 250 and 265 during his career). No back had half as many yards among the top 10 as Bettis. The website lists Jamal Lewis as No. 2. He rushed for 6,669 yards. To show how few there have been in the NFL, former Steelers back Bam Morris is No. 10. What made Bettis different? Many attributes, including his Fred Astaire feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a big guy, he had unique feet,â&#x20AC;? Colbert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had the feet of a 5-10, 180-pound guy. He had tremendous feet for his size. And obviously, his ability, his toughness, his willpower.â&#x20AC;? Why so few big backs? They either wear down because they are such big targets and easily hit, or they succumb to injuries for that reason and because their weight eventually crushes their joints. Bettis endured even though in his prime years, he never played for a quarterback who will join him in the Hall of Fame. Not even close. There was no quarterback to take the pressure off him, to push that safety back out of the box, not until Ben Roethlisberger in Bettisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; final two seasons with the Steelers, 2004-05. Here were the quarterbacks who mostly started when Bettis played for the Rams -- Jim Everett and Chris Miller --

like sleds made of plastic and having slick bottoms. In Kaschalkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion, one of the best sleds on which to ride the run was cut from a blue plastic barrel. Necessity, as the saying goes, is the mother of invention. Last Sunday, a group of sledders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; parents and kids alike â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spent part of the chilly, albeit sunny, afternoon making multiple trips down the run, followed by slower walks back to the sculpted mound of snow that served as their starting point. Kaschalk and Evans had earlier repaired and reshaped the mound after folks unknown had ruined the starting slope. Their efforts were appreciated as sledders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; dressed in colorful winter garb and wearing bright hats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; laughed and shouted and cajoled one anther before each run. When sledders needed a break to warm themselves, they walked up the road a piece to stand near the fire that Evans had built. The run is open and available to area sledding enthusiasts at no charge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as long as there is sufficient snow on the ground and on the run itself. It is located on the left-hand side of the road as one approaches the reservoir. There is ample parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the area was nicely plowed on Sunday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; near the dam, and the run is but a short walk from the car. Kaschalk and Evans pointed out that they plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; again, with Boreasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cooperation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to schedule sleigh rides in the park, as they did two winters ago.

and the Steelers -- Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox before Roethlisbergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rookie season in 2004. They did not go to the empty set on third-and-2 in those days, they went to the Bus, and everyone knew it was coming. Same on the goal line. It likely led to his career average of 3.9 yards per carry. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to average 4.0 when you get the ball so many times at the opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1 or 2. Yet, had he gained just 81 more yards rushing, his average would stand at 4.0. A back like Bettis would be a godsend to the Steelers these days when their â&#x20AC;&#x153;franchiseâ&#x20AC;? back missed most of his rookie season with an injury and much of his fifth with two injuries. In his first eight seasons, Bettis missed three games. The most he missed in 13 seasons were five in 2001. In his 11th season, he played in all 16. In his 12th, he played in 15, rushing for 941 yards and 13 touchdowns even though Steelers coaches decided to open the season with Duce Staley as their starter until he was hurt midway through it. Bettis made the Pro Bowl that year, doing so in his rookie season and in his 12th. However, there was more to Bettis than stats. He played hurt when others would not have. There also was no better leader of the Steelers. There has not been one player in 30 years that prompted the kind of public sobbing as did Ward after the Steelers lost the 2004 AFC championship because he thought it was the last game for Bettis. But Bettis returned in 2005 -- taking his second deep pay cut to do so -- and inspired his team to win a Super Bowl in Detroit, Bettisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hometown. When the Steelers were introduced before that game in Ford Field as a team, linebacker Joey Porter held everyone else back to allow Bettis, unbeknownst to him, to run onto the field by himself. It remains one of the more emotional moments in franchise history. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a Jerome Bettis all the time. In fact, he was one of a kind. (Contact Ed Bouchette at

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Jackson senior center to offer ‘55 Alive’ safe driver’s classes

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

By Jim Lauffer

of Mainline Newspapers

The Jackson Township Senior Center, Vinco, will sponsor and host an AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Program on Thursday, May 16. The one-day course will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. The class is open to area seniors — not only to members of the Jackson center — age 55 or older who have completed an AARP mature-driving course during the past three years and have in hand a certificate of completion for that course. The tentative cost of the course — which will be taught by AARP

AARP course offers discount on insurance

instructor Steve Phillips — is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Seniors who are customers of Somerset Trust Company receive a bonus for their patronage — the bank will pay the cost of taking the class. A senior who completes the 55 Alive course every three years is generally eligible for a discount on his or her auto insurance; however, seniors are encouraged to check with their insurance companies to confirm that their premiums will indeed be reduced. In addition, senior spouses who both

drive should ask their insurance providers whether both the husband and wife must complete the course in order to receive a reduction in their insurance costs. In addition to potential savings on insurance premiums, benefits of the course include learning defensive driving techniques, rules of the road, and new driving laws. Seniors who attend the class will also learn how to adjust their driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time and to address such challenges as determining how medications

may affect driving and how to assess their own (and others’) driving abilities. According to center director Frank Singel, the two-day AARP 55 Alive class will be scheduled if community seniors show enough interest. This course is for seniors who have never taken the initial, two-day AARP mature-driving class, for seniors who completed this class more than three years ago, and for seniors who no longer have a certificate of completion confirming that they took the class within the last three

years. This two-day class is a prerequisite for the one-day class being offered in May. Seniors who would like more information about the AARP’s 55 Alive Class or would like to register for the one-day class on May 16 are asked to call the Jackson Township Senior Center at (814) 322-3327. Seniors who are interested in taking — or need to take — the two-day mature-mature class are also asked to call the center at the same number. The senior center will maintain a signup sheet for the one-day class and a list of interested seniors for the two-day class at the center’s reception table.


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ATV SNOWPLOW SET: box, $300 814-948-9171

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BLUE KNOB: Mount Moriah Cemetary. 3 lots. $300 each. 412-335-0214 FOUR 205-70-15 New Goodyear winter tires. Mounted on Subaru rims. $325. 814-215-8580.

HOLTZ & Associates


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633 Logan Blvd., Lakemont ALTOONA , PA 16602

Flinton, Swartz Rd.: Hunting camp/summer home, 4 ac., wrap around porch, hickory kitchen, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$69,900 Emeigh, Cherry St.: Nice split level home with 3 BR, 1 BA, det. gar. . . . . . .REDUCED to $59,900 Crestwood: Fabulous all brick 2 story home w/4 BR, 4 1/2 BA. Many features! . .A bargain at $350,000 Patton: Highland Heights New Construction - 1 Story w//3 BR, 2 BA, 2 Car Integral Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$295,000 Mylo Park: Reduced below appraised value. Beautiful 3-4 BR, split level, very well maintained. Call for details. . . . . . . . .$198,500 St. Benedict, Theatre Rd. : Former School Bldg., Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$124,900 Gallitzin, Tunnelhill St.: Bi-level home w/3BR, 1.5 BA, New Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$134,900 Patton, Donnelly Ave.: Ranch home w/3 BR, 1 BA. New roof, carpet & fresh paint. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .REDUCED TO $39,900

Ashville, 106 Maple St.: 1 story home w/3BR, 2 BA, 2 car attched garage. . . .REDUCED TO $99,900 Hastings, Pine Rd.: 1 story home, 3 BR, 2 BA, 1+ car detached garage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$56,900

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ASHVILLE: 1-bedroom efficiency, 1st floor, very clean includes heat, water, sewage, garbage, snow removal, stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. No smoking/pets. $425/month. 8867116. CHERRY TREE: 2nd Floor apt. includes heat & water. $450/month. 743-6681. COLVER: 2-bedroom apt. $350/mo + security. Includes water/sewage/garbage. 748-7765. CRESSON/GALLITZIN APARTMENTS: 2 Bedroom, Appliances. $350 plus utilities. No Pets, No smoking. 886-2336, 886-4953, 934-4953. CRESSON: Front Street, 1-bedroom, living room, full kitchen, 2 entrances, porch, off-street parking, no pets, references required, $350/month. 814241-2958. CRESSON: Second floor, one bedroom furnished apartment. All utilities included. Off street parking. $550/month. 814-935-9940


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DOWNTOWN PATTON: 2/3-bedroom apt. Nicely refurbished. $675/mo. Includes water/sewage/heat. 814-696-3759.

EBENSBURG: 2nd floor, 2 bedroom apartment. $575/month includes heat, electric, water, sewer, off-street parking. No pets. No smoking. 6590371. EBENSBURG: 2nd floor, spacious 1 bedroom, includes heat, water, sewage, & garbage. No pets. 472-6334, leave name and number. EBENSBURG: One-bedroom apartment, first floor. One-bedroom loft apartment, second floor. Large twobedroom apartment, second floor. Smoke free building. No Pets. Call 472-7850. EBENSBURG: Parkview Apartments, Secured Building, Centrally located. 2-bedroom apartment. All kitchen appliances, heat, water, garbage included. Laundry facilities available. No pets Call 814-472-7798

3119 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona


Ava Bell / 674-2625 Virginia Duman / 934-7684 Mike Dunmyer / 886-4215

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EBENSBURG: Small and large 1-2 bedroom, 2-bedroom townhouse with 1.5 bath, all include heat/water/sewage/garbage, off-street parking. No pets. Storage available. $410700/month. 471-0462.



EBENSBURG:1-bedroom, suitable for 1 working adult, no pets, all utilities included. 472-8897



GALLITZIN: Single occupancy, 1bedroom. Fully furnished. All utilities included except phone. Sorry NO PETS. Call: 814-886-5305.


JOSEPH JOHNS TOWERS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Cute 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath home. Large oversized living room w/built in fish tank.

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Totally remodeled 4 BR home with a large yard. This turnkey house has 2 staircases with laminate flooring downstairs, wall to wall carpet upstairs. The kitchen has ceramic tile with stainless appliances. Must see to appreciate.

3-4 BR Cape Cod home on corner lot. Large eat-in kitchen, gas forced air heat. 1 car attached garage. $64,900.

Call Anthony J. Mignogna @ 932-1928


Great 1 story brick /vinyl home on a large lot. 3-4 BR, 1.5 baths, beautiful hardwood floors, partially finished basement featuring family room w/woodburner and a stunning brick wall. Bonus room used as a 4th BR. Swingset/play area and above ground pool all for a great price.

3 BR, stone ranch home with view of golf course. 2 car attached garage. Gas forced air heat.

Call Lori @ 207-7256



Move-in condition! 2 story, 2 BR, vinyl sided home on a 45x120 lot. Eat-in kitchen. Oil FA heat, CA & 1 car detached garage.



2 story, 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath home with 2 car garage on a 50x150 lot. 2nd flue can be used for alternative heat source. Located on dead end street.

Call Gary @ 659-1863

Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Archieâ&#x20AC;? Hamer / 207-8966 Howard Harkins / 886-5751 Janet Harris / 944-1865


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Remodeled, 2 story on nice level lot. Oak kitchen, attractive bath, new windows & laminate flooring. Oil, coal & wood heat. 12x16 shed. Lots of parking.

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Julie Keilman / 749-3170 Bev Mandichak, GRI / 886-4261 Lori McMullen / 207-7256


One story living! Spacious 3 BR, living room, eat-in kitchen, huge family room w/supplemental heat, big 2 car garage, beautiful level lot. $109,500.

Call Bev Mandichak 886-2961


Older home charm! Living room, TV room, sunroom, 2 full baths, kitchen, 3 BR, finished basement, all on big lot with 2 car garage. $77,000. Call Bev Mandichak @ 886-2961

Glendale Yearound

Great starter home with large 2 car garage. Move-in ready. With a few simple touches you can make it your dream home. 3rd floor has potential for 2 more BR. Priced to sell. Call Archie @ 207-8966

Fabulous 2001 Keystone Sprinte camper w/full covered deck, second lot for camping or parking. Gated community. Call Janet @ 944-1865 or e-mail

Great starter home, move-in condition, 2 BR with bath on the 1st floor, large eat-in kitchen, pantry, oil heat. Nice yard with gazebo & sun porch

TOO GOOD FOR WORDS! 12x13 2002 Breckenridge Park Model. All extras with full price offer. 2nd lot may be sold separately for $4,500.


Call Mona @ 687-4514 or email

Tony Mignogna / 932-1928 Gary Ondecko / 948-4132 Mona Schilling / 687-4514

Glendale Yearound

Call Janet @ 944-1865 or e-mail

Scott Strayer / 472-8313



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NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2-bedroom, 1st floor. $350/month includes heat, laundry hook-up, parking. No pets. Deposit required. 948-4353, 9777309.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: New 2-bedroom, 1st floor, water/sewage/garbage, appliances included. No smoking/pets. $425/mo. 814-312-0033. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: One Bedroom, First floor, Northern Cambria Borough. 948-9171. PORTAGE: 2-bedroom, $300/month, credit check, security deposit. 814736-3448. SCENIC VIEW!! 1&2 bedroom apartments with pet policy, first & lastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s month rent, security deposit required. Call: 814-419-9009, or 241-0701, Diane.


CRESSON: 2-Br, attached garage. No pets. References & security deposit required. $425/month+ utilities. 814-886-4829.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2-bedroom, 1-bath house. Washer, dryer, stove, & refrigerator included, no indoor pets. Call 814-979-7426. ROARING SPRING: 4 Bedroom, 2 car heated garage. No pets. 814-4198169


GALLITZIN, MOUNTAIN TOP STORAGE: Vehicles, boats, campers, motorcycles, furniture storage. 330-0150.


MARYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOME AWAY: Vacationing, working away, family/parents visiting. Alumni events, rent day/week, etc. Fully equipped. Similar to bed & breakfast. Cresson area 814-886-5504.


BEAUTIFUL RENTALS: Cresson area, 2-3 bedrooms, $575/month and up. 886-2925.

EBENSBURG: 2-BR, $700/month, plus utilities, or $66,000. Call 513-515-4025.

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GREAT STARTER OR RENTAL! 406 Devlin St., Gallitzin: Cozy 3 BR with second floor bonus room. Priced to sell!!

MAKE AN OFFER! - 101 Forest St., Gallitzin: 2 BR, 1 1/2 bath, 2 story with central air on a corner lot.




DENISE GUZIC . . . . . . . .886-2174

ARLENE DUNMYER . . . .312-4251


FOR SALE BY OWNER: Three story brick apartment building housing 7 one/bedroom apartments. Each apartment is furnished including: stove, refrigerator, table & chairs, couches, beds, dressers, pictures and many other items. The building has a fully interconnected fire alarm & sprinkler system, a secured entry, plenty of off street parking, an emergency generator, natural gas hot water boiler (zoned for each apartment), gas hot water tank, full basement. When all apartments are rented the income will be $4000/month. Asking price of $185,000 reduced to $175,000. For appointment to see, call 814-935-9940.

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LOCAL DRIVERS WANTED: Class A & B, home every night, hospitalization after 90 days, 21+ years of age, 2 years experience. Will train. Ebensburg, PA. 814-472-1007. PART-TIME OFFICE HELP, internet computer experience a plus. 814948-9171 SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER in a law office in Ebensburg. Part time. 472-7850.

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PATTON TERRACE COMMONS 673 MURRAY AVE., PATTON, PA 16668 This is an equal opportunity provider and employer. *One, Two & Three bedroom and Handicap Apartments* *DESIGNED FOR YOUR NEEDS!!!* Some income guidelines apply. Very low income households have priority. Rental assistance Available. APPLY NOW!!! OFFICE HOURS FOR TAKING APPLICATIONS Tue. thru. Thur. 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Fri: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.


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Mylo Park, Ebensburg

Reduced to sell! Only $79,900! Move-in condition, 2-3 BR, great backyard, hardwood floors, move right in! Call to see today! Portage: Rental available, 3 BR house, no pets, no smoking, lease required, 550/month plus utlities, broker owned. Cresson Lakes: 4 BR, must see to appreciate, lake front, 3 car garage with media room above. Lilly: Curran St., 3-4 BR, raised ranch, under $100,000, great deal. Lilly: Starter home, corner lot, would make a great rental home. BUILDING LOTS AND ACRES AVAILABLE! CALL FOR DETAILS!

Ebensburg Farm: Wonderful opportunity, mobile home, barn, pole building, call to get more details. Cresson: Keystone Ave., large two story, nice backyard, garage, quality home! Portage: For Rent, commercial space, high traffic area, perfect for your business. Gallitzin: Sandusky St., 2-3 BR home, huge lot, must see to appreciate. Gallitzin: Sugar St., 2 BR, garage, new kitchen, move-in condition. Gallitzin: Sugar St., Duplex, live in one half, rent the other, 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Gallitzin: Mobile home on corner lot, 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Dysart: Lovely, 4 BR, 2 acres, 2 car garage, beautiful sunporch, 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Cresson: Short Ave., 3 BR, extremely well maintained, detached garage, enclosed sunporch, 1st floor laundry, possible seller assist.


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SALES REPRESENTATIVE needed for a company located in Ebensburg area. Travel out of town to cover multi-state area required approximately half of the time. Prefer some industrial or mining sales experience. Good work conditions. EOE. Send resume to: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sales Representative,â&#x20AC;? P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931.

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SUPPORT STAFF POSITIONS: The Northern Cambria School District is currently accepting applications for the following substitutes: CUSTODIAL, SECRETARIAL, SCHOOL AIDE AND CAFETERIA WORKERS, application, along with Act 34, Act 151 and 114 Clearances, must be sent to the Office of the Superintendent, John A. Jubas, Ed.D., 601 Joseph Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714. Applications and Clearance Forms may be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent. For information call (814) 948-2604. EOE.


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THE CAMBRIA COUNTY BUILDING CODE ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, located in Carrolltown Borough in Central Cambria County is seeking applicants for the position of secretary; this position is a full-time position and includes employee health care, pension, paid time off as well as other benefits. Salary will be based upon experience and qualifications. Applicants must submit a completed preemployment application, salary requirements, resume, and cover letter to CCBCEA no later than 4:00 p.m. February 8, 2013. Items postmarked prior to February 8th, but received after that date will NOT be accepted. Candidates should have knowledge and experience with MS Office applications, QuickBooks financial accounting software and be familiar with the operation of a Building Code office. Application packets including a detailed description of the position will be available by contacting CCBCEA at 140 E. Carroll St., ph: 814-471-0424. Successful candidates may be required to successfully pass a drug and alcohol screening and may be required to submit a recent criminal history background check prior to acceptance of position. CCBCEA is an EEOC employer. THE CRESSON BOROUGH COUNCIL is accepting applications for a part-time police officer. All applicants must be Act 120 certified and have experience. If interested, please submit a resume with references along with Act 120 certificate by February 8, 2013. Applications/resumes can be dropped off at borough office or mailed to: Cresson Borough Office, 631 Second Street, Cresson, PA 16630 - Police Officer Position.


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By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

Starting off the new year barely one day after we celebrated the turning of the calendar, members of Lilly Boroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water and sewer authorities observed the passing of a new resolution that governs how both bodies deal with customers who offer bad checks as payment for services. The resolution was drafted after far too many instances of accepting checks from customers who later default, only to offer bad checks a second time, or even a third. With that in mind, solicitor Michael Emerick drafted a resolution that affirms that the authors of bad checks will be asked to pay any and all future bills in cash, by money order, or by cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check. Emerick also offered an escape clause for customers, but one that the water and sewer authorities both needed to agree upon both at the time the resolution was passed, and in the event of any future decisions regarding payment options. In this clause, Emerick noted that, should both boards unanimously agree, any individual customer can be taken off the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad checksâ&#x20AC;? list and offered the chance to pay by check once more. However, those decisions are solely at the discretion of the boards, and need not ever be offered to any customer. As both bodies agreed to the resolution, Ted Beck of the Water Authority noted that it might be prudent for the boards to present customers with a breakdown of services and an explanation of how delinquencies accrue so swiftly. Having seen several occasions when customers challenge their bills after being negligent with payment, Beck felt that offering them a document explaining the fee schedule might provide some clarification, and relieve the secretary of the many phone calls she receives questioning bills. Such a breakdown was provided to all members of both boards, as well as borough council, and will likely be included in a future mailing to all customers. And yet, even as the authorities cracked down on delinquent customers, some leniency was offered to one resident with a bad water line break. Water Commissioner William Claar explained that, as he was visiting a home, he noticed a great deal of water running through the meter, and brought it to the attention of the homeowner. A break was quickly discovered, but was not able to be repaired due to weather conditions and extenuating circumstances related to the placement of the water line. As such, Claar felt that offering the customer a discounted bill for the 74,000 gallons lost to the break was a reasonable offer. Otherwise, the customer would have owed $383 for the usage. Before the authority made a motion, Emerick noted that the authority had previously passed a resolution detailing that any neglect on the part of a homeowner to address waterline breaks would not come cheap to residents. Indeed, not only could the full usage charge be applied to the bill, but also a 10 percent service charge. Further backing Emerickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position, it was revealed that Claar discovered the leak during a visit to shut off the homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water for an ongoing delinquency. Ultimately, the board agreed with Claarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation, which was to offer a reduced bill at the rate of what the customer would normally use each month. All board members voted in favor of the reduced rate.


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SFU unveils remodeled dining hall By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

When students returned to the Loretto campus of Saint Francis University earlier this month, shrugging off their holiday breaks and settling in for the second half of their educational years, they did so without knowing what was waiting for them at the Torvian Dining Hall. Whether dropping in for breakfast or enjoying a late lunch, students were bound to be surprised by the changes that awaited them, as a top-to-bottom interior renovation welcomed them back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small miracle that we were able to pull it off in the time

we were given,â&#x20AC;? explained Leo Cavanaugh, General manager of University Dining at SFU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we wanted to do it for the student body. This campus is their home while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here, so they deserve to have a fresh, welcoming place.â&#x20AC;? The renovation, as Cavanaugh soon explained, was handled over the holiday break, with the first efforts beginning on Dec. 15, and the final touches added on Jan. 5. New paint, new carpet, new lighting, and more greeted the returning students and staff members following the break, and Cavanaugh reported that many were quite surprised by the changes.


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everything is bright and open, colorful and cheery. The sentiment was perhaps expressed most accurately by SFU President Fr. Gabriel Zeis, who described the “refreshing atmosphere” of the renovated hall as he hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 23. “We’re proud of it,” Cavanaugh said as he looked around the room following the ceremony. “University dining isn’t what it used to be.” Nowhere was that better seen than in the menu available to students during the grand reopening and beyond, a collection of new tastes, new flavors, and new options available via the university’s partnership with Parkhurst Dining. Visiting chefs from places like Bucknell University, Lycoming College, and Chatham University cooked up made-to-order specialties, taking advantage of the hall’s central Bravisimo grill and other action stations to permeate the air with new, mouth-watering aromas. “They’re showing off some cooking, but with different twists,” Cavanaugh explained. “It’s exciting to offer different options and to get feedback from the students.” That feedback also resulted in the dining

Mainline Extra hall’s other centerpiece, a menu of healthier options designed around requests from students. Dubbed the “Flash Fitness” menu after the university’s sports teams, the healthier choices are offered daily, an alternative that students have thus far embraced. But what goes into those options? For Wednesday’s event, turkey meatloaf with an orange sauce, couscous and grilled vegetables were on the menu, while the traveling chefs offered bulgogi, a spicy pork Korean dish; margarita salad in both one with chicken and vegetarian varieties; and Bun Chay, rice noodles with stir fry vegetables. Those chefs were kind enough to offer the recipes for those dishes to our readers (see sidebar). With so much new, it might be easy to overlook the efforts of the dining staff to maintain the university’s local connections. However, Cavanaugh pointed out, SFU remains intently focused on local product and sustainability. Whether its fresh salad made from produce offered by local farmers, or herbs from the university’s own horticulture garden, SFU is “really, really focused,” the general manager said, on maintaining a connection to the environment and the community. “It’s a great area for this,” Cavanaugh said.

SFU’s Culinary Concierge offers tasty treats for you to try

Spicy Pork 1/14 pounds boneless pork loin, sliced thin 2 3/4 ounces Sweet Soy Sauce 1/2 ounce minced garlic 3 green onions, chopped 4 ounces Spanish onions, sliced 1 ounce sesame seeds, toasted 1 tablespoon honey 2 ounces red chili paste 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste Collect and measure all ingredients. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat until meat is well done. Serve over white rice. Grilled Margarita Chicken Salad 1 cup nonalcoholic margarita mix 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup white vinegar Salad ingredients 1 1/4 pound boneless chicken breasts 6 cups bite size salad greens 1 cup sliced strawberries 1 cup diced mangoes 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Preheat grill. Make the salad dressing, reserve 1/2 cup for basting the chicken. Grill chicken 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing the chicken with the dressing. Cut

the grilled chicken into slices. In a large bowl, toss chicken, salad green and strawberries. Divide among service bowls. Arrange mango and avocado around each salad. Sprinkle with cilantro. Drizzle lightly with salad dressing.

Turkey Meatloaf 1 cup chopped yellow onion 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/3 cup chicken stock 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey 1/2 cup oatmeal 2 egg whites Collect and measure all ingredients. In a medium sauce pan, cook the onions in the oil until translucent, season with salt and pepper. Add the Worcestershire, chicken stock and tomato paste and mix well. Allow to cool to room temperature. Put the onion mixture in a large bowl and add the ground turkey, oatmeal and egg whites. Mix together very well. Shape the meat mixture into a rectangular loaf. Place in an ungreased pan and bake for approximately 1 hour or until the center of the loaf has reached 160 degrees. (You may top the loaf with ketchup while baking if desired).

Thursday, January 31, 2013

State addresses assessment, future of SCI Cresson property


Mainline Extra

Thursday, January 31, 2013

By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

With the news that the State Corrections Institution at Cresson would be closed on or before June 30 of this year, there has been plenty of speculation as to what might become of the 413 acres that the facility rests on. The facility was turned into a prison in the late 1980s, having been retrofitted and rebuilt from its previous uses as a mental health institution and, before that, the Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of history that goes with the grounds, and with SCI Cresson soon to be no more, rumors abound, as everything from a return to a mental health facility to complete bulldozing of the site have all been discussed publicly. After breaking the story about SCI Cresson, a conversation with the Department of Corrections pointed in the direction of another office in Harrisburg, the Department of General Services, which handles all property transactions for the commonwealth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you what is going to be done with the property,â&#x20AC;? DGS press secretary Troy Thompson said last week, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I can tell you the process that we will go through to determine what will be done with it.â&#x20AC;? Thompson explained that no decisions about the property can be made until the last of the inmates have been moved out to other facilities, be it the soon-to-open SCI Benner in Centre County or some other location. After the property has been vacated, the grounds will be considered surplus to the state, at which time the Department of General Services will step in to evaluate the property and determine one of three futures. First, the property can be transferred over to some other state

agency for future use. This would require little beyond the passing of paperwork between agencies to establish the real estate transfer. Second, the state can convey the property for sale to a third party, be it a private developer or even another government entity (be it local or federal). At this time, the DGS would have to develop a fair market value for the facility and conduct an appraisal of the grounds to make sure that the property is sold properly. Third, the property can be added to the rolls of the state real property disposition plan, which governs the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surplus property and sees the DGS, according to the narrative summary of the plan issued last year, â&#x20AC;&#x153;partner with local municipalities to employ various land use controls, such as zoning and deed restrictions, to ensure appropriate reuse within host communities.â&#x20AC;? The report continues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The prompt return of surplus properties to productive use in the private sector is a win-win situation for the taxpayers of the Commonwealth. It means that tax-immune properties will generate much needed new jobs and revenue sources for schools, local governments and the state. Additionally, the Commonwealth gains non-tax revenue from the sale, removes substantial carrying costs to maintain the property, and reduces exposure to liability and risk.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Department is committed to working with legislators and local community leaders to market and sell each property in a manner that both respects the wishes of residents as well as maximizes the value to all Pennsylvania taxpayers,â&#x20AC;? adds the report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DGS is keenly aware of the integral role the properties have played in the history and economy of the surrounding areas.â&#x20AC;?

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