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Vol. 115 No. 10

 USPS 326-480

Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Since 1898


Newsstand Price 75¢

(814) 472-4110

44 Pages

Big win

Senior members of the Penn Cambria boys basketball team and coach Jim Ronan are all smiles as they display the spoils of their newly won District 6 Class AA championship, having defeated Northern Cambria on Saturday night. The guys will now head to Altoona on March 9 to combat Greensburg Central Catholic in the PIAA playoffs, but not before a pep rally on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the PC HIgh School Gym. However, for a few more celebratory moments, look throughout this week’s edition. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Harrisburg officials visit Cresson to explain prison decision By Justin Eger

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When the community found out that the State Correctional Institution at Cresson would be closed no later than June 30 of this year, there was plenty of talk about how the loss of the prison would impact the community. But along with those concerns, there were many (this writer included) who spoke out against the way this situation was handled, from the late-night call to Senator John Wozniak that broke the news to the lack of information that came from Harrisburg in the weeks that followed. And weeks later, there are still few answers to be had.

Don’t forget: 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, marks the beginning of daylight savings time. Saturday, before retiring, set all your time pieces ahead one hour and start planning ways to make up the hour of sleep you will be losing! Also, all local fire companies are reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. A fresh battery in a working smoke detector can save lives, maybe yours. Firefighters are urging residents to make a regular habit of changing their smoke detector batteries each spring and fall when the time is changed. It is also a great idea to give detectors a regular test as often as every week.

Such treatment was a slap in the face to this community, some felt, especially after housing the prison for so long. It was an action, though, that earned many apolo-

gies earlier this week, when representatives from several state agencies, including the Department of Corrections, met in Cresson to discuss the prison

closing, its impact, and what might come in the future. State Senator John Wozniak arranged theTuesday morning meeting, hosted by Mount Aloysius

College, and while no media personnel were welcome at the event, those that participated felt

County seeks to establish foreign trade zone By Ian Wissinger

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Cambria County President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder has committed to establishing a foreign trade zone within county borders, for the sake of attracting international developers and creating jobs for local residents. Lengenfelder made the official announcement in advance of the Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, Feb. 28 meeting, at a press conference. Earlier in the month, the president commissioner

assembled a team of local business owners, politicians and legal advisors that boarded a flight for Argentina to meet with foreign industry leaders to discuss the possibility of instituting a joint venture wine project. In a separate journey, Lengenfelder, accompanied by the Saint Francis University Director of the Small Business Center, traveled to Washington D.C. to network with congressional offices, a foreign trade zone staffer and several embassies. Cambria County will need authorization from the federal government should it desire to establish its own foreign trade


zone, and Lengenfelder said that the necessary application has been filed. What is a foreign trade zone? The United States has so far designated hundreds of these sites, each tied to its own port of entry, where commercial merchandise, both domestic and foreign, receives the same customs treatment it would if it were outside the commerce of the country’s borders. Said merchandise is exempt from customs duties and other tariffs, with this tax relief granted to SEE TRADE, PAGE 4A

The ladies of Gallitzin’s Arts Alive group include (from left) Cynthia (Sanders) Shyrock, Betty (Decoskey) Budicky, Sister Maddie, Barbara (Plunkett) Kochara, Sister Caroline, Barbara (Weber) O’Brien, Sister Emilie, and Carol (Shyrock) Larkin. Absent from the photo is Patricia (Johnston) Decoskey. Photo by Justin Eger.

Arts Alive group enjoys quilting, good company By Justin Eger

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For anyone who has ever picked up a needle and thread and simply panicked at the thought of trying to stitch something, you are not alone. Many people don’t have the first idea of where to begin beyond putting thread or yarn through the eye of the needle, let alone crafting something beautiful and elegant. But that’s okay,

members of Gallitzin Arts Alive group explained, because everybody has to start somewhere, just like its founding members did over 20 years ago. At that time, there was a movement in the community to do something constructive and artistic, something creative, and many people tried out a variety of different endeavors. However, as time passed, many of the participants simply dropped off, no longer interested

in the projects or group meetings. The group that centered around quilting, however, stuck together, and its membership has maintained ever since. Sure, some members have moved on, or sadly passed on, but a few others have moved in to take their place, and even though they consider themselves less skilled than their compatriots, it’s like they’ve been there the whole time. SEE QUILTING, PAGE 4A

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