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Penn Cambria’s Class of 2013 ready to enter the real world newspapers

Vol. 115 No. 23

USPS 326-480

Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Since 1898

Newsstand Price 75¢

40 Pages

By Justin Eger

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Though they still have one more hurdle to clear with this Saturday’s graduation ceremony, members of Penn Cambria High School’s Class of 2013 are wellprepared for the end of their high school experience and the start of their adulthood. It was with great interest that those four seniors who will be speaking at graduation shared their plans for what is next, and whether it was college or careers, it was certain that these seniors were ready to step into the real world and get started. “I’m pretty pumped,” said Shannon Terek, Penn Cambria student council president, who will be heading to Washington College in the fall for chemistry and pre-med studies. “As a whole, I think we’re prepared.”

Justice Dept. finds SCI Cresson policies violated civil rights SEE CLASS OF 2013, PAGE 5A

Students speaking at Saturday’s Class of 2013 graduation ceremony include (from left) Shannon Terek, Taylor Freeman, Dan Connacher, and Elizabeth Gawel. Photo by Justin Eger.

Local prison facility already emptied of inmates, set to close in weeks By Justin Eger

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While already slated to close, and now absent of its several hundred inmates, the State Correctional Institution at Cresson has been under investigation for alleged civil rights violations for about a year and half. Now, as the doors are set to close on Cresson’s correctional histo-

ry for a final time, the United States Department of Justice revealed that actions of prison staff indeed violated the civil rights of those housed within the facility. Issuing findings on an investigation that began in December of 2011, the Department of Justice reported late last week that SCI Cresson staff members used long-term and extreme forms of

Central Mainline Sewer examines finances, considers investments By Justin Eger

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Financial matters can always be tricky, especially when combined with the convoluted bureaucracy and legalese associated with running a governing body. In the case of the Central Mainline Sewer Authority, several financial conundrums were addressed during the evening of May 20, with solicitor Bill Barbin needed to make sense of contractual obligations and investment opportunities. Opening up the meeting, the CMSA’s board addressed the recently completed audit for the 2012 fiscal year. In that document, auditors revealed that the expenses associated with running the CMSA’s plant had gone down over the course of the last year, a good thing by most standards. However, as the CMSA shares part ownership of the plant with the Lilly Borough Sewer Authority, things quickly got

complicated. Upon initially seeing the reduced expenses from last year, CMSA board members felt the need to repay Lilly Borough for its joint operating payments made over the course of 2012. That would have seen Lilly Borough repaid approximately $6,300, or credited that amount over the course of this year’s payments. However, even as he arrived late to the meeting from another appointment, Barbin shot down that assumption, pointing to a clause in the agreement between the two authorities that addresses shared expenses. Reading through the legal jargon of the contract, Barbin said that the agreement postulates that Lilly Borough pays Central Mainline in the current year based on the previous year’s audit. In essence, Lilly is paying a year behind the curve, with its allocation based on the numbers used by the CMSA offices the previous year. If expenses go up on the CMSA side, Lilly won’t be paying for that increase until the following year, and so on. However, as the CMSA secured a reduction in expenses over the course of 2012, Lilly’s new rate for 2013 will be changed to reflect that number. SEE FINANCES, PAGE 7A

solitary confinement on prisoners with serious mental illness, many of whom also have intellectual disabilities. The confinement was described as having been provided for 22 to 23 hours at a time, sometimes lasting for months or even years at a time. This “warehousing,” as the Department of Justice described it in a statement issued last Friday, led to “serious harms,” including

mental decompensation, clinical depression, psychosis, self-mutilation, and suicide. “We found that Cresson often permitted its prisoners with serious mental illness or intellectual disabilities to simply languish, decompensate, and harm themselves in solitary confinement for

Munster in pursuit of nuisance violation


By Justin Eger

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On the farm

Will Westrick and Otis the Calf offered some interesting facts about cows during the Summertime Jubilee hosted by Vale Wood Farms on Sunday. For more pictures, see inside this week’s edition. Photo by Justin Eger.

After dealing with the oftdebated water project designed to provide municipal water service to residents and businesses along the Admiral Peary highway corridor, the Munster Township Supervisors discussed a nuisance property as they met on the evening of May 14. The matter was apparently one that had been addressed before by the township, acting on behalf of residents who live near the problem property, but one that remains to be rectified with any real significance. As the matter arose, supervisor Steve Shuagis explained that the property, located along Spinner Road in the township, had come under fire when several complaints were presented to the supervisors about the status of the ground in question. Apparently, the property is littered with, well... litter, and the garbage issues had grown to a point that residents sought action against the property owner with their elected officials. SEE NUISANCE, PAGE 5A

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