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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 115 No. 26

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Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Since 1898

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Cresson Borough to centralize finances

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By Justin Eger

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Wheels, wings, and more

Eagle Scout helps memorialize Loretto’s founder

Spending quality time together at last Thursday’s Wheels and Wings in Ebensburg were (front row, from left) Elizabeth Trexler, Megan DeGol, (back row) Jason McIntosh, Heather Gides, Emily O’Donnell, Brian O’Donnell and Jim Gides . Photo by Ian Wissinger.

By Justin Eger

of Mainline Newspapers

For Jake Zabrzeski of Loretto, becoming an Eagle Scout is just another stepping stone on what he expects will be a long career of service to God and country. Already signed up for the Army National Guard, he was planning to leave home for basic training not that long ago, but he still had a few more things to wrap up with regards to the project that would earn him his scouting honor.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest in scouting, a scout must progress through the Boy Scout ranks, earn 21 merit badges, serve six months in a troop leadership position, take part in a Scoutmaster conference, and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. Central to all of this, though, is the effort to plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization, school, or community. In seeking out an Eagle Scout project, Zabrzeski approached Frank Seymour, a local

Closing up shop

historian and community-minded individual. Zabrzeski noted that other scouts had met with Seymour to find projects that would benefit the community, and it was then no surprise that Seymour already had a project in mind. “It was already in the planning stages,” Seymour said of an honorarium dedicated to Captain Michael McGuire, the Revolutionary War hero who settled in the area that would eventually become Loretto. “When Jake came along, I suggested it to him, and it seemed like

SEE SCOUT, PAGE 3A

While having long done its best to keep its business in the community, Cresson Borough Council is now considering a move that will consolidate the majority of its finances into one bank — one with no branches in the Cresson area. It was on the evening of June 10 that borough treasurer Rich Keown suggested the changes, which would see almost all of the borough’s banking connected to First Commonwealth banks. Keown began the discussion by suggesting that the borough approve a motion to close out its existing accounts with First National Bank of Cresson and move those funds into a single account with First Commonwealth. The treasurer explained that he prefers to use digital banking products, a convenience for which FNB charges the borough a monthly fee of approximately $45. First Commonwealth, where the borough has a separate account, charges nothing. For that reason, Keown hoped that the borough would allow him to proceed with the transfer. ‘We’re basically doing all of our banking there anyway, so it would just make more sense,” Keown offered. “We would be eliminating three accounts in favor of one at First Commonwealth.” The only account that would remain outstanding would be a cash account that the borough SEE FINANCES, PAGE 4A

SCI Cresson ends activities, gives back to communities By Justin Eger

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While situated far from the main roads that border its property, the State Correctional Institution at Cresson has always been a bustling place. Even a casual visitor to the facility couldn’t help but notice the near-constant activity of staff members at work and inmates going about their daily business. As of this week, though, the facility is much changed. Once full parking lots are empty, as are cells and offices throughout the prison’s many buildings, and near silence lies heavily over the mountaintop,

the institution now a sort of ghost town hidden away among the trees. Announced in January by State Senator John Wozniak’s preemptive press conference on the matter, the closing of SCI Cresson was slated to be complete as of June 30, and if nothing else, the state has been true to its word. While SEE CLOSING, PAGE 4A

Flavorful Friday

The Cresson Senior Community Center enjoyed a pie-tasting contest last Friday. Center director Miki Nelen (center) brought in guest judges Tom Chernisky, Cambria County Commissioner (left), and Scott Eberhart, Cresson American Legion Post Commander (right) to judge the eight pies baked by center visitors. To see the contestants, and learn who the winners were, flip to page 12A. Photo by Justin Eger.

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