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Red Cross organizes blood drive in honor of Cresson’s Tim McGuire newspapers

Vol. 115 No. 25

USPS 326-480

By Justin Eger

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“Without the Red Cross, we would not be having this conversation,” Tim McGuire of Cresson explained. “If they didn’t exist, I would not exist.” For Tim, that statement is hardly hyperbole. Since December of last year, he has found himself in and out of various hospitals, and while he has survived more than almost any of us could bear, he credits the Red Cross, and the community that has supported his family, for not only saving his

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life, but adding to its meaning. Tim’s troubles began in on Dec. 6, when he went in for surgery to install multiple bypasses for his heart. The surgery was expected to be routine, and doctors who completed the work believed everything had gone very, very well. However, as Tim was moved to recovery, he was affected by a case of malignant hyperthermia, a rare life-threatening condition that is usually triggered by exposure to certain drugs used for general anesthesia. A genetic condition, the affliction results in a drastic and uncontrolled

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increase in skeletal muscle oxidative metabolism, which overwhelms the body’s capacity to supply oxygen, remove carbon dioxide, and regulate body temperature, eventually leading to circulatory collapse and death. The mortality rate for malignant hyperthermia is nearly 100 percent, and a MedEvac flight to Pittsburgh brought him care that saved his life. But it was not an easy road. The reaction to the anesthetic resulted in all of the newly installed heart bypasses to rupture, forcing doc-

Runners support One Run for Boston By Jim Lauffer

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One Run for Boston billed itself as the first-ever, nonstop running relay across the United States. The event was organized to raise money for victims of the bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. During the One Run relay, more than 1,700 runners covered more than 3,000 miles. One Run began in Los Angeles on Friday, June 7, and finished in Boston early Monday morning, July 1. The relay was divided into 319 stages, each approximately 10 miles long. The runners — whose goal was to run 10-minute miles — carried a plastic baton equipped

SEE DRIVE, PAGE 5A

with a GPS device, which permitted relay organizers and supporters to track progress during each leg of the relay. The baton — designed by Jonathan Parlby, a recent graduate of Plymouth University, England — was nicknamed “Miles.” Among those participating in the run were area runners affiliated with Fox Trot Runners, Duncansville. Kristen Gill of Hollidaysburg ran the leg that began west of Jackson Township and ended when she handed off “Miles” to Ethan Imhoff and Ben Mazur, both of Hollidaysburg, at the Ebensburg intersection of South Center Street and Route 22. Imhoff is the executive director of the Cambria SEE RUNNERS, PAGE 4A

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Matt and Rachel Litzinger recently began a mission trip to Thailand with the help of the Buckhorn Bible Church in Ashville. Submitted photo.

Local church supports couple on mission trip By Justin Eger

Jenna Claar does her best Vanna White impersonation as she spins the wheel for visitors to the Lilly Firemen’s Carnival last week. For more pictures from the carnival, see page 7A. Photo by Justin Eger.

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At any given moment, over 27 million people are being exploited throughout the world, being used as slaves in greater numbers than ever before in human history. Those victims, often exploited by their captors and forced into prostitution or general labor, generate billions in revenue for the criminals who run such enterprises. One hotbed of such activity remains Thailand, which even in the 21st century remains a major source of and destination for human traffickers. With the country’s major industries relying on tourism, even tourism of a less than savory kind, many government officials, politicians and police turn a blind eye to the illegal activities that help generate those aforementioned billions, even if it comes at the expense of another human being. Earlier this month, Matt and

Rachel Litzinger started doing their part to combat this problem. Married just last year, the young couple had met at Grace College and Theological Seminary, with Matt hailing from Ebensburg and his soonto-be wife calling Chester, New Hampshire her home. Following their graduation, and subsequent nuptials, the couple lived in Warsaw Indiana, working for a local marketing agency. However, Matt explained that they both decided that they wanted to do something more meaningful with their lives, especially now, when they had relatively few responsibilities tying them down. Enter Destiny Rescue, a grassroots, internationally recognized, Christian-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Matt and Rachel learned that a position was available with the

Mainline police departments hire, promote to bolster ranks By Justin Eger

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Along the Mainline, many small-town police departments are going through some difficulties related to staffing and manpower. Earlier in June, two

municipalities made decisions that they believed would allow for better policing in their regions, and better support their individual departments. On June 12, members of Gallitzin Borough Council spoke with Mayor Raymond Osmolinski about the hiring of a new part-time officer. The mayor reported that drug arrests in the town were up during the month of May, including eight from the chief of police. Looking at this trend, and the limited availability of the borough’s current part-

time officers, Osmolinski recommended that the borough hire Officer William Motosicky on a part-time as-needed basis. “We need someone on the street to do the work,” Osmolinski said, “not just ride around in the car.” Motosicky’s name may be familiar to some, as the officer had previously policed both Gallitzin Borough and Cresson Township before taking a fulltime job elsewhere in the county. While the hiring was passed through very quickly, discussion

was renewed several minutes later, as councilor Sylvia Conway recalled Motosicky’s previous employment. “Wasn’t he the one who just quit on us?” Conway asked. “Should we really be hiring someone back who left us like that?” Osmolinski said that he felt the officer in question “had a lot to learn” at the time of his previous employment, but that shouldn’t deter the council from offering him employment. The mayor offered, “We were all young

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once, and we all make mistakes, but you’ve got to give a person a chance.” “And we’re not getting a lot of people to come in here at 10 bucks an hour,” Osmolinski continued. “Especially not someone who is going to be as proactive as he was.” “We have to take the work of our mayor and our chief of police,” council president Roger Renninger offered. “I admit, I had some reservations when they first brought it up to me, but SEE POLICE, PAGE 3A

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