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Vol. 114 No. 42

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Cresson, Pa.

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Over 200 seniors shuffled into the Cresson Fire Hall last Tuesday, Oct. 8, for the Senior Citizen and Caregiver Fair hosted by State Representative Gary Haluska. The fair was attended by 39 different agencies who answered questions and provided information for the seniors and their caregivers. The list of agencies included Health South, Coventry Cares, AARP PA, Rebekah Manor Wellness, the Dorothy

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The Cresson Township Municipal Authority was asked to allow the construction of a water treatment system that would clean 17 miles of stream near Sugar Run. Members of the Department of Environmental Protection, as well as a project manager from Tetra Tech Inc. in Pittsburgh, addressed the authority at its regular meeting last Wednesday, Oct 9. Terry Smith, an engineer at Tetra Tech, gave authority members an overview of the entire project, one that has been in the works since 2006. He stated that the completion of the project would improve the quality of the water in the Susquehanna Water Basin. The new water treatment system would eliminate the discharge that devastates Sugar Run

by treating the water in the mine pool and using it as a reservoir. The purified water would be released when water levels were low, insuring the overall quality of the streams. “It needs to be treated,” Smith said. “No doubt.” According to Smith, a mechanical clarifier will be constructed at the proposed site near Cresson Shaft Road on land that is owned by Pristine Resources. If the treatment system is built, Smith said some wells in the local area could run dry. “We’re worried we’re going to delevel some of their wells,” said Smith. “We’ll need to replace water supplies to these residents.” The cost of the new water supply was included in the estimate in the proposed contract with the township. Those effected most by the water treatment system include a group of 18 homes along Vampire Road. Smith said when the residents were surveyed, about half were in favor of municipal water. “The selling point is that you’re going to get good, clean water,” said solicitor Gerald SEE WATER, PAGE 5A

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Day Center, Crichton Rehab Center Senior Life, the American Red Cross and CamTran, among many others. “There are many local programs and services for senior citizens available at every level of government, and from many community organizations as well,” Haluska said. “I want to bring a lot of that information together at one location so seniors and their caregivers can access it easily, and enjoy a fun day, as well.” Haluska and State Representative Frank Burns,

who was also in attendance, were surprised by the great turnout for the event, but were pleased by the number of people they were able to reach. Endy Reindl and Denise Fox, of Home Instead Senior Care, were also happy with the size of the crowd. “We look forward to these kinds of events,” said Reindl. “[Seniors] have the chance to collect information, and also to socialize amongst themselves.” In addition to the numerous

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During the meeting, one resident stated his belief that the DEP “is harassing Munster Township,” and that the new sewer system is not necessary. “We can still file charges against DEP for official oppression,” he said. “Their mandate is to keep the environment clean, not harass townships.” He went on to cite the fine for noncompliance as an example of the oppression. “The township has no choice but to do what the commonwealth tells them to do,” said solicitor Dan Stants. Deb Sedlmeyer, executive director of the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency, said that many of the sewer systems within Munster Township are not working properly, and will

need to be replaced. “I sympathize with the costs,” she said. “I do.” Currently, Munster Township is looking into three options that will adequately serve the area and meet DEP regulations. Supervisors are hoping to keep the cost as low as possible, and are looking for suitable financing for the project. The first option discussed was the permit of on-lot repairs or replacements. It could include to installation of holding tanks if the area is not suitable for a soilbased system. However, it was noted that holding tanks require much more maintenance. Other options included the construction of a small treatment plant or the extension of municipal sewage

The discussion got heated last Tuesday, as Munster residents voiced their opposition of the sewer project mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection. The residents addressed the Munster Township Board of Supervisors during the regular meeting Oct. 8. The DEP issued a consent order to Munster Township to have new sewer lines installed because of the amount of discharge seeping out of private septic tanks. The DEP has granted Munster time to evaluate less expensive options; however, if the township fails to comply with the order, there could be additional fees and penalties.

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At the meeting of Oct. 7, Cambria Alliance EMS made the decision to donate a A.E.D. to Cresson Township Police. The device can be used by the police to treat cardiac arrest prior to EMS arrival at the scene. Participating in the presentation were board member Mike Eckenrode and township supervisor Scott Decoskey. Submitted photo.

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Rep. Haluska hosts fair for seniors Thursday, October 17, 2013

By Rachel Vasilko

Robert Adams of Chest Springs chats with State Representative Gary Haluska during the Senior Citizen and Caregiver Fair at the Cresson Fire Hall Oct. 8. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

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Monument in need of a sponsor

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The Coal Miners Memorial Chapel, located at the Coal Miners’ Memorial Park in Lilly, is currently in need of a sponsor. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

There is a new addition to the Coal Miners’ Memorial Park in Lilly, and the Lilly-Washington Historical Society is currently searching for a sponsor for the new bronze plaque. The plaque honors 56 coal miners from the greater Lilly area who were killed in mine accidents since 1857. It also recognizes local miners whose quality of life was diminished by mine accidents or black lung disease. Jim Salony, who is coordinating the development of the Memorial Park, is seeking some organization, business, family or individual to sponsor the memorial. According to Salony, the plaque is an appropriate memorial for those who gave their lives to the industry that allowed the Lilly community to develop and prosper. Salony said the funding for the Coal Miners’ Memorial Chapel Monument fell through after the plaque had been ordered. The original cost was $7,500, but with some reconfiguration, a $5,000 donation will now cover the cost of the monument. A bronze plaque recognizing SEE SPONSOR, PAGE 19A


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