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Washington Twp., CMSA and Gallitzin Boro receive grants

Vol. 141 No. 40

USPS 326-480

By Gina Bianucci

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Washington Township, Central Mainline Sewer Authority (CMSA) and Gallitzin Borough received grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for their projects Sept. 17. They were three of four projects in the Mainline area to be funded by the CFA. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. In Washington Township, the grant money will be used toward enhancing the walking trail near

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the baseball fields. According to a press release from the township, the township “intend[s] to enhance the safety of the existing trail by adding light fixtures to each road crossing, extending the trail another mile and a half and constructing two new bridges to cross over Bear Rock Run.” The press release also said that the project will also include planting shade trees along the existing trail and adding a new vegetation layer that will aid in mitigating stormwater runoff. The area will then be converted to multi-use sports fields. According to township officials, the project is expected to start in 2020. The grants, which they have applied for three times, also will be used for improvements to the War Memorial Park/Paul A. Cooney Sports and Recreation Complex. The township received $247,350 in grant money.

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Gallitzin Borough received a grant for $70,616 from the CFA to fund multi-phase developments at the Gallitzin Athletic Field Park. The upgrades include the installation of a walking trail extension to the upper parking lot, a restroom facility, concession stand, park benches, picnic tables and repairing existing bleachers and trash receptacles. Both Washington Township and Gallitzin Borough received the same grant, which was awarded through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The program establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, park and SEE GRANTS, PAGE 3A

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Andrew and Allison Beaner enjoy the weather on the Memorial Park Trail in Lilly Sept. 29. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

Gallitzin Lions Club: small but mighty

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Maddy, Ella, Sophia and Jack Kittell have fun riding their scooters and playing basketball at Cresson’s Veteran’s Park Sept. 29. Photo by Gina Bianucci.


Although the Gallitzin Lions Club is small in numbers, it still has a strong presence within the community. With its various service projects, both internationally and locally, it plays a key role in several community events and the local school district. The officers are currently Carmen Cherico, president; Joseph Skura, secretary and Paulette Schmelzlen, treasurer. They have other officer positions as well. The club has only 18 members, comprised of 16 men and two women. “The Gallitzin Lions Club is very important to our town for the service projects and local organizations that we have supported for over 50 years,” Schmelzlen said.

Some of the local organizations and projects the club helps with include the Gallitzin Fire Company, the Gallitzin Alumni Program Booklet, the Gallitzin Public Library, the Gallitzin Angel Tree Christmas Project, the Gallitzin Sportsmen’s Derby Day and Cambria Alliance EMS. The club also supports Penn Cambria School District’s “Student of the Month” Project and the Penn Cambria Program Booklet. The club also collaborates with the Cresson Lions Club with the swimming pool project. Club members have helped with Gallitzin’s annual Halloween parade and trick-or-treat for over 50 years, and have been a sponsor for the Gallitzin Area Little League for over 40 years. The SEE LIONS, PAGE 5A

Student fixes PC Middle School courtyard for Scout project

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Sometimes a lot of the news we watch or read can be grim and depressing, so it’s always nice to hear news that affects the community in a positive way. Recently, one Penn Cambria High School freshman decided to give back to the school district. Austin Wheeler, who is working towards achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, wanted to give back to the school because he felt that the school district had given him so much. “I grew as a person, and the

teachers mattered a lot,” Wheeler said. “They taught me a lot of lessons.” Wheeler said he saw that the courtyard was overgrown with trees and shrubs over the past four years. His project was approved in May and he started working on the courtyard in June. Wheeler finished the project Aug. 21. Wheeler worked on his project in phases. The first phase was to get the project approved and fundraise for supplies. He reached out to several local businesses and organizations door-to-door, who provided him with money or materials. Several private donors also pitched in to help. Wheeler also sold beef sticks to fundraise for the project, and raised $1,206. Wheeler said he is thankful for everyone who supported him. Once the planning and fundraising was completed, the project could begin. First, Wheeler had to remove the trees and debris,

build the flower bed and plant flowers. Once that was completed, he tilled the ground, added mulch, and built and stained picnic tables. The final phase was to purchase a plaque for the courtyard and corn hole and ring toss games for the students. Wheeler’s family and friends also pitched in to help him rebuilding the courtyard. He said that the courtyard is being used for student rewards and for outdoor educational classes. “The students and staff are happy and have thanked me outside of school for the courtyard,” Wheeler said. Wheeler is the patrol leader for his troop and is in the brotherhood for the Order of the Arrow. He is currently at Life rank and he should be officially done with submitting his qualifications for Eagle Scout by November or December.

Austin Wheeler shows off the plaque he bought for the Penn Cambria Middle School courtyard after completing his courtyard improvement project to become an Eagle Scout. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

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