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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 119 No. 48

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Cresson, Pa.

CMSA to increase residential rates 60 cents

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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36 Pages

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

The concept of raising rates has been a popular topic at the Central Mainline Sewer Authority meetings recently. Board member Denny Beck has reasoned that the authority needs to increase the rates going into 2018 because it has been put off for the last two years. When the authority was organized, according to Beck, the rates were supposed to be raised every five years. It has been seven years since the last rate increase and that was 25 cents in early 2011, which brought the total to the current $50.40 flat monthly fee for one residential equivalent dwelling unit. At a workshop held prior to the regular meeting on Nov. 20, there was a suggestion to make the increase 10 cents. Beck calculated this would work out to around $1,200 extra a year, which he thought wasn’t nearly enough. “Ten cents is not going to do it,” Beck said. He then suggested a $1 increase, which would provide an extra $12,000 a year, according to him. This would make the monthly fee $51.40. However, these estimates assumed that every customer pays his or her bill, which isn’t the case. Either way, this action would amount to extra money for the authority. Board member Raymond Guzic Jr. asked if that money would be placed into a reserve fund. Both Beck and secretary Pamela Flis SEE RATES, PAGE 3A

’Tis the season

Santa exits the fire truck to greet his fans at the Lilly tree lighting on Nov. 25. Carols and other holiday treats followed the ceremony. Photo by Joshua Byers.

Loretto resident offers council historic archive collection

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

At the Nov. 13 Loretto Borough council meeting, local resident and historian Frank Seymour offered to place a number of historical documents relating to the founding of Loretto in the borough’s trust. Seymour has been gathering historical documents on Loretto, Charles Schwab, and Demetrius Gallitzin for a number of years. He was instrumental in the documentation of the life of Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, and Seymour has helped the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese spearhead the effort for the canonization of Servant of God Gallitzin. He has gathered thousands of documents, books, and maps in his various research projects, including a book on Loretto for the 1976 bicentennial celebration. Among the collection is an original 1869 map of Cambria County by A. Pomeroy. It’s one of three originals still in existance. The collection also contains a 1890 Caldwell Illustrated Atlas of Cambria County by John Alexander Caldwell.

Council president Ward Prostejovsky would like to use the newly renovated borough building to display and make available for research the documents on the founding of Loretto. “After what you have done to the building, inside as well as outside, the time is right for the Loretto collection,” Seymour said. “For the Loretto community, specifically for the people of the past, it is time.” He explained that his collection on Loretto Borough should be available to be seen by everyone, not just researchers. “Loretto has a wealthy history in the westward experience and Catholicism,” stated Seymour. With the trust agreement, the documents would remain under Seymour’s ownership but would be in the borough’s possession. This would allow the borough to display early maps, deeds, and documents from the first white settlers who appeared in the area and the first photographs of the borough and its residents from the early 1850s.

Mount Aloysius adds to long-standing Christmas traditions

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Christmas celebrations at Mount Aloysius College are entertaining, enjoyable, and a long-standing tradition for both students and employees at the school. One of these celebrations is “Christmas at the Mount,” which took place Nov. 28 in the main hall and included a liturgy, followed by the employees

and students gathering together for a visit with Santa, an Irishthemed social, kids’ zone, and new this year, a Christmas market in Alumni Hall. There’s also the Angel Tree, which has been going on for 12 years and features more than 200 children this year. The tree is at the center of the main hall. It is decorated with descriptions of children from around the area, and students and employees can pick a name and buy clothes and gifts for that child. Then there’s the annual Madrigal. For the last 47 years, the community has been taken back in time to a medieval Christmas feaste full of stories, SEE TRADITIONS, PAGE 5A


Curriculum director addresses students’ success

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

The administrator’s report was delivered by Penn Cambria curriculum director Jeanette Black at the Nov. 21 meeting. She told the board she wanted to “take a step back” and explore the core teachings at the schools. Black said every time she sees the achievements of Penn Cambria spotlighted, she asks herself, “Are we doing right by our kids?” She added that she also asks herself if the students are prepared with the skills they need when they leave the school system. According to her, these skills are language arts, reading, writing, and math. Black went on to state that the next question that comes to her mind is: How do the faculty and administrators at Penn Cambria

know the students are being taught these necessary skills for life? The measurement has to be done with “a lot of different things,” according to her. The staff at Penn Cambria can look at the state School Performance Profile scores, which represents a number of criteria and evaluations. However, Black asked how it can be determined if the students are succeeding in the aforementioned skills. She answered her own question by stating that the students’ grades can be examined, but she recognized that a grade can reveal many things about a student. “Sometimes a grade tells you about a performance on an assessment, and other times a grade might reflect effort and hard work and determination on the part of the student,” Black said. SEE SUCCESS, PAGE 4A

Mount Aloysius College accountant Amanda Wess-Gates (left), student bill manager Ann Booterbaugh, staff accountant Alicia Strittmatter, and accountant Claudia Faust hold up their award for the most ironic door in the decorating contest. Photo by Joshua Byers.

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