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Tunnelhill Borough talks speed humps, enforcing ordinances

Vol. 146 No. 45

USPS 326-480

By Gina Bianucci

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Tunnelhill Borough Council members discussed the possibility of getting speed humps and asking Laurel Municipal to enforce their ordinances at their Nov. 4 meeting. Council member Ken McCloskey spoke about getting speed humps on the side roads in Tunnelhill. He said many children have moved into the neighborhood and the borough council does not want anything to happen to them. According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials, speed humps are parabolic vertical traffic calming devices, intended to slow traffic speeds on low

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volume, low speed roads. Speed humps are three to four inches high and 12 to 14 feet wide, with a ramp length of 3 to 6 feet, depending on target speed. Speed bumps, by comparison, are more aggressive traffic calming options and are not as wide as a speed hump. Speed humps can also be used as a walkway. The speed humps can be seen at the Logan Valley Mall and in Hollidaysburg. Council president Mike Taddei said that cars need to start slowing down. Although he thinks it’s a good idea, he doesn’t know what the costs will be. Council member Larry Bem said that he can give McCloskey the engineer’s phone number to discuss the issue. The engineer

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is from Stiffler McGraw, the firm that designed them in Hollidaysburg and Altoona. The borough also received a letter from Laurel Municipal Inspection Agency about three properties in violation of the borough’s ordinances. Laurel Municipal gave the council an update about the progress these property owners have made so far. However, in the letter, Laurel Municipal asked the borough what they should be advised to do. This upset the council because the council members believe that Laurel Municipal should know what the borough wants them to do. Taddei said SEE SPEED, PAGE 3A

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Lilly’s Chad Pysher serves country

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Veterans Day honors all those who have served in the military, and is a moment to recognize and honor these veterans. Veterans like Lilly’s Horace “Chad” Pysher, who served both his country and his community are part of the fabric of America that helps to make it what it is today. Pysher is the commander of the Lilly American Legion and has been a member for 22 years. Pysher was drafted in the Army in 1970 during the Vietnam War.

He served with the Third Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany as a Personnel Management Specialist until 1972. His actual job though, was operating a printing press that printed orders for soldiers to move units. After the Army, Pysher moved to Lilly in 1972 and went into the mining business. However, after an eight-and-a-half year break, Pysher was compelled to join the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He joined the Company C, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry in 1981. As a member of Company C, Command Sgt. Maj. Pysher served as a squad leader, antiarmor section/squad leader, 81 millimeter mortar, section sergeant and platoon sergeant. In 1991, he transferred to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry as the

Intelligence Sergeant for the S-2 section, and in 1992, Pysher became First Sergeant of Headquarters Company. In 1993, Pysher was promoted to Sergeant Major and assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry and in 1995, he was selected as the Command Sergeant Major of the 56th Brigade. In 1998, Pysher was selected as the 7th Command Sergeant Major of the 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized). He was mobilized and deployed as the SFOR 12 Task Force Eagle Command Sergeant in 2002. After his deployment, Pysher served as the Acting State CSM for Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2004. In 2004, he was assigned as the Senior Army National Guard Enlisted Advisor and G3 SEE VETERAN, PAGE 6A

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Elizabeth Hollen and Isaac Marsh wait for school to start at Penn Cambria Primary School Nov. 5 Photo by Gina Bianucci.

Cresson, Lilly fire companies join to protect their future

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Charlotte Croll, Amelia Racz and Sierra Wade huddle together in the cafeteria early Tuesday morning at Penn Cambria Primary School Nov. 5. Photo by Gina Bianucci.


Cresson Volunteer Fire Company and Lilly Community Volunteer Fire Company will officially be one corporation under the name Keystone Regional Fire and Rescue effective Jan. 1, 2020. Representatives from both companies said they were primarily entering this partnership for staffing and financial reasons, and will encompass eight municipalities: Cresson Borough, Lilly Borough, Sankertown Borough, Cresson Township, Munster Township, Washington Township and portions of Gallitzin and Allegheny townships. Cresson Fire Company president Dave Fulton and Lilly Fire Company president Paul

Sklodowski said that they have been keeping the municipalities up-to-date at every step of the process. “It is a joint venture to enhance what we have,” Fulton said. Sklodowski said that since equipment prices continue to increase, having a partnership with Cresson will allow both fire companies to fundraise together and eliminate duplicate services, such as not bringing as many fire trucks to a scene if there are already one or two there. Fulton and Sklodowski said they wanted all the municipalities to support this venture. After multiple meetings and routine updates being provided the various municipalities, all


Chad Pysher stands beside the American Flag in the American Legion in Lilly while describing his career in the Army and Pa. Army National Guard for Veterans Day Nov 1. Photo by Gina Bianucci.

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