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CMSA adopts 2017 budget, hears from engineer, talks permitting Vol. 118 No. 48

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By Joshua Byers

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The Central Mainline Sewer Authority’s 2017 proposed budget was brought up at the Nov. 21 meeting, and board president William Claar asked secretary Pamela Flis if she had secured funding for the new vehicle. “I have monies coming in for the truck,” said Flis. She explained that the budget was submitted to Rural Utilities Service within 30 days of the board’s fiscal end. As of the meeting, Flis said she hadn’t heard anything from them. Board member Ed Myers asked if everything was good with the treatment plant. Operator Jim Lingafelt said that the ultraviolet bulbs were the only real issue and there was enough funds to handle that in

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the budget. The board approved the budget without opposition. Under correspondence, Claar asked about the ECS subdivision. Flis said it was on the agenda because it still needed notarized. Claar said that he will do it the day after the meeting. Solicitor William Barbin wasn’t in attendance, but Flis said that they had heard from him. There is a lean posting that needs to be made because the customer’s bills have come back seven months in a row. According to Flis, the customer moved and provided no forwarding address. “Mr. Barbin suggests that we take this letter and we tape it to the customer’s door and then Jimmy [Lingafelt] is going to send me a photograph and then I’m going to take it down and I’m going to have it notarized,” said Flis.

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The engineer’s report was handled by Joe Beyer of The EADS Group. He began with information about the Pa. Small Water and Sewer grant. He said that he had been contacted by reviewers for the program who said “those projects, are supposed to be, to really qualify, are supposed to be project ready.” He explained that this meant the projects are supposed be “shovel ready,” meaning they should be ready to start. Beyer asked the board if he could have permission to get the permitting process underway. The projects are for Cresson Township and for an ENS permit through the county. Initially, Claar said that the board members would have to table the approval until they talk to Barbin. Myers said that he didn’t SEE AUTHORITY, PAGE 9A

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Nearly 150 Thanksgiving dinners provided by Cresson Food Bank

By Joshua Byers

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For a lot of people, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time for cheer, jubilation, and reconnecting with friends and family. But for others, it’s a stressful and worrisome time of year to attempt to come up with the funds to provide a meal for their family. In these situations, organizations like the Cresson Food Bank, located in the bottom of the St. Vincent de Paul in Cresson, exist to lend a helping hand. The volunteers at the food bank, director Maggie Stem, Ray Lenz, Chuck

and Erma Hanlon, Jim Lynch, Dot Reeder, and Kay Smeltzer, all assist with more than just the week-to-week operations. But they don’t do it alone. “We are fortunate because we have a very generous community,” Stem said about those who donate to the food bank. She explained that many local businesses, community groups, and organizations make their job a possibility. This year for Thanksgiving, Stem said they served about 150 people who signed up. Fifty-seven of them were individuals. The families of four or more people were given groceries that included items like turkey, two vegetables, fruit, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, a pound of margarine, potatoes, and stuffing. Individuals up to three people were given a similar grouping of items. They received items like two vegetables, fruit, rolls, stuffing, and a $10 gift card to Shop

‘N Save. Stem said that everyone used to get a turkey, but it became difficult to store all of those birds. Instead, the people get the gift card toward the meal. Additionally, almost everybody who signed up for a meal showed up to receive it. Stem said that there were a handful of people who didn’t come, but the group was still able to help out those who needed it, something Stem is glad she and the others can provide. She explained that she was happy to be able to provide this sort of service to those who are struggling because sometimes life throws a curve ball and there’s nothing to do to stop it. Sometimes that happens at a very unfortunate time, like the holidays. “I think it’s a very good thing for the community,” Stem said SEE FOOD BANK, PAGE 9A

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Andrew Holzworth (left), Cayt and Wren Lusk, and Rachel Johnson enjoy the outdoor festivities at the Lilly tree lighting on Nov. 26. Photo by Joshua Byers.

Inaugural Education Day a success for SFU

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The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 174 in Gallitzin prepared and delivered 40 Thanksgiving meals to the residents of the town over the holiday. Participants include: (front row, from left) Colin Berkheimer, Karen Raymond, Buddy Nagle, Len Stevens, Duane and Brock Nagle; (back row) Jeff McCloskey, J.J. Berkheimer, Tom Kratzer, and Dave Nagle. Submitted photo.

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As a way to connect with the local community and encourage children to further their education, St. Francis University women’s basketball program sponsored an Education Day on Nov. 22. Local schools like Central Cambria, Cambria County Christian, Glendale, St. Michael School, and Forest Hills were invited to hear from a group of people in a variety of careers and attend the women’s basketball game afterward for free. “Through our Franciscan approach to higher education, we are committed to service and furthering the commitment to learning. Making this connection with the local community, especially with our local elementary and secondary schools, illustrates the importance of lifelong learning start-

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ing at a young age,” said Tricia McFadden, a professor of marketing at the university and an organizer of the event. “SFU’s Education Day is a perfect example of the importance to this commitment and how learning can be fun and exciting.” In total, around 330 students attended the day of fun and heard from people like Rob Krimmel, the St. Francis men’s basketball head coach; Tim Creany, a retired Cambria County judge; and Nick Price, a campus officer and Carrolltown police officer. But the event wasn’t just a group of lectures. For instance, business professor John Miko got up in front of the students and had a little fun by playing number games with them and encouraging the group to participate. SEE EDUCATION, PAGE 4A

Mike McGuire leads the crowd gathered outside of the Cresson American Legion during the light-up night on Nov. 26. Photo by Joshua Byers.


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